The components of episode 1.7 were not even that special or unusual - the paternity of Kirkman's son, the double-agent sports hero, the kidnapping of the FBI guy's son to exert crucial power over him - we've seen all of that before. But it was strangely reassuring to see all of that against the Kirkman presidency.
And that's because Kirkman, notwithstanding the catastrophic way he came to power, is the kind of person we'd love to have in the White House. He's thoughtful, sensitive, and aware at every moment of his immense responsibilities. We don't really know what President-elect Trump is like on the inside, but certainly what he projects doesn't hold a candle to Kirkman.
It doesn't hurt, either, that Kiefer Sutherland is really putting in a fine performance in this role. He evinces just the right mix of anger, compassion, even brief confusion just when it's needed. The result is that we feel the country is in good hands.
And that's impressive, given the challenges that Kirkman and America face in this narrative. The man on track to becoming Vice President and a heartbeat away from the Presidency is part of an evil, murderous operation indeed. And that's what sets Designated Survivor off from House of Cards, where the evil comes from the President himself.
I'm really enjoying this mix of 24 and House of Cards which has a style and flavor all it own.
See also Designated Survivor: Jack Bauer Back in the White House ... Designated Survivor 1.2: Unflinching and Excellent ... Designated Survivor 1.4: "Michigan's on the Verge of Anarchy" ... Designated Survivor 1.5: The Plot Thickens ... Designated Survivor 1.6: The Governors
terrorist squirrels and bombs in NYC