Designated Survivor (2016)

Designated Survivor started off with a bang – quite literally, but wasn’t exactly my cup of tea.

It just seemed like a mix of various clichés we can expect from political dramas and thrillers. The ordinary guy becomes the leader. What a way to get a promotion, huh? He doesn’t really have any experience, but when the time comes to make an important speech or a decision, he nails it. He has the perfect family. Even though America has suffered a terrible attack, it will never be pushed down on its knees, since it is the greatest nation in the world, the eagle will be replaced, the flag will fly, the ruins will be rebuilt, etc.,etc., etc. I have nothing against the depiction of patriotism in art, but sometimes enough is enough. Or perhaps you have to be an American to be touched by it. And I don’t even want to speak about the fact that it’s Kiefer Sutherland who saves the day. Again! Why don’t we give the poor guy a break and put him in a comedy or something?

Despite my rant, the show isn’t that bad. If you like these kinds of shows (or Kiefer Sutherland) then you should give it a try. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.