From this week's Entertainment Weekly (Fall Preview issue):
Abrams [...] believes the pilot, though entertaining, doesn't quite nail his character-driven series vision: "In many ways, the first episodes that follow are better. They're much more focused."
I wasn't at all impressed by the pilot, it wasn't good television. But I'll give the show another chance based on decent characters and the elements the show put into play. The last time I hated a pilot it was Heroes
, a show which I came to enjoy quite a bit. That's why I said up thread its difficult to judge a show from a pilot. Sometimes shows start slowly, sometimes they're just bad.