A Short Review of Last Resort

ABC's new thriller Last Resort is quite good. The basic premise is farfetched but intriguing -- a nuclear submarine crew disobey an order through secondary channels to attack Pakistan and then they go on the run, commandeering a NATO communications station on an isolated island. After viewers throw away their disbelief, the show delivers with exciting dramatic scenes, some good character performances, and plenty of captivating plot twists and turns.

The writers make a valiant attempt to address all the eyeroll-inducing holes in the story. I'm not a military expert, but every time a questionable incident happened regarding protocol or DEF-CON scenarios, the characters found a way to acknowledge and sidestep around it. I'm sure real world Navy veterans and government officials will laugh over plenty of errors, but so far I'm enjoying it as the escapist fiction it aims to be.

The cast is the glue that enables us to suspend disbelief.  Andre Braugher is excellent as Captain Marcus Chaplin, a strong leader with a vulnerable side as revelations unfold. He's a complex figure and it will be interesting to see where his story arc goes. Scott Speedman is also strong as XO Sam Kendal and Daisy Betts brings some guarded sensitivity to the role of Lieutenant Grace Shepard. Familar faces abound with Robert Patrick as Master Chief Joseph Prosser and Bruce Davison as Admiral Arthur Shepard. My favorite character so far is Julian Serrat, played by Sahr Ngaujah, an edgy man who feels his authority threatened by the Americans who invade his island.

Give it a shot.  We'll see where they go with it.  Based on the first two episodes I've seen, I'm pleasantly surprised.

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