Designated Survivor Season 2 Premiere Recap & Review
Last night, season two of Designated Survivor premiered on ABC, a year after the explosion, the capitol building is now completely restored and Agent Hannah Wells is in Amsterdam following a lead as she continues to look for Patrick Lloyd, the man responsible for the capital bombing. We then see President Tom Kirkman in his element as he finally looks like he’s finally comfortable working in the White House.
If you’ve missed out on this showstopper of a series, you can read my previous recap and review of season one of the show here.
Currently, Kirkman’s chief of staff, Emily Rhodes, tries to convince Kirkman that he needs a political director, Lyor Boone, played by new cast member Paolo Costanzo. But Tom doesn’t feel the need for one because he wants to stabilize the country and he doesn’t care about his popularity polls. As a result, he decides to keep him on as a trial basis only to hire him at the end of the episode, despite the fact that he comes off as a bit entitled. Then the news comes that a plane from Russian Air was hijacked by four Ukrainian nationalists, with 165 hostages, 68 of which are Americans, one of which is an old friend of Kirkman’s.
Meanwhile, Agent Hannah Wells breaks into a man’s apartment in Amsterdam, who we later learn works for Interpol, Damian Rennet, who she originally thought was someone on Patrick Lloyd’s payroll. In his apartment, she finds a cell phone in a drawer with different coordinates of the people on Lloyd’s payroll, all of which have something to do with the dark web. She then goes to that location which lead her to an abandoned warehouse where she finds a dead body and an array of computers displayed. Not long after, we find out about Damian’s true identity and that he had followed her and they decide to collaborate. Together, they find a hidden camera in an old timey clock which they hotwire only to find footage of Lloyd covering his tracks by killing the man that they found dead on the floor.
Due to the hostage situation, Aaron and Emily ask the Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors to take “the diplomatic initiative” because the hijackers are Ukrainian nationals. But both ambassadors refuse to negotiate; both sides apparently just want the situation to go away. The terrorists are asking for help to broker a deal with Russia for $47 billion because they say that Russia stole from Ukraine in treasury, demands escalate as they say they’ll start killing at midnight. Later they discover that it turns out that Russia paid Ukrainian separatists to create a pretext to instigate a war with Ukraine, to which Kirkman then responds by putting both the ambassadors in their place, speaking to both of them in Russian, might I add. Unfortunately though, we find out that the plane that was being hijacked accidentally caught on fire, only killing two people, one of them being Tom’s former best friend, Russell.
Chuck then tells Hannah and Damian that Lloyd has a supercomputer somewhere and they go to find the seller of that computer. After convincing the seller to give up the information, they find the computer, which have been wiped. But besides finding the computer, they also find multiple passports for Lloyd with different names, nationalities, and languages.
Overall, this episode of Designated Survivor asks a lot more questions, as the show has always done. The new political director, Lyor, comes off as an arrogant, observant, odd, but also very intelligent addition to the staff and will be interesting to see how much more useful he’ll prove himself to be. In yet another inspirational speech at the end of the episode, Kirkman speaks to his staff about how the American people deserve their public service, despite the fact that they don’t know the majority of them which ultimately demonstrates shows his humanity in addition to his newfound authority.
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