I loved watching Designated Survivor on ABC every week when it was on the television. I was hooked from the very first episode where our fiction Kirkland (Keifer Sutherland) was thrust into being the President of the United States when the whole government was blown up in a terrorist attack.
Watching Kirkman navigate a national disaster that devastated the United States was fascinating. Kirkman was unlike any politician, he had a strong moral compass and was extremely ethical, something we can use in today’s current political climate.
ABC ordered 2 seasons of Designated Survivor before they canceled the show. During those 2 seasons, we got to know Kirkman as a man of ethics, moral values and someone who did the right thing. Season 2 ended with Kirkman working through the grief of losing the First Lady in a tragic car accident and announcing that he would be running for re-election. I was really looking forward to season 3, I wanted to know if Kirkman would get re-elected, what shenanigans Hannah Wells would be getting into and how the road to re-election was going to look like.
When it was announced that season 2 was the last season ABC had ordered I was a little disappointed. There were so many more storylines to tell! Thankfully Netflix decided to pick up Designated Survivor and create season 3! And can I just say, moving Designated Survivor to Netflix was the best decision ever!!!
I just finished watching season 3 and was pleasantly surprised with the changes Netflix made. First, the storylines are many juicer! Aaron Shore gets a love interest with a new character introduced in season 3. There are scandals upon scandals throughout the season so you won’t be disappointed. Hannah Wells uncovers a terrorist attack that is not what it looked like. In fact, this terrorist attack evolves several times until we find out what the true target is.
In season 3 we meet some new characters that bring a lot of flair and drama to the show. Our favorite characters from season 2 are still there. The story lines are full and rich. The drama is everywhere. The dialog is full of swearing and dramatic conversations. Netflix really took Designated Survivor and turned up the heat. It’s a next level show now.
The topics they tackled are what are on peoples minds, they use real documentary clips to help convey what the people want and think. It’s a show that is in tune with the topics that matter to people. I don’t want to say what topics because I don’t want to give away the season so you’ll have to watch it for yourself to find out.
I watched season 3 in one day. Yes, I binge watched while I cleaned the house and did laundry. Or at least that was the intent. I found myself sitting down and engrossed in the show more than I was cleaning. I was drawn in, I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
There are 10 episodes in season 3. Will there be a season 4? We don’t know. As of today, Netflix has not ordered any more episodes but they have also not canceled the show. So if you want to see a season 4 (and I really really do!) be sure to watch the show. Comment online. Engage online and show Netflix that Designated Survivor season 4 is wanted.