Last Resort "Eight Bells" Review: Natives to the Left of Me, Destroyers to the Right

Last Resort S01E03: "Eight Bells"

Note: I based this review on an advanced screener that had temporary visual effects, less-than-polished edits, and fill-in music, so the broadcast version might have been a bit smoother. I only bring this up because I was confused by a few things that may have been ironed out in the final cut.

Some time during the development of Last Resort, co-creators Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek made the crew of the U.S.S. Colorado the target of a massive conspiracy, the U.S. military, and the American people and thought, "You know what? Too easy, that's not enough." In Episode 2, some badass Russians were parachuted into the island to steal the submarine, and I wouldn't be surprised if aliens and smoke monsters attack Captain Chaplin by the end of the season.

But the greatest and simplest threat comes from the island people themselves. We realized this as soon as Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah, who's quickly climbing the ladder of my favorite actors), the island's self-proclaimed despot up until Chaplin pulled his steel tube into the Sainte Marina's marina, bumped chests with James King (hunky Aussie man meat Daniel Lissing) and said [paraphrasing], "Excuse me, but umm, this is my island."

And you know what? That conflict might just be more interesting than the game of nuclear lawn darts being played; at the very least it's the perfect compliment to the claustrophobic, eye-arcing, PING!-ing, silent submarine battles that are happening a few leagues under the sea. We still don't have a face to put to the threat that lies a few thousand miles of ocean away, but Julian? Now there's a man we can look dead in the eye and say, "Sir, I am scared of you."

There are a lot of characters to like on this show—probably Last Resort's biggest strength so far—and for me, Julian's at the top. He's got swagger for dayyyyyyyyys and more importantly, he has a right to be pissed off and assume the villain role. Any time a villain is mean for more than just the sake of being mean, it's a plus. Maybe he isn't involved in the most honest work, but the island was his living room, and Chaplin kicked open the door, grabbed the remote out of his hand, and changed the channel (metaphorically, in case you're reading this without watching the show, but that would make for a pretty great scene in a future episode). Chaplin ruined the ecosystem of the island when he pushed Julian off the throne with a nuke, so I'm okay with Julian pushing back.

But he didn't just push back. He KILLED a dude after Chaplin didn't fulfill his end of the agreement to get a cargo shipment in time, and like Chaplin's nuke off the coast of D.C., he had to show he meant bidness. (It should be noted that the guy who ended up dead was named Redman, as in "redshirt," the Star Trek-based term for TV bit characters who basically exist just to be killed. I see what you did there, Shawn Ryan.) Stakes raised! Julian's pestering is more than just a mosquito buzzing in Chaplin's ear, because his presence and actions (and Chaplin's non-actions in retaliation) will bubble up in the form of discontent among Chaplin's men. That's how you hit a person in power. Chain of command is going to be a recurring theme in Last Resort, and the show's challenge will be to convince us of when it's okay to break it. In this case, Chaplin expected his men to fall in line, but this is the same guy who told them it was okay to disobey orders a few nukes ago. There's already a swell of resistance against Chaplin among his men, and his decision to let Julian go without payback, while prudent, might cause problems internally. So far, I'm really digging these questions of loyalty and duty and the way sometimes conflict with morality.

"Eight Bells" continued Last Resort's so-far trademark density, packing in a lot into one hour. So much, in fact, that my tiny brain wasn't always able to stay up to speed with what was going on. This was particularly apparent in the Tani (Dichen Lachman) and James plot where they went for nighttime picnic out in the woods or something? I'm not totally sure what was going on there other than Last Resort showing off the beauty of Hawaii. In the cut I saw, Tani simply told James, "We're going to be late," without saying where or why they were going (it was a family dinner visit, so I guess they're good friends now?). I just assume it was for flirty boat rides and nose-to-nose tropical pool water-treading, and I blame neither of them for it. If these guys aren't "doing it" by the next episode then I'M gonna get blue balls. Seal the deal, James! And after Tani's emotional chat about her mother and her father and her brother, there might even be room for love to squeeze its way in.

