From the start, Designated Survivor has you hooked. It’s pacy plot is full of goodness and the absence of exhausting dialogue constantly leaves you wanting more after each episode. Keifer Sutherland does well to restrain his flaws in acting and is supported by some incredibly talented up and coming actors, including Adan Canto and Italia Ricci.
The special effects could be polished a little further but for TV are quite acceptable. There are moments of cheesy CSI calibre dialogue and graphics but they are recovered and far outweighed by the elegance of the House of Cards-esque political power struggle narrative and brilliant set design. Let’s hope season two can follow suit.
NB: Currently in Australia, Designated Survivor is a Netflix exclusive show despite being an ABC Network production in America, so has been categorised as such.
Creator: David Guggenheim