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Last Resort Series Premiere Review: Long, Hard, and Full of Awesome

Last Resort S01E01: "Captain"

"You've been warned." Seriously, I warned you. Last Resort is this television season's best pilot (definitely among the broadcast networks, and possibly among all of TV), a thrilling hour of television that accomplishes so much in so little time, has a complete beginning, middle, and end, and even answers the show's most nagging question: Where can it go in Episode 2 and—yikes!—beyond?

We've known most of the show's premise since it was announced over a year ago: The crew of an American nuclear submarine refuses orders to flatten Pakistan after deducing that the "official" command to fire is fishy, then someone under the guise of the U.S. military tries to put a hole in their hull, and that forces the sub to park on the shores of a tropical island... where the crew declares themselves the smallest nuclear nation in the world and aims to prove their innocence. And that about sums up the happenings in the pilot episode, "Captain." (P.S. Please, showrunners, will more of you name your pilots something other than "Pilot"? Thanks.) Yet even though we knew almost exactly what would happen, the episode exceeded the giant expectations we've been setting up all year because it boasted a level of competence that is rare in pilots these days.

You can thank creator Shawn Ryan for making a show with a fascinating concept and characters that spend equal time kicking ass and acting like real people. Ryan's sparkling resume includes the gritty The Shield and the cult hit Terriers, and his talent for compacting what matters most into an incredibly dense hour transformed a summer blockbuster into a breezy, tense program. This is no-bathroom-break television that might burst the bladders of those skipping commercials on DVR or torrents.

What struck me about the pilot was how much of the series was already in place after just 60 44 minutes. Most shows love to slowly paint concentric circles, moving outward as they open up their universe over the course of the season, but Last Resort threw the whole paint bucket at the wall. The pilot inspired confidence that there's a clear road map of what's going to happen next, instead of half-baked ideas that are made up as they go along (I'm probably getting ahead of myself, but like I said, it inspired confidence!). We know the sub crew will be front and center, as will their attempts to prove their innocence after defying questionable orders. But we've also already established the NATO crew, the natives on the island, a SEAL team, a weapons technology specialist back in Washington, D.C., a rear admiral in the Capitol, and whatever other political figures are pulling strings for their own gain. There's an impossible amount of stuff going on, but it's important to note the difference between a ton of story threads included fill time and a ton of story threads that are interesting. Last Resort is full of interesting.

There were a couple of plots that stood out to me in particular as having the potential to explode with intrigue and give the series the stamina it needs to fill an entire season. First, Captain Marcus Chaplin (the always awesome Andre Braugher) didn't exactly knock on the door of Sainte Marina, he kicked that shit in. That in turn upset the previous big shot of the island, a charismatic warlord named Julian (Broadway's Fela, Sahr Ngaujah) who is used to the simple tactic of barking the loudest to get his way. Julian and his men are going to represent the close danger—like unmasked Others—to Chaplin's crew, preventing them from turning Sainte Marina into a Sandals resort with a few tons of plutonium offshore. That's practically a show in of itself. And the other surprising plot that jumped out to me involved the man who stood up to Julian, James King (Aussie actor Daniel Lissing). As one of the SEAL team members who was plucked out of the ocean by the USS Colorado, King's the mixed-up man who knows a lot more about what's going on than most. The guy was in tears watching the destruction on TV, saying it was his fault, and his wounded buddy pretty much said they hit the wrong target. What botched secret mission were they on, and how is it connected to what happened in Pakistan? And how long before he gets freaky with Dichen Lachman's sexy native bartender Tani under a palm tree? Not-so-bold prediction: not long.

But what really drove the pilot and kept it afloat was Andre Braugher's performance as Chaplin, a man so commanding that he keeps any preposterous thoughts the audience might have at bay. I don't know about you, but if we were out of torpedoes and he told me to crawl into a torpedo tube, I would. There aren't many actors who could handle this role, but Braugher is perfect as Chaplin. Here's a man who practices defiance and patriotism, a character that both sides of the Congressional aisle can get behind. It's that dogma that's the heart and soul of the show. And just to prove that he's more than another blowhard submarine boss (I'm looking at you, Denzel!), he pulled that crazy stunt at the end of the episode. Facing death by bomber, he was prepared to back off and detonate the missile he launched on D.C., because he played a game of chicken and thought he lost. He didn't need the death of others to end up on his rap sheet. But what made him such a complex character was his decision to carry out his threat (mostly) once word of the bombers' retreat came across. This is a man practicing what he preaches. He told Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) the genius of President Reagan's lunatic decisions decades ago: Image is everything, and if your enemies can predict your next move, they'll defeat you. And while we know he was doing it for show, there's a little spot in the back of our mind that says if he's willing to go that far that easily, could he go a little further? (Although I guess I have my doubts that a nuclear blast 200 miles offshore is completely harmless. Poor fishies.)

