Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 7 “Family Ties”

A rather standard, unexciting entry for 'Designated Survivor' as it follows a typical, tried and formulaic episodic narrative. While the array of international, domestic and personal issues Kirkman faces here contributes to mounting pressure on the President, there isn't enough breathing time for the show to fully explore the implications on the character. Instead, he … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 7 “Family Ties”

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Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 6 “Two Ships”

‘Designated Survivor’ clearly stresses with this episode that it has a formula and undeniable sense of what it wants it audience to take away from its characters. Unfortunately, while this perspective does result in well-told, albeit never particularly compelling or tantalising, central episodic stories, it also becomes extremely repetitive. I have had issues with Kirkman’s … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 6 “Two Ships”

Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 4 “Equilibrium”

‘Designated Survivor’ continues to transition from a serious action-drama set within a political context, to a witty situational piece that stresses social issues with a few random, ridiculous conspiracies on the side. While it has struggled in previous weeks, for the most part this episode nails it. The dialogue springs from scene to scene, while … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 4 “Equilibrium”

Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 3 “Outbreak”

'Designated Survivor' has, on a number of occasions, produced social commentaries that are ambitious and thought-provoking in concept, but rarely executed with the depth they need, often due to the limitations of network TV in terms of scale, budget and pace. This episode provides one of those occasions, as while the discussion of black civil … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 3 “Outbreak”

Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 2 “Sting of the Tail”

The writers excellently marry episodic character introduction and issue with serial drama and narratives. The best example of this is how the court sequences feel like their own entity, introducing new characters, with a realistic stance towards political conflict. They also are neither rushed nor drawn out, but are edited well structurally into the overlapping … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 2 “Sting of the Tail”

Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 1 “One Year In”

‘Designated Survivor’ returns, but unfortunately it also brings back its greatest issues. While attempting to maximise the villainy of Lloyd in a manner that continues to be utterly fruitless, the show implements a strange mixture of tone that like last season gets in the way of strong character development. There is an interlacing of moods … Continue reading Review: Designated Survivor Season 2 Episode 1 “One Year In”

Review: Narcos Season 3 Episode 9 “Todos Los Hombres del Presidente”

Finally, 'Narcos' puts its foot down, not simply in terms of action or with intense, pulsating confrontations, but also in terms of its larger thematic stance. It certainly feels like the set up was necessary even if the show's structural problems often made the more significant moments feel like teases rather than clues or stepping … Continue reading Review: Narcos Season 3 Episode 9 “Todos Los Hombres del Presidente”