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A president is someone who has a vision for his country, integrity, and incredible communication skills. They usually are very confident in their answers and guidance for their country. On Designated Survivor, Tom Kirkman, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is suddenly moved to the presidential position. In a deadly explosion, everyone ranked above Kirkman in the line of succession is killed. Tom has to adjust to presidency almost instantaneously as he takes the oath soon after the explosion. Throughout the show, he deals with his inexperience as a President and many crises. If you have a Netflix account, I 100% recommend this show.

I’m a big fan of conspiracies and government, and this show covers them both considerably. On the night of the President’s State of the Union address, the viewer witnesses the explosion from a separate room. Tom is forced to take the oath as he is the designated survivor. He is unaware of the events to come. Hours later, President Kirkman must take on his role in the midst of confusion and chaos. In the heat of the moment, Tom must turn to his chief of staff, speechwriter, and his old assistant for advice. At this point, the country is pressing for information. In the third episode, the president and his staff are working to keep a humongous security breach of the White House a secret. At the same time, he’s preparing for his first television interview.

My favorite part of the show is the conspiracy and dramatic irony. Hannah Wells discovers an unexploded bomb in the investigation. She is an FBI agent responsible for uncovering evidence on the scene. After finding substantial evidence, she goes to the Deputy Director of the FBI. Together, they work on her theory and turn it into a private investigation. Eventually, they find out the real person behind the bombing. Jason Atwood, Hannah’s advisor, is confronted by a conspirator. They end up taking his son, and he is forced to admit to the poisoning of the supposed bomb suspect. Hannah must continue working to support her claim. Meanwhile, viewers know the whole truth. Hannah finally comes up with enough evidence and brings it to the President.

After gaining a presidential pardon, Hannah is allowed to do almost anything to solve the conspiracy. She makes her way through tons of information and secrets. She finally gets the information she needs and decides to hold a stakeout. At the location, the President’s new VP (Vice President) dies. This part of the show shocked me the most. I didn’t expect this to happen and thought it would ruin things. However, the story is incomplete.

Designated Survivor keeps everyone guessing. Each episode holds segments of conspiracy. All the while, the new President struggles to keep the country and his own family from falling apart. Kirkman was reluctant at first but saw that his country needs him. He often thinks his ideas are unsupported, but they always seem to make sense in the end. Whoever has a knack for government and conspiracy, I highly suggest checking this show out.

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