Designated Survivor (S01E01) “Pilot”

As a lower-level cabinet member, Tom Kirkman never imagined something would happen that would catapult him to the oval office. When a devastating attack on the night of the State of the Union address claims the lives of the president and most of the Cabinet, the Housing and Urban Development secretary — who was named the designated survivor in case of such an event — finds himself promoted to leader of the free world. Suddenly thrust into his new position of power, Kirkman struggles to keep the country from dissolving into chaos and must adjust to his new normal, unaware of what fresh horrors may await the United States.

The pilot episode worked very well. It began with Tom and his wife talking to their daughter and watching the State of The Union when all of a sudden all their TVs go down. Within minutes Tom’s world is turned upside down. I liked how they showed flashback to earlier in the day. I personally like when they do things like this for shows. It showed what Tom’s day was before he was made the designated survivor. We saw him go through his day and deal with being let go at his current position and asked to move to Montreal for a new one.

After the explosion Tom is rushed to the White House and before he even can take a minute to breathe he is being sworn in as The President of The United States. He then only has an hour or two to prepare to go into a press conference to address the Country. During the episode we see a lot of people talking about how Tom is unfit and cannot perform as the President but I feel like he will surprise them all.

I was not sure about this show when I first heard about it. I knew it looked interesting. So far from what I have seen it looks really good. I love the cast and can’t wait to see more of it.