I think it's a good enough show. Episodes are well paced and the story is spread around amongst the various characters well enough. The first season doesn't seem to delve into the mythology very much which is fine by me so far, I like that it's only being hinted at so far. Best mythology moment is easily the French woman's recorded message.
I won't b###h too much about the show requiring a ten ton sack of salt's worth of suspension of disbelief, I mean people are barely acting like they're stranded on a freakin' island by episode, uh, 2? Oh well.
None of the actors are giving bad performances, really, although Matthew Fox verges on a bit bland as a lead at times. No thoroughly dislikable characters IMO either, although Shannon and the pissy black dude from Oz come a bit close, because pissy black dude is played pissy almost all the time. They're giving his kid better lines than him! I think Sawyer, the designated a-hole character, is probably my favorite, and I think that actor is actually pretty good at showing a decent range. Yes, no, don't know? I know he's on some USA network disasterpiece of a show now (Colony, is it?) so maybe he's been consigned to hell.
And now, some whiny little nitpicking observations of mine!
-The device of someone inexplicably figuring out who committed some heinous act and then going up to them and telling them "WTF I know it was you" has been used too many times, ALREADY. Like three times. C'mon.
-I don't see why I'm supposed to hate Kate all that much yet aside from her getting Sean Astin's twerpy little brother from Iron Will killed.
-I bet the "numbers" are going to end up annoying the hell out of me before the end of the show. They're not doing a very good job of "hiding" them in lines of dialogue and whatnot.
-Sayid is not a bad character but of all the backstories we got in season 1 I'd say his was the dumbest. Hilarious of the show to feint at "political relevance" like that. LOL terrorism, lol Iraq? Memba 2004?
-Also memba 2004: the smoke monster is showing its age, dude. I wonder if the CGI in Spider-Man 2 looks like sheeeyit today, too.
-William Mapother doesn't look like Tom Cruise's cousin, he looks like the previous link on an evolution chart leading to Will Forte. Nugh.
-Daniel Roebuck as the obligatory "whiny jerk who has to die because he's a whiny jerk" character? Oh hilarious, I'll never be able to watch River's Edge the same way now that I've seen him explode, with chunks of him landing on the characters and nobody registering any emotional impact at all from his death. And his dialogue, where he whines about his job as a teacher? Why didn't they just have him say that he was a pederast while he was at it, or maybe have Seth Rogen come on screen and tell him "dude you need your ass kicked" or something like that?
-Best episodes are the pilot, the season ender, and the big Boone death-pisode. Hey, they pulled out the stops in that one pretty nicely, if you ask me.
Uh, I'm going to take a break to watch Band of Brothers before doing another season. Is that okay with you?