It wasn't as exciting as it could have been.
Because McCain didn't make any of his usual more obvious blunders (confusing Iranians with Sunni Arabs, identifying the head of Spain as the leader of a hostile country, etc.) though at times he certainly looked pretty confused, or strung out a series of non sequiters that had me going huh?
And Obama was too nice. It's a good trait in a president, to keep calm and composed and focus on the facts and not react with personal attacks, etc. But McCain was often condescending and definitely went personal on Obama several times in ways that I would have liked Obama to get personal back (e.g. Obama didn't challenge McCain on his veterans credentials by pointing out that McCain voted against increasing benefits for Iraq veterans and has a record of voting against legislation which would benefit veterans as well as active troops).
He also didn't jump on McCain when McCain talked about solving the POW/MIA problem. What McCain did was get the Vietnamese to seal the POW records so no one could really find out about MIAs and coincidentally couldn't expose the records of McCain's time as a POW there.
But over all, he answered most of McCain's attacks with reasoned corrections and generous acknowledgment when there was agreement, while McCain seemed overly pleased with himself when he thought he made a good crack at Obama's expense, or when he thought he got something right.
The visual impression couldn't be missed though. Barack was calmer, handsomer, taller, younger, more articulate, made his points more clearly and connected them more logically.
But there's no doubt McCain was whiter, more smart ass, simpler, more repetitive, and meaner, which, obviously some voters will like, unfortunately.
The real sparks and fun, I'm hoping, will come next week with Biden and Palin. Can't wait.