Having watched the pilot in advance on my computer, I can't say whether the special effects will pop as much in glorious HD on a big screen, but what I saw looked fantastic. Fact: Missiles flying out of the water (or into the water) look awesome, and while most or all of the submarine shots weren't real, I couldn't tell and most importantly I wasn't trying to differentiate between real and fake. I also loved the tilting camera angle as the sub pitched and yawed, and that the interior shots felt both claustrophobic and authentic. I would assume that moving forward we'll spend less time inside the sub, though, as it will be used more as a symbol of power than as a means to get around.

The biggest compliment any pilot can get is a burning desire to tune in for Episode 2, and that's what we have here with Last Resort. This is a cable show that somehow found its way to network television, and it'll have that uphill battle to climb (not to mention a difficult time slot against CBS comedies, The X Factor, and, well actually not NBC any more so never mind). Good television does not always translate to a successful run, but this one has a chance.



NOTES

– One other thing I noticed, or should I say didn't notice, was the necessary exposition that typically drags down pilots. Details flowed in normal conversation because things were written in a way that weren't intrusive or insulting to our intelligence. And it didn't hurt that Autumn Reeser did some (s)exposition in her delicates. It may take a few rewinds to hear what she said, but it certainly didn't grind things to a halt.

– The character I was most worried about in the series was Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts), the pretty third-in-command on the sub with no experience who fills the requisite "C'mon, a bunch of dudes are going to take orders from a chick?" question. But having her kill a guy in the first episode certainly raised her beyond the expected stereotype. And to Betts' credit, she played nervous and awkward very well as her character roamed a sub full of people who didn't think she belonged there.

– I'm having problems figuring out the estimated location in which everything took place. From the maps on the NATO screens, it appears Sainte Marina is in the Indian Ocean. Does anyone else have a better estimate?


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I'm a Pakistani. You just don't get to kill us that easily, just saying :)
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The pilot was indeed intense, and I have already watched it four times and am ready to watch it again -- there's always something new to think about when you do, and it's exciting. My fear about this show is whether the excitement can last for a season. It seems more like this show was suited for a mini-series then as a potentially long-lasting show, but here's hoping I am proven wrong.



It's gutsy, and the pilot was amazing. So keep it up! But realistically, as viewers, I think we have to prepare ourselves for some 'down' time -- meaning the thrill of next few episodes probably won't be the same as the first; they accomplished TOO much in such a short time. Next will be character development and conflict with the locals of the island.
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TV by the numbers already says "Likely to be cancelled". If the ratings fall, we're definitely screwed. If they stay the same or increase, we should be good. But has that ever happened to a show that isn't on cable?

http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/10/02/abc-last-resort-666-park-avenue-likely-to-be-canceled-after-slow-starts/150894/

This is of course totally ridiculous, since this is the best new show this year.
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Excellent! I knew that Andre Braugher would bring it, but so did Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts and Robert Patrick. Re Bullwinkle's issues - I'm sure there was a lot about it that doesn't fit real life military behavior - it's a drama. While in theory I would hope that our military would question orders to annihilate millions of people, I know that there procedure is there so that they don't question or hesitate. The order to fire missles in "Last Resort" smells like something that probably isn't sanctioned by the proper people, but there is never anyway a real crew can confirm that kind of thing - they never have a full view of situations and often time is of the essence, so in real life there job is to act with as little hesitation as possible. But again, this isn't real life, it's a taut action drama.



"Captain" was almost entirely plot driven and as such was well-written and well-paced. The question is where can the show go from here. So far, there are only hints of richer characters and backstory. For example, we know almost zero about Commander Chaplain other than that he and the XO have served together for a long time and that he by and large has the respect of the XO and the Lt. (whom he seems to know as a family friend as well as through being her commanding officer).



There have been a number of shows whose premises offered lots of promise -- lots of directions in which the story could go that have flamed out because we just dealt with one high stakes, far fetched conflict after the other each episode without going any deeper (The Event comes to mind).



