Is there ever not a threat to the D.C metro area?
During the last few episodes of Designated Survivor, it seems like everyone living in proximity of the White House is in the danger zone.
And by the end of the hour, things are looking grimmer as Kirkman has declared war, something we’ve seemingly been trying to avoid this whole time.
On this week’s episode, Kirkman’s team uncovered a “dirty bomb” somewhere in town, or in other words, a radioactive bomb that could take out several city blocks.
Since the threat comes on the heels of aggressive negotiations with East Hun Chiu, Kirkman’s administration pointed fingers at Chairman Kim who wasn’t too pleased especially when he found out he was being kept “prisoner” in the States until they could be sure this wasn’t his doing.
Hannah interrogated his son, Joon, who assured her his father wasn’t stupid enough, or suicidal enough, to pull a stunt like this. But she isn’t convinced as all the evidence, including radioactive shipping containers, have Kim’s name all over them.
She’s also working with some new agent because Aaron Shore is busy doing something in the underground bunker with all the other high-level government officials. And of course, there’s no mention of Damian because what’s the point of continuity?
Plus, they don’t really need his intel anymore when they can just bring Dr. Andrea Frost, an Elon-Musk type tech guru who suddenly has all the answers to Kirkman’s problems. We know what you’re doing writers, you’re slowly but surely creating an innocent relationship between these two characters that will eventually go from platonic to romantic when enough time has passed for Kirkman to mourn Alex.
I’m slightly irritated that there’s a “love interest” when Alex’s funeral is still fresh on everyone’s mind. They even went out on a “date,” which Kirkman claimed to be a publicity stunt. What will the kids think?
However, I like her and appreciate that she isn’t down for the “any means” approach that Kirkman’s administration has been following lately. Confidentiality measures are in place for a reason!
Yes, she’s willing to help her country but not at the cost of her own company.
Considering the show’s penchant for moles, I figured the fresh-faced FBI agent was probably aiding Joon in whatever it was he refused to tell Hannah about. Especially since the whole baking-soda fiasco occurred when she stepped out of the room for a minute. Thankfully, it was a false alarm and Hannah’s partners are all legit, for now.
Instead, Joon left on his own accord because he was trying to protect his girlfriend who had been kidnapped by the real bombers – the Kumani government.
In case you don’t remember (and why should you, honestly?) the Kumani’s haven’t been on great terms with America since that whole navy ship episode.
Still, there was no mention of them until now so it honestly felt a bit plastered together for the sake of any storyline.
Also, I can’t get over the fact that Hannah was fooled by a decoy bomb and allowed for the “big show” to actually happen. Isn’t this like 101 of bomb threats? There’s likely always more because bombers love to make multiple things go boom?
I’m surprised that while most of the DC elite were off-the-grid, no one warned the public. Invoking fear isn’t something they’d want to do but don’t the people deserve to know about things like this? It just doesn’t seem fair. (BRB going to build my underground bunker right now.)
Thankfully, no civilians died in the Metro explosion, but six federal agents were taken out, including John Forstel.
I personally didn’t have a preference on whether John lived or died but when he was looking to make an atonement for how hard he was on the President’s wife in court, you could tell something bad this way comes.
And on top of that, he got the President’s forgiveness; making peace was a dead giveaway that he was about to be offed.
Kirkman isn’t a bad guy but he really has a problem listening to his staff and taking their advice. In actuality, he loves defying them at every turn which doesn’t make their jobs any easier. When he gets riled up, all hell unleashes on Earth and sometimes, hot-headedness isn’t the best quality for a President to have. When Kumani’s government refused to cooperate, acknowledge their role in the explosion, or admit that they were trying to stir the pot so that East Hun Chiu would be at war and thus, they’d make millions, Kirkman just about had it.
Understandably, this is just one of many bogus events piling onto his desk and like I said previously, one of many attacks on his country and administration. He was bound to snap sometime soon. He’s done with negotiations and meetings, he wants action and he wants to show the world that he’s capable of revenge. Yikes.
Emily also pulled a Kirkman when she overstepped Kendra Daynes and leaked Moss’ betrayal of the White House to the press. It doesn’t seem like anyone thinks this is a good idea, and I’m not sure if Emily is so desperate for a win, any win, she’s willing to sabotage her position to get it. I don’t think this is even about the President or the White House anymore, I think she’s just a woman that’s been hurt by a breakup.
Thoughts? Is Kirkman unknowingly making more enemies than necessary? Is his good guy act simply a decoy for all his terrible decisions? Will his designated survivor (aka the new VP) come in handy soon? It felt like foreshadowing. Will Emily succeed in taking down Moss? When will Kirkman and Frost hook up? Do we even want to see that? I never had loyalty to Alex because she was a one-dimensional character, but I just feel a little bad about it all.