TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 16)
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‘Fallout’ picked up where ‘Summit’ had left off, with Kirkman discovering there was a dirty bomb hidden somewhere in the United States. Finally, this allows Designated Survivor to go back to what made it such a popular show in its first season, returning from a soapy political drama to a political suspense thriller. It’s all the better for it. As predicted, Kirkman immediately jumps on Kim and accuses him of being responsible for planting the bomb as a way of sabotaging the peace deal. What ensues from there are discussions, some techy spying, and Hannah doing all the legwork in hunting down the main suspect, as usual. This episode really saw Kirkman and Emily sliding away from their ‘moral compass’ personas that had defined the first season. Bringing Andrea Frost into the fold was a great move on the part of the writers. As Moss stated last episode, Tom surrounds himself with ‘yes men’, who are essentially incapable of telling him when he is overstepping. Andrea Frost may not be the answer to this, but her fresh perspective serves to highlight moments in which Tom oversteps and abuses his Presidential powers. She is wary of the government and reluctant to give them too much control over her technology, in this case a powerful tool called Lyra.
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