Loving this show so far, so I hope it sticks around and can find an interesting story to tell (and an overarching story arcs) each week.
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I agree with you in that the pilot was so intense and plot driven it's hard to see how the show will be able to keep it up. Rest assured the next couple of episodes will be more low-key and character driven.
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I loved it! By far the best pilot of the season. Can't wait for the next ep. I just hope the public get behind it. We all know how they struggle to notice quality even if it's slapping them in the face.
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I honestly thought it was cliche, unrealistic, and plain dumb. A navy unit can't logically claim another country's island territory and not expect repercussions. They can't bomb any government that contests them. Is this a show about the navy, or are they trying to turn it into Lost. Why is the US government always evil in these things? Soldiers don't burst into dance when they cross the equator. Why are the antagonists always spot-able from 12 miles away? Kinda dumb. All the hype just goes to show people have no concept of decent writing these days.
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Painting the US government as conspirators and 'evil' (and clearly just a rogue faction, since Shepherd's father knew nothing of what was plotted and was sincerely worried about his daughter and out to nail Pakistan for revenge) is something that will turn some viewers off, absolutely, but those viewers are fickle and should stick to movies like "Stealth" and "GI Joe", where the US just kicks Muslim butt (for the most part). The pilot was EXTREMELY well written, didn't kick you in the teeth with exposition, and despite being quite action packed still allowed for character development. We know Chaplin's got a son in the ME he's proud of, and the fact that one is following orders while the father is disobeying them provides good conflict. We know Kendal is itching to get back to his wife who begged him not to go, and we know Shepard is facing an up-hill battle with her male counterparts while also being worried about by her high-ranking father. Those are but a few of the story lines set up, with very little effort thanks to said script, that can be built upon.



I worry the show cannot keep up the momentum of the pilot indefinitely, but I don't worry about tuning in, because I know it will be exciting and a good show.
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What in the world are you talking about? They've gone rogue with 16 nukes they can do what they want and I'm sure the dancing was approved by the naval advisers. Just how do you know what they do when the cross the equator in real life?
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Answers. 1) They can if they've got a belly full of plutonium. 2) The US Gov't is evil about a LOT of things. 3.) Uh--yes, they do. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line-crossing_ceremony 4.) Because the earth isn't just round, it's big--at 20' above sea level one can see to a distance of about 5 miles. Radar can go over the horizon. 5) That's right--all the good writers are busy penning penis jokes on 2 1/2 Men.
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Half of your complaints are as silly as what the better half are complaining about.
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Yes, I second that. Please, do tell what YOU consider to be good writing. And what is your credibility to discern such things with such certainty? Because in all honesty, it just sounds like you want to be part of that small crowd of haters that every show tends to get.



I wasn't expecting much from this show. I thought it'd be good. I didn't expect it to be awesome and smartly written.
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Mind if I ask what your definition of good writing is?
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Good writing for me isn't calling yourself a patriot one second and in the next scene talking about how your country has fallen and it's time for a new one. It's smart logical consistency. If you can play with language and metaphor all the better, but I'd be happy with just making sense and developing character.
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Major flaw with your line of thinking: Chaplin was painted as a patriot and loyal solider before a.) he was ordered to launch nukes on Pakistan, b.) removed from command by his superiors upon requesting confirmation of his orders, and c.) subsequently attacked by another U.S. sub. I would think any reasonable individual would question his government's integrity if he/she was in Chaplin's position in the episode.



Incidentally, did anyone take notice of the blink-and-you-miss-it news broadcast at the beginning of the episode involving a potential impeachment of the U.S. President? I wonder how that will factor in the show later this season.
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No, he called himself a patriot after landing on the island and shooting nukes at USA.
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I was generally impressed by the pilot. The plot is interesting and the characters behaved rationally (for the most part given the circumstances). The only thing that really struck me as problematic was the idea that they would actually use the nuclear missiles. If I were controlling the bombers I would have gone ahead and finished them. The likelihood that they were actually going to nuke DC seems incredibly remote. Anyone in charge of a nuclear sub would have had a lot of psych exams and is pretty unlikely to slaughter civilians (as well as the legitimate leadership in DC they're trying to reach). It would have helped if they picked a more credible target. The same holds true going forward - unless you actually believe they are going to nuke people there's nothing to stop the US (or anyone else) from taking the sub out.

That is a big suspension of belief since it underlies the whole premise of the show. That being said, I thought the pilot looked great, it moved along at a good pace, the characters were pretty believable and both the concept and the execution was interesting. I'll definitely tune in for episode 2.
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About the location: I guess Sainte Marina is pretty much based on the island of Diego Garcia.
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I think the Idea of the show is dumb

The only good thing about this show is the conspircy arc

which I dont see how it can be sloved

where all the major characters are on a island far far away from USA

If this show is going to be about the crew life on the island they better cancel it now
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yeah, it's like they're trying to make it into Lost. Even the conspiracy theory gets old quickly. I don't think the series can or plans to solve it, which is just annoying from the get-go. This show is not as creative as it tries to be.
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What are you talking about? It has nothing in common with Lost. Nothing that matters anyway. An island isn't a part of a major country is simply the only somewhat plausible location for a story like this.

