TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 22)
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So, ABC cancelled Designated Survivor after its second season, and assuming the Netflix rumours don’t come to fruition, this week’s episode may be the last we’ll see of President Tom Kirkman. Of course as the cancellation was announced a mere few days before the finale air date, no one knew they were making a series finale. Nonetheless, even as a simple season finale, ‘Run’ pains. Yes, the hour gave viewers some resolution to the larger arcs, but too many subplots meant none of them were done well enough to incite much interest. It wasn’t the worst episode the season’s seen, and it wasn’t the best. It was very average, which is disappointing for the last episode we might ever see of Designated Survivor. The hour juggles between disjointed plots and too many locations, from the White House, to London, to a fictional US territory named Taurisi, a sort of stand-in for Puerto Rico. The latter, while demanding independence from the US, experiences a catastrophic tsunami. Seth and Lyor were there at the time and must help pick up the pieces on their side of the waters. Emily is back at work after being shot last week, as though nothing happened. It might just have been a graze, but no real conversation was had about the attack, nor did her colleagues seem concerned. It’s as though the shooting was done purely for dramatic effect, to convince viewers to tune in for the season finale, rather than serving any narrative purpose.
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