Hey TV.com, Should I Watch Last Resort?

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By now you've seen the promos for Last Resort and thought, "Dang, that looks interesting! But is it interesting enough to watch?" Well we've seen the whole pilot, and we have some advice for you.


What the heck is a Last Resort, anyway?

Last Resort is an action-stuffed, nerve-racking thriller about the U.S.S. Colorado, a nuclear submarine in the waters of the Southern Hemisphere. But the sub's status turns to "It's Complicated" when its captain (played by Andre Braugher) receives an order to fire on Pakistan from a back-up channel that's only supposed to be used when Washington, D.C. has been smoked. Confused, the crew asks for an official order direct from the proper authorities, gets attacked by U.S. forces, and takes refuge on a tropical island that also serves as a NATO outpost, where they sit with a dozen-and-a-half nuclear missiles ready to fire.


When does it premiere?

Last Resort debuts Thursday, September 27 at 8pm on ABC.


Who's behind it?

This comes from trusty TV-maker Shawn Ryan, who brought us The Shield, Terriers, and The Chicago Code, so let's all cut the guy some slack and accept that this will be good.


Who's the target audience?

Mostly people who are tired of boring television. But there's enough here for both the flag-wavers and the Wall Street occupiers, as the program is more about honor than patriotism or defiance. And though ABC is now known for fairy-tales and Hamptons excess, PEOPLE OF THE MALE GENDER YOU WILL LIKE THIS!


Who is in it?

A lot of great actors: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Autumn Reeser, Dichen Lachman, Daisy Betts, Camille de Pazzis, Jessy Schram, and Robert Patrick.


What's good about it?

This isn't just a thriller because it needs to fit into a genre, it's genuinely thrilling! And even though crazy stuff is happening all the time, Ryan's keen eye has managed to also give us fantastic characters, led by the incredible Braugher as sub captain Marcus Chaplin. And the special effects! When is a missile launching out of the water NOT cool? I could go on and on, but I'll save it for my full review.


What about the bad parts? There's something bad about it, right?

To me, no. But I could see some people having problems with the technical and military jargon. And could people being too attractive be a problem?


I need a final verdict. Watch or don't watch?

Watch watch watch. Best network pilot of this season. Worth it alone just to see Andre Braugher be Andre Braugher.


Do you have a clip or a trailer I can take a look at?

You can actually watch the full pilot episode online, but you might want to wait until you can see it on your massive 90-inch screen in HD. Here's the trailer.


What should I drink while watching Last Resort?

Fill the bathtub up with Scotch and get out your snorkeling gear. Or just put it in a glass.



Last Resort debuts Thursday, September 27 at 8pm on ABC.






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