Conspiracies get old fast? Maybe, but is there any kind of ingredient of any story that doesn't "get old fast"?
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Two significant characters (at least one of them a major character) are in Washington. Autumn Reeser and the military guy who came to see her at the end (who also has a daughter on the sub).
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That geezer wasn't a main character. The asian chick was very unlikeable and stuck-up.
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People like you are annoying! Always hating the female characters no matter what they do or don't do.

The Asian chick didn't even talk! How was she stuck up! She even hugged and consoled a man she barely knew, even after he threatened to kill all the local gangsters!
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I didn't see any stuck-up unlikeable asian chicks in the pilot.
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He wasn't a major character in the pilot, but she was. She is clearly a major character in the series, and he's going to be her connection to the military. In addition to that, he has family on the sub. So he's certainly going to be a significant character in the series, maybe even a *major* character. The fact that he's played by a well-known actor supports that.
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Like you?
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I'm so perplexed with the inconsistency. The two big pilots getting tons of responses are Last Resort and Revolution. On Revolution everyone is complaining that something we have no idea about doesn't make sense, the lead female is annoying, and it doesn't feel realistic. But no one here has those same problems? Grace is a whiny daddy's girl who doesn't act at all like a military officer, can't hold a gun, shakes when she shoots, and generally walks around whining that people don't give her more respect. The plot is completely illogical, whatever research they've done into the military and world politics isn't in evidence, it's completely unrealistic, the writing is horrific, the voice in the box was just comical at completely the wrong time. I dont' get it. What are the standards? Grace is so annoying I want to slap her and send her back to the naval academy, but Charlie is just a kid and she sucks it up and does what she has to do without panting and shaking and looking like a scared cat. Seriously, why aren't we using the same scales?
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First off. Hated Revolution. Loved Last Resort.

Sure there were cringeworthy parts of this pilot (Reeser's techtalk was badly disguised exposition about the stealth capabilities of the sub). But overall I think it comes down to presentation. Last Resort is simply much better presented. It was tighter, kept the facepalm moments to a minimum, had better actors and overall had better production values.

This is all my opinion. My opinion might differ from the next guy.
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It all depends on the reviewer. If they take to openly bash a show over nothing, its open season for everyone who comment negatively without even watching the show properly. I agree with you, I like Charlie more than Grace already.



Although I really loved the nonsensical pilot of Last Resort, Revolution is better as a whole and makes more sense than LR does in their respective worlds. But since Tim likes the latter more (obviously cuz of boobs and more macho stuff, no matter how illogical it all is) and most of the people are into the herd mentality thing, many are praising LR. But the ratings are pretty high for Revolution. I still have hopes for a full season pickup.
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I think it's been soooo long since an amazing pilot came out that people actually think this was good. It was OK, which means that almost all pilots these days on network TV are terrible. I was entertained and it has potential, but this pilot was far from amazing. The last truly amazing pilot I remember (on a show that lasted) is LOST.
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The best pilot of the season but plzzzz dont screw it after
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I'm hooked, and told hubby he'd probably like it. But he won't watch it until he's sure it won't be canceled without a proper ending. He asked if it had super famous people (is Robert Patrick *super* famous?), and if the special effects looked too expensive to keep the series up (Farscape, Terra Nova). As long as the writing staff don't "write the story into a schizophrenic corner", like Heroes did, I'll keep watching.
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I'm with your hubby on this one!



I'm just so tired of getting hooked on these big mystery stories, only to have them cancelled and never find out what happened.



FlashForward - The Event - Alcatraz...just to name a few more recent disasters.



I watched the pilot and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I think I will wait and see if it gets renewed for season 2. If it does, then I will catch up on line. For now, I think I will stick to "Elementary". At least if it gets cancelled, I won't be left wondering.
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Actually, I would have preferred if LOST got canceled. The fan speculations about the ending and connecting all the dots were way better than the lame real ending of the show.
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It was decent. And I'm interested to see how this show plays out next, but not to the point that I have "a burning desire to tune in for episode 2" as Tim puts it.



I thought it was odd how the crew had a discman (not an mp3 player) and they played La Bamba. Then almost all of them danced. Is this normal submarine culture? I guess you'd have to do such things or you might go crazy from claustrophobia.
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I bet that is pretty realistic, after the wiki leaks scandal, I bet MP3 players have been ban from sensitive places in military bases an submarines. An imagine if someone plug an infected MP3 player into the Submarine computer systems, it could cause serious trouble.



