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Designated Survivor S2

The second season of the American political drama series Designated Survivor originally aired from Sept 27 2017 to May 16 2018. Season 3 is in production and will be released in 2019.

The second season is a bit shaky. What was a tight political thriller tried to become a comedy, a drama and morality play.

After the villains of season one are disposed of, it becomes clear that the tome will be lighter with ‘jokes’. It doesn’t really work as the ‘problem of the episode’ takes over and the thriller story-line  is relegated to a minor role. Things do pick up in the final episodes, but not enough to redeem a rather patchy series.



Designated Survivor 1.14-21

Episode 14 – 21

Halfway through the season and things have gotten into a predictable pattern… A bit of the conspiracy, a problem of the day, resolution then teaser for the next episode. It all kind of descends down to a bit of a fizzer of an ending.



Designated Survivor 1.13


Kirkman deals with the fallout from MacLeish’s death; Wells unearths information about how MacLeish became involved in the conspiracy; Seth clashes with a reporter bent on exposing the administration’s secrets; Alex reaches a difficult decision regarding her family’s safety.

Designated Survivor 1.12

The End of the Beginning

Kirkman and Wells start working together to learn more about MacLeish’s involvement in the Capitol bombing; Emily’s strained relationship with Aaron is further tested; Alex grows suspicious as Kirkman begins to tighten his inner circle.

Designated Survivor 1.11


Kirkman is taken into surgery after being shot during MacLeish’s swearing-in.  Wells is interrogated about the information she has on MacLeish.

Emily continues to avoid Aaron in the wake of a devastating revelation. MacLeish uses his hours as acting President to conceal his involvement in the failed assassination attempt.

Even more intrigue as Wells finally gets her meeting with the President, who has a miraculous recovery from a gunshot injury.




Designated Survivor 1.10

The Oath

Kirkman and Emily attempt to confirm suspicions of a traitor in the White House.  Wells juggles evading federal authorities and learning the identity of her mystery asset. MacLeish prepares to be sworn in as Vice President.

MacLeish looks even more shadier, and Wells more like a Girl Guide !

Designated Survivor 1.09

The Blueprint

Kirkman suspects a disgruntled NSA employee responsible for stealing classified information has an ulterior motive. Wells continues to search for information about MacLeish’s military past as the number of people she can trust continues to dwindle.

WOW, that’s some miniature tech; a storage device of terrabytes the size of a coin.  

Smaller than this !

Designated Survivor 1.08

The Results

Kirkman is forced to consider canceling the Congressional elections following a bioterrorism threat in Kansas City. Leo confronts his parents about the scandal revolving around his parentage. Wells’ investigation into Majid Nassar’s death takes a devastating turn.

A nefarious group get the FBI Director to effectively resign and it looks like MacLeigh is setting himself up to be President. It all sounds to convoluted to be  credible. 


Designated Survivor 1.07

The Traitor

Kirkman attempts to negotiate a three-way spy trade with Saudi Arabia and Russia; Alex finds herself face-to-face with the man who claims to be Leo’s biological father; Wells pursues a lead from the Majid Nassar interrogation only to uncover a shocking secret.

Now the story really dives deep into the conspiracy well. Just how deep and silly things get we will see….

Designated Survivor 1.06

The Interrogation

Kirkman’s plans to elect a Congress is put in jeopardy after a shooting disrupts a critical Governors’ Summit; Wells and Atwood interrogate Majid Nassar about his purported role in the Capitol bombing; Aaron and Emily offer MacLeish the position of Vice President.

This is all about a power play between the President and the Congress. Sound familiar ? The congress’ planned immigration block just makes no sense, but it appears that Kirkman has agreed.