TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 7)
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“NATO is coming apart, my son is being sued, my mentor is a potential murder suspect, and my mother-in-law is being grilled by the FBI. And I’m just sitting here watching the world burn.” The season so far has been defined by its attempts to cram as many storylines per episode as physically possible, and this week is no exception. Though it certainly makes for an exhilarating hour, one still steps away with a lingering feeling of dissatisfaction. Old plots are redressed whilst new ones are hastily thrown in and made clumsily relevant. Whilst definitely made exciting with action and political drama, it seems Designated Survivor is falling into a rut, and is undeniably missing the freshness it brought with season one. As a standalone, it was a good episode, but long-term sub plots were clumsily brought together, often with lethargic conclusions. The Thorne murder for instance, had the potential to feed into a larger, bigger conspiracy that could transcend national borders and make for a fascinating and dynamic story. The direction the show takes is vastly different, and disappointing.
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