TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 13)
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After a couple of action-packed episodes since its mid-season hiatus, Designated Survivor slows the pace and allows for Kirkman to grab back the reins. ‘Original Sin’ opts instead for political machinations and picks up from last week’s end-of-hour crisis, the leaked prison tape. While the news cycle picks up the video and spins it into a scandalous executive overreach by the White House, another crisis shares the staff’s attention: a group of Native Americans of the Ocheole Tribe, led by Lacy Cousins, stage a sit-down protest inside the White House in order to obtain the President’s help in retaining ownership of their land. This episode also introduces Trey Kirkman, Tom’s younger brother whom no one seems to know about, when he attends a meeting about Alex’s late wishes for her foundation, for which he is a board member. It’s obvious from the beginning that the two brothers have a complicated relationship. However, Trey’s introduction could not have come at a better time. Right now, Tom is struggling to keep his family together, mourning his wife and running a country, with no one left to help him manage his family life. A functioning relationship between the two Kirkman’s would contribute greatly towards finding an equilibrium for Tom’s private and public lives. The children would also benefit from having their uncle around, as Leo made clear to Trey. These days he doesn’t seem to get much screen time, but what he does get he makes count. Though after ‘Grief’ and the words exchanged between Leo and his father, it would have been interesting to see how their relationship was faring some weeks on.
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