Now it’s on Netflix, Designated Survivor has exercised some serious changes.
We’ve seen Kiefer Sutherland command the screen across such efforts as Stand By Me and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. However, the role of a lifetime as Jack Bauer on the hit series 24 remains his crowning achievement.
The actor is a TV treasure, so fans were delighted to see him tackle the role of Thomas Kirkman in the first season of ABC’s political drama series Designated Survivor.
He’s terrific in the series, successfully juggling both the thriller and political elements with admirable conviction. However, the latest season has raised a few eyebrows…
Designated Survivor: Season Three
The show ran on ABC for two seasons. However, season three aired exclusively on Netflix, landing on Friday, June 7th 2019.
This was great news for the show’s dedicated fanbase, as the streaming mogul offers audiences so many advantages when it comes down to binging. Easy availability is what Netflix is all about, but in recent memory, they’ve become synonymous with creative freedom.
Often, projects from admired filmmakers arrive on Netflix to mixed reception, arguably because they’re the product of minor interference. Sometimes this is a great thing, yet, in the realm of television – especially when the shows swap hands – the product can deviate dramatically from that which preceded it.
Let’s talk about the swearing
Everyone’s glad to have it back, but the swearing was admittedly very unexpected.
While on ABC, the content was appropriate for broadcast and appeared to avoid any particularly excessive foul language. On the other hand, under Netflix, the third season exhibits no such modesty.
Inevitably, some found the use of the frequent use of the F-word to be a little jarring, considering the show managed just fine without it. It’s actually become quite the discussion point; check out these Twitter reactions:
Im so disappointed in the 3rd season of #DesignatedSurvivor on @netflix the first 2 seasons were amazing & had the best plot, and in the first episode of season 3 I’ve heard more cuss words and seen more sex then necessary. Like it literally has nothing to do with the plot AT ALL— Mady (@madysentucker17) July 1, 2019
Was loving #DesignatedSurvivor until season 3. What is up with all of the profanity and sex scenes? Yuck!— Kim Anderson (@Kim__Anderson) July 7, 2019
Season 3 #DesignatedSurvivor addressed so many important social issues. ♥️that part. Can do without the middle school level cussing every time they could just to show they could cuss. Every now and then for certain characters= realistic. All the time for everyone=unnecessary— All is Well (@GoodLife49) July 7, 2019
#DesignatedSurvivor Season three, episode seven — why are they all swearing?— Alastair Owens (@AlastairHackney) July 3, 2019
Watching Designated Survivor & while I still love the show I think Netflix is really doing a disservice by trying to make #DesignatedSurvivor something that it isn’t. #Netflix is taking away many of the elements I love & adding things it feels the show needs, like all the cursing— Pepamint83 (@Pepamint83) July 7, 2019
Does it work?
Sure, it could prove a disadvantage to and alienate younger audiences. Yet, let’s be honest, the nature of the show is hardly going to attract a pre-teen audience anyway. The problem seems to be the sheer level of swearing, as it is a huge leap from the last two seasons.
Honestly, the additional swearing gives it more of an edge, aiding the drama of certain scenes. It’s not just that though, as swearing simply makes the show much more realistic in some moments. When a show avoids writing foul-mouthed dialogue, sometimes it just feels a little too obvious.
A show like Designated Survivor feels far more at home on Netflix, and with season four, perhaps expectations will have people prepared.
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