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TV Review: Last Resort

Paul Kalis
Reviews Editor

500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receives its orders. Over a radio channel designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they’re told to fire nuclear weapons and destroy Pakistan. When Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) demand confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit by one of their own. With nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island where they find refuge, romance, and a chance at a new life.

“Last Resort” is a mixture of action and drama with a little mystery and suspense. Each blends together creating an epic story with visually stunning scenery. The show plays on current fears, the threat of nuclear war and government cover ups. Even top officials are confused by the purposely covered up attack on their own fleet. Chaplin’s deep and dramatic monologue at the end of the pilot sets the series up so you know where the characters are headed in the upcoming episodes, to start their lives over in a new place they call home under dangerous and dire conditions. This speech reminds me of those spoken by Harry Korn on NBC’s “Harry’s Law,” NBC’s second most-watched drama, which was cancelled due to low viewership among viewers ages 18 to 49. With “Last Resort” focused at a younger audience and this combo, ABC’s certainly got a hit on its hands.

Take a trip to the Colorado’s new island home and be careful that she isn’t attacked. If the crew is, they will open fire “and we will all burn together.” Tune in to “Last Resort” on Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC. Let us know what you think of “Last Resort.” Email your letter to the editor at so we may publish your response.

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