I just started watching the show in fits and spurts while burping my newborn. It's not an ideal way to give it my attention, but I make room where I can.
There are a lot of things to like here, and while I'm nonplussed by how they've rearranged our introduction to the characters and story compared to the books, and pleased by the attention to detail, I'm really not liking the production quality. My TV is not the greatest, but the background music/effects are like a blend of muted whalesong and static, and the voices are completely lost to the numbing background noise, so I turn it down and watch it all with subtitles.
I'm not enjoying the action/combat at all. The ham-handed marine fight on the Martian ship was really disappointing.. the books made the marines feel like absolute killing machines, where here in the show they feel like typical extras. There was what felt like a ten minute sequence where the heroes where being shot at as they made their way down a bridge which was directed in the most static and boring way, with only cgi bullet sparks to liven the tedious thing up. And what's up with the slomo zero-gravity scenes? You can move your limbs as fast as you want in zero-g, unless you're wearing a 200 pound Nasa suit, which they are not. For all the budget they have at their disposal, it's let down by the really poor direction for the action scenes.
Same for the space battle... really didn't feel like the whole torpedo / countermeasure, rail gun progression was clear, logical, or even interesting. Which really bums me out, since I had been savoring a more submarine style of combat in a space show for once.
What's with Amos? I get that they want a younger casting, but this little puggish upstart is a long way from the street tempered veteran of the drugland ghettos he's supposed to be. And Naomi has very little grace for her role. All the barking makes her irritating.
Anyhow.. I love the book series too much to give up on it, but overall I feel while the story is headed in all the right directions, the execution leaves much to be desired.