‘Designated Survivor’ Season 3 Review
In case you missed it, Designated Survivor came back for its third season on Netflix after previously getting canceled by ABC. In September, they announced the show was coming back on Netflix, much like Lucifer’s fourth season moving to Netflix.
The move from network TV (ABC) to Netflix is fairly obvious. On the smaller side, there’s some casual swearing. On the larger side, the show’s focus shifts to a more politically-charged plot. And one that’s much more resonant and significant to viewers now. The show picks up after the end of season two as President Kirkman and his team are campaigning for re-election. Meanwhile, Agent Wells gets fired by the FBI but gets hired into the CIA as an analyst. Which she isn’t too happy with considering she thrives when she’s in the field.
Kirkman’s presidential campaign ends up constantly butting heads with Republican candidate and former president, Moss. Most of the political problems that arise are ones we’ve become too accustomed today, adding some realism to the show. Immigration, child brides, and transgender rights are just some of the issues that arise in the new season. In addition to that, Aaron becomes Kirkman’s running mate for VP and simultaneously struggles with his own identity.
In addition to the political atmosphere, Agent Wells discovers a bioterrorism plot that’s targeting people of color. The good news is that the CIA eventually stops it. The bad news is that Agent Wells doesn’t make it till then. She, unfortunately, dies as a chemist attacks her, releases the poison into the air and sets the building on fire. It’s later revealed that some of the people behind it all were part of Moss’s camp. This obviously points the finger at Moss as being at least somewhat responsible. It’s revealed later that he had no idea it ever existed.
I personally loved the new season of Designated Survivor. Although I wish we didn’t lose Hannah in the process, as Maggie Q is part of why I started watching. The documentary footage they used was brilliant because it created a strong resonance as it echoed our political atmosphere. However, it did show us all the ugly side of politics that we, unfortunately, know all too well today.
In Kirkman’s camp, his campaign manager, Lorraine Zimmer, is a little too determined to get the win. The fact that she’s willing to compromise Kirkman’s ethics is conflicting but ultimately works in her favor. She illegally uses a program called Pegasus to listen to Moss’s phone calls while also having a mole in his camp. Overall, it’s become much more political than it was when it was on ABC and I’m here for it.
What did you think of the new season of Designated Survivor? Did you like the newly politically charged season or do you miss more of the conspiracy plot? Let me know in the comments or tweet me @mzsnguyenthai.
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