It was definitely a set up episode to establish the planet and the main characters of this campaign. Though the sappy teen drama was annoying. The whole "the boy is mine" feels played with too much. Also the competition of leadership (Saw is a bit more overt, Lux is more subtle) was also a bit much. Could have drawn it out over a couple of episodes and let it grow organically (with both drama) .
I agree, but they have to ram those themes home to the kids, who won't pick up on it.