TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 8)
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‘Home’ was a refreshing hour that allowed Kirkman and the audience to partially escape the stifling White House and head into the field. Kirkman flies to Afghanistan in secret, to visit troops but more importantly, to form an alliance with one of the two dominant warlords in the country. The President aims to do something his predecessors could not: to end the long War on Terror and finally bring peace to the region, which would allow American troops to be withdrawn after over 15 years on the ground. The catch is, one of the two warlords Kirkman is meeting with has plans for an attack on US soil. They just don’t know which one. The other could be backed by America to consolidate power in the country and flush out those extremist groups residing there. As always, Kirkman does his job best when face to face with leaders, and when amongst the people. Seeing him out in the field was a great relief from the sense of claustrophobia that had been building in the last few weeks, as he butted against bureaucratic red tape and the frustrations of diplomacy at every turn.
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