The second episode of Designated Survivor was immensely disappointing. The first show was a great start with about to be fired HUD Secretary Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) being the title character when the unthinkable happens. It looked to be an exciting show because so much was going on. Kirkman would be under fire from both international positions and domestic positions. He dealt with Iran in the first show. Kirkman’s wife is interesting but his self-absorbed son Leo promises to bring lots of drama to the White House. At the same time the cause of the attack is in question and there is conflict between the investigator Hannah Wells and her boss. There is the unsettled disposition of Hannah’s love interest who on Capitol Hill at the time of the attack.
All this was washed away with hateful cops and hateful Republicans in the second show. Michigan’s governor, a member of AEI, has decided to go the full FDR and imprison all Muslims in Michigan. Oh, and there is an evil surviving Republican woman that seems nice at first but we know will be evil.
Sidebar: the AEI is the American Enterprise Institute. In its own words:
The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world.
We are committed to making the intellectual, moral, and practical case for expanding personal freedom, increasing individual opportunity, and promoting free enterprise in America and around the world.
It took a hard, and undeserved knock from the show. End Sidebar.
We still like the show. Tom is an interesting guy with enough conflict to make Jack Bauer happy. It is laughably biased during an election year but there are still lots of interesting thinks going on. When the bombers turn out to be white Christians we might rethink our position or we might suspend disbelief again.