Ephraim still sucks in that 80's douchebag way that he's always sucked - and not awesome 80's douchebag like Johnny Lawrence of the Cobra Kai, but smarmy douchebag like Walter Peck from the EPA. Ugh.
Fet with the SEAL team was great. I'm confused at to why he hates awesome bone sword half vampire dude, but whatever. Maybe they're trying to make everyone as unreasonably stupid as Eph. Lower the bar enough to the point that their chosen hero doesn't seem so awful. Bolstering this point is Gus engaging in the stupid zombie trope of keeping his mindless vampire mother alive and chained up in her living room. I'm sure that's going to end well.
It's just the first episode, and the only two protagonists untouched by the Eph virus is Setrakian and the councilwoman. The professor read a book and counseled patience in his curmudgeonly lovable way. Sensible, since the book is the MacGuffin or whatever, but not very exciting. Hopefully he'll get more to do when Eph inevitably tries to steal the book and trade it for his terrible son. As for the councilwoman, she continues to be the most competent character on the show.
Eichorst remains a cool villain despite only having a minute of screen time. Nora and the creepy crawly kids would probably be good villains as well if they weren't so completely tied to Ephraim and Zacharias. The Master is less lame now that he's in the goth rock dude, but that's another low bar. Maybe he'll get more menacing as the season wears on.