The initial gateroom scene, when they were coming onto Destiny for the first time, was such a beautifully done scene, I thought. I really wanted to yell at everyone to just get the heck out of the way once they were there, though. That was a little scary, people and cases almost piling on top of each other. And of course the last part of that, with Col. Young... ouch!
I like Eli. Eli is like... a younger, less stressed version of McKay. His voice sounds like Hewlett's when it gets higher, and he's got a similar feel in the delivery of some of the lines. When Eli was asking if they were going to beam him up and erase his memories, I was like "stop making jokes - they'll all turn out to be real!" And then they beamed him up and that was such an awesome part, just hearing the beaming sound and knowing he's going to be on a ship in half a second.
Dr. Rush is my favorite character so far - I think there's so much there within his personality to explore. I'm really looking forward to learning more about his character. He reminds me of a less frazzled version of Zelenka, with the long hair, but someone with a lot more personal demons.
Nice to see Dr. Lee, and I think I saw Walter for a split second. Tapping and Anderson appearances, of course, not much to really mention (except does anybody actually believe that O'Neill would put Rush in charge? That's not exactly the most plausible thing ever, hah). Also, I would like to order DVD copies of any and all Daniel Jackson Stargate primers, kthx.
The other characters on the ship, I also don't have a lot to say about them at the moment. But I definitely am looking forward to seeing more of them as well - it seems like the writers put together a lot of neat personalities. (Oh, except I do have one thing - is it a required for membership in the IOA that you have to be a jerk? Maybe she'll be better when there's less immediate pressure stuff going on.)
I hadn't read a lot about the show prior to watching it, but I had heard that communication with Earth would be possible. I sort of had the idea that they would be making up some weird tech for it, just as some way of explaining why the communication would happen. But the fact that it's the Ancient communication stones, something we've seen before, makes a lot of sense.
As far as tech inherent to the ship, I would have liked to see more. I mean, I'm sure that they will be showing us lots more in future episodes. But it just seemed a tiny bit (not too much, but just a little) convenient that they needed MALPs and they got those floating cameras. I mean, aside from that, all we saw was the consoles and the graphical display, and those are sort of a given. Not too big of a deal for me though.
I really enjoyed the first two hours of this show... I can see a few different directions they might take it that I wouldn't be too happy about (e.g. tons of angst, lots of random romance) but I think that I will be enjoying it. Definitely looking forward to seeing more!