Sorry, Piper Perabo, you are NO Jennifer Garner.
Piper is pretty much devoid of sweetness, charm or talent, or that wistful quality that made the Alias plots palatable, no matter how ridiculously over-the-top they went.
She also carries the baggage of being "Honey" the vegan who showed up in Resignation and had a "date" with House at the end of the episode. (And early example of an episode that was absolutely SCREAMIMG House/Wilson slash, with them doping each other, and then wussed out by giving us Het House.)
In another House-connection and to Ms. Perabo's detriment, her character's sister is played by Anne Dudek. Yes our own Cut Throat Bitch is reduced to playing the "normal" married with kids sister who tries to set up the super-duper-CIA chick with some boring, geeky guy. They've toned down Anne's blondness either to match Piper's hair or to keep Anne from out-shining her. It also looks like they're trying to keep her from looking like the Amazon she is next to Piper and failing dismally.
So yeah, if they wanted me to like this show, the first step would have been giving Anne the lead, instead of Piper, and the next would have been writing some actually likable characters.
Setting the lead character up as the super-duper agent, who's better than any of the others in training did not endear her to me at all. Piper came across as self-righteous wench, and I totally wanted the FBI guy to take her down a peg in some way. The "beta couple" of Peter Gallagher and Kari Matchett (hey, Kari, nice to see you again) are not giving me the hot hate!sex married thing that I think they're going for, and no, I don't even like the blind guy who is giving me a very unfortunate Ianto vibe.
They even threw in a "magical Negro" type as her old professor to warn her about the EEEEEVILS of the CIA.
There's no "wild card" character like a Jack Bristow to keep my attention and the potential UST character is blandblandbland.
The bad news is I think hubby actually likes this crap, so I may have to see more of it.
Interestingly, it turns out this episode was directed by Tim Matheson. Nice to see Tim keeping himself busy since he also made an appearance in the season premiere of White Collar.