I like the premise of this show, and I like the fact that there are basically good messages being delivered in this show, but the good-spy vs bad-spy and evil subterfuge is rather unbelievable. The stories themselves are getting too trite and too redundant following so many other similar political drama series. The dialogue is canned, used many times before and containing so many clichés. It is also way too fast-paced. Nobody holds conversations like this. I can't keep up with it. Doesn't anybody just go "er, or ahem, or clear their throats, or cough or anything? As usual the young actors are all good looking ex-models-turned-actors-actresses who try to look serious and never smile.
Half of the scenes are the two women of the show, the chief of staff and the lawyer, walking fast and swaggering down the halls of the white house, giving them a chance to show off their latest fashions, while the men usually are following behind them trying to get a word in edgewise, while the two women arrogantly ignore them. And the dialogue, as always, is rapid-fire and impossible to follow. And does Emily ever just loosen up and relax and smile from time to time?
The sound itself is terrible. It sounds like the mikes are all behind us, and the actors are standing right in our ears and then their voices dubbed over the scenes with the volume turned up unrealistically loud. When Kirkman-Kiefer talks it is much louder than the others, drawling, rumbling, excessively low and loud, and barely understandable. He slurs. It is a the mark of a good actor who can truly enunciate - Kiefer just drawls, barely moving his upper lip. And it's so loud!
Last of all, Hannah the spy-girl is a side story that is becoming really old and out-of-sync with the show. It's like two shows in one. Her female James-Bond, arrogant attitude mixed with her never-ending bungling search for something - we're not sure what - is getting really trite. She's too intense, too cold, cocky and self-assured to be appealing any more. Maggie Q herself is an actress with no depth, and a stony-solid frozen face that never changes.
Again, I like the messages of the show - it's great to believe in a "good" America. But the stories are clichéd and contrived, and the acting, the sound, and the side stories, are too unpleasant.