Last Resort "Skeleton Crew" Review: Grace Under Fire

Last Resort S01E05: "Skeleton Crew"

There've been a lot of blips on the radar about Last Resort putting up crummy ratings and being in danger of getting hit with a torpedo that reads "CANCELED" in big, blocky, military-style stenciled lettering. But ratings in the 18-49 demographic for the show actually increased from Episode 3 ("Eight Bells") to Episode 4 ("Voluntoid"), albeit only slightly, from 1.6 to 1.7. That's something new shows rarely do. Networks often look for a ratings floor to see where shows will steady out at, so if we've already seen the bottom, that's a positive sign. But the show is going to need more viewers than it's drawing now, and hopefully ABC is paying attention to the DVR boost for its first two episodes, which vaulted the ratings to above a 3.0 on average, about a 50-percent jump.

All of which is to say that it's sink or swim time for Last Resort, and episodes like "Skeleton Crew," the series' best episode since the outstanding pilot, should convince audiences to keep tuning in and give ABC a reason to shower the series with all sorts of season renewals. Stocked with multiple ticking clocks, huge moments for characters, and intertwining plots that brought everything together, "Skeleton Crew" was a cable-quality, bladder-tightening hour of tense television that clicked on all levels. Well, almost.

What made "Skeleton Crew" work so well, in addition to Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) flipping a table and threatening to suck out Secretary of Defense Curry's eye-jelly, was the way all the island plots worked off one another and built to a crescendo together, like a symphony of high-stakes nuclear negotiations and underwater war tactics. It was hard to tell which was the A-story and which was the B-story between Chaplin and Sam Kendal's negotiations with Curry and Grace Shepard's handling of the Colorado for the first time on her own, as both were of such supreme importance—Grace's to the immediate survival of her crew and Chaplin's to the stability of the entire world.

A lot of credit for the effectiveness of the occasionally civil/often contentious negotiations should go to Jay Karnes, the former The Shield actor who boated up to the island wearing a suit and a dickish face as Secretary of Defense Curry. Curry immediately stamped his feet and a drew a line in the sand for Chaplin's crew, who remained loyal to their captain as was set up in last week's episode. Curry's declaration of "So shall you hang" as no one stepped forward to take his offer was delivered with incredulity and impatience, like Curry couldn't believe these idiots would reject their last chance at earning respect in the eyes of their country. This is the type of villain who works well against Chaplin's imposing and dutiful presence. He's a man with the contempt and conviction of a privileged frat boy and Karnes nailed it.

Stuck between Chaplin and Curry and the need to go home and cuddle with his wife was Kendal, who was feeling a bit bendable under pressure. There was a nice subplot about how loyal he should be to the rigid and possibly insane Chaplin, and it reflected back on Chaplin's character. Chaplin is the man we all respect even though he may be leading us all off a cliff. His judgment isn't something I expected to be such a huge component to the series. I had pegged him as a by-the-book sea-boy, but he's just the right amount of crazy to make us uneasy.

Meanwhile, under the sea, Grace grabbed her learner's permit and took the Colorado out for a spin in order to—and this is a contrivance that's best accepted immediately and put behind you—replace a battery in the ring of sonar arrays around the island. Like I said, just put it behind you, because the end justified the means. One character who's been aching for a little street cred around these parts is Grace, the no-fun, third-in-command, desk-jockey female who isn't much more to the crew than a puppy dog wandering the cabin, and tonight she got it big time. Trapped by attack subs circling like sharks, she pulled some evasive maneuvers and made the tough decisions (again, pre-established by last week's repeated drills, of which she was in command) that saved the lives of her crew and dare I say it AMERICA. Heck, she was willing to let a handsome Navy SEAL major character choke on his own carbon monoxide in the middle of the ocean, because she weighed the options and decided that one was a lot smaller of a number than whatever headcount she had on board her boat. That decision, and her shooting of the traitor in the pilot episode, elevated her to more than just a pretty face. Daisy Betts has been playing Grace like a robot, but it fit her struggle to stay strong and grow some chest hair in a sea of testosterone. And when she took over the sub and was barking commands to her crew and screaming, "FIRE!"? Hubba hubba! And yes, I realize I just undermined all the gender equality that scene created, but sorry! Anyway, character developed! Welcome to the show, Grace.