Off the island, weapons hottie Kylie Sinclair continued to have trouble keeping a whole outfit on, showing up in a towel and just her man's shirt, and I'm okay with that. I'm liking the dynamic between Kylie and Admiral Shepard; she's concerned with keeping her company's secrets secret, and he's interested in getting his daughter back and figuring out exactly where the order to fire on Pakistan through the Antarctic channel came from. Their goals overlap in some spots, but there's enough of a rift between them that they won't run off together and become a supersleuth team solving nuclear crimes. They are going to need each other, though, and trust will become a big issue between them. Side note: It wasn't definitively laid out, but did you get the idea that Kylie's father was the one who took the harddrive with the Perseus schematics on it?

In the final scene, Chaplin was having a drink with Cortez while his grip on command slowly slipped away. He's going to get retaliation on Julian when the time is right, but he's going to pick his fights one at a time and focus on the 1,000 tons of steel 200 miles in any direction of the island. But Julian came marching down the middle of Main Street with the funeral procession of the boy who was killed in last episode's firefight, smirking toward Chaplin as he did his part carrying the box that held a lifeless body. Julian might not have temperamental Uranium encased in missiles, but he has something that might be more important: the favor of the natives. How much longer can Chaplin put off this fight when Julian keeps poking him in the forehead? Last Resort isn't perfect, but it is doing things right by making live very hard on our hero Chaplin. So far so good through three episodes.



PING PING PING!

– I said there's no real face to the conspiracy/government threat, but I kind of lied. That was Jay Karnes (The Shield's Dutch) playing Secretary of Defense Curry, the same guy who had a showdown with Chaplin on the COMM in the sub in the pilot. Also, he's looking a little grayer than before.

– Easy-money bet: That's not drugs in those boxes Julian had Chaplin fetch.

– For once in my life I want to say, "Put him in the BRIG!" to someone other than my cats before I stuff them in a cat carrier.

– Another character to like: Cortez. She's part Starbuck, part Vasquez from Aliens. AND she'll bone an island villain to save her friend's life. She's tough and she's vulnerable. I can't wait to see more things from her.

– COB Joseph Prosser is getting some good lines. "She always moans a little at 1300. That's her G-Spot." (Saucy for an 8pm show!) "Get your blouse on, partner, it's not casual Friday around here." That's rugged Navy-man talk, right there.

– Believability tester: Sophie guiding the Colorado through underwater canyons with a stopwatch and a piece of paper. Do they have a course for "Blind Submarine Guidance" in NATO school? That seemed bogus to me. But did you see the sparks between Sam and Sophie!?!?!? That's because...

– MOST IMPORTANT THING HERE: Did you know that Scott Speedman (who plays Sam) and Camille De Pazzis (who plays sexy NATO girl Sophie) are dating IRL? I can't tell you how much I fully support this. I really hope the vice presidential candidates talk about it tonight during their debate. Now I'm waiting for the People article about Dichen Lachman and Daniel Lissing caught making out at a Hawaii bar because this show is like an actor aphrodisiac.

– One last thing: I know I wrote the pilot review and Price Peterson write the Episode 2 review and now I'm writing the Episode 3 review and that can be confusing for you guys! Sorry! We're currently trying to figure out who is going to cover this show, which airs on an already busy night for both Price and me. If ABC keeps up the advanced screeners, then we should be good, but I'm guessing they'll stop soon.

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Maybe because the expectations were so high, maybe because of Andre Braugher or Shaun Ryan, maybe because of the entire premise, but whatever the case, so far the show has been quite underwhelming and surprisingly "light" with respect to development.



The writers are trying to pump in the sense of urgency in there, but (especially at the stateside end), there isn't enough time to do it properly because of the (apparent) necessity for the adrenaline rushes.



I want to like it, but so far it has been a ho-hum experience.
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Tim, I highly respect your work and your opinions, but I'm not seeing the lovefest you have with the character Julian. He's got swagger, sure, but when it really comes down to it, he's just a thug and a bully. Nothing redeeming about him, and I hope he catches a bullet.

And since we're on an island with no foreseeable resupply, they should probably conserve ammo and stand him up in front of the COB before they shoot him.
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I love this show. I think it might actually measure up to the intelligent thriller and warfare highlights like GoT, Prison Break or Death Note (if given the chance).