The bloke accuse of stealing the information use a MP3 player to smuggle the files out.



I do not know whether it normal for all of them to dance, but generally no loud nose is allow on a submarine.
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Okay I clearly have to watch this again. It's been getting rave reviews and everyone has gone nuts over it. I watched it and was sort of out of it the whole time. I'll blame it on the fact that it was two in the morning and it only had part of my attention. I did get a kick out of the play on the name of the episode. Andre is incredible in anything, I liked seeing Scott Speedman, and that Navy Seal guy at the end intrigued me. I caught that much, so definitely will have to rewatch it to fully understand the hype.
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Okay I loved this show. Had me hooked from beginning to the end. There was a lot going on and there were a lot of characters, all of them somewhat integral to the story but surprisingly all the info wasn't overwhelming and the characters were all pretty memorable. I could even point out the Hurley look-alike from the drug cartel on the Island.



What had me unnerved though, was all those nukes flying around. If this show was real I'd be dead right now. And what about those people on boats and stuff 200 miles offshore? Collateral damage I'm sure but the Captain's got a few screws loose! Makes for good TV though.
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Entertaining and enjoyable! Looking forward to seeing where they take this.
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It was nice and fast paced popcorn TV. The only thing I don't get is, who are the good guys in this show?



I mean, detonating a nuclear weapon in the ocean near Washington must have killed hundreds of innocent people at sea - and the fallout will probably hurt even more. There is no way in hell that terrorists like this can be left alive. Even without any conspiracy. Nor can I like them.
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I also didn't see how he could have changed the direction of the missile since I heard him direct them to send it to Wash DC's coordinates. Then we see him insert his key and that whole sequence but never direct them to redirect it to new coordinates.
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The Andre Braugher character knows that after he detonated the nuke that they weren't going to be allowed to leave the island. That's the reason for his little speech at that look out point with the XO and the Lt.



In real life there is no really safe above ground detonation of a nuclear weapon. Second others' comments about fallout, "collateral damage" at sea and I'd add to that the resultant electromagnetic pulse that would have disrupted the grid, electronics and communications.



That plot point was crazy to me. Someone willing to do that should be taken out.
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I agree that someone would have died if this had been real, since there would be boats and planes in the area. It will be interesting to see how they address this on the show. My guess is that in the fictional world we're watching, the detonation was completely safe, and the captain knew that no one would get hurt. So if you need to complain, you should probably complain about the realism, not the moral issue. I guess we'll know what they're thinking next week.
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Why does there have to be good guys, why cant we have different degrees of bad guys?



Cable Television often does. An it seems like someone in Washington wiped out millions of Pakistanis for some reason. So who are the terrorists, the guys in Washington or the Submarine crew?

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I agree here. A show doesn't need clearly drawn "good" and "bad" guys to make them likeable or make it a good show. Just look at Game of Thrones. With the minor exception of a couple characters, pretty much everyone in the show is a dick/asshole/villain/whatever in some form or another (even Tyrion!), but it doesn't mean it isn't compelling, or I can't root for someone who isn't necessarily good.
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Successful show not on cable where just about every single character with maybe the exception of the children is drawn as potentially twisted (sometimes good) and where the issues they tackle are often grey ("The Good Wife").
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I agree. Real life rarely has neatly drawn good and bad guys. For me it upps the enjoyability of shows when the show has characters with lots of shades of gray.
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Depends on whether the captain knew that the detonation would be safe or not. If he didn't, then they're both terrorists. The ones in Washington would be much worse, but the ones on the boat would be pretty bad too.
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I loved the pilot. The acting and the storytelling (even though the plot was quite out there lol) were all very good. This show deserves to survive. :P But I can't see it having too many seasons, you know.



Btw what's with all the Lost comparisons? I didn't see any similarities between these two shows other than the islands.
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Well I usually agrees with a lot of the things Tim says. Not this time. I wont be returning to Last resort after seeing the pilot and I soo wanted to like it. I just don't care about the characters on the show. And please stop stereotypecasting Robert Patrick as a bad guy. You'll see the twists coming miles away when you do that.
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Don't think Robert Patrick is bad - just an experienced naval officer who is old school and by the book. Everything Chaplain and the other officers are doing violates that -- so he's against them.
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I liked it
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Oversold.



Plot comes across as utterly ridiculous.



Then we have a bunch of military personnel, defying each other all the time, pointing guns at each other on a regular basis, making the execution ridiculous as well.



It just plays as completely false across the board.

