Kiefer Sutherland proves once again that he's a legitimately great actor as he plays a lower-level cabinet member who unexpectedly becomes president after a devastating attack on the Capitol. It starts quickly with a sequence that, while you know it's coming, still manages to shock. And the tension continues as this character, a man who has no business being president, decides what he should do (he is just as freaked out as everyone else).
This review is based on the pilot of "Designated Survivor" which aired on 9/22/2016
Kiefer Sutherland returns to TV in another lead role which is perfectly suited for him. He's played Jack Bauer, the most badass man on TV, and he's played a father willing to do anything on Touch, and now he plays a combination of the two on Designated Survivor -- and he also happens to be the president of the United States.
You may or may not have seen the trailers or read the premise of Designates Survivor, but long story short, there is an attack on the capital building during the state of the union, or some important event where everyone in the line of succession to the presidency is gathered, and there are no survivors, leaving Thomas Kirkland (Kiefer Sutherland), the Secretary of Home... something (basically infrastructure) as POTUS. Naturally you have your generals who want to find find a skapegoat to blame, and believe Thomas is unfit to lead, but said opposition doesn't realize that Thomas is surprisingly more competent than anyone, even himself expects, and from the pilot episode we can see that he is a very well-read and educated man who knows how to get things done.
I believe this series is based off a book, and I bet its a fantastic one at that.
I was a little surprised that the pilot was only one hour, as literally everything that happened in it happened in the trailer ... and they didn't cover much else after he becomes president. So that was a bit of a let down, but it was very entertaining, and I can't wait for next week. Jack Bauer for president!!!!