Everything so far was logical, thrilling and down to earth.(Or as close down to earth as nuclear war gets)

I am loving Markus. I could feel my fists clenching, when his did.

The intensity, the thrill and the tactics and strategics, they are all there. Please get more people to watch it....
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You are obviously an idiot.

I really hope this show doesn't get cancelled for because dumb people without any brain start hating before asking questions.

1. They didn't need to know entry point, because the sonar showed the position. Yes it works both ways.

2. The canyon was very narrow, height was given, so the heading is given as well.

3. So a truck driver like you knows about warfare, yes? Not adding a terrorist problem to your world war problem without thinking is a smart think to do. It was very clearly said, that retaliation will be come at the right time. However no further danger at that moment allows for strategic planning instead of just shooting up a funeral.(thats what you would have done, right?)

All that was btw discussed in the episode, if you decide to watch it.



The Tani scene allowed for differentiation between normal islanders and "Julians People". Also it allowed for some drama, which actually does exist, even in war. I liked it.

The why and how of everything wasn't adressed yet, because we are still in the immediate follow-up of the pilotevents. We will obviously get to James deal.



Please keep your opionions to you and your friends and don't cause any headache in normal people.



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As long as the review is written by somebody who loves the show and comes at it with that attitude even if when pulling the show up for stuff that's not spot on, that's cool.



Reviews are read mostly by people who watch and like the show, and nothing is more annoying than reviews from somebody who clearly doesn't get or like what they're writing about. And there are a few examples of that on tv.com, but you and Price seem both a good fit for this show.
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Tim and Price are two of my favorite reviewers. I don't mind if a reviewer is harsh on a particular episode/season of a show or if they give an opinion I disagree with. What I don't like are reviewers who basically just go over the plot of the show without adding any kind of insight or humor.
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There are quite a few examples of that here, and it is most often Tim who writes those sadly. He even does it in the News from time to time. I prefer Price myself.
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This review was hilarious.

Please, someone tell me that this show is gonna make it. 3 episodes in and the tension is killing me. Never liked so many characters so fast. Why does no one seem to watch this?

Again, great review. Put him in the Brig. still funny
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I don't think that guy was killed. If he was, the TV show would have showed us the killing or the reaction of someone who saw it. But the crew and the people on the island thinks that he did. This makes me wonder if there's any law enforcement on the island. How would they normally handle a murder? (Julian's behavior and his men's behavior strongly suggest that they have killed people before).

I'm a lot more interested in the nuclear war between USA and Pakistan, and the world's reaction to it, than what's going on on the island. I'm also more interested in what Autumn Reeser's character is doing. I don't think they have gotten far enough into the main story to spend time going on boat rides.
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This week's 18-49 ratings at ABC:

Grey's anatomy 3.8

Once upon a time 3.4

Revenge 2.6

Castle 2.2

Scandal 2.0

666 Park Avenue 1.7

Last Resort 1.6

Private Practice 1.6

I'm putting LR ahead of PP in this list because of a slightly higher number of viewers (of all ages). Last Resort isn't quite at the bottom, but this still looks really, really bad. Our best hope is that ABC chooses to cancel only two of the bottom three and that 666 will continue to fall. Note that LR has aired 3 episodes, and 666 only 2.



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It was bound to happen .. after the first 2 awesome episodes, there had to be some sort of slowing down. Two things bothered me:

1) It is totally unrealistic for Julian to be antagonising Chaplin. Does he really think that if he starts a war, that he would come out alive? The whole kidnapping thing was stupid and was just designed to make a filler episode or two, imo.

2) The escapade into the woods by James and Tani was a complete waste of time. I was hoping after last week's episode that James would be more active in the main plot .. it is such a waste to have his character out of the loop.

