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Welcome to /r/DesignatedSurvivor's post-episode discussion thread! Please refrain from discussing previews for any episode in any official discussion thread.


Synopsis: As more content from President Kirkman's confidential therapy sessions leaks out, Vice President Darby meets secretly with the entire Cabinet.


Once again, no discussion of the previews! User flairs have been added, check them out!

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Posted byThe Governors Meeting22 hours ago

I'm sure this point has been brought up many times already, but here's another reason why I think Penny is likely the mastermind behind all of the villainous events on this show:

Her name is Penny. A penny is a coin that contains the face of none other than Abraham Lincoln. Who was Abraham Lincoln? A President of the United States of America. Who else is a President of the United States of America? Kirkman.

There's just too many coincidences. She's got to have some large stake in all of this. Any other things you all have noticed this season that point to Penny being the ultimate conspirator?

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So I have noticed on this subreddit that people like to talk about how bad the writing is this season. The writing was good in season 1, but awful in season 2. Can someone give me examples of bad writing from this season? Maybe I just have bad taste, but I can't seem to find where the bad writing occurs in a Designated Survivor season 2 episode.

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Am i the only one who cant get my head around how the VP is wanting to invoke the 25th amendment for Kirkman’s decision making after his wife passing. Knowing full well he made her VP during this time?

Surely the cabinet isnt going to allow somebody to go from being a city mayor to president in a matter of weeks

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I'm not a physicist but i think that little girl violated the laws of the universe.

Was that on purpose?

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I get that it's hard to write a show about the White House these days because, honestly, how can you compete with the real life s***show? But it really seems like the writers are just taking Trump headlines and writing them from the POV that "Golly gee, the President is an honest actor who really really means well and only cares about America if only people could see into his heart."

Homeland is ripping off Trump headlines, too, but they're doing it better and without as much whitewashing.

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Anyone else curious as to why Hannah Wells constantly has someone she loves or likes die. First episode her husband dies in the capitol building, then Jason her partner/mentor dies, then her best friend Forestil dies and now Damian like wtf.I think this season needs to have more action involving conspiracies and mystery like S1 then killing everyone Hannah likes (besides Chuck)

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I just watched the pilot episode, and god damn it made me sad. The show got off to a such a good start then, and had so much promise. Now, we have almost nothing left of what made the show so good in the first place.

All the characters felt so much better and more genuine back then, and we had the conspiracy-storyline, which I miss so much.

Just kinda sad to see how far this show has fallen nowadays.

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Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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There’s a song at the very beginning in a bar, does anybody know the name of it?

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Posted byu/[deleted]7 days ago

This show has so much potential but the bad writing is absolutely unforgivable. That ruins the thrilling moments of watching the series. Also, what the hell happened to the characters of Tom Kirkman, Hannah Wells, Aaron Shore and Emily Rhodes, this season? Too many out of character moments that annoy me to no end.

Personally, here are the things that I would like to see in S3:

  • Reduce episode count for S3, in order to get rid of useless filler stories.

  • Hire better writers that know how to do a great spin on a conspiracy narrative.

  • Whoever plays Damian Rennett should be written out of the show.

  • Give Hannah Wells a better character arc in S3 than what she is getting now. Her character development is very uneven in S2.

  • Get rid of Lyor. He is a terrible character with cringe-worthy lines and he detracts focus from other characters like Aaron, Emily and Seth.

  • Eliminate the West-Wing style that S2 has in favor of a political and/or conspiracy thriller a la Spy Game or even the Manchurian Candidate.

  • Commit to an actual conspiracy story-line that doesn't feel ham-fisted. Nothing like the "True Believers" thing in S1.

  • Get rid of the "feel good" moments at the end of each episode. It is boring. I want to see ramifications for every action that Kirkman takes, whether it is good or bad.

  • Tonally, the show needs to go back to S1 episodes like "Pilot" and "The End of the Beginning". We need to be on the edge of our seats.

  • Remove the Emily and Seth relationship. They are better as friends.

  • Give Aaron, a better story-line in S3. He is more sidelined in S2 than he was in S1.

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Seriously, what's going on? Season 2 is so outlandishly bad and so different from season 1 that I couldn't help but think that someone higher up ABC's ladder wants to see this show 86'd no matter what.

Almost every episode is the same formula of "Inconvenience of the Week" + "Hannah Bond" + "Magical Reset Button", world-wide history-writing conspiracy all but forgotten. And, NO SIR™, you can't camouflage said formula by splitting it between two episodes.

So, yeah, I think this goes way beyond bad writing.

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Posted byhannah wells did 9/11 and got away with it8 days ago

I like the show but seriously. So cringy.

sorry for using the word cringe, i dont know any replacements

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Prediction:

It's the blonde business-woman, isn't it?

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Her loss for the series is really unimaginable

What audacity of the actress to be successfull

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