Designated Survivor: First Impressions

My first impression is I like that show. I was worried at first that it might suffer from West Wing Syndrome, where the writers feel compelled to pretend that Republicans act in good faith. Thankfully that doesn’t seem to be the case so far. I was worried at first that the Republican alternate survivor would be put in too good a light, but when she betrayed Kirkman in the third episode I felt a lot better.

Thankfully, the show does not seem to make the same mistakes as West Wing. It’s got a fascinating premise. A massive attack on the US Capitol during the State of the Union address leaves the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development as president. Oh, also there are about two surviving members of Congress.

My favorite part so far is the treatment of the probably Republican governor James Royce. The character James Royce, the Governor of Michigan, responds to the attack by ordering state police to infringe on the civil rights of Muslims living in his state. I’m actually very impressed to see a fictional president who is not only trying to create unity but also do the right thing. Like mobilizing the national guard because a state governor decides that civil rights don’t matter.

The biggest problem I have is the FBI subplot. It didn’t need to happen. The central narrative was plenty. Overall I like it a lot so far. I’ll get back to you in a few seasons when I have to eat my words.

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