Category: Western TV

Designated Survivor (American Drama Review & Summary)

American Political Drama

Designated Survivor (American Drama Review & Summary)

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  • Genre: Political Thriller, Conspiracy, National Security
  • Date Released: First Season (2016); Second Season (2017); Third Season (2019)
  • Origin: USA; First & Second seasons were ABC originals; Third Season was picked up by Netflix
  • American Series: 53 Episodes
  • Available at Netflix


  • Kiefer Sutherland as Tom Kirkman
  • Natacha McElhone as Alex Kirkman
  • Adan Canto as Aaron Shore
  • Italia Ricci as Emily Rhodes
  • LaMonica Garrett as Mike Ritter
  • Kal Penn as Seth Wright
  • Maggie Q as Hannah Wells
  • Mckenna Grace as Penny Kirkman (First Daughter)
  • Paulo Costanzo as Lyor Boone
  • Virginia Madsen as Kimble Hookstraten
  • Ashley Zuckerman as Peter McLeish

We watched four episodes back to back last night.  I thought I should watch it in tandem with the newly released Kdrama of the same title (+60 Days) starring my favourite oppa, Ji Jin Hee.

I have to say that the first few episodes were so exciting that they just rolled into one.

You cannot really go wrong with Kiefer Sutherland when it comes thrillers.

Episode 1

It was the day of the State of the Union which was being held at the Capitol Building in Washington DC.  Everyone in the Government was attending which includes the President, of course.

As a protocol, a minister had to stay in seclusion in case the government met some dastardly fate.  This minister was in rotation, at this time it was the turn of  Tom Kirkman, who happened to be the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

And they did, the Capitol Building was destroyed with everyone inside.

The secret agents quickly went to protect Tom Kirkman.

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5

The Navy Seal was able to get Majid Nassar in Algeria.

Episode 6

The president made a deal with the governors to keep him power, in return, he had to suspend all immigration, including a planeful of Syrian refugees already in American air.

The plane was being prevented to land and then was flown to Canada instead.

Alex Kirkman, the First Lady, was so annoyed with her husband.  She is an immigration lawyer.

Episode 7



Penny Dreadful

penny dreadfulPeter and I have just started watching a new television series called Penny Dreadful.  It was such an original concept.  Mixing fiction and non-fiction characters set in Victorian London.

It has a stellar cast, starring Eva Green, Josh Harnett, Timothy Dalton, Simon Russell Beal, Rory Kinnear and Billie Piper.

Peter was particularly captivated with the pilot episode.  It was a very tantalising and believable retelling of version of events with the case of Jack the Ripper.

The second episode was a bit uncomfortable.  There was too much gratuitous sex scenes and very strong swear words.

Billie Piper’s Irish accent is commendable, very strong but it needs subtitle.  We hear and understand words but not the sentence.

It was sad that the newer, gentler Dr Frankenstein’s creation called Proteus was savagely torn apart by the returning first creation, what a monster.

We can totally recommend this series and we are excited for the next episode.

By the way a Penny Dreadful is a rudimentary newspaper, like the tabloid.  It reports mainly dreadful and frightening stories and sells for a penny.

The Blacklist


James Spader’s The Blacklist

I have not heard about this TV series before but I thought someone very dear to me would love it. It is just his thing.

Apparently, The Blacklist is about a former FBI agent starring the very versatile James Spader. He plays Raymond Reddington, who was originally a shining star of an agent, but after some events during one Christmas, he went berserk and became one of the most wanted men from the FBI.

Anyway, the series according to the blurbs started with Reddington aka Red just suddenly surrendering to the FBI.  He convinced them that he and the FBI had always been working on the same agenda: catch the criminals.  He would now want to work with the FBI  to catch these baddies who were so good that that were off the radar, even of the FBI’s. Red had with him The Blacklist.  The one proviso was that he would only work with Elizabeth Keen, a neophyte FBI profiler!

Sounds good!

The Returned

There is a new series from France called The Returned which is being shown at Channel 4 (UK). We enjoyed the first episode, it is interesting and the cinematography is excellent and atmospheric.

Based from the first episode, this series of seven episodes, I think, will be a real treat.

Unlike the very good & scary hit US TV series ‘The Walking Dead’, ‘The Returned’ is a ‘zombie’ genre TV series with a difference. There are a lot of goings on and side stories with those involved.  Following a coach crash near a small French town, four years before, the families, friends and relatives still mourn those killed, children teenagers, school pupils & some adults. Then suddenly those who had died wander back into their town, the returning ‘dead’ also include others who had died in previous years looking and acting completely normal except not remembering what had happened and that years have passed since the accident  (well at first I guess more will develop). Some of the family members cannot cope with seeing their long dead return leading to fear, resentment and other nuances.    It appears that their graves in the local cemetery are still intact?  Who and what are  these that have returned, particularly the spooky little boy who was standing in the middle of the road causing the coach to crash? Intriguing and chilling.