TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 15)
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This was a pleasure to watch as a self-contained episode, but pained a little in the season’s broader scope. ‘Summit’ sees Kirkman mediating negotiations between East and West Hun Chiu, clearly stand-ins for South and North Korea without the name-dropping. It might feel a little like a cop-out, but it’s not Designated Survivor’s responsibility to put out cutting political commentary. So for now, the insinuations will have to do. Both countries are feuding and obstinate, and Kim threatened war if he does not return to his country with a deal he deems acceptable to his people. Double dealings and misleads ensue, not necessarily from the parties you’d expect. Kim’s role in this instalment was useful in drawing parallels between him and Kirkman, highlighting the latter’s dictatorial tendencies. Sure, Kirkman would neither use nukes to keep a country in line, nor would he orchestrate the murder of his own family members, but it’s become increasingly clear that when it suits him, Tom is more than willing to go over people’s heads and make decisions single-handedly. These aren’t the qualities of the leader of the supposed Free World.
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