Finally got around to watching the pilot episode last night. It was way more suspense and drama than we'd anticipated, from the scenes of the Secret Service busting in and rushing the guy from what I guess were his HUD offices over to the White House, to the tense situation room scenes to the drama surrounding the Capitol building rescue/recovery site. We liked it more than expected, and will be watching again for sure.
Points for irony for having Kal Penn playing a political aide. He (and most of the cast) were very good. Not sold on the teenager or the sneaky Presidential aide though. The General was also a huge cliché, but then when are they not portrayed as such.
It certainly looks like unraveling the mystery of what's happened and who is behind it is going to factor heavily into the storyline. I'm glad they have a whole other set of characters doing that, as it would be silly for Sutherland's President to be out chasing bad guys. When they were at the Capital site and the dogs alerted and everyone got excited at first I thought they'd found a survivor. I was thinking "Oh no, it's the Secretary of Agriculture, now they'll have to fight to see who gets to be President!". ;-)