Anyway .. not the worst episode I've seen, but certainly a disappointment after the first 2 great episodes.
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The thing about the "if he pulls a knife, you pull a gun etc." strategy is that it leads to escalation, and the winner is whoever is more wiling and able to be totally ruthless. Chaplin knows there are red lines he won't cross and that Julian has no such qualms. We see Julian as a villain, but to the islanders he is a leader and protector (dude's got a good PR dept.), so bombing his compound or assassinating him would at best lead to a massive boycott and at worst to a full blown insurgency, in which the islanders would have all the advantages, and that Chaplin doesn't have the manpower or intell to suppress. Conflict with the islanders would also be detrimental to unit cohesion, morale and discipline (how long do you think it would take the COB to form a death squad?). Additionally, massacring the island inhabitants would do irreparable damage to Chaplin's ultimate goal of convincing the world he hasn't gone rouge, clearing his name and getting his crew home.
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Thank you for that. I would also add that if they couldn't trust the islanders not to cut their throats in their sleep, the only remotely safe place for them would be on the sub which would basically turn into a death trap at the same time.

The only hope for survival on the island would be to keep the peace with islanders and their leadership which includes Julian. It's as simple as that.
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Captain Chaplin spineless? Gosh, what show have you been watching? I totally agree with his decision about not retaliating against Julian immediately. Chaplin and his crew cannot survive a simultaneous war on two fronts: against the entire US Navy (plus: whatever Spec-Ops from other countries come and try to steal their sub) and against the islanders. They'd never survive that.

As for your "appeal" to TV.COM: seriously? That's your motivation? 'Cause you disagree with Tim? I like reading his reviews for that specific reason, because knowing someone else's (especially if entirely different) point of view enriches my own. Geez.
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"Believability tester: Sophie guiding the Colorado through underwater canyons with a stopwatch and a piece of paper. Do they have a course for "Blind Submarine Guidance" in NATO school?"



If she had an accurate underwater topographical map, knew the dimensions of the submarine (believable, at this point), and could properly work the sonar equipment, then yes, she could do that.



It was a little smoother than it would be in reality, but not any more of a stretch than the sub not needing to resupply power or life support, or the fact that the crew don't have to worry about clouds and clouds of biting gnats in the jungle, or the complete stupidity of the Spetznaz in ep. 2, or the whole "sonar silence" gimmick of the Perseus Device. We have to overlook these things on TV, you know.



Speaking of reality . . .



"Seal the deal, James! And after Tani's emotional chat about her mother and her father and her brother, there might even be room for love to squeeze its way in."



OR . . . or . . . he could do something totally unexpected, and actually LOVE a girl BEFORE he sleeps with her! I mean sure, sex is just a fun toy IRL. But on TV, it could actually MEAN something!



I'm not sure we're ready for that though.
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"If she had an accurate underwater topographical map, knew the dimensions of the submarine (believable, at this point), and could properly work the sonar equipment, then yes, she could do that."



Ha ha, no, that's off the chart unbelievable. First, there's no way to establish clear comms with a boomer that's 600 feet under. Second, submarines cannot navigate canyons and caves, it's never done IRL, and it would not end well at all.

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I don't know anything about the technical details of a submarine, but they were 175-200 feet below, not 600, and if my choice is between evading an entire fleet and navigating a canyon, I can understand giving the latter a shot.
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Good point - you definitely have to be in love with someone before being ready to have a meaningful sexual experience with them.
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Pretty good episode. I liked it. Maybe not as thrilling as past episodes, but entertaining nonetheless. It was cool seeing two actors from previous Shawn Ryan works: Jay Karnes (Dutch) from The Shield, and Michael Gaston (Zeitlin) from Terriers.
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Great episode. Does anybody else thinks that Kylie's dad asked her boyfriend to steal the info on Perseus that Kylie had? Or someone else got the info from him?
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I really hate it when the villains have the three O's: omnisicence, omnipotence and omnipresence. No matter what the good guys try to do, they will Always be stopped by the bad guys. I suppose this is to increase tension, but after two or three episodes, it just gets boring. Let the good guys win one every now and then, it helps with depression. This keeps up and I will say goodbye to The Last Resort.
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I'm not sure this is happening on Last Resort (although I tend to agree that they should try and give us a few more gratifying moments) ... then again, I don't even know what omnisicence is ...
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Huh? You mean like in Episode 1 when the good guys survived a preemptive missile strike? Or in Episode 2 when Russian special forces invaded and were decimated by the good guys? Or in Episode 3 when the USS Colorado successfully navigated past the blockade and retrieved 2 of their 3 kidnapped men?
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Really great episode! I could really get used to that. It was thrilling, because the enemies aren't some bone-headed meathead and you can really feel that the stakes are getting higher and higher. I can actually say just after the third episode that I'll be a regular viewer. Shawn Ryan: thank you! At least there is one name out there you can still rely on.
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COMPLETE FAILURE ....

