Designated Survivor: The conspiracy falls apart

In the season finale of Designated Survivor, the plan to take down the government fell apart. The episode started with Hannah taking off with a bomb in the back of the van and driving it into the Tidal Basin. Lozano and company had wanted to blow up the FBI and blame Hannah for it.

The president and the FBI then decide it’s time to bring in Patrick Lloyd. Only Lloyd was once again ahead of them and escaped through an underground tunnel, but at least they took down all of the cells across the country.

Meanwhile, Whitaker created a fake identity for Lozano so that he could get into the Pentagon. I admit I was annoyed because Lozano’s face should have been plastered everywhere and quite recognizable even with the fake ID, but yet he was still able to get into the Pentagon.

Hannah gets to the Pentagon in time to see Lozano leaving and goes after him. Lozano crashes and jumps out of the car. He ends up running into a house that is under construction. Hannah and Lozano fight and Lozano ends up dead.

Because Whitaker created the ID for Lozano in the White House, Chuck is able to track him and, yes, they finally figured out that Whitaker is the mole.

President Kirkman gives an uplifting speech, but then returns to the White House in time to be told that he’s needed in the Situation Room. That’s where he gets the bad news. The FBI finally figured out why Lozano was at the Pentagon. He stole all of our intelligence information and gave it to Patrick Lloyd.

Do they know where Patrick Lloyd is? Of course, they don’t. The finale ended with Lloyd getting out of a car somewhere with a briefcase. He’s obviously going to try to sell all of the information.

It was a good finale because it set up the next season, but it also was frustrating.

Did you watch the season finale of Designated Survivor?

 

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Designated Survivor: Hannah and Chuck almost die and the president resets the clock

Since taking a bullet, President Kirkman has been busy uncovering who blew up the US Capitol. He appointed Hannah Wells to conduct the investigation.

Hannah discovered that the mysterious woman working with the people behind the bombing and the murder of Jason Atwood’s son was Brooke Mathison. Unfortunately, Brooke figured out that Hannah was working with Chuck and she tried to kill both of them.

Jason followed Hannah to Brooke’s house. Brooke and Hannah fought, and Jason killed Brooke after she pulled a gun. Hannah then found out that the Capitol wasn’t the last attack planned. Whoever Brooke was working for plans to blow up the Golden Gate Bridge, Hoover Dam, and the Statue of Liberty.

Meanwhile, President Kirkman reset the clock on his first 100 days in office and set forth an ambitious plan that includes job creation and gun control. His former chief of staff, Aaron Shore, got a new job with Kimble Hookstraten.

The latest episode of Designated Survivor left me with many questions. Will Hannah find the people responsible for the Capitol bombing before another attack happens? Why are all of these attacks planned? Will President Kirkman pick a new vice president? Will Aaron return to the White House?

What do you think of the latest on Deisgnated Survivor?

 

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Designated Survivor gives us one of the best winter finales ever

Designated Survivor is clearly one of the best new shows of the season. The winter finale left me wanting more, but unfortunately I have to wait until March.

If you follow my blog, I wrote a post of couple of weeks ago asking if Peter MacLeish would be the vice president. We now know the answer is yes. Congress confirmed him, even though Hannah Wells found proof that shows he’s a war criminal, not a hero.

Hannah is on her way to the U.S. Capitol with the evidence when someone hits her. She escapes before the assassin can kill her, but leaves her evidence behind in her car. She then enlists the help of her colleague, Chuck, and discovers that Charlie Langdon, the former chief of staff, is behind the mysterious calls Wells has been getting. Before she is able to get answers from Langdon, someone tries to kill him and, amid the chaos, he escapes.

Hannah kills the guy who tried to kill Langdon and finds a key card on him. Using his tech expertise, Chuck finds out that the key card opens an office on the seventh floor of a building that is near the Capitol. Hannah puts all of the clues together and figures out they are going to kill President Kirkman at the swearing in ceremony so MacLeish can be president.

Hannah goes to the swearing in and sees the window open in the building near the Capitol. She pulls her gun, people start screaming, the secret service go after her, and she fires at the window just as the assassin is about to pull the trigger. The shot takes the assassin by surprise and he fires. Obviously, his aim will be off because of the shock of being shot at, which means I’m left with one big question. Who did he shoot?

I wish I had the answer. I could speculate, but I won’t. I hope he shot MacLeish, but I have a feeling he didn’t.

What did you think of the winter finale? Any guesses as to who was shot?

 

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Designated Survivor: Will MacLeish be vice president?

Designated Survivor has been one of the most exciting shows this season. President Kirkman has faced many obstacles as he’s tried to find out who blew up the US Capitol and rebuild the government. Kirkman believes he captured the man responsible for the bombing, but we’ve learned through the FBI investigation, that’s not the case.

MacLeish survived for a reason. I’m confused as to how a secret bomb shelter could have been built inside the Capitol. It almost seems implausible, but I’ve been trying to go with it.

MacLeish is obviously working for someone powerful. Is that someone domestic or foreign? I haven’t figured it out and, every week, it drives me crazy, especially when MacLeish is on the screen.

I only hope Kirkman and his staff figure out that something isn’t right about MacLeish before he’s named the vice president. It’s quite apparent that vice president isn’t enough. Whoever is behind MacLeish wants him to be president, which means Kirkman’s life is in danger.

From the previews, it looks like the FBI is going to enlighten Kirkman about MacLeish. I hope that’s the case because his staff is ready to make him vice president based on some cursory check done by someone Aaron knows. I don’t trust Aaron. Why is he so eager to have MacLeish named vice president? He can’t even wait for the FBI’s investigation. It’s suspicious.

As you can see, I have lots of questions and no answers yet. Like Secrets and Lies, another one of my favorite shows, I get a new nugget of information each week, but then I’m left with more questions. I guess we’ll find out on Wednesday night if MacLeish is named vice president.

Do you think MacLeish will be vice president?

 

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New TV shows worth watching

RemotesWe are now several weeks into the 2016-2017 TV season. I’ve watched several of the new shows, but there are only two that I think have lived up to the hype–Timeless and Designated Survivor.

Every week on Timeless, Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus travel back in time to a major historical event to stop Garcia Flynn from changing American History. They haven’t been completely successful yet. Every time they go back, history is changed and it has affected the present. If you’re a history buff, you’ll love this show. For everyone else, there is plenty of action to keep your attention.

Designated Survivor is about Thomas Kirkman, the Housing and Urban Development secretary, who is named the designated survivor on the night of the State of the Union address. Kirkman becomes president after an attack at the U.S. Capitol kills the president, the Cabinet, and almost everyone in Congress. Since becoming president, he has had to deal with many issues, including finding the party responsible for the attack. I loved The West Wing and this one is right up there with it. There is plenty of political drama to keep you watching.

Another show I love that isn’t quite new, but hasn’t been on since 2015 is Secrets and Lies. Unlike most crime dramas, a crime is not committed and solved in one hour. The crime is committed in the first episode and Detective Cornell discovers new clues in each episode. It takes an entire season to figure out who did it, but I love picking up the clues as Cornell does and trying to figure out who committed the murder and why. It’s a fascinating show.

Are you watching any new shows?

 

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