You could look at the midseason finale of Designated Survivor in one of two ways.
Either it delivered enough jaw-dropping moments to keep you invested until the series returns in 2018 or it delivered on everything we already knew what was going to happen thus failing miserably at the shock factor.
For a series that caters to the actors’ needs, I’d go with the latter.
If you don’t follow television news, the First Lady’s death was probably a shocker. It’s been no secret that Natascha McElhone (Alex Kirkman) was leaving the series and realistically, the only way you have a show about a President with no First Lady is if she’s dead.
There were also many other hints sprinkled throughout the episode: Kirkman promising a romantic evening where they finally catch up, Alex calling him to tell him that they “won” and that she loves him, him not picking up her call, the belief in divine intervention, Kirkman at the hospital celebrating a new life all while one was ending.
The signs were all there. Alex finally regained some control of her life, which for the past few months was dragged down by the bribery investigation. It’s unfortunate that she spent all this time vying for a W simply to die the minute she got her freedom.
I’ll even say that the way she died was repetitive to how Hannah crashed back in season one when first pursuing her leads into the bombing investigation and McLeish. Was this done to emphasize that the crash wasn’t merely an accident but someone trying to take her out?
And on CHRISTMAS of all days!?
Kirkman hasn’t had an easy presidency and this will no doubt put a strain on his beliefs, which are at the core of who he is.
Like they said today, some people think the President is God.
And although he cannot put out forest fires, which would no doubt be beneficial nowadays in California, he can put out other fires or at least try to appease everyone by finding the best solution.
That’s what makes his team so successful. While Lyor was so quick to condemn all the twenty devout “cult” members that refused to evacuate from their cabin despite the spreading wildfires as “clearly insane,” Kirkman took the time to understand their way of thinking.
And without any decision that would be defended in the court of law, they had to find loopholes.
Emily whipped out her Catholic school knowledge to convince the babies mother to go through with the open heart surgery using artificial blood. When the doctors said they needed a full blood transfusion, she appealed to the human part of the mother. No one wants to kill their child based on what’s written in a doctrine.
In the end, everyone won. Well, everyone except Kirkman. We’ll see what the effects of the First Lady’s death have on his presidency.
The other major storyline focused on Hannah Wells and her lover boy who may not be that innocent.
Last week, Hannah put two and two together and realized that Damien might have been playing her this whole time and she was blinded by love. That’s what you get for mixing business with pleasure.
She digs a little deeper this week hoping for a different outcome but Chuck’s detective work and Aaron Shore’s intel ties Damien to the Russian Embassy, which probably means he’s sabotaging their investigation and working to help frame the First Lady.
I say probably because well, there’s actually NO solid evidence of this, just mere speculation.
Aaron wants to take control of the situation because clearly, Hannah has been compromised but she wants to fix this.
And her way of fixing it is confronting Damien and shooting him when he tries to come clean.
Whatever he reached for in his pocket is definitely going to come up when the series returns in 2018. Was it a gun? Was it some evidence? Was it an engagement ring? For now, we won’t know. And neither will Hannah. Can you imagine living out the rest of your days wondering what it could have been?
Seems like Damien was still one step ahead of her because he was wearing a bulletproof vest under his jacket. Was he expecting to be shot? And how was she so naive to believe that one shot would have killed him?
For someone who is talked up as the best agent in the force, she sure makes a lot of mistakes.
Thoughts on the midseason finale of Designated Survivor? Will you miss Alex or are you happy that she’s gone?