I've been talking on the forums and apparently they're very positive on it. I know that Whedonesque had some negative comments. Many of those I agree with.
I think the episode was glaringly bad in the way it turned Boyd into a over-the-top villian. He didn't need to be walking around with his stupid grin and his "I love you guys" effusiveness. His affections were always understated in the past. Boyd has always been an understated character. I suppose you could make the argument that his understatement was in fact his cloak of secrecy and enforced restraint, but I still believe he would have made a better turn to villian if he hadn't changed at all but was now suddenly evil. Keep him recognizable, for the love of god.
And was there anything worse than Eliza/Echo running in front of the CGI'd explosion only to awkwardly cut away and then cut back to her just standing on the street with an expectant look on her face? Sorry guys, but if you want to see an actual scene where the heroine is running from the explosion she's created to defeat the villian, go watch Graduation Day Pt 2. Sure, it's over 10 years old but it still looks 100x better than that crap.
God. And I didn't like the writing in this episode. The dialogue felt stripped of meaning, sanded down to only one level reading. I just...
I don't want to be this disappointed, but it ain't happening for me. Anyone else feel this way?