I likes the two first episodes.

But this episode bored me to death. No surprise, no real suspense, nothing, flat echo all along the episode. This team is standing up against the first military power in the world, and can't deal with some jerks on a remote island !!!!!!!!! This is even worse than The Event. At least, in The Event, it was so ridiculous, it remained entertaining.
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And oh I forgot. They dealt with spetsnaz. But they can't deal with some random criminals. Really ?!!?
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Julian and his guys are far from "some random criminals" --'
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Why would he need to do that? Aren't they both in the family business?
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This is an interesting show although this kind of story lends better to a movie than a long running tv series. For the most part the acting is good.....They should drop the navy seal and barmaid characters, seems like a lot of fluff to me.
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My bet all those stuff inside the boxes are weapon
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Great episode, Awesome characters, and lots of drama along with plot developments! I can't wait for more! I need to re-watch this to pick up some of the smaller clues...
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I'm not finding the SEAL storyline interesting at all. Part of the problem is he's the one who holds the key as to why they're in the mess they're in and he's trying to interfere in a domestic affair when he's directly responsible for an international incident!



That said, the rest of the plots are very well done and doing exactly what they're supposed to do, build tension, answer one question while asking another, and advancing the plot. Glad the COB is out of the brig. While I don't agree with him, glad he's finally stepping back in line.



As for the paper, stopwatch incident, not only is it not bogus, it is a viable nav alternative for Subs. It's obvious she has some sub training: don't assume you know everything about the characters yet. And it's not "blind submarine navigation" it uses a tried and true physics formula, usually taught in high school, Rate x Times =Distance. She knows the boats rate of speed, pinging allows her to find distance therefore you need a stopwatch to calculate time to turn. It is something the Lt should know but may not be familiar with that particular area. It's like calling in a Port Pilot when a ship into port. They know the port well and help drive Navy ships into most ports, even their home port. Not a stretch or bogus, just another Nav procedure not normally known to civilians.



Overall, well done and getting better. Can't wait for the retaliation of his choosing, I'm guessing that comes at the season finally.
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Ohhh yeah, that IS Dutch/Jay Karnes! I didn't recognize him.



Yes, I agree to the comments below that Red is still alive. A ruthless villain like Julian would have killed him in front of the other prisoners right then and there.



Kylie telling her boyfriend about the safe... Everyone expected what would happen next. She should at least have a not-so-visible safe. But I was surprised that it was her own father who put her boyfriend up to this.



I actively hate Julian! And I mean that as a big compliment to the actor.



Chemistry between Sam and Sophie >>>>>>>>>> Tany and James.
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I don't care at all about the storyline with the Navy SEAL and Tani the island girl. Fast forward through those scenes every time.
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I would not do that James King(navy seal) IMO is key to what is happening)watch the pilot again
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Yeah, they haven't been great (and as I have constantly said, I'm not a big fan of Lissing - though I do like Lachman), though I hope/assume such side-plottery isn't for the mere sake of changing the pace and having a romantic sub-plot. Maybe something like SEAL will have a chance to betray the Colorado or get off the island, but now that he's finally found love/woman to fix him, he'll make the choice to stay/help.



By the way - where are all the other SEALs? Chillin on the beach?
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What with the sailors killed or wounded so far, the ones that are openly defiant of the Captain and the defections, it doesn't seem that Chaplin has much of a crew left. Only saw a couple of crewmen on the sub when they went to pick up Julian's shipment.
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I can't remember the exact numbers, but I have to think there is still a decent complement to call upon. They started with what, about 130 or so people. Maybe 10-20 deaths so far. Even with half of the crew defecting, which is more like an open revolt than the tiny rumblings we're seeing, he'd still have 50-60 guys (I'm guessing the number is closer to 100, though how many can be trusted, I don't know).

