Well, I certainly didn't hate it but if I hadn't been already sold on it and excited about it I don't think the pilot would have pulled me in. I'm sure it's super tough with an ensemble to intro all the characters and still tell a story.
I loved Sydney. I miss having alliteration in her name to pair her up with Harding Hooten in their perfectionistic tendencies but that's a tiny detail. I didn't get why everyone was giving her a hard time when she was only trying to be a good doctor and help others be good doctors. Maybe that was supposed to be like a, "Here goes Sydney again on another rant. Why does she do these things *every* meeting." Because what she was saying made perfect sense to me. But even Hooten seemed to want her to shut up. :-(
Jonathan Silverman is still the best friend from Girls Just Want To Have Fun. When I see him I think he's about to play Tune in Tokyo.
Buck was weird. His jerky movements and odd facial expressions. I don't get him.
Watching Quinn's surgery was tough. It was a tad gory for me but I think that was because I was on edge, knowing what was going to happen. Near the end when Ty said "Uncontrollable bleeding" at the M&M conference. That was heartbreaking.
I agree with people saying Hooten was coming off as mean. In the books he wasn't cruel, just exacting. Here it was like he was enjoying watching doctors squirm just for the pleasure.
Tina didn't have much to actually do but even so I think the scene with her husband could have been cut. I get they wanted to give Jennifer more of an intro but with the time constraints I think it was wasted space.
I loved Gato in the book. On the screen I think too much of his character came just from him being Ving Rhames.
Possibly if this had been a 2 hour pilot it would have been amazing. (The camera close ups, music, etc. don't bug me too much though they certainly don't endear the show to me.)