Thursday, December 15, 2016

What I’m Watching: Designated Survivor

Designated Survivor: Season 1, Episode 8 “The Results” (C)

I feel like I haven’t seen this show in a month, and that’s mainly because I’m so behind on TV and no episode aired during Thanksgiving Week. I almost forgot that it was on and missed it altogether, and I’m not so sure that would be a bad thing. At this point, two more episodes have already aired and the show is on hiatus until March, so it’s probably worth catching up. The problem is that this show is not turning into what I had hoped it would be, and instead it’s failing on pretty much all fronts. Jason being blackmailed is by far the worst thread, and I can’t imagine how he thought that confessing to killing Nassar was going to play out well for him and assure that his son will be released. And on their side, where did they expect this to go? For whatever reason, Hannah is being encouraged by her own Deep Throat not to talk, and now he’s in custody but no one believes that he’s actually guilty. Everyone loves a cryptic clue-giver, and looking into 11:14pm is sure to take Hannah at least a few episodes. Tom is much more preoccupied with other things, namely going to vote to show the American public that it was safe to do so and trying to maintain his relationship with the son who might not actually be his (though he is). And of course Lisa’s total betrayal of Seth is merely a signal of the power of democracy. I’m not impressed.

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