Designated Survivor: 2×01 – One Year In

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Now, one year into office, Kirkman is a Commander-in-Chief determined to rebuild the Capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the president is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test.

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.Β  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.Β  I lap up any screentime 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.Β  I personally thought that the team was doing just fine without the addition of another character but oh well.Β  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.Β  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.Β  How are they going to write out President Kirkman’s wife?Β  Death seems highly likely.

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