TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 14)
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This week’s Designated Survivor puts a long-term issue to rest, the question of who will be Kirkman’s Vice President. It’s strange to think that Kirkman still believed he didn’t need a vice president. One can understand a certain wariness after what happened with Peter MacLeish, but for him to go an entire year, and especially go through the death of his wife, whilst governing alone, defies common sense. Therefore this week was all about establishing the candidates for the post, and the ultimate decision to appoint Washington DC Mayor, Ellenor Darby to the post, after she and Kirkman spent the hour tackling a crisis together. She’s a woman who was willing to call the President out when she deemed it appropriate, at one point suggesting he was running the risk of appearing authoritarian, and acting like a dictator after he called in the National Guard on the DC metro area after looting broke out during the blackout. It’s true that Kirkman has been particularly obstinate and reactive to challenges, especially since Alex’s death. It’s a different side to him that may well bring forth more interesting dynamics but, bringing a new character into the fold who can act as a counterbalance to this new side of his leadership, will be a welcome addition. Speaking of new additions, Trey continues to be a breath of fresh air. He’s charismatic, sweet, and understanding, and he even has the contacts to unexpectedly help out his older brother. He’s a lighter counterpart to Tom, as Kirkman remains darkened by his mourning and the weight of responsibilities. The resolution to this week’s crisis, a blackout engineered by the same hacker who’s so far infected the International Space Station and caused the prison video leak, is uneventful. Chuck figured out a cipher, and it was all resolved off-screen.
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