COMMENT | I may be a little late to the game, but my wife and I have just started watching the Netflix series "Designated Survivor". It’s really thrilling and entertaining!
In the series, whenever there is a State of the Union address in the US when the entire government is under one roof at the Capitol Building, one of them will be the designated survivor and will not attend. Instead, this individual will be placed in an undisclosed location protected by the Secret Service.
The reason being is that if anything untoward were to happen and the Capitol gets attacked or whatever and the entire government gets killed, this designated survivor will then become the country’s president and so the government will still continue.
And this is exactly what happens in the show’s first episode. The Capitol gets blown up by terrorists and the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, played by Kiefer Sutherland, becomes president.
The entire series looks at how his administration then goes about rebuilding the nation. I’m enjoying the show and binge-watching it as much as I can. It’s got a good cast with Kiefer Sutherland, Natacha McElhone (I loved her in "Californication"!) and Kal Penn (I’m a GenXer so "Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle" is naturally on my list of coming of age movies!) On that note, forgive me for name-dropping, but I’m buddies with ...