It's possible they're operating the Colorado with a skeleton crew so that they can maintain as much control over the island as possible. Also a likely possibility is that the show doesn't want to pay for and reveal all of the characters (so that they can continue to introduce new ones as the show hopefully goes on).
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With a starting number of 5, 1 is dead, 1 in the hospital, 2 walking around (1 of them apparently always standing guard with the injured one) and James is the one who gets screen time. ;)
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What I couldn't take this episode was the stupidity of the weapons designer-lobbyist lady. Given what's happened so far -- admiral being removed from his post, her mole friend in NSA being stealthily killed, etc. why would she 1) set her boyfriend the task of asking about an order that would so obviously be flagged and bring the immediate attention of the cabal who sent it in such a front channel way -- when probably everyone in Washington knows she's been beddin the guy - from the Senator, really? 2) keep the only copies of the Perseus plans in a safe in her apartment. Fine you don't want to put them in a bank, but in a safe, instead of in some hidden cubby or on a microdot on your tooth or something. And then why tell anyone about them, much less your Senator's aide boyfriend who could be easily compelled to spill about them?



I am only hoping that what we saw regarding this this eppy was a clever feint and that the real plans are somewhere else.



Like the choice of actor for her Dad. He's someone who often plays morally questionable, slippery characters - so I expect some twists and turns where he's concerned.
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More on the hard drive. 20 years ago, people didn't back stuff up - it was stupid back then and utterly ridiculous now. Most important data of your life, worth billions, and in this day and age you have no backup? Least believable thing on the show.
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The Perseus plans did seem a little silly - having only one copy is pretty stupid (it could get damaged or stolen or lost, etc.) and why on such a big hard drive?



Definitely possible that it's a feint - although does that mean the boyfriend is the one who gave up the location of the plans?



Love the choice of the dad. That being said, I kind of really hope there isn't any betraying of his daughter plot.
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I agree with you on the actor. When he first came into her apartment I was dead sure he was coming to kill her and then - ZOINKS! Daddy's home! ^^'
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OMG OMG OMG did you watch the preview? Why isn't it next week already???? I'm so excited!!!!! xD
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Last Resort is far and away the best new show of the season and quickly making up ground on more established series. I like the premise, but what make it (and other) shows great are the characters and I'm buying all in on every single one so far. Between their characters and the actors portraying them...the dynamic feels completely real and that's what invests me in a show



Sure, the whole navigating the underwater canyon was a bit of a stretch, but that everything else within the episode and show is so real, that i can easily forgive then and give my suspension of disbelief a momentary break



Am I the only person who doesn't think that redshirt Redman is dead and that Serrat is holding him as a bargaining chip for later?
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Of course Redman is alive witch makes Serrat totally awesome!
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"But did you see the sparks between Sam and Sophie!?!?!?" No.. I saw some really terrible acting and even worse writing trying to out of the blue force us to think there was a sudden spark between these characters. It was extremely painful to watch.

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I am loving this show quite a lot. The depth of the characters is great, and that's what we want from this show. Already we're seeing authority questioned and some great back and forth between everybody. Looking forward to more.
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I definitely agree the submarine canyon scene was weird. Where will a girl from NATO learn how to navigate a canyon underwater like that? There is no way she would have had the resources in the middle of nowhere to get a deep sea research vessel and be able to tell the map. Looking at a map she couldn't have been so accurate, she would have had to have gone through the canyon herself on several occasions to be that good.



I think the cargo Julian wanted was guns. Looks like he is preparing for a war. I also agree, Red is still alive and being used to get information.
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But war against who, I think it a bit obvious if it was against the sub, perhaps he just preparing his crew for the day they have to choose between the sub and the clean up crew Washington sends, and who will have orders to shoot to kill anything that moves, I would not be surprise if we see Chaplin and Julian standing side by side by the end of the season fighting off US troops or some mercenaries sent by the Cabal in Washington.
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Well, I think part of the reason for the Pings was so she could see where they were on the digital map and compare it to the paper map.



