I'm a genre junkie, so this was good. I extra special love fun genre, like SG1, so having many members of that production team back together was nifty.
This show would actually benefit if it could find its way to more fun. That's a tough request, considering the main hook is death by body snatcher, but still.
The little sweet things, like Philip finding his way through an opportunistic lawyer, (drug of choice)A, and his adorable turtle adoption are great. Wholeheartedly agree with above that Jared Abrahamson's turn as Trevor is a highlight- such nice notes that he was going to watch golf with Gary then so bittersweet that he had to leave after pouring the chips. Tom Mcbreath and Jennifer Spence need their own Ellis & Grace show. Now.
Unfortunately, Eric McCormack has almost no chemistry with anyone there. His quipping ability doesn't save him here. He has zero chemistry with Nesta Cooper's Carly- which- Wright and team should have fought for this casting to be exactly right because we're supposed to believe that MacLaren is willing to risk the survival of generations for a few bath time's alone with her. Things are slightly better with Kat, but it was plot- not chemistry magicks- that told us MacClaren was willing to risk everything to save her life.
Cool that the Director is more than a man (though I had my heart set on seeing Michael Shanks show up as the shadowy force of the future *g*). Cool that we weren't immediately fed the details about pervasive future changes including the destruction of Area 13, I mean, shelter 41. Cool that we don't really know if Grace (Ellis is 0014, Trevor's 0115, what Traveler is Grace again? 70 something?) is working for or against all of humanity- and really, I am totally in that they've obfuscated what force is fighting for humanity's best. It is so sad that they saved digging into that philosophical conundrum for the final two episodes of the season.
I really hope there's a season 2 because the end of season 1 was just about a great show- plot canyons and all.