TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 18)
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‘Kirkman Agonistes’ was an amazing and captivating hour of television. Rolling off the end of the last episode, this week deals with the fallout of the psychiatrist’s tapes being leaked. Kudos to Designated Survivor for using the 25th Amendment as a plot point; it’s not often that this show takes an opportunity to make a political comment, but the writers put this one to good use (Of course, contrary to the current political situation, we’re actually rooting for the person in office). With the hack and fallout as the focus, there’s no external crisis for Kirkman to deal with. As a result, the narrative is much tighter than usual, which contributes to an even tone and pace throughout the episode. Hopefully the rest of this season follows this pattern. Within the first few minutes, doubts and suspicions about the senior staff’s loyalty to the administration are dismissed. It’s a relief, because it all would have been unnecessary drama given how well the audience has gotten to know each character. However, that doesn’t mean betrayal isn’t on the table. Dr Andrea Frost is present this episode, assisting Kirkman and serving as his confidante throughout the ordeal. She is so likeable, so present for Kirkman and so understanding of his situation that it really does shock when it’s revealed that she may be the hacker. Of course this may be another red herring, but it seems like a highly plausible theory. She has the access, the brains, just not the motive. Whatever the outcome, the revelation was beautifully timed.
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