The lowdown? This show is solid.
Sure, this episode felt a little predictable at times, but then again, we have to remember that the series feels geared more towards a younger, teenage audience as opposed to the more critical (and slightly older) Marvel fans that we're used to.
The only major issue I had was that the visual effects (VFX) of Khan's powers were not good. I knew that this couldn't be a draft version of the episode with placeholder effects, but I hoped it was. Spoiler alert: it wasn't. The visual representation of her powers seemed cheesily done—like glacier blue streams of lightning mixed together with blue smeared icing on a sheet cake. Basically, I was confused. At one point, Khan goes to save a classmate from being killed and stretches out her arm legitimately like one of those novelty sticky hand toys.
It's genuinely surprising that the VFX isn't great when the animated art throughout the entire episode is absolutely incredible. Not only is it used in the introduction to the series during the first few minutes, but it's sprinkled in throughout for other uses, like in showing text conversations and in giving visual support to what Kamala and Bruno are talking about in various discussions. But writing about these visual effects doesn't do it any justice—you'll know it when you see it.
As a whole, I'm rooting for this show—sue me, I want it to do well. Kamala Khan is one of those groundbreaking characters who deserve the spotlight: she's the first Muslim Marvel character in a starring role and it's Vellani's first major role in general (and she's absolutely crushing this character, I might add).
My advice? Give this show a chance. It seems like fans have been more likely to dismiss this series outright than give it a fair shot more than other shows, so keep an open mind upon your first watch. Maybe the VFX isn't perfect, but that's not to say it won't improve along with the overall predictability of the plot. WE'RE ONLY ONE EPISODE IN. If I judged every show that I've ever loved by its first episode, well, I wouldn't have many favorite shows (I'm looking at you, Ozark and Curb Your Enthusiasm).
Ms. Marvel airs Wednesdays on Disney+.