TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 4)
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This season of Designated Survivor continues to, at times clumsily, walk the line between fantasy and real-life contemporary political issues. ‘Equilibrium’s focus is on a US-Mexican border dispute and trade deal, which, alike last week’s, undoubtedly rings all-too-familiar to anyone who’s been following American politics to any degree. Following a blockade at the Mexican border over a potential trade and labour deal, tensions are mounting between the two states. Things only worsen when a Mexican truck driver charges the blockade, and in the ensuing shooting from both sides, is killed by an American bullet. Not only does this lead to a pertinent, though not fully realised commentary on current international relations between the two countries, but it also serves as an opportunity for character development. Aaron Shore is reluctantly dragged out and pressured to take a side in the dispute, as the highest-ranking Mexican-American in the Kirkman administration.
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