OK, either they're doing MASSIVE re-editing or something, because this show is all over the place. And it seems the producers (or is that showrunner nowadays?) have done very very little research on Continuity of Government as well as basic White House information. I get that CoG is way esoteric but when that's kinda sorta the CENTRAL HOOK OF THE SHOW I just...
OK. I'll just struggle through this.
The timeline makes no sense whatsoever. If there's 'break points' that indicate how much time is passed it must be WAY more subtle than I can grasp, because what I get is, Episode 3 takes place the morning after the explosion has destroyed the Capitol building and wiped out the leadership of the USA. I'm gonna get back to that.
So, after everybody has a good night's sleep they're all refreshed and ready to deal with newly sworn in President Kirkland. Oh really. OK. So he's got some messy stuff to deal with, there's a funeral for the dead President and...
waitwaitwait. Less than 24 hours have passed and they're having a funeral for the murdered President. And the estranged son of that President is pissy about Kirkman due to an interview he did earlier in the day, so he says "NO, I will not let you speak or perform an eulogy for my father!!"
waitwait WAIT WAIT!! Huh?
(aside: One of the themes of the show is that The Media, as well as social media as a whole, have the knifes out for Kirkman.)
OK, the funeral. I haven't researched this (the point of what I write is not 'how internet smart and Google savvy I am' but what I know in my head, even if it's wrong) so I may well be super ignorant but I can't help but think that history has shown there's a certain protocol involving heads of state and funerals. There is a department for this, probably involving the State Department. Point(s) being I'm pretty sure you don't put the guy in the ground less than a day after he died (technically his body is evidence in the investigation as well as being a victim), and I'm REALLY sure nobody gets to tell the sitting President "I don't want you to talk".
And everybody is SUPER CASUAL about this. I've only been in D.C. once but that was during winter where a quarter inch of snow on the ground just about paralyzed the city. The Capitol Building blowing up, all the recovery work, carting off debris to be sorted and analyzed Army and Police walking around with loaded M4s and wearing body armor and full battle rattle...that town is shut down. But not locked down enough that people can't go home, put on some funeral clothes and just drift in to a church.
I won't even go into how the site lacked the necessary military honor guard, all the pomp and circumstance due a dead President.
OK, so that's a fail.
Oh, the kicker, the estranged son of the dead President asked the surviving Congressperson (evil Republican! Hissss!) to perform a hasty eulogy.
Now let us talk for a moment about the Congresswoman. Seems the Republicans (BOOOOOOO) in the Senate somehow didn't think it was 'fair' that the (un-named political party BUT WE KNOW WHO, AMIRITE?) got to name someone from the sitting administration as a designated survivor, so they went ahead and 'appointed' their OWN Senate Republican (growl! bark!) as 'the other' designated survivor.
My head is going to f'sking explode.
First up, there is NO LAW involving such a thing. There is no authority. It does not fall into the protocol of continuity of government. It's DUMB. I can't remember the chain of succession exactly but 'cabinet member' ranks above 'senator', so there's no actual challenge to Kirkman's ascension. If a Senator or Representative choose to skip the State of the Union address THAT'S OK. There would be political repercussions for that (in a normal situation) but it's not a law enforced by harsh penalties. I'm not even going to go into how CoG is the perview of the Executive Branch, and Legislative doesn't HAVE ready access to secure sites and so on. If it's not part of the written Continuity of Government plans, it ain't a'ginna happen.
So they must have just told her to stay home, right? Not very secure.
Sooo much WRONG going on. I'm not even touching on the HARD PUSH to name a specific Islamic Terror group leader as the mastermind of the operation. Such a hard push that it seems pretty obvious it can't be him.
Oh, Oh. Um. 'sombody' hacked the White House, causing lights to go out and computers to crash and stuff. There was the usual 'Hollywood computer' magic involving trying to figure out what's going on but in the end, the whole hack was a way for 'someone' to PLANT IN THE PRESIDENT'S LAPTOP a video file of said terrorist leader proclaiming he did it. Not on the desktop of course, it was BURIED in the CODE. (so how was Kirkman supposed to know it was there to open?)
A video file in PAL. Because overseas, right? I guess them damn terry-ists don't know .MKV or .MP4 or .AVI or whatever.
I wish Daryl Surat or Mike Toole had been with me watching this. I'm sure either of these gentlemen would have both thrown things at the TV and laughed their asses off.
It seems likely that 'the hack' was an inside job, likely from the 'core of the coup' in the Pentagon.
Sayyyy, there's been no word from the CIA in any of this so far. Where the hell are they?
I haven't even touched on the 'family drama' aspects. Precocious Daughter seems completely unfazed by everything. I'm still rooting for her to be the mastermind. She narks on her Emo Teen big brother by waving around his stash of pills, thus making Mom freak out a little, even more when she finds his FAT ROLL OF CASH in his dresser drawer. She takes them both. They have words. Emo teen says he was stupid and did it 'because' and he doesn't know why. Which I can almost believe because we've all seen people who operate that way. This will supposedly come back to bite President Kirkman later because internet.
Oh, see, total strangers went to their house and brought over various dressers and drawers so they could have 'their stuff' while living in the residence.
And we still don't see ANY of the White House staff. Not ONE PERSON. Kirkman made a promise to his wife (is she in on the plot?) that they were going to have a nice Family Dinner at 6:30 PM. (note, not even 24 hours after the blast. crazy busy day, huh?) Naturally, like every sitcom or family drama father EVER 'stuff comes up' and he doesn't get back to the residence until way late. He looks at the empty dining table with infinite sadness (Sutherland really sells that, I have to say. Nobody can say he's sleepwalking through his role) when little daughter comes out of a side room (kitchen? hall to the bedrooms?) with a box of cereal and then Wife shows up, and some talk about Emo Teen not being there because he's going to sleep overnight at a friend's house (!!!!!!!!!!!!) but no, THERE he is coming in from some other place and it's all loving and stuff.
Um. Where is the butler? Where is the staff? Where is the "I'm sorry we missed you for dinner Mr. President, can I get you something to eat?" that should happen? Because that's how it works. And you could STILL have the 'family waited for him love love' bit with the butler going into the pantry and then enter daughter.
Next episode ( day 2 after the bombing?) things go to s**t as the Republican (EEVVIILLL) governor of Michigan does stupid stuff making Kirkland issue the 'martial law' provision of Cog to nationalize the Michigan National Guard (this is a real thing) to suppress something or other.
OK, I talk about Continuity of Government. I'm omitting one aspect that may not be obvious to everyone, and it's THE SINGLE KEY FLAW in this series.
The entire basis for CoG plans is the total destruction of Washington D.C. and the wiping out of the whole of the leadership. This usually assumes a nuclear device vaporizing D.C. and environs, destroying government infrastructure.
None of that has happened. Yes, the leadership is dead but that doesn't affect all those GS8 employees sitting in their cubicles making reports and bidding on eBay when the boss isn't looking. The head of the EPA is dead but that doesn't mean suddenly all controls and rules and regulations have vanished. D.C. still stands and functions. Well, as well as it ever does. It doesn't make SENSE for the governor of a state to decide all bets were off and he could be Dictator of his own nation.
I think I may be done with this trainwreck.
I dunno, anyone reading this watching and not seeing this stuff? Don't care? Waiting for Sutherland to turn back into Jack Bauer and start kicking a**?