TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 17)
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The moral and ethical complexities of this situation, and the evolution of Kirkman’s character are what make this hour a great one to watch. Last episode ended with Kirkman confronting the Kunami ambassador after the dirty bomb was traced back to them; ‘Overkill’ picks up with the President addressing the American people and announcing that the United States were going to war. What was fascinating about this episode wasn’t necessarily the plot itself, but rather the way it demonstrated just how far Kirkman has changed since he lost Alex. No matter who, out of the people he most trusted, questioned his decisions and pushed him to re-evaluate his actions, he stood firm on his decisions. Even as more evidence came forward that should have made him reconsider his words, he would not waver. Even when it came out that an American missile had hit a civilian hospital and killed hundreds of people, he continuously advocated for sustained air strikes. It turned out that Kirkman had been wrong. Hannah, for some reason now out on Kunami ground with a SEAL team, discovers that it was the Kunami ambassador, not the emir, who had set up everything and framed the Kunami leader, so that he could rule in his stead. Kirkman had therefore been bombing this country for an attack it wasn’t truly responsible for.
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