I read the books and liked (but not loved) them.
Only Battlestar has really shone for me in terms of its effects on Syfy. This looks...okay. Too much exposition for my liking, although that might have been unavoidable.
That said, small things like the cracked phone and lots of skinny, lanky people helped sell the idea of this used world. I thought the hovering bird was pretty cool, too.
Hi, Jonathan Banks! Bye, Jonathan Banks!
For me that intro scene was a wasted opportunity. Perhaps the series wants to keep what's going on really mysterious, but while the book's opening was the same scene, the way it was described was really unnerving.