Oh yes, the writing is terribly lazy. The entire story line is preposterous. Usually stuff like this shows up in the summer as your basic popcorn type of show, but looks like it will be around for a while.I'm really trying to love this show but I think the writing is very lazy. I'm sorry but, if the WH was being attacked, secret service would have been in the oval office immediately and probably rush the POTUS to a bunker. This show waited until the attack was almost over to send some into the room. I just found that to be stupid and that is just one example where the writing in this show just isn't very smart. It does just enough to get me to continue watching even with all the eye rolling moments.
Thanks for the synopsis. Haven't watched it yet, but with certain shows spoilers don't bother me.I was frustrated with the A plot involving the compound in Algeria containing the terrorist identified as being responsible for the attack on the Capitol, in which the only two options considered were an aerial bombing and surveillance only. Kirkman's argument against the aerial bombing, that we possibly had an asset on site, was the wrong one; the general was absolutely right that he knew the risks and was willing to take them on behalf of his country. But there was a reason President Obama didn't order an aerial bombing of bin Laden's compound in Pakistan even though it would have been lower risk with a higher probability of success: With a target that high profile, you need confirmation of death, and you need as much evidence as it's feasible to gather. If the only thing left is a charred crater, there's always that lurking possibility that the target escaped. Given that Kirkman still has reservations that this terrorist's group is behind the attack, the impetus to do as much intelligence gathering as possible would only seem to strengthen the argument for a riskier strike team operation.
On the B plot, with the Michigan governor again sniffing weakness in the aftermath of Kirkman's admission of his imminent dismissal in that interview, it frustrated me that Emily didn't assert her right as a private citizen to assemble. But I was pleasantly surprised when Kirkman had the governor arrested, which was exactly the right call. When the governor challenged him privately, he could address the situation privately. But when the governor challenged him publicly, he had to respond publicly. It was the same with the general who pulled a Douglas MacArthur in the PEOC. Kirkman needed to forcefully make it clear that challenging his authority has consequences. It might cost him the presidency, but if he hadn't the presidency would be worthless.
Something tells me that the new First Lady is going to regret making a deal with Congresswoman Hookstraten. She has to redirect her engagement from micro concerns about individual clients to using her pulpit to shape perceptions of issues she cares about on a macro level.
I was gratified to see Hookstraten refer to herself as 50 percent of Congress, given MacLeish's seemingly miraculous survival. The opposition party can designate its own survivor if it wants, but that survivor has no formal role. Kirkman referred to her at one point as the de facto Speaker of the House, and that is for all intents and purposes true since she's the only one in a position to speak for Congress's concerns. But until an election can occur to repopulate the House and Senate, the legislative agenda is basically stalled. Much like Lincoln did, Kirkman is going to make the decisions he thinks he needs to make to keep the country together, and the messes that arise will get sorted out later once the other two branches are brought back online.
I did like to see Seth Wright step up as press secretary and prove himself a skillful representative of the president. It's gotten frustrating having everybody else define Kirkman's narrative, and it's good that he has someone in his corner that can do that a consistent basis.