How ‘Designated Survivor’ Finally Made Tom Kirkman Compelling

Look, I’ve been a fan and a detractor of Designated Survivor’s Tom Kirkman in equal measure. A fan because, of course, the man represented everything we would ever want in a public official, he was honest, he was hardworking, he…

‘Designated Survivor’ Comes Back to Life

It seems like, one way or another, we haven’t seen the last of President Tom Kirkman. Designated Survivor has been rescued by Netflix after being axed by ABC, with the streaming giant ordering a 10-episode Season 3, and we’re not…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×22 Review: So Long, Farewell

I wondered, before the announcement that Designated Survivor had been cancelled; how I was going to feel it the decision was negative. I wondered if I was going to feel sadder for the lost possibilities or happier that this show…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×21 Review: Target

Look, I watched through this entire hour of Designated Survivor and I had things to say about how once again shit goes right for Kirkman or how once again we get a variation of the “I can only do what…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×20 Review: To the Shock of No One

I’m not going to sit here and pretend this episode of Designated Survivor was shocking, no. It was textbook bait and switch, and though they executed it well, anyone who’s watched at least one procedural in their lives could have…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×19 Review: It’s All Coming Back To Me

See, Designated Suvivor, I knew you had it in you. For someone who’s been asking for drama (the good kind of drama, not the OMG I HAVE A KID I NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT kind) and for characters to make…

‘Designated Survivor 2×18 Review: Kirkman Agonistes

Well, that was …surprising. Really, really surprising. Especially considering that this season has felt more like a slog than a sprint. We’ve survived, more than thrived, and there have been many times where I have groaned at the mere thought…

‘Designated Survivor’ Review: Overkill

I’m not exactly eating my words, not yet, but I have to admit this episode of Designated Survivor (and hopefully the rest of the Michael J. Fox arc) was pretty much exactly what I’ve been asking of the show –…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×16 Review: A Step in the Right Direction

I’ve been critical of Designated Survivor the past few episodes – a big change for me, after praising this show for it’s entire first season and most of season 2. Today, however, I’m feeling somewhat optimistic, because the show just…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×14 Review: If You Don’t Care, Then I Don’t Care

I have to write this review, and I really don’t know what to say about what happened. Because, what happened? I mean – things, happened, obviously, but nothing actually happened. Nothing ever happens in this show anymore. Nothing at all.…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×13 Review: Anger, At Last

Would you look at that, Tom Kirkman is actually human. At times I have loved this show, at times I have been so bored by it that the idea of even watching one more episode left me wanting to bang…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×12 Review: The Final Frontier

I’ll be the first to say I love Tom Kirkman. And that’s true, I love Tom Kirkman. He’s a kind, decent man who I think everyone who’s ever watched an episode of Designated Survivor would rather have in the White…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×11 Review: Grief

Some people dismiss ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ as teenage crap, but I can tell you, as someone who’s a little removed from her teenage years at this point, and as someone who has experienced loss, that the book, to…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×08 Review: Bravery or Stupidity?

You know when you’re watching a TV show and you catch yourself thinking, yeah, this sort of thing ONLY happens on TV? That was me at several points during this otherwise enjoyable episode of Designated Survivor. Because really, Mr. President,…

‘Designated Survivor’ 2×04 Review: Who We Are

Remember when this show was about abstract politics and idealism and not about who we are as people? Yeah, I don’t either. After a season of conceptual problems, a season mostly planned in a world where Donald Trump was not…

New ‘Designated Survivor’ Trailer Promises Kiefer is Back

Well, Designated Survivor is coming back soon, which, of course, means Kiefer is coming back soon too. And though, sadly, we still don’t think we can get him as our actual President (we can’t, right? Someone checked?), we can at…