Last Resort Review: Just Crazy Enough

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Last Resort is the must-see show of the fall season. The premiere - "Captain," as opposed to "Pilot," get it?!? - is smart, suspenseful and exhilarating from start to finish.

When the crew of the U.S.S. Colorado gets orders to fire their nuclear missiles on Pakistan, Captain Marcus Chaplin balks. Why? Because those orders came through a back channel that should only be utilized if Washington D.C. has been blown off the map. Because the sub is still getting a live feed of Hannah Montana instead of viewing a country at war, the orders smell fishy.

Last Report Premiere Pic

But when Chaplin asks for additional authorization, not only is he relieved of command, the unthinkable happens: Another U.S. warship fires upon them, sending the sub on a frantic dive to the bottom of the sea. 

And that's just the first 15 minutes of Last Resort.

This show is filled with political intrigue and epic adventure on a cinematic scale. Whether it's the close quarters of the submarine - where the intense pressure of their steep dive sends bolts flying like bullets - or the tropical island with a Nato station and a band of unhappy locals, the visuals are stunning.

Andre Braugher gives us a superior performance as Capt. Marcus Chaplin. He's a man pushed to the edge, whose mission is to protect crew and country, but he's not your standard hero. 

Chaplin takes over an island and fires his own missiles on Washington D.C. to prove his point. He needs whomever is in charge to believe he's just crazy enough to do it. The real question: how crazy is he? Is he the brains behind solving this massive conspiracy to start a world war or is he really borderline insane? As he says in this Last Resort quote...

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The rest of the cast also gives us something to look forward to. Scott Speedman as XO Sam Kendall is Chaplin's loyal right hand man, but even he may question how far his Captain is willing to go and whether their end goal is the same.

Autumn Reeser is Kylie Sinclair. Essentially Kylie is our eyes back in Washington. She's got a prototype on the U.S.S. Colorado that blocks the sub's magnetic signature and she doesn't want her chance at a government contract scrapped by this massive military snafu. Although her immediate motives are selfish, she may be the one to uncover the truth behind the conspiracy.

The cast is sprawling and larger than is possible to recap in this review, but everyone... from the island locals unhappy with this new occupying force... to the sub's crew... to the mysterious SEAL team who may know more about how this debacle started than they're willing to say... are all entertaining and certainly piqued my interest.

I'm unsure whether the ultimate question of Last Resort will be who dun-it? as much as what comes next? but I know I want answers to both questions.  And how long can Chaplin hold off a military superpower from overthrowing his tiny island domain?

Will Chaplin decide his fight is simply to hold off the powers that be and start a new life rather than find answers and clear his name? Will his crew, many who question his authority already, follow him or try to usurp his tenuous control. Will anyone see or believe that video?

Last Resort is better than any action movie I saw this summer.  The pilot has already ratcheted up the tension to a fevered pitch and I will definitely be tuning in to find out what comes next. How about you?


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Oh I forgot , great to see Autumn Reeser....but please girlfriend ......move on to pay cable're wasted on commercial network tv .....


Worried at first to see hot chicks (wasted on commercial network tv) on a military drama ....but it worked out by the end of the episode


I really didn't expect to like this show. I've seen previews for months now and I figured it would be another overhyped show that is meant to basically fill in a spot on the schedule but I was pleasantly surprised when I was genuinely into it after only about 15 or 20 minutes. The only thing I wonder about is how can they keep a plot line like this going for more than a few episodes... honestly you would think it was more of a movie plot than a TV show plot.


@Mark - 3 very well known words in TV and movie land: suspension of disbelief.
Either you can or you can't. If you can, enjoy the show. If not, change the channel.


Definitely my favorite pilot this season. I can't imagine a scenario like that in real life, but if a show is well-written and entertaining, I'm willing to suspend disbelief and just enjoy it!


There are too many plot holes for this show to last. The Colorado launches an SLBM which detonates 200 miles off the east coast near Washington, D.C. and we're supposed to think it was a harmless show of force? I wonder how many freighters heading in and out of Baltimore Harbor were just incinerated. How many thousands of crewmen just died. Sorry, but Captain Chaplin just went from sympathetic victim to mass murderer. Second, the U.S. Armed Forces has quite a few options to disable or destroy a sub sitting on the bottom of a shallow lagoon. 80's era B-1 bombers are way down that list. I watched the pilot hoping it would be a smart, edgy drama. Unfortunately it's just another show written about the military by folks who have no experience with or understanding of the military.


I've seen the pilot days ago and I must say it's been great, simply amazing, I've been waiting for this series for months, ever since I've seen the trailer. First comment is that Autumn Reeser is hoooooooooooooot.


BodyWash ✫✫
Considering it's SoapTV - FOR MEN. The Seal guy crying at the end being hugged by a stranger was hilarious. Big Shawn Ryan fan but can't get behind this.


I agree it would be nice to if they could do a crossover with NCIS or maybe have Mark Harmen appear on the show.


Best pilot I've seen this season.

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Last Resort Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

We aren't actually at war. Just make him realize how incredibly dead he'd be if we were.


Gentleman we have just surfaced in the middle of a highway. Let m know if things get busy.