Hmm. I seem to remember a whole lot happening even in the first episode. Even with the obligatory cast member introductions we got two murders, maybe three. And those seemed incidental, as if there was a whole lot more important stuff going on. Any way you slice it there was a lot of plot development right out of the gate. Not every show convinces you, in the pilot, that you will need to not miss any episode, and that it is appointment TV. I get a handful of those a year, and for me, this was one of them.
People are different, and that is usually a good thing. Scientists have found that thrill seekers jump off of bridges to get the same exact chemical reaction in their brain that someone else might get from reading a good book.
If you found it slow, that means only one thing: you found it slow. No one is being crucified for their subjective reactions here (at least not up until this post). We could probably find a lot more credible reasons to resort to that.
I agree with everything you say. To me this show had everything I look for in a good crime novel, character development and a "can't put the book down" plot. It is true that if you watched live you didn't dare go to kitchen for a snack. It seemed like things were moving slow because there was nearly no fast movement, not much driving over the speed limit, almost no conversations that didn't have thoughtful pauses. And yet murders kept happening. Drawn out dying? No. Just whack, bang, or even less noise, and someone was murdered.
It's not for everyone, but it's a style I find mentally stimulating.