In Designated Survivor season 3 episode 4, we saw characters confronting mortality … and also Aaron Shore confronting his own heritage.
Throughout this episode, we got a better sense of Kirkman’s Vice-Presidential pick perhaps more than almost at any other point. He’s a guy who was branded the “historic” label because of his background, but it’s one that he’s not entirely comfortable with. This is a guy who, per his conversations with Isabel, changed his last name from Rivera to Shore to better fit in at school. He’s also a guy who doesn’t openly discuss it as much as some would want. He was hesitant to even join Tom’s ticket in fears of being just a diversity pick.
Yet, Shore is proving himself to be worthy, and for most of this episode, it actually felt as though Tom’s campaign was on the up and up. Dontae crafted a great ad, the team was getting the job done, and it felt like they were starting to be able to tackle some of the roadblocks in their way.
Then, a story surfaces claiming that the President may have orchestrated his wife’s death. We’d heard entering this season that fake news would be a theme, but we certainly didn’t see it manifesting in this particular form. This is a horrible thing to confront, especially since if enough people believe it, you really run the risk of it derailing or destroying a campaign.
Pretty compelling cliffhanger, no?
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What other troubles lie ahead
For Emily Rhodes, she may just be facing one of trust, including whether or not she is going to be able to view Kirkman the same way. He took dark money to end a teachers’ strike, showing once more that he is willing to taint the person that he’s been for the sake of rising up the ranks to the highest office in the land. It’s not a good look for him, no matter how you choose to look at it. Emily’s personal life got a bit of a reprieve in that it doesn’t seem like she’s highly susceptible to cancer like her mother, but her mother seems to be on the verge of dying.
Meanwhile, Mars Harper’s wife Lynn is doing better and seems determined to be there for him in a better way, but with his affair, he’s not exactly returning the favor. Meanwhile, Seth has been working to get closer to his newly-discovered biological daughter, but all of a sudden, she is getting a little distant. He’s eager, but is he perhaps overeager to explore a certain facet of his life he never has before?
The virus storyline faded away in this episode a little bit, which may not be a great thing given that we think it’s going to come back and rear its head again. Otherwise, this was one of the best episodes (so far) in season 3 at least in terms of showing the turmoil that comes with running a Presidential campaign. Also, every important character had great material and we finally have a better understanding of who Aaron really is.
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