You may have been in a movie theater recently and noticed that a really bad looking submarine movie trailer was running while the lights were still on. Well the joke is on you movie-goer because it wasn’t a movie trailer at all, it was a preview for ABC’s Last Resort! Boom! Fooled! I mean come on, they don’t show movie trailers while the lights are STILL ON, what is wrong with you? (Joke = totally landed.)
Last Resort centers on the crew of the USS Colorado who receives a questionable order to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. Head honcho Captain Marcus Chaplin disobeys the order because it was not sent through the proper channels and his second-in-command does the same. Shortly after that their ship is fired upon by their own government. The USS Colorado then surfaces and takes hold of an island (which may or may not have mystical properties and a black smoke monster) called Sainte Marina, declaring themselves a sovereign state.
Last Resort is an intriguing pilot if for no other reason than you have no idea what the hell is going on. We are introduced to a plethora of characters (maybe a little too many) from the sub, the island, back home in the USA and also from a mysterious group of Navy SEALs. The setting of a large cast and a civilization with little order has potential for Deadwood-style storytelling. As we delve deeper into the mystery of the show I predict seeing dense conspiracy similar to political thrillers by writers like Tom Clancy and Brad Meltzer. The pilot may be a little too vague for me, but it certainly has piqued my curiosity. It’s a little heavy-handed, but Last Resort is a great class of new show because at the moment it has the potential to become anything, and it teases you to come back and figure out exactly what that will be.
Pilot Grade: ★★★½ 3.5/5 Stars