Honestly, I never thought of falling for Designated Survivor: 60 Days this much. I never heard of the original one until I started this drama. I am considering now after being so engrossed with the Korean version. I don’t do political drama and when I do, it mostly sageuk kind. So it is refreshing to watch modern politics in a drama. I was on the fence starting it but got super addicted as soon as I started the first episode. Never would I thought I would love it so much. I just completed the last episode and A and I cried because of the ending. I am hoping that this show will get a second season. But will it?
There are many factors to why I love, love, LOVE Designated Survivor: 60 Days. Let me list it down for you:
The charismatic Park Mu Jin played by Ji Jin Hee. I know for the fact that we will never get this type of president. Ever! Unless… Andrew Yang won the US presidential election *prays*. President Park is very caring, very empathetic, very concerned, very calm and listens to his cabinet. A humane president that wants to do the right thing for the people. I love watching him grow from a lowly minister to a qualified president. I cannot think anyone else could play this character better than Ji Jin Hee. He’s calm demeanor really adds the perfect president character this show needs.
The magnificent Secretary Cha Young Jin played by Son Seok Koo. At first, he was a bit annoying – a character you love to hate but then hate to love – he grows as a person when he got appointed by Park Mu Jin to be his secretary. Another character we saw grew before our eyes – taking advice and criticism like a champ! I love his strong will especially when he decided that Mu Jin is the one the country needs. His dedication is admirable. I love the way he talks. He is very passionate in his work and it shows.
The fearless Agent Han played by Kang Han Na. Her fiance “died” in the bombing yet she put her personal feeling behind and fought for the country. She escaped death too many times. She is unstoppable and her quick thinking got Mu Jin’s attention. To be trusted by a president is a good thing and his full support on her work really pushed her even further in this line of work. She is well-grounded and knows what to do. Agent Han is totally badass – and refreshing to see a badass female character.
The patriotic Minister Oh played by Lee Joon Hyuk. My god, when he first showed up in episode 6, I just could not believe that he survived from the bombing. Later, as Agent Han investigated, we soon came to find out how he survived. Minister Oh survived for his own people – and his character made this drama more interesting to watch. The funny thing was his purpose of living and pushing his agenda got thwarted by his own “people.” The so-called VIP wants to control the government yet did not do their own checks and balance among themselves. Minister Oh is an intense character but he made a huge mistake when he pushed his agenda to the public.
Besides loving the characters, I also love the pacing of this show. It is so well done and it gives enough time for watchers who are not familiar with a political structure to learn the ins and out of a government system. I know this show is not realistic but the writing is so stellar and perfect it makes all of us, at least my son, believe that if this happened in real life, we know exactly how a government will react and move forward. Being in a political environment, one must know how to play a game and how to win the game. There are so many lessons learned you get from watching this show. It also gives me a different perspective on how to play my game in the office. Bureaucracy. Not the best.
A quick summary of this drama in case, like me, you have not heard or seen the original show: President Yang and his cabinet died in a bombing. A terrorist attack was announced and the intelligent was quick to point out that it was a North Korean work. At the time, Park Mu Jin was a lowly environmental minister. He actually submitted his resignation before President Yang addressed his message at the National Assembly. Secretary Han, President Yang’s right hand, appointed Park to be the Acting President of South Korea. Of course, as someone who is not well versed in the political arena, Mu Jin faced so many criticisms from other parties. And so, the drama begins… Do you think he survives?
I also failed to mention that the relationship of each character in this show is to die for. And you would also enjoy all the side stories. Love the bromance between Secretary Cha and the Blue House spokesperson, Kim Nam Wook. I also love the hinted romance between Cha and Jung Soo Jung, one of the president’s right-hand person (next to Secretary Cha). And then we got maknae Park Soo Kyo who always put everyone in check. The bond between the team is pretty neat and tight. They are the catalyst that pushes President Park to work harder for the people. They are the team you want to be with.
Designated Survivor: 60 Days completed 4 days ago. I highly recommend you watching this drama. It is available on Netflix. I could not emphasize enough what an awesome show this drama is. The writing is solid; the characters are superb; the drama is engaging – I really don’t know what else to say. You will not regret watching this drama. I am happy I saw the show. I also think this drama is worthy of a rewatch. You don’t hear this from me or so often. It is worth your time. Once again, it is another tvN production – I just hope the production people get paid for their work.