Does nobody who comes to this site understand about characters evolution/plots? The thing that made SGA better than SG-1 is character evolution. Firstly they are building up every character even the ones who don't get much screen time.
I personally love the pacing its not to slow (for a character driven tv), not to fast for those that need some action.
REMEMBER this isn't a normal SG it is going to be about the people. People are complex, have a myriad of things going on with them. I think this is the first SG to have mostly believable characters. If you think Rush is just a jerk then your not really looking hard enough. If you think the angry Marine guy is just that your mistaken. If you think that James is really going to care about Scott getting with Chloe you really don't understand the idea of FWB or NSA (though she might we haven't seen her really since they did it [except once or twice when Chloe is was around and she did give Chloe the stink eye]).
I assume those of you who think that when Chloe and Scott got together it didn't makes sense other than hot guy (debatable) and hot girl (debatable), then you have never had loss before. The scene right after Chloe lost her father was key. He was there when she needed him to be; even though I wish they had done Eli instead (us cute dorks [male and female] need loving too).
As for the few things people have complained about that I agree with. Yes the stones make terrible plot holes of well why don't you just have ____ come and fix the problem. Its true. But there is one thing about the stones we do know. They can only be used for a short period of time. The reason the ones on SG1 in the ep when Vala and Jackson were trapped in the bodies is because they didn't have the base for the other side and they need the base to be fully used.
Yes they somehow shave...This is fantasy do we really need to see most characters take a shit no but we know it happends; this is off screen stuff. Up to "Life" the eps have been sequential in days, so once one ep is done the next is about to start.
I personally would rather have a show that really delt with characters in real fashion then one that goes hey Sam fix this ship...DONE problem solved.