Some Designated Survivor observations



Hey, boys and girls! Care to guess what time it is? It’s observation time! Let’s go!

That Designated Survivor. Three episodes in, it’s holding its own. But it’s not without a few interesting little ticks and measures. Here are a few for your consideration …

Is President Kirkman holding his own so far with just a few days of world leadership under his belt? Sort of. But this third episode, “The Confession,” showcased quite a few doubts on his behalf, not only on the face of his often underwhelming political infancy but on a personal level, too. That’s not to say he hasn’t shown some chops – his playing chicken with that Iranian ambassador was impressive as was his demand for undeniable proof who attacked The Capitol. But since those two incidents? He’s been rather lackluster.

That interview, his first as Commander in Chief, was flawed, halting and didn’t instill any kind of confidence whatsoever. I would go so far to say it could come off as an embarrassment to the American public watching it. At the very least it should raise a few eyebrows propelling forward the question of whether someone from HUD should be occupying the Oval Office.

Kirkman’s chat with the former president’s son, Tyler Richmond, when the kid shot down The President giving a eulogy? Yeah, I get he was trying to be considerate of the kid’s feelings, especially after losing his father but you don’t talk to The President that way, I don’t care who you are. More points lost from Kirkman.

And I’m getting a little tired (and, again, it’s only three episodes in) of The President asking “What’s going on, Mike?” of his Secret Service agent.

Anything Kirkman built up in the first two airings of Designated Survivor he lost in “The Confession.”

Congressman Peter MacLeish: From the get go, being pulled out of the rubble of The Capitol and then seeing it again at the start of this episode, the dude appears sketchy head to toe. He’s got those kind of eyes that makes you wonder about him. Him making demands of Hannah Wells from his hospital bed to “keep him informed” just bolsters his creepiness. Any doubt the guy’s in cahoots in some way, shape or form with whoever is responsible? Nope.

Back to Kirkman: If one of your staff members leaks sensitive information to a news agency and it shows up on the boob tube hours later and the POTUS knows who did it, don’t you think he’d rip that staff member a new asshole? I don’t think there’s any question of that being the least of what would happen. Yet it appears Mr. Aaron Shore, Kirkman’s right hand man for the time being, not only did just that but got away with it with barely a hand slap. Honestly, I think the dude is just out for the best interests and image of The President … but his methodologies aren’t on the most up and up thus far. That little clandestine meeting where he got a file on Kirkman? I don’t thing that’s sinister, either. Just information to help him steer The President’s image toward the best light. We’ll see about that …



A funeral for a deceased president a mere 48 hours after his death? Seems a little hurried, doesn’t it? And yet it’s not like the former President Richmond can lie in repose … not with bits of him (probably) still being pulled out of the rubble of The Capitol.

Speaking of funerals, and especially ones with member of state: I can’t remember the last one where people actually applauded. Can you? That’s what I thought.

The premise of Designated Survivor has been entertaining and somewhat believable for the most part. The episode, with The White House computers being hacked and a video of the supposed attacker being implanted for everyone to see? I’m not buying that, even if it was offered at one of those Dollar Stores. It’s simply not believable. And anyone who thinks it’s not a plant of some sort should be cannon shot from The White House lawn.

Leo, Kirkman’s son, seemed (for the moment) to get off scot-free regarding his little drug selling escapade. But that’s not what really bothers me. What does bother me is that there are drugs inside The White House right this very moment and no one – not drug sniffing dogs, not Secret Service, no one – knows about them other than Leo and Alex. I find that highly questionable.

I think I’ll stop there. See what I mean? Maybe not the most interesting observations about the episode, but noteworthy just the same.

Add to the fact the episode seemed to have exactly zero forward movement and we’ve already hit a stumbling block in Designated Survivor. But that’s all it is, just a little stumbling block. It will catch its breath and get back to gettin’ come next week I’m sure …

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  1. I have really enjoyed the first three episodes so far. I’m not yet ready to trust Aaron yet though. He may have a hidden agenda in my opinion.