TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 2)
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‘The Sting of the Tail’ brings Patrick Lloyd back as the hour’s primary focus, reintroducing the thrill and tension that had been sorely missed since season one’s finale. A break in the manhunt for Lloyd rapidly precipitates an ultimate showdown between the authorities and the infamous terrorist, forcing Kirkman to weigh the law against Lloyd's imminent threat to release sarin gas in the DC metropolitan area. All this occurs against the backdrop of the White House Correspondents Dinner, one which ultimately served little purpose aside from giving Seth a minute amount of screen time, during which the point is driven home that he cannot write jokes. Far from being amusing, this entire side story is simply awkward and weighs an otherwise solid episode down. Likewise, bringing in Alex’s mother Eva had no point - aside from displaying that Lloyd’s reach could extend to the President’s family. Since he is killed off by the end of the hour however, no development occurs as to the potential of the threat, thus it’s difficult to understand the motivation for bringing back her character.
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