Because I'm open to 70s British television like Doctor Who and Faulty Towers, just to name a few, I was more than ready for the style and pace of the show. And this first episode, The Way Back, has a pace that I think is appropriate, but I feel many would say was, and forgive me for saying so, slow.
I find The Way Back, an awesome title by the way, to be quite fascinating, dark, and hopeless. There is a scene where not a committee, but three - I'm going to say government workers, decided Blake's fate like deciding the fabric of the drapes in the Governor's Mansion. It was such a diabolical scheme. The actors were quite nonchalant about...get this...taking kids out of school, implanting them with false memories of Blake assaulting them in order to discredit Blake.