Designated Survivor S02E01: “One Year In” Review


So the return of the award winning political drama. And boy was it gripping. It feels as though Designated Survivor takes real events and references them on TV, in a way that isn’t insensitive but also gives way for some quality television that feels rather immersive and lifelike. Honestly, this is one of the best series on television.

B Plots.
One thing that shows often fail is the b plots. I know that screen time should be mostly devoted to the build up of the actual story. Designated Survivor does it in a way that allows it to weave itself into the episode, that makes it feel more lifelike; you want to be there. It makes the otherwise incredibly unlikely storylines seem real, with relationship, or work related stress affecting the way people work…

… Of course, not everything was rosy as we make it out to be. There were many, many incidences of the show clearly being, well, a TV show. The typical clich├ęd, open document and curse it, is inevitable in a drama like this, and in some ways brings the viewer back to reality and realize that it is just a tv show and not feel as immersed and they should be.

One shouldn’t focus on the negatives. Most of the episode was almost silver screen quality television; better than quite a lot of things on TV.

Like seriously, how is eastenders still on TV, like I mean, seriously…..

Natasha McElhone deserved some more screen time, rather than being the typical comfort wife. We can’t give the writers a hard time though, it was a mesmerizing hour of television. It really makes me feel more interested in politics and it does a really good job of showing all the nooks and crannies of politics. One particular, likely yet very hilarious part of the episode is the total ignorance of a white house guest, while eventually acknowledging him, at the end of the day…..
All in all, an entertaining hour of television.