TV Show: Last Resort Season 1 Ep. 1 "Pilot" Review
Aside from NBC's Revolution, there is not a single new show premiering this fall that I am looking forward to most than Last Resort. The premise was enough to kick start my interest but when they finally released the preview for the show I was sold. On September 11th 2012 ABC release via Yahoo the Pilot episode of Last Resort 2 weeks ahead of schedule, similar to what NBC did with Revolution. I watched it as soon as I heard it was online, and immediately fell in love with the show.
Last Resort follows the crew on board a United States Navy Ohio Class Ballistic Missile Submarine, the USS Colorado. Ohio-class submarines are the largest submarines built for the United States. In the show The USS Colorado has 28 Tomahawk Missiles and 18 Trident Nuclear Warheads on board, enough firepower to send the world into a nuclear winter. The USS Colorado receives orders to fire 4 Trident Nuclear Warheads on Pakistan, through their secondary Antarctic channel. Unsure of why the orders are coming through from Antarctic command and not Washington command, the captain and his executive officer break radio silence to find out what is going on. When they are attacked by one of their own they seek refuge an exotic island, taking control of a nearby NATO early-warning center in the process. They declare a 200 mile wide no mans land around them, stating that if any country violates that they will use their Nuclear Warheads.
I found this show to be extremely captivating and intense. For me, it pushed all the right buttons, hooking me in, keeping me interested and surprising me. I found the story to be quite interesting, pulling in my from the start and never letting go. Yes, it may be a little far-fetched at times but in my mind the scenario presented to us in the show is something that COULD possibly happen. There is obviously a lot to the situation that we do not know yet, and that will most likely be reveals throughout the season, but with the way they set up this first episode I don't see any problem with this show going on for multiple seasons. There is obviously some kind of conspiracy going on within the United States Government (what else is new), but the show seems to be putting their own fresh twist on this over-used plot piece.
The show also features some really fantastic performances by its cast. Andre Braugher delivers a very intense performance as the submarines captain, Marcus Chaplin. His presence on screen really commands attention, showing that he is a great choice as a leader. Scott Speedman plays the role of Braugher's right hand man, Sam Kendal, with ease, providing an easily likable character for the show. Although he does not command attention as well as Braugher, Speedman is still a great screen presence. Daisy Betts plays a very quite, self-restrained character in Grace Shepard, and does a great job with the role. She is able to pull of a little bit of edginess and intensity toward the end of the episode with relative ease. Robert Patrick does a decent job with the minimal screen time he is awarded. Being so used to him playing a villain I am feeling a bit skeptical about his characters intentions. I feel that they are going to be using him as a villain, but I guess we'll see. The rest of the cast does quite well, bringing a feeling of realism to their roles as men and women of the Navy.
I really enjoyed the Pilot episode of Last Resort, and am looking forward to where the show goes to next. This is the second new fall television show that I've absolutely loved, with the first being Revolution. Hopefully Last Resort will continue to be as intense and captivating as this first episode was, and hopefully it will resonate well with the viewers at home, ensuring a long life span on ABC. I am psyched for this show to begin and recommend that you make the time to check this one out.
Created by Shawn Ryan. Directed by Martin Campbell.
Starring Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lockman, Autumn Reeser, Daniel Lissing, and Robert Patrick.