But even still, yeh... it's not like she's Sean Connery from "The Hunt for Red October"
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This was most intimate submarine guidance through stop watch and map) i like it. and i don't blame sam (and actor for that matter) for being drawn to this hot french NATO girl. and we know not that much about her and may be she learned about submarine guidance somewhere else in life. how do u know? and even if we don't get an explanation i don't care. the scene was brilliant. so far i have no complaints about the show.
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Yeah, did anyone else feel that "you're guiding us through a submarine death-trap but in reality we're having phone sex" kinda vibe? XD
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Without a doubt. While I'm sure the primary motivation for this budding relationship is to add some romance/sex to the show, I think it will also serve to make the inevitable Sam's wife's betrayal easier to swallow.
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Yep, there was pretty heavy chemistry there.
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I'll wager Redman isn't dead. Julian's got him in the basement and is manchurian candidateing him into a secret weapon in preparation for the final "this island isn't big enough for the both of us" showdown. Let's face it - Red's been betrayed by his friends and left for dead by his Captain, it wouldn't be that hard to convince him to go all revenge of the redshirt on them. Chaplin not even trying to secure Red's body is a bit of a give away.
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"Chaplin not even trying to secure Red's body is a bit of a give away".





Yeah, I thought the same thing. He's alive and being turned, or at least mined for info. That Julian is a smart cookie, and will make for a good villain me thinks.
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I had the same thought that when he was killed off screen he might not have actually been killed. Whether the play is Manchurian Candidate or later bargaining piece, I don't know. Or maybe they just killed him - don't think he was an established character or anything.
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U571 ! That submarine scene was straight out of the movie!
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I realize the show needs Julian, but he and his crew need to be taught a lesson. A permanent lesson.
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I actually like this show. I don't complete understand everything that is going on, but whatever.
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Yeah, what's confusing? (Genuine curiosity)
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What's there not to understand?
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I have to say, I've been pretty hard on this show's flaws in the first couple episodes (because I want to like it so much), but I thought this was a decent step up. I think I actually liked it.



The plot established a core character (and one of the best characters to boot) unlike Ep. 2's random russians as well as a core tension (both with Julian vs. Chaplin and it's consequences with Crew vs. Chaplin - this tension feels like a more acceptable one than them not buying that the USN tried to kill them all). There was finally a moment of tension and disagreement between Captain and EXO. Romances are beginning to bud. The acting was a little bit better from Lissing. The writing had less head-shaking (in a bad way) moments. And they continued to up the ante of characters dying.



The one thing I will say plot-wise is that it seems that Julian is really the only leader of his gang (as well as the only character we've really been introduced to), which makes it seem like if he was taken out (which would probably not be that hard), the whole "resistance" would collapse. There wouldn't be a guerrilla war because there's no organization beyond Julian. Maybe that will flesh out as well, but from my watching that's what it seems like.
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From what we've seen so far, there isn't much organization there. People follow Julian because they are loyal to him. Sure, he's a thug but he's also the one who keeps everything in order in a place that would soon go off the rails without him. At least, that's how I read it. He's sorta like those half-murderous half-noble mobsters of old who ruled their respective territories with guns and enforcers but who would also take care of people under their power.

If Julian was killed off - people would rise up to avenge him.

(But that may be just mine interpretation)
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There is really no way to know. My initial interpretation is like yours - shoot the head and the body cannot live. Plus, I imagine that there are a lot of people who don't like Serrat and his thugs. But this episode laid on the island culture thing pretty heavily - so we've no way of knowing whether Serrat would be avenged simply because he is a fellow islander. And the banana stealing scene established, among other things, that the sailors are probably not making themselves popular amongst the islanders.
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Yeah, they're definitely not helping themselves out. There's definitely no way to know, but I imagine that the people (or some of them) and his thugs would be angry at first, maybe even march against the Captain, but really couldn't sustain an effort for that long. I'm not sure either the will or the organization would be there... but I doubt we'll ever find out as they aren't likely to kill off Julian.
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Where was the little boy from? I don't remember him from the previous episode?
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Yeah, I don't think he was actually shown or mentioned last episode.



Based on his comments, it's possible it was cut from the screener Tim saw... or they just didn't mention him... or (I'm hoping) he didn't actually die in that battle and something else nefarious happened - maybe Julian is just using his death as an excuse.



Would be a weird place for the kid to be.
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Serrat could have shot the boy himself or had him shot to create an excuse. I think what's in those cases matters. In an effort to keep clean hands the Captain, Sam, etc. didn't open them. But that was probably a mistake.
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I had the same thought about Julian doing it himself.



