"Designated Survivor" One Year In (TV Episode 2017) Poster

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One Year In
bobcobb3017 October 2017
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Designated Survivor got a new showrunner in the offseason and a rebooted feel, including a West Wing rip-off character added to the mix as a new consultant, but the program's main problems didn't suddenly go away, in fact they probably got accentuated. We saw that this is just an accurate political drama and the action sequences are subplots are way too goofy for 2017. Not a strong start at all to the new season.
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5/10
A mediocre start to season 2
adamsosnowski1 February 2019
Season 1 started with an awesome episode which kept me tied to the chair until the middle of the season. Since then the show has become worse, the acting artificial and the writing lazy.

I hoped for a new start with season 2, but unfortunately it was more of the same. POTUS keeps making speeches for no reason, Agent Wells still is fighting all alone against the biggest group of terrorists ever and most dialogues with Emily are just painful to watch and hear. Instead of a strong women the character seems arrogant, boring and unlikeable.

The plot involving the terrorists on the airplane was poorly written and both ambasadors are portrayed as dumb and goofy idiots. And all of a sudden there is an old friend of POTUS on the plane to make it all more personal, but that didn't work either as there is no real connection between POTUS and his "friend".
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7/10
Bring back Season 1
LoveIsAStateOfMind22 October 2017
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Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely adore Maggie Q and she is the reason I started watching Designated Survivor in the first place but I can honestly say I did not expect Agent Hannah to make it to a second season. The fact that she has her own subplot going on makes it feel like you're watching a show which is one half Nikita and one half The West Wing and I expected the writers to want to make the show more cohesive and continue in the vein of the latter.

As it is, Agent Hannah is still going strong and on the hunt for Patrick Lloyd and now joined by an British Intelligence Agent, who may or may not turn out to be a love interest. I lap up any screen time they give us with Maggie Q but can't help but feel that plotwise whatever they come up simply has to fail to match the great impact of the Capitol being blown up.

Back in The White House and Seth is having a bad day and the team is joined by an eccentric political director by the name of Lyor. I personally thought that the team was doing just fine without the addition of another character but oh well. My main gripe is that there has been absolutely no acknowledgement of the feelings between Aaron and Emily now that they are working together again. True, their jobs are hardly conducive to thinking of anything except running the country but TV-wise, this viewer wants more UST dammit!

Finally, there's the fact that Natascha McElhone is leaving the show hanging over the season. How are they going to write out President Kirkman's wife? Death seems highly likely.
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8/10
***
edwagreen29 September 2017
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Who is the apparent nerd-genius who has been hired as Kirkman's political director? He seems to mumble to himself and his talking seems to be an enigma. Even Kirkman was hesitant in hiring the guy but has succumbed to his supposed brilliant understanding of the political process.

I never saw a crisis to be defused so quickly. Great to figure out that the Soviets were really behind the hijacking of that plane by Ukrainians to force a provocation with the United States.

We get a lecture of the significance of the capitol building as the Kirkman Administration has plans to reconstruct it following the terrorist act of last year.

Our female agent is still in hot pursuit of the conspirators involving that awful plot that brought Kirkman to the presidency.
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7/10
Pretty Pedestrian
Hitchcoc18 July 2019
I'm hoping this was a bit weak because of transitioning from Season 1. There is nothing wrong with the events, but it's pretty formula and it's been done before. Kirkman continues to make too many heart-felt speeches. The one at the end is another one of those. I'm not positive why the country continues to be so opposed to him. He seem to be doing a decent job and is a solid figure. Of course the worst of the worst is still out there and people are scared, so I suppose that would explain it.
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5/10
Not really Dutch
pfstellinga18 April 2019
The people is this episode don't speak real Dutch and the setting is not the Netherlands. I think they filmed in Germany with German actors.
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1/10
Russophobia
avp200417 March 2018
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One star for Russophobia and "Russia invaded the Ukraine." And it's funny to hear about how the Americans call the Ukrainians "to solve the problem."
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