I just re-watched the premiere & I have to agree. I think the first episode was SOOOOO good. A great recap of what was going on with all the characters. They had a lot to cover in that one episode and I think they did a great job.
Obviously it's not realistic for them all to be uber successful, but they did a good job balancing. Lucas did well with his book, but he wasn't a best seller and live in a mansion, which is realistic. Peyton was an unhappy assistant of an assistant in LA, makes sense. Only one person was successful and it made sense for Brooke.
They did a good job keeping suspense the whole time about LP and BP friendship && the what happened to Nathan storyline. With great flashbacks. It was awesome how they did it all.
The whole season wasn't great (cue Nanny Carrie), but the beginning was amazing!!