I have to say this one didn't start out with a 5 star possibility for me since it sounded like an odd and possibly cheesy premise, but it did, as show star Ron Livingston promised, deliver more than just relationship drama in space. But it did still have a lot of that too.
What I liked:
*The Battlestar Galactica-style flashbacks were a little lame, but they did give us a decent background on the characters.
*Ron Livingston. Without him, I don't think I would've gotten through the full 2 hours since the rest of the characters and acting was relatively awful and uninspired.
*The "original" concept. Yes, space has been done in various movies and shows, but besides the probably failed Virtuality, I believe a space journey has not been fictionally documented yet for a regular series.
What I disliked:
*The "destiny" theme. I almost like the idea of mixing science and beliefs/religion, but it seems like they're trying too hard to make this more than just an interesting and dramatic space journey. BSG just ended. Let's not try to make another epic space drama about destiny, fate, people controlled by some outer/inner force.
*The set-up that everyone's slept with or is going to sleep with everyone else. Did the show creators not learn from this dead end on Grey's Anatomy that it's not clever or necessary to have that many love octagons?
*The crying baby. Really? The female astronaut is haunted by the crying of her aborted baby/guilt? Not a fan.
So what did you like and dislike about the premiere? Overall, I give it a 3/5, and with the way it dragged on, I'd say that's a bit hopeful and generous.
What's your rating? Are you excited for more or skeptical that this show has any promise?