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If that is all the show is in coming weeks, then I'll agree with you that it will be a bore. So far, I think it's started well.
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Also, I'm not sure the guy she shot is dead. I think he's recovering in that bed. And the Captain was never going to detonate the bomb over D.C.; he'd always planned to safely detonate it in the water. That served all the purposes he wanted.
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The guy in the bed was the NAVY Seal guy who they brought aboard wounded at the beginning.
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No. Different guy in a different bed.
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I do like this show. So entertaining. Even with my mild claustrophobia, I wasn't much annoyed during the sub scenes because I was too distracted by the awesome. Even with the cramped sub filling with water, all I remember was the guy getting shot in the head by a loose bolt.

The characters are pretty much all decent so far. No one's annoyed me yet, except maybe the XO, who just seems kinda wussy, but even he's not bad yet.

It makes me sad because this show is doomed. I say that a lot, but it's only because a lot of show are and were doomed. Unless they're quickly exonerated (which would defeat the premise) there's no way the general audience is gonna watch something like this for long and it'll be all our losses. And 8'o clock? Really?
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The plot is downright ridiculous! But you know what, this is probably the best pilot I've seen since 2004!! Naming the pilot episode 'Captain' was awesome!

I can think of ONE person who'd have been as good, if not better than Braugher - Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer from 24)! Timeslot is horrible though. Hope the ratings improve from next week.

- That WAS insulting, Tim! It implied that all of us guys are morons who have the attention span of a 5 year old ADHD kid and needed boobs to keep us interested! Still, Autumn! YEAH!

- Her name is Shepard!!! You aren't allowed to think negatively of her! She was awesome - 'Its, you little bitch, Lieutenant!"

- I don't really know.
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He'd possibly be better, but after being President Palmer and the guy in The Unit, it would be bad for his brand to be seen as the Captain of a rogue submarine. I'd expect that even his Allstate deal would dry out. Anyway, we can't have him do everything.
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Did you not see the Awake pilot???
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Awesome show.
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Oh I love that show! But since it got cancelled so soon, I kinda forgot about it. Had an awesome pilot episode! Kyle Killen seems to be cursed in networks! He should pitch his ideas to cable channels!
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This show certainly has potential...but I could ABSOLUTELY do without the speaker voice. That was soooo terrible.
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Why when u see subs underwater u never see ANY fish?

I love shows like this! Hope it has staying power!
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the sub scares the fish away....lol
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Actually, there are very few fish that live that deep underwater. The herbivorous ones, need plants -mainly plankton that do not grow so deep in the ocean because of the lack of sunlight and the carnivorous go where the herbivorous are. Here we are talking of deep ocean floor and not the continental shelf areas which is why you do not have any fish living there. The pretty colorful fish you see when u go diving are on the continental shelves (around 500mts-1km deep) and NOT deep ocean floors( 3-4 km deep) :) I guess I just got too technical but I hope you got the difference. And I loved the show!
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Was pleasantly surprised they debuted with such a strong pilot. Great acting and story line. Many great name actors and this is one series I will actually be looking forward to, the same reverence I give POI too. Great job Last Resort!
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it was better than I thought it would be. That's all I'm going to say. I was initially thinking Pacific Ocean, but now think Indian Ocean is more accurate. Maybe somewhere near the Indonesian Archipelago.
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So i got all of these tingling of love after watching last resort and thanking god that i have something good to watch for this fall but to come to the depressing news a few minutes later to know that the ratings aren't doing so well and it might get cancelled. Isn't life full of sh*t sometimes huh..
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This show started out well. It could be really good as long as its does not become too much like "Lost." The interactions of the Navy personnel, and the native people on the island should not be over done. I'm afraid with the kidnapping of the two service members it's headed that way. I hope the writers do not shoot the show in the foot before it can got off the a good run.
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Blown away

Best pilot ever

I have to immigrate

Bye
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Loved it. It's not often that i say that after just one episode but i knew this was going to be good when i first heard the description. Great acting, writing, effects, sets. When you the question of sustainability was first raised i worried a bit, but now i am think how will they fit all this in one season? There is a conspiracy in DC to uncover, finding out what the seal team did, conflicts with the inhabitants of the island to handle, internal struggles relationships, etc. I can't wait for the next episode. Definitely the best pilot of the season so far.

