TV Club: An average Designated Survivor has Kirkman scrounging for votes

More leaning into the politics, and more struggles by the Kirkman administration to push a political platform that’s been carefully tailored to appeal to the largest percentage of the viewing audience possible—and that means an episode that isn’t exactly the height of suspense, but one that at least tries to deal with the realities of government in a simplified but fundamentally honest manner. Senator Jack Bowman (Mark Deklin) has decided to throw a monkey wrench into the works by forcing a vote on a controversial gun control bill, sabotaging the president and his administration’s efforts to gets some easy wins under their belt before going after the big stuff.

Bowman makes a laughably perfect villain, a smirking, arrogant creep who spends most of “Party Lines” setting himself up for a fall. It’s an admittedly simplistic approach to conflict, albeit one that doesn’t feel all …

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