Last Resort Review: Who's Playing Whom?

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Everyone was playing someone during "Big Chicken Dinner," as Marcus' plans to bring the island together for a makeshift Thanksgiving feast ended in up going down in flames.

It started off promising enough. Food, friends, friendly banter with the person you had sex on the beach with the night before. If you thought that Grace and James finally doing the deed would get it out of their system, well, you were dead wrong. The sparks were flying brighter than ever as Grace tried but failed to set things back to normal in this Last Resort quote

 What happened between us happened. Now we should just go back to the way things were with you being a jackass and me trying to do my job. | permalink

Somehow I just don't think that's going to work. And though Tani doesn't deserve to be the collateral damage between these two star crossed lovers, it wouldn't surprise me if she bailed on island life altogether. It had been her plan to take her brother to Australia when he was of age. There's no reason she couldn't head out on her own.

An Unexpected Thanksgiving

As if things weren't tense enough between the islanders and the crew, a claim of rape heightened the tension even more. I had no doubt that Anders was guilty, although that may be because I've seen the actor play the bad guy on so many other shows. He's very convincing.

When Grace shared her story about being raped at the academy, it felt like overkill. I know it was meant to give us more insight into her character and the sacrifices she's made for her military career, but that entire subplot felt unnecessary.

Still, I wouldn't have minded seeing Anders get his 100 lashes. He may get them yet since he wasn't smart enough to take Marcus' offer of protective custody. I can't imagine he'll make it off the island alive.

And with Anders being the only guy who can run the Nuke room, Marcus started tutoring Cortez to take over the job. Fantastic. Nothing like having the ship's traitor be the one in charge of it's most powerful weapon. I'm sure this will come back to bite Marcus sometime in the near future.

Sam killing Booth was no surprise. There was no way Sam was going to get the Special Forces vet to turn. Sam's just lucky he didn't get tossed off that cliff.

Some of my favorite scenes of the night were between Christine and Kylie as they analyzed Paul.  hristine may have felt badly for the lonely, estranged father but Kylie was quick to point out that every time he's seen Christine, he's made a choice to use her. And he's got no idea that she's playing the game just as well as he is as Kylie summed up the strategy nicely…

 That kiss the other night probably lodged itself right in the middle of his needy little heart where it's growing. | permalink

Christine's performance about leaving her husband because of that kiss was pretty darn convincing. Paul's got no idea what he's up against.

But the biggest question of the night was Where the Hell is the COB?!? The last we saw him he had been injected with drugs and had his feet set on fire and yet there was no mention of him here. As much as I love the suspense, I can't believe Last Resort going to make us wait another week to find out his fate.

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    Fortyseven

    Poor. Too many dropped storylines. Why would they trash their own village. I liked Christine/Kylie's scenes.

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    CONTINUED...3) Kylie, Christine, Grace & the Admiral - I like the whole Charlie's Angels vibe going down in D.C. But, what is the purpose of Christine going on that ship? I don't get it. How can she possible help her husband out in Micronesia? They were getting so much more information from Paul by listening to his conversations with the Sec of Defense. They could have continued to tape them. Why no scenes of Kylie trying to find out what the hell happened to her Admiral ally? She can't always be at Christine's house. There have to be other angles she's working, or people she's trying to fool. Finally, why no mention of GRACE dealing with her dad vanishing for one second? Too many plot holes, and not enough time to deal with them.

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    There were a couple of weaknesses that I thought could have been written better:

    1) LR isn't a procedural. But, the first rule of defending your client is to try and get evidence in your favor. Why didn't Grace even ask for the clothing the woman wore on the night she was raped? If events happened as she claimed, her clothes would have been torn. Sloppy. I know the plot turns on having the islanders riot over the not guilty verdict. But, please, your audience isn't stupid. Which brings up...

    2) Islanders rioting. Um...why write these poor folks as being stupid? Because that's what their actions are. They aren't wrecking anything that the sub crew values. They are trashing their own village, including the victim's workplace. So, nice support you're showing her, people. *sigh*

    ...CONTINUED ABOVE

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    I have to believe that the timing of this episode may be concurrent, if slightly before, the COB being kidnapped. Once Chaplin finds out what happened to him, I seriously doubt ANY of the Colorado crew would stand at a table in a sham court situation with Serrat under any circumstances. Also, the islanders would lose any credibility with the crew if they continued to allow Serrat to go unpunished for such a heinous act.

    Another good episode. I'm so sad we're not going to see a second season. Why can't DirecTV pick this up like they did DAMAGES? It doesn't have to run for 22 episodes to be effective. Don't most of the cable series run 12-15 episodes a season?

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    Christine, for the record, the nuke room is the reactor, not the SLBMs.

    Apparently CPO Anders was the only nuc (that's nuclear reactor-rated engineer) left on the boat (that's submarine). Which is probably totally unrealistic, but whatever.

    Undecided on Grace's rape backstory. On one hand, I hate rape backstories. On the other, that she was raped in the academy implies that she is a rape survivor, not a victim. And she gave an effective defense of a guy she knew was a rapist despite her history, which just makes her all the more stronger.




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