Critic Consensus: Kiefer Sutherland skillfully delivers the drama in Designated Survivor, a fast-paced, quickly engrossing escapist political action fantasy.
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as Tom Kirkman
as Jessica Kirkman
as Aaron Shore
as Emily Rhodes
as James Ritter
as Leo Kirkman
as Seth Wheeler
as Hannah Watts
as Kimble Hookstraten
as Harris Cochrane
as Jason Atwood
as Penny Kirkman
as President Richmond
as Ambassador Ahmed Fayad
as Charlie Langdon
as Acting Defense Secretary
as Acting FBI Director
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Sure, it's a far-out premise, but the suspenseful pilot gets your adrenaline pumping and it's fun watching Sutherland navigate a role where he can't rely on snapping anyone's neck -- at least not yet.
This is so chilling a premise, it's not something many of us want to think about, especially in these troubling times, and that makes Designated Survivor both disturbing and riveting.
Overly familiar story beats and cardboard character cutouts in Wednesday's opener blunt the return of Jack Bauer 2.0. A hint of genuine promise, however, remains.
The pilot is terrific, as it moves briskly through the horrific events that lead to Kirkland's ascension, featuring troubling images of the Capitol sending fire into the Washington, D.C., sky.
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