Wife and I watched the pilot last night. Started out somewhat promising, though as the AVClub review I posted upthread said, the two leads certainly ain’t no Muldur and Scully-- they are pretty wooden and boring, with no chemistry, even though the show is trying to establish some. Also, the sound mix, at least at the beginning, was strangely off to the point that the background sounds and music overwhelmed the dialogue and I could hardly hear what they were saying. My hearing is fine, and my wife noticed the same thing. I had to turn on the captions to follow what they were saying.
Then, when they got into the ‘story of the week’ the show went totally off the rails for me. I actually yelled “this is STOOOPID!” at one point:
Story of the week spoiler:
So, the basic plot is that the “good guys” (CIA and MI-6) are trying to recover the fallen to Earth debris of a wrecked alien spacecraft which has many different super-techy alien properties, most of which seem to be very dangerous, and keep it out of the hands of the “bad guys”.
They discover one crashed piece of debris in woods near a house that looks like a big disco ball. They seem to be awfully cavalier about walking right up to debris, especially seeing that one person in an early scene ‘phased’ through 16 solid floors to her death when she touched a piece. But they have fancy detectors to examine the debris so I figure they know what they’re doing. They determine the disco ball has powers to read people’s emotions and physically manifest them. And it manifested the dead son of a grieving mom who recently lost him in a traffic accident. The ghost-zombie son uses first the mom and then others as ‘batteries’, mind-controlling them to think they are his parent and reenact the car trip that led to the crash until their energy is used up, they bleed from the eyes, and go into a coma or something.
So the two lead good guys have figured all this out, and use the info to track down the car of the latest victim when it stops at a gas station (part of the reenactment of the accident trip). The one guy goes into the gas station to try to help the victim, while the woman, once again fully knowing what the alien zombie kid is capable of, goes up to the car all alone and starts talking to him. Really? W the everloving F? Of course when the guy comes out of the station he sees his partner and the car gone, because the alien zombie kid has taken his partner as the next victim.