TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 19)
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Designated Survivor delivers on another gripping instalment, picking up from last week with Kirkman’s hearing, in which he must convince the Cabinet that he is fit to remain as President. Between this and the continued investigation into Andrea Frost as the hacker, ‘Capacity’ makes for an intense hour. Michael J. Fox again shines as Ethan West, and finally provides someone of a high enough calibre to face off against Kendra. As both characters battle it out in the hearing, it’s fascinating to watch them take turns questioning the witnesses, using the same responses to present completely different arguments. Despite the twists and turns as Kirkman’s failings since Alex’s death are revealed to all, never once does Kendra appear outmatched, nor does she get the upper hand on West. It’s exciting, and the tension makes it believable that the Kirkman presidency is truly at stake. ‘Capacity’ also serves to portray the strength of Kirkman’s leadership, a reminder which is sorely needed after the past weeks’ events exposed his worst traits. He reminds the Cabinet of his power as an honest and loyal civic servant, not a politician but a man who believes in doing write by his office and his country. On the other hand, however, Kirkman’s actions remain questionable. Hannah goes to him with the information she and Damian uncovered, that Andrea Frost is Gamine, aka the hacker they’ve been hunting for the best part of the season. While it’s true Hannah’s evidence was somewhat tenuous, the manner in which Kirkman dismissed her suggest his decision was emotionally-driven.
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