Designated Survivor first began airing on ABC in September 2016. It is an American political drama based on what would potentially occur should the United States President, and all major party members in the Presidential order of succession, be eliminated in some way leaving the country without an obvious candidate to take office. I came late to the party and binged this series over the summer on UK Netflix.
Firstly, I’m not even going to pretend I’m not enjoying this media onslaught of tv shows and films that contain narratives such as this or an unfortunate mishap occurring in relation to the US president 😂 The world has seen too much heartache from the States since November, and the arts are the perfect way to deal with that.
This season contains twenty one episodes that are around about forty five minutes (ish) in length each. Each episode is action packed and filled with drama and horrific plot twists. The ability of this show to build tension really is a thing of beauty – my nerves were shot by the end of some episodes. If unpredictable plot twists and gritty drama are your kind of thing then I 100% recommend jumping on this bandwagon as soon as. The plot twists are out of this world. I’m talking Shonda Rhimes style cray-cray – which I’m telling you is the highest level of praise I can give to anyone.
The characters are all well developed masterpieces. There’s a more than healthy balance of kick ass women and men. The principle cast have diverse ethnicity and gender. You’ve got the kind of content and drive you’d expect of a political thriller/drama plus the added extras for those hopeless romantics amongst us (guilty as charged I’m afraid…), AKA shipping opportunities. The show is multi point of view following all of the principle characters in their personal storylines and gradually linking and entwining their lives as the show moves forward. In the first episode everyone is very much entirely separated and you’re wondering how they all slot together but the progression is just so natural you don’t even realise it’s happening until they are all merged. It’s a very well orchestrated plot. I feel like the shooting of the multi POVs is well balanced in terms of screen time. No character seems to be hogging the screen unlike some other ABC shows I can think of (I’m looking at you Once Upon a Time).
The casting is also a pretty good indicator of the quality of the show. I mean, Kiefer Sutherland. Need I say more.
All in all this show is a fantastic show to watch of an evening whilst wrapped in a blanket, in the dark, stress eating your favourite comfort food. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I need some people to scream at once the new season starts at the end of this month!
Happy binge-watching! x