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Thank you so much for your words. The Army via the VA education benefits helped me finish college. And then the Air Force put me through medical school. Over the decades as first an active duty physician and now as a private practitioner who sees active and retired military personnel and their dependants, I have treated countless individuals who gave far too much for our country. Over the last several hours I literally got twelve calls from military personnel or their spouses whom I treat who expressed their anguish over how active duty Navy enlisted and officers were portrayed in this farce called "The Last Resort". I recall that several Hollywood stars like Jimmy Stewart (who was a colonel in the US Air Force Reserve) and Edward "Ward" Costello (who served in the Royal Air Force and the US Army Air Corp during WWII and portrayed Admiral Gregory Quinn in Star Trek "The Next Generation") presented military people as those who deserve our respect. What happened to that? This TV show, "The Last Resort", I fear, will do much harm to our young enlisted and newly commissioned people. I wonder if the individuals who will reap the financial benefits from this effort would even consider donating to such things as the DAV*.

*If you don't know what DAV means, keep your $$$.

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I have to agree with the others. You make very vague statements about military people being horribly misrepresented here, but give no actual examples or evidence for that. Stating something specific might be of use.
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I honestly don't know what you're talking about. What exactly did you (and these 12 other people) have a problem with? What did they do that made them unworthy of respect? A specific example of an individual that you disapprove of would be nice.
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How does a military leader deciding to go against orders that involve destroying entire cities disrespect the military.



Yes there a chain of command but sometime you just have to ignore command and do what is right, that give me more respect for the military not less.
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Oh Groan! Is it the MENSA or the Vet in me, or what? I guess we should be thankful that there are so many bobble-heads in this country who find this theme feasible. In a round about way it does make it easier for our men and woman in uniform to do their jobs. BTW, I understand that there is an on line pharmacy that is offering a special discount to "Last Resort" fans for their new extended release formulation of Soma.

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As for your comment about the name of "Pilots" I fully agree and applaud Shawn Ryan, as the tongue in cheek name as the pilot of a submarine is of course its Captain. Also, this is the show I have been WAITING FOR, for like forever. The son of two military parents, this is the show I want. A cable quality show with a network budget with movie star quality actors and brilliant writing. "The Shield" was great top to bottom, and if he says he's got a plan for this show, I am ON BOARD (haha, you get it? Okay, enough from me). Oh, and I didn't watch it online but on TV and the visuals were still EXCELLENT. Made the visuals for "The Hunt for Red October" look pretty weak (only other decent submarine flick coming to mind is "Das Boot")

-Absolutely. It always irritates a little when pilots go on tangents like "Thanks Jenny. As a [insert profession] as the son/daughter of [insert important character for later on] I of course took this to heart as ... " Blah blah blah annoying. Good job again, Shawn Ryan.

-Loved her killing that guy. Absolutely set the bar for her. Good stuff combined with her nervous and awkward and anti-nepotism personal bug.

-Didn't pay that much attention to that this time, but I definitely shall in the future. Though that doesn't seem absurd. If I had to guess, I'd say it pushes east toward Australia or Indonesia, though.
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I seriously want to strangle the person that thought it was a good idea to put this in the 8PM slot.
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Oh Groan! Is it the MENSA or the Vet in me, or what? I guess we should be thankful that there are so many bobble-heads in this country who find this theme feasible. In a round about way it does make it easier for our men and woman in uniform to do their jobs. BTW, I understand that there is an on line pharmacy that is offering a special discount to "Last Resort" fans for their new extended release formulation of Soma.

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It is probably a mixture of both. I grew up in a military family and part of my work has to do with consulting with the military and admittedly some of the things are groan worthy. Very few shows and movies that use the Military as a character get it right. (don't even get me started on The Hurt Locker). But aside from the inaccuracies it isn't a bad show.



Love the Soma joke. It made me laugh.
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Best pilot ever! Really smart show that will have people on the edge of their seats and constantly guessing and thinking - really EXCEEDED expectations, i didn't expect it to be this good this fast, the show just jumps right in! Loved Shawn Ryans Chicago Code and Terriers, but seeing this pilot I have a feeling this show will be much better



Recommend it to everyone you know I will be so pissed if they cancel this show too!! (i heard ratings aren't so good)

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This is without a doubt THE best new show of this season! You know, usually I don't like it when upcoming shows are compared to "Lost" or "24" or whatever, but in this case, I actually have to admit that "Last Resort" has the potential to become a really great show. This is one of the strongest pilots I've ever seen (and I've seen a lot). So please, everyone, keep on (or start) watching it so at least the ratings won't DROP!!!

This is a great show. We cannot afford to lose it! This season will be pretty boring if we do!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!!!!!



Btw:

In his speech, Captain Chaplin said at some point: "...The [...] fired on us and left my crew for dead, at the bottom of the Indian Ocean..."

