The first episode left me cold. The second episode was even less interesting. I was ready to drop this show altogether, but my wife liked it a bit more than I did, and in the absence of anything else, we fired up episode 3.
Eccelson was sooo good. And the way they kept setting up so that you saw every pitfall coming but allowing him to overcome them buttered me up for the nut punch of "that was three days ago" at the lawyer's office. I thought they were going to let him win instead of pulling a Ralph Kramden on him.
I still not at all a fan of the main story, which I find tortuously slow and boring. But now that they've laid down the ground rules of the world, I would rather they spend of the rest of the series doing standalones like this. Although the episode was not strictly a standalone, as it added a new wrinkle as to whether or not this was a true biblical rapture since so many awful people were taken.
BTW, I know Eccelson was drawn to the roulette table because of the pigeon that had camped on it earlier. But was there any practical reason why he chose that table? Was there some significance to the bird and the table?