Designated Survivor Recap & Review: “In the Dark”
On last night’s episode of Designated Survivor, the nation’s capital experiences a city-wide blackout, Damian manages to momentarily escape his safehouse, and President Kirkman selects his nominee for vice president.
Emily and Lyor meet up with the Japanese minister in hopes to extend a 600 billion dollar bond payment owed to Japan. Unfortunately, Lyor ends up insulting the poor man and he decides not to give them the extension. To add on to that unfortunate news, Emily and Lyor get stuck in the elevator of that building because they just so happen to be there when the city loses all of its power. But luckily for them, Kirkman’s younger brother, Trey, who we met in last week’s episode, is apparently an old friend of the ambassador and convinces him to give the president the extension in addition to staying to watch out for his older brother.
But before that issue gets resolved, the nation’s capital is in full panic mode: there’s almost no power throughout the whole city (other than the White House and a few shelters) and the people are starting to riot by breaking into stores and setting fires in a fear-inducing apocalyptic way. President Kirkman contacts D.C’s mayor, Ellenor Darby, who is just as concerned about the people lashing out. Tom suggests bringing in the national guard, after getting advice from Aaron, who serves as both acting chief of staff (because Emily is nowhere to be found as she’s stuck in an elevator) and national security advisor.
Mayor Darby refuses and wants to fix the problem without turning D.C into a militant city and wants to solve it by utilizing local resources because she knows that bringing soldiers to patrol the city would fix the problem but it would take away the people’s trust in its community and subsequently, the community’s leaders. To compromise, Kirkman and Darby go into the city to talk to the people to ensure them that they were a community and that they were doing everything they could to get the power back on.
Coincidentally, the power comes back during one out of many of their speeches. After the crisis is averted, Kirkman announces to the world that he’s found someone to nominate for vice president, which he didn’t even want to do in the first place. And the candidate he chooses is none other than Mayor Darby.
Meanwhile, the power outage causes Damian to escape from his safe house without his ankle monitor, which malfunctions from the blackout. Agent Hannah Wells, Chuck, and Aaron all work together to eventually find him after he’s shot a man who was apparently going after Hannah for killing his brother, his brother being the guy who tried to kill Damian in his safe house last week. But before they catch up to him, they find out Damian went to the Russian Embassy before tracking this guy down, apparently to tell Valeria not to kill Hannah.
Apparently Valeria was just using this guy’s grief and desire for revenge as a way to serve her and Russian interest by killing Hannah. What I still don’t understand is whether or not was Valeria was protecting her asset (AKA Damian) because it’s in the Russians’ interest or if she was jealous of Hannah. In last week’s episode, she seemed to have hinted that there may have been something between her and Damian but maybe I interpreted that wrong. But either way, Damian’s definitely got more information about the entire situation and conspiracy than he lets on and Hannah and Aaron have definitely caught onto that.
To get the lights back on, Chuck uses his IT skills to figure out that that the person behind the power outage is, of course, the same hacker that’s been behind this entire conspiracy. How he figured it out is still a little fuzzy to me but I think it had something to do with the hacker wanting them to be able to fix it eventually.
Overall, Mayor Darby seems like she could potentially be a great vice president, and having a woman as the vice president would be great. But despite the great pick, I did think that he might choose Emily as his VP for a second there, mostly because Lyor tells her that she could be a great president. As far as the whole conspiracy and Damian, there’s still a million more questions than answers about him and about the whole conspiracy as a whole. But I don’t expect anything less with this show.
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