This is one of those infuriating shows that is all at once utterly dreadful yet leaves you tragically compelled to watch. It's clearly following the Designated Survivor blueprint; takes a fascinating premise and executes with a low IQ audience in mind. Clunky unnatural dialogue fills each episode to explain basic geopolitics for an audience assumed to be worldly oblivious. One example is in an early episode; heads of various government agencies assemble in some kind of mission control like room in a high drama situation. America needs to use another countries deep space probe, or something or other, to have it intercept this asteroid of doom at haste. There are three possibilities in descending order of proximity to said asteroid. First named country, China, precipitates furrowed brows and meaningful looks. No explanation needed. America has lousy relations with China. Next.... Iran. Forget it. We all know they're irrational and unhinged. Thirdly... India. Peoples faces brighten. We have a winner. Nuff said... But then, for all the clueless imbeciles out there, one of the protagonists states, "An American Ally!!" As if this room full of government and military officials needed the clarification. Clunky clunky dialogue. And it comes thick and fast.
The love interests and sexual tension are all over the place. Everyone is easy on the eye and the main protagonist is an irritating gen y pleb that I just want to punch in the face everytime he opens his mouth. EVERY. TIME.
But apart from all cliched plot lines, horrible writing and one dimensional self righteous characters, I can't get enough of it. I can literally feel myself getting dumber with each episode. Binge watch the entire season at your peril, for you could end up actually brain dead.
But I do hope it gets a second season. I'm hooked.
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