I was always a bit skeptic when it came to ABC. For one, they did bring us Lost, but that means they also gave us one of the craziest endings in TV history. I was also a huge fan of Castle and well, they sorta screwed that ending up as well. But it’s one thing that they always do right, and that is start off a show with a bang (no pun intended).
Designated Survivor was more than I expected in its premiere episode. The previews were pretty much straight forward as we knew that Tom Kirkman would be sworn in as the new President of the United States after a tragic event which took out the current members of the cabinet. But the way it was played out in full is where the pure genius came to play.
At first glance, ABC had you thinking this was a normal position for Kirkman. That he was always the DS, but as we found out, he had no idea what the term even stood for as he took the call, hours after he was practically fired or promoted, depending on how you view it. As he and his wife sat in an undisclosed room somewhere in Washington D.C watching the State of the Union, it happened.
As Kirkman open the window he saw the fire from the explosion and his world turned upside down and this was before he got the news that he would become President. In what was one of the best moments of the show, secret service member, Mike Ritter got the news through the wire that the President had been indeed confirmed killed, he then turned to Kirkman and told him with a straight face, he was now the President.[embedit snippet=”2″]
Can you imagine making eggs for your kids 12 hours earlier, then getting fired, only to be swooped away in an SUV, taken to the White House to be sworn in as President? Not acting President, but the full title. What Kirkman will have to face as President might break the common man but you could tell by the end of the episode that he finally accepted his fate and was willing to make the best of it.
ABC did a marvelous job of letting us in on future dangers, back stabbings and a possible crisis within his family without giving up too much info in the first 60 minutes. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited for a show and as I checked my watch to see that the episode was ending, for a split second I was hoping this was Netflix where I could just continue on but no such luck. I will have to wait like the other millions that tuned into some of the finest actings since Lost.
Each season, Networks try to put their best foot forward and give us something that will change the way we view TV shows, well ABC did just that with Designated Survivor.