I was very pleasantly surprised. Not as subtle in its machinations, perhaps, as Alias, but not as crappy as AICN has painted it to be. The early critiques have been middle of the road, and I think the show is a clear step up from it's closest, departed competition, The Agency. The series has a really cool set of opening titles. Oddly similar to Jake 2.0, though (but executed much better). As for the episode itself, I really like Kelly Rutherford. I think the show has done a disservice to her character (Frankie) by setting her up as the team's weak link. The team's liaison says straight out that they won't negotiate with terrorists but they trade her up after she gets captured for some Al Qaeda boys. She should have pulled a Sydney and escaped her captors since she had done such a good job for the most of the episode by evading them. As for the rest of the characters, they really come off as likable but need further fleshing out (we could start with some names!) Anne 'The Lark' Larkin is a very interesting character along with Jelani, Mo and the deaf girl (who, unlike Marlee Matlin, doesn't talk. Jelani and Lark translate for her to the rest of the team). The whole team is well-oiled and works well together, which really elevates it from The Agency, imho. Kilmer, played by James Denton, makes a pretty good leader so far (I especially liked the way he dealt with the terrorist at the end of the ep). I'll be very interested to see if they can sustain the adrenaline of fresh new stories or fall back on terrorists every week... This show is in the horrible position of being up against really tough competition, so it will really have to shine. If you missed it, ABC is rerunning the pilot at 8e/7c on Sunday night.