First off, this review will be full of spoilers. You have been warned.
I think the show is awesome.
lol, don't worry, I have more to say.
After a couple of seasons of Inhuman-lite with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. this show seems to be capable and willing to deliver what comic book fans expect out of the Inhumans. The basic plot of the episode follows a brief but meaningful glimpse of who each of the Royal family are. Black Bolt. Medusa. Crystal. Gorgon. Karnak. Maximus the Mad. Oh, and Lockjaw! The main plot thread revolves around Maximus, Black Bolt's brother, overthrowing Black Bolt and taking over Attilan in order to leave the Blue Area of the Moon, and it's limited space and resources, and move all of Inhumanity to Earth. Black Bolt, as the exposition declares, fears that it will cause a war with humans and doesn't feel the time is right to go to earth. Maximus' coup results in the Royal family being scattered across Hawaii, thanks to Lockjaw, and Crystal being held hostage. What happens I won't say so you do have something to look forward to when watching it. See? Even my spoilers have secrets...
Now to the fun stuff. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THE INHUMANS ON THE MOON!!! I can't overstate how cool this is to the un-comic-ed but the show writers could have easily skipped out on putting Attilan on the moon where it belongs and just have them living secretly on Earth. They don't, and to me it makes all the difference in the world. The closer these shows are to the source material, the better in my opinion. Medusa's hair looks amazing, though during the coup she has her head shaved so it'll be interesting to see how the next few episodes are going to involve her. Black Bolt doesn't really do much, with his powers there isn't really a whole lot he can get involved in without destroying everything. Generally you see him with his mask on, and though they did have him wearing his circlet crown in a scene I haven't entirely gotten used to seeing his whole face. Gorgon is great, the fact that they DID give him hooved feet was another touch that they didn't have to do but thankfully did and the actor playing him brings a lot of character to the role. Karnak is, Karnak, and that's a good thing. There are a few scenes where they show his pov of his powers and it is very cool. Lockjaw's CGI is good, and i'm soooo glad they have him in the show. He's probably my favorite of the Inhumans.
The acting is good and the show sets a precedent for effects and storytelling that should make the show a must watch for comic book fans. I know i'm going to make sure to keep up with the show. My only regret is that there won't be any crossovers with the Fantastic Four. In my mind and with all the comics i've read over the years it just feels weird to see the Inhumans without Marvel's First Family. In a perfect world this show could be the bridge that would bring the FF to the TV/Cinematic universe, but we all know that's a thin chance.
Either way, make sure to check out the pilot, it's well worth your time and you'll feel vindicated for sitting through all the Inhuman stuff they drug out in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I give episode 1 of the Inhumans my personal seal of approval.