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Designated Survivor Know-It-Alls: Premiere Recap of the Keifer Sutherland Series

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Rob Cesternino and Josh Wigler are driven by their love of “24” to cover the premiere of the new ABC series starring Kiefer Sutherland.  In the series, Jack Bauer Kiefer Sutherland becomes the president of the United States after an attack on Washington D.C. during the State of the Union.  Rob and Josh discuss what they liked and didn’t like about the new series in this episode 1 recap.

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  • Chris

    Great show as always guys. Can you please post a link to the 24 podcasts you were talking about earlier in this show, can’t seem to find it in search.

  • Emily Stobs

    I enjoyed the show and I agree that it has potential. Looking forward to hearing you recap this show in the future!

  • Matt The Golem

    You 2 are so obsessed with Jack Bauer but didn’t notice that while he would say “nukular”, Kirkman correctly pronounces it as nuclear. And while of course there are comparisons to 24, DS also has a lot in common with Homeland.

  • Ocean

    You are right. The family is insufferable. The casting in general is awful. Or, is the writing bad? Bring Chloe in. But I love Keifer so I’ll keep watching.

    • Matt The Golem

      Gen X Rob can’t stand Millennial Leo 🙂 But really it isn’t the age, but the problem is the overused ‘rebellious teenage son’ character.

  • Hornacek

    1) I found the repeated references to Jack Bauer funny at the beginning, but after awhile Rob and Josh really dug in saying Kirkman was Jack Bauer. Kirkman is nothing like JB. He’s a low-level politician, a former teacher, probably no combat experience in his life. It’s funny to say “President Jack Bauer” when discussing this show to be funny, but when reviewing the actual content of the show, he’s not JB at all.

    2) I feel like I missed something or Rob and Josh got something wrong. They said that when Maggie Q gives her speech near the end of the episode it reveals that the attack was an inside job. I thought the big reveal was that this was just the first attack and there’s more to come. She does say that after these type of attacks there is usually chatter, and there wasn’t this time, but then she says “You don’t take credit for something until you’re done.”, so it sounds like what she’s saying is that the lack of chatter means this was just step 1 of a multi-part attack, and that there won’t be chatter until the attackers have finished all the attacks. Did I miss a part where Q says “This is an inside job”?

    3) I never watched BSG so the idea for this show reminded me of the episode of the West Wing where Bartlett does the State of the Union and leaves one of his cabinet members at the residence in case “anything happens”.

    • I don’t believe they said it could be an inside job, I think the reveal was that there could be something else coming. Though I think the reason for no chatter will end up being that it was an inside job.

      • Hornacek

        I mean, it could turn out to be an inside job, and since it’s serialized TV, it will probably turn out that way, since it makes for a better story. But I found that because Q pretty much said “This is only the beginning” she wasn’t talking about who was responsible, she meant that there would be more attacks coming.

  • Johnny De Silveira

    You guys realize that the musical composer on Designated Survivor is the same as 24. 😉

  • susan appleby

    Guys: I know this sounds a bit silly but I had a bad experience on 9/11 in NYC and I’m concerned this government attack will just be too stressful to watch and then watch play out.
    Any advice? I so enjoyed the 24 coverage but maybe I should just skip this one?