TV Review: Designated Survivor (Season 2, Episode 21)
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Designated Survivor’s penultimate episode ‘Target’, unfortunately disappoints. Not only is it anti-climactic, given it should be gearing up for the season finale, it’s also been announced that ABC is cancelling Designated Survivor; ‘Target’ is therefore by default set to be the penultimate episode of the entire show. Having resolved the hacker conspiracy (for the most part) last episode, it was unclear where the remaining two episodes would be heading. Turns out, this hour was all over the place. If this season has proved anything, it’s that Designated Survivor is at its best when it tells tight storylines that feed into one another. Aside from bringing back Moss’ arch about leaking classified intelligence to the press, and a little about Damian’s murder, there’s hardly anything about this episode which ties back to the main plots. As Moss continues to publicly undermine Kirkman, the White House staff suggest hiring a special prosecutor to bring him to justice. Of course, who else would they bring in but Ethan West? It appears as though the writers are finding any excuse to squeeze in Michael J. Fox, even if those appearances feel forced. Of course he’s a fantastic energy on screen, but his storylines simply don’t feel organic. The only issue that had potential lasting significance, was the question of Kirkman’s re-election. ‘Target’ sees him approached by both leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties, asking him to switch from Independent to their side ahead of the elections. Kirkman, being himself, refuses both offers, to find out later that the Republicans have offered Cornelius Moss the candidacy.
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