Last Resort, from Shawn Ryan (The Chicago Code, Terriers, Lie to Me, The Unit) & Karl Gajdusek stars Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Dichen Lachman, Daniel Lissing, Autumn Reeser, Jessy Schram & Robert Patrick. It’s quite the cast that in name alone, sounds pretty impressive.
Last Resort series/season premiere comes at us with many events taking place almost at once surrounding the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Colorado.
They get a bad order to fire four nuclear missiles, but there’s nothing going on to warrant an attack. They question the attack order and for their troubles, they get an incoming cruise missile shoved down their throats.
They take shelter at an island, but the local thug seems to think he can take on the sailors. No worries there.
There’s strife within the crew itself and there’s a lot going on back at home too.
I want to like the premise of the show, but there’s a bit of an unrealistic feel to this military procedural drama. The processes in place on the sub are ignored, people back home are talking openly in public about classified items and sailors are trying to bolster other officers emotional fortitude.
The crew seems forced to take a strong defensive position to let who ever it is that set them up with the fake order, and still, another sub took the shots and hit landfall with two missiles.
We’re not sure what’s up with the strike and the crew, divided as they are, are not really sure what’s up.
And the local islander gangsters are pretty annoying. Oh, and the sub crew raided the island and took over a NATO monitoring station.
Many events & lots of mysteries behind what’s happening and such.
Normally, I worry about a show that throws a ton of sh*! at the viewer in its very first episode. Many shows that do that never last. It’s like they lob as much as possible out in the field to see what lands. I’d like to think this is different. I really would.
But this episode, as fun as it may have seemed, was far enough from the procedural world of the NAVY and DOD that it was more distracting and annoying than anything else for me.
Will I tune in again? I’m not sure. I’d hope, with Shawn Ryan behind the show, it would improve. I loved The Unit. And because of that, I may give it another shot.
That’s the only reason why. Loyalty to past products of Ryan. For now.