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The Blacklist: Redemption

I wasn't sure what to expect of this Blacklist-spinoff since the backdoor-pilot last season included a few incestuous vibes (mind you Tom's mother didn't know he was her son), but thankfully, this was dropped. So what remained was a question of loyalties: Who's telling the truth, his mother or his father? Who's the evil mastermind? And surrounding this family drama come a couple of quite interesting cases. Honestly, I like this show. It's more intense and character-driven than its mother-show, mainly because there are more leads that carry it, instead of just the (albeit charismatic) mastermind Red.

Designated Survivor

HUD secretary Tom Kirkman gets thrown into the presidency when the capitol blows up during the president's State of the Union. And now, he, a nobody in the political arena, has to juggle the investigation into the attack, pressure from the military, reforming the US government and personal issues. Actually, I kind of binge-watched this show. It's a bit of a mix between 24, Homeland and (just a tiny little bit) politics. Kirkman's naivety and moral compass do get a bit annoying at times, especially in the beginning, but he quickly grows into his new role. Thankfully, they quickly dropped the wayward drug-dealing son-sideplot, but I guess this will come back to haunt him.

What bothered me was that the lead FBI-agent, Hannah Wells, was a bit of a loose canon. She has good instincts, but she's always going alone and failing to bring the evidence. I mean why limit the investigation in the beginning? Why not bring in the White House sooner? And what about the death of the Vice President? I mean, they're going to bring him in, and then only she's about to arrest him? Where's her backup? And that leads to his and his wife's deaths, and no further leads. That's maybe what this show is most lacking, a sense of professionalism. But still, I liked it, I like Kiefer Sutherland (even if he gets to say "Damnit!" way too rarely).
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