Definitely a mistake not opening them.



I'm thinking the cases can go either way: either very innocuous like medicine that will help the people and gain Julian more love or weapons of some kind, perhaps even supplied by the U.S. conspiracy (I'm leaning the latter now).
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Great episode. One of the things Shawn Ryan does well is the ambiguous bad guy. He did great with Delroy Lindo in the Chicago Code, the amazing Michael Chiklis with Vic Mackey in The Shield and now Sahr Ngaujah. Whom I agree is stepping into the big boy shoes very well. Whether or not this show makes it. I hope this is a start of a working relationship between he and Ryan. Because he is good.



The one problem that I have is, the crew went up against Russian Spetsnaz and came out on top. I am sorry but I don't buy them having too much issue with an island criminal and his band of thugs that were intimidated by one SEAL. Also who could have easily dispatched them instead of play nice with the barmaid. (Not that I am complaining of seeing Dichman in her skivvies). It just seems like they elevated him without making him earn it.



As for the rest it was pretty good. I like the XO and Sophie whom I thought I recognized from several short lived French shows. Camille de Pazzis is great and it is nice to see her in this side of the pond.



The SEAL and his apathy needs to stop or get righted pretty quick. He is the key figure in all of this. He ties the conspiracy and the island up and the viewer needs to know the who, what, where, when and most importantly why soon. Because it is a huge plot hole which they have thus far left unaddressed. I don't believe the captain or the XO would leave this, thi is the reason why they were given the order to fire and the reason why they were shot at.



The only other issue was the convenient errors of the super stealth program of Reeser's character. Seems too easy and too convenient for the plot and to spend more time in the. Sub and in danger.
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The problem I have is that so far Serrat isn't ambiguously bad at all. He's manipulative (sorry, I don't believe for a minute that he actually cares much for the family of the boy) and he likes certain people -- like Sophie. I didn't even get any real interest in Cortez, though we are supposed to believe that she traded a sex act with him for something/some kind of leniency for the other captives. He never really looks at her as an object of interest or even as a person - just something he's trading for someone else.
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That is a good point about Cortez. It was just implied that she had sex with him to stave off execution. But like yourself I have a doubt about that.



As for Serrat, I am not sure. Of course he is looking out for himself, but he is also looking out for his island. I don't think he is as complex as the bad guys I stated above. But I am not sure he is all bad either. Vic Mackey and Alderman Givens were both highly manipulative, killed and used people like chattel. All to achieve what they perceived was a good end.
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As the captain said, dealing with them would be like dealing with an insurgency or (gasp) terrorists. The leader has the love of his people.

So they'd have to deal with gorilla tactics: people planting bombs under their cars, sneaking stuff into their food, etc. An ongoing threat while they deal with the armada.

I'm sure our boys over seas will probably testify: they'd rather face a coordinated squad of soldiers than dealing with the plain-clothes guerrillas killing them within an area populated with civilians.
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All good points. I still think that the writers elevated Serrat without him really earning it.



However, it is all based on the premise that he islanders actually like Serrat. He has maybe 15 mens tops. Men whom are going to want to at some point get paid for their services. (though there might be money in the boxes)
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This is boring. And the storyline is for two seasons maximum. In the 50+ TV shows I've watched, I think this is the first time a shows Pilot will be it's best episode.
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Also, she guided them through because she used the pings from their sonar to pinpoint their location on the monitors and then used that to guide them through a map of the crevice that they had.
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Who is this Jay Karnes guy? I don't remember seeing him in the ep.
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He was the Secretary of Defense on the TV that Kylie Sinclair was watching about 10 minutes into the episode.
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I like Last Resort, but something about it just feels off. Every time I watch it, there's something that chips away at my suspension of disbelief, keeping me from fully enjoying the show. I'll keep watching, though, hoping that that feeling goes away.
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Good Review Tim. I love this show. I know the ratings aren't the best, but I hope ABC gives it a whole season pickup. I would love to see the show go one for two or three seasons, but I can also see how the writers could give it a good ending and wrap everything up in 22 episodes.
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Loved the episode
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