Things that are annoying me about Designated Survivor:
The dueling designated survivors. This is ridiculous, plain and simple. if Virginia Madsen takes over, it'll be a coup as serious as the evil general taking over. Right now they're handling this correctly -- she's saying she'll wait till the election in 2 years. So that means she'll just be a weird annoyance for the next two seasons? Some silly backroom drama to further splinter the plot?
The evil adviser/chief of staff. So everyone knows he's evil, but nobody seems worried because "that's DC!" If it really were DC, that guy would have been fired about a dozen times.
"The Red Line's not running today." How nice to see Metro's problems actually become a part of prime time TV. Unfortunately, this is presented as a problem that "a chief of staff should know about." Well... It's actually a daily problem, not a weird one off occurrence, and we all have to find alternative ways to get to work -- from the janitor to the senior staff for POTUS.
The video. Keifer's inexplicable belief that there's some Other Power behind the attacks even though he has all his experts saying otherwise AND a video from a terrorist group claiming responsibility. Yes, of course, we, the audience, know that there's some Other Power behind the attacks... But you literally have to be an audience member watching to know that. Keifer wouldn't be putting two and two together like he does because he doesn't have the same information we do.
The information we have. Maggie Q breaks the rules again and again...except to tell someone around POTUS what she's suspecting. Which is sort of a corollary to the above point, but also frustrating and dumb.
The Fed's response in general. "We have 50 agents on this!" The Capitol was destroyed, along with all of Congress and the president, by forces unknown, and you just assign 50 agents? They assigned several hundred agents to take down petty New York bank robber Al Nussbaum. Maybe the president wasn't popular.
The firing. So Keifer wasn't actually fired... It hadn't taken effect yet. Which means there wouldn't be much about it in the system to leak. However, because it leaked, that makes me think he was officially fired, in which case there is a touch of a constitutional crisis that should be a bit more clearly addressed instead of inserted as the problem du jour for the episode and then quickly brushed over. (PS: If it were official, then he wouldn't have been the designated survivor.)
Where are the States? We see one governor acting out against the President. While this is a very real possibility if the federal government is decapitated, what's supposed to happen is an emergency electoral election to fill congress. The state legislatures would organize and appoint representatives by special election. These elections can't be stopped short of martial law being declared. While it would take a while to pull this off (so, right now, it makes sense for the show not to have a Congress), this is something that the show will have to face in very short order. It's odd that it's not being discussed. It's even odder that what happens once that Congress is organized isn't being discussed -- the new Speaker would, essentially, outrank Keifer. And THAT is the weird Constitutional battle the show is looking for, not Madsen (though chances are she'd get that job anyway). So...perhaps they're holding out for that, but then we have a Constitutional Drama and not a Regular Drama.