So that should answer the "Where?-question".
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A better suggestion than "keep watching" would be "spread the word". Watching the show does nothing for the ratings unless your household is participating in a Nielsen survey. If they haven't sent special hardware to you, it's not.
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This is the most asinine plot ever. Granted I spent time enlisted in the Army and as an officer in the Air Force and was never in the Navy. But lets think this through. The captain of the sub essentially established that it was either a rogue agency within the US government or a hostile government that hacked the missile firing system and attempted to get the sub to fire on Pakistan. Now, if you were that rogue and realized that you failed to fool this captain, the last thing that you want is to give that captain the chance to warn his government that their system has been hacked. So you hack it again and get another US ship to fire on the sub. Anyone who makes it to the rank of captain should be able to put these pieces together. If it was a rogue that ordered the sub to fire, where is the logic that the legitimate chain of command would so soon fire on the sub (if the legitimate chain of command learned about the hack )? But the legitimate chain of command did learn that the surface ship did fire without proper authority. Hence all the marines shutting down communications between the sub and family (a.k.a the admiral). And when the sub crew saw that two missiles were fired at Pakistan, why not try to alert the legitimate chain of command to the hack? OK, there was the part where the legitimate chain of command sent two birds to take out the sub. But try to see it from their viewpoint. The sub did not respond according to proper procedures so they were suspect. And how did the captain know that there were no cruise ships or fishing ships 200 miles off the coast when he decided to detonate the nuclear warhead rather than disable it?

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I believe the divide was alluded to earlier in the episode when it mentioned the generals resigning over the president's policy choices. Most likely, it's an element of their own government attempting to make a power grab over the president by starting a war. Let's watch and find out! Tell your friends too!
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did we watch the same pilot? you're thinking under the assumption that the system was hacked, but who said it was? in fact the episode seemed to show that the govt was behind the order and the attack, especially when the captain phoned back and spoke to the defense secretary or whatever and the guy was like - remember me? i work for the govt. now just follow the order

this show so far is aiming to say what happens when the govt is giving the orders what do you do when your own govt tries to off you?
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While there were a couple of scenes that I didn't like, I was relatively pleased with this episode; even exceeded my expectations a bit.
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Excellent pilot episode!! Easily the best I've seen in the past few years. Let's hope they can maintain the quality for an entire season (unlikely, but we can always hope).
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When the bombers were detected the crew rushed back to the submarine,

the XO ordered inmediate dive but the Captain belayed that order.

However we see the hatch opening underwater and the missile emerging out of it,

How could this happen if the submarine was not submerged?
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Instantly one of the best shows on television. I know generally TV shows require an interest in a character and some long term development but who honestly gives a CRAP about character development when you have SUBMARINES WITH NUKES and GLOBAL WARFARE. This is all the best of a movie wrapped into what is hopefully going to be a successful series with multiple seasons. I was so pumped when the Captain made his video speech, and I'm Canadian.
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I watched the entire Pilot and here is my take.....

I will be setting my DVR to record and enjoying it commercial free. Freedom Buffer FTW!



Very good pilot.
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amazing show... really bad ratings... let's hope it'll grow up next week but 99% of new shows decline in second and third episode..

damn you abc for giving this great show a cursed timeslot without a lead in against The big bang theory and x-factor.. just move in elsewhere before it's too late....
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Oh well, 2.2 18-49 rating...we'll have to suffer.



I still think it'll grow up next week...let's hope.
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I just noticed that too, and came here to post it, but I see you beat me to it. That number is a bit scary when you consider that Charlie's Angels had 2.1 and Flash Forward 4.0. (These are all ABC shows).

Do the ratings for TV shows on the broadcast networks ever go up? I know that there are shows who gained more viewers after their premieres, in particular True Blood and Breaking Bad, but they are cable shows.

I guess the good news is that the ratings don't have to increase. They just have to not fall too much.
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Here's hoping another 5 million people watched the pilot on line and will be around for week 2.
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Well I personally know a lot of people that watched it, and not a single one of them watched it on an actual TV (but i mean nobody i know actually watches stuff on TV anymore anyway)
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I don't know. It looks pretty expensive. If the show drops below 2 I'll panic.

Anyway I do think it might grow up ( I'm wishing ). Good reviews an amazing pilot...I'm hoping for a lot of talk on the internet.



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Here are some more depressing numbers. V was in the range 1.7-2.1 when it got cancelled, and actually had an average of 2.5 for the last ten episodes. No ordinary Family had an average of 1.9 for the season. I couldn't find any information about its ratings near the end.
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That speech that Andre gave at the end was excellent! The intimidation in his voice along with the music made for the best scene of the episode for me.
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I loved first episode, cant wait for second one.
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