Since becoming the father of two children I haven’t had time to watch much TV or movies the past years. Most of my movie consumption has been done during long-haul flights and it was during a flight with United Airlines I discovered the new TV-show Designated Survivor starring Kiefer Sutherland.
Sutherland plays a low-level cabinet member, Tom Kirkman, who is the designated survivor and is forced to become the president of United States after the Capitol was hit by a foreign or domestic terror attack.
I don’t know why but I have always enjoyed movies or tv-shows dealing with American politics in any way. The movies JFK and Thirteen Days are two favorites of mine as well as the tv-show West Wing..
The reviews online about Designated Survivor are mostly negative but I am a fan and I am happy to sit here in Starbucks in Shanghai and watch the fourth episode of season 1 as I take a break from work.
My only complaint about Designated Survivor so far is that sometimes it is a bit too obvious what will happen. I don’t want to be a spoiler but some of the decisions the President makes are too ridiculous and you can guess what he will do ten minutes before he actually do it.