One of the biggest problems for easily distracted audiences in Last Resort's earlier episodes was the breadth of the show's storytelling. What was happening in Washington with Kylie the sexy weapons expert and Christine the cute Navy wife felt detached and at times incoherent because they seemed so distant from the core of the show. But "Skeleton Crew" melded their plots together when Kylie went to see Christine in the aftermath of the latter's broadcast tirade about government conspiracies. Now these two are going to set out on some Scooby-Doo adventures on the mainland, and if they can get their hands on the secrets the Perseus holds, they just might get the upper hand. Getting Kylie and Christine together was critical for the D.C. storyline, as what were two plots that were both on the verge of being boring have been zipped up into one plot that's just starting to get interesting. Ultimately, it will only seem like it took the off-island stories too long to develop if Last Resort gets sunk early. Otherwise, I trust the showrunners' deliberate pacing and have renewed interest in the mainland.

And how about all the budding romances! Okay, this is one thing Last Resort isn't doing up to the level of the rest of the show. We've all known James would be showing his own little submarine to Tani (Dichen Lachman) at some point, and if I were seconds away from dying but survived by the sheer power of my studliness, I'd probably look all over the world for Ms. Lachman and swallow her face, too. And the coffee talk between Sophie and Kendal isn't at all grating. But both lovey-dovey stories feel, I dunno, standard? I can accept that they're all into each other because yes they are hot enough to turn that sandy beach into glass, but their coupling is way down on my list of priorities at the moment. Will that change? Hopefully. Probably.

"Skeleton Crew" was one beefy hour of television and really pointed Last Resort in the right direction, with a solid focus on a predicament that called back many things the show has been building up over the last few episodes. Now more than ever, we have a really good sense of these characters and what they're capable of, and we know where this show can go. It's all coming together.



SONAR BLIPS AND BLEEPS

– Of course they were going to pick up James King (Daniel Lissing) minutes after his reserve tank expired and we all thought he was dead. But it was still thrilling. What was he tapping out in Morse Code that the communications guy didn't want to tell Grace? Do we have any Morse Code experts in the audience today?

– Heart-warming moment of the night: COB delivering the salute and saying "Officer on deck!" as Grace walked by, after he earlier said she wasn't his captain. Grace beaming with pride and almost a smile was well earned.

– The dialogue between everyone was pretty great tonight. Lots of unexpected humor, too.

– No Julian in this episode, but he didn't feel missed. He'll be back in a big way.

– Hey Daniel Lissing! Put a shirt on! Right, ladies?

– What's the punishment for shooting a White House Adviser? What kind of deep doo-doo is Admiral Shepard in for shooting her? Although that was the craziest moment of the episode, he was trying to save his daughter's life (and the people who were shot were being total A-holes).

– COB: "Why is there a French girl on my boat?" Grace: "She's vital to the mission." COB: "Are we planning a retreat?" HAHA FRANCE! COB just burned your baguettes!

– COB: "French is the opposite of cowboy. Cowboys like Will Rogers, John Wayne, Clint Eastwood." Sophie: "Robert Duvall." COB: "Now you're getting it." Sophie: "Duvall is French." COB: "You take that back." Ain't no way the man who played Tom Hagen in The Godfather is going to French on COB's watch! (Indeed, an internet search proves Duvall is a descendant of early French settlers. The more you know.)

– COB: "The Captain's got sand in her swimsuit, so we're all headed to the grand rodeo in the sky." Stop it COB, I'm trying to write a serious review over here!

– COB: "Maybe they didn't want to hit a girl." Grace: "How did you ever stay married?" COB: "Stayed deployed." Words of wisdom for all.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that Christine is not so out-of-it or gullible as she seemed when she was talking to the lawyer... I like her more already.
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I've actually read tons of positive reviews of this show. I've begun to understand that, despite the low ratings, people who actually DO watch the show love it.

Last Resort has a terrible slot in the TV schedules though. I have to fight to watch, since my family all want to watch other shows.



I've tried to get my friends and family to give LR a try. I think they all must have brains the size of walnuts or something. While some did watch an episode or two, they just don't get why this show is creating so much hype, advertisement-wise.

I really hope it'll have a bigger audience. And they should continue doing what they did in this episode.



P.s. COB was hillarious!
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Best episode of the series only slightly not over taking the pilot.
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"bendable under pressure" don't know why but this made me giggle like mad! Thanks Tim!

Yes I think Cob & Grace exchange was amazing...

The whole episode was A+... hadn't been so tense watching TV since the pilot of the Walking Dead! LOL!

Great acting all round!

I liked that Kylie and Christine got together but felt it a bit forced... Although I thought it was very funny what Christine said about "the other woman" LOL
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In my opinion the best episode yet, pilot was good but 2-4 weren't up to much at all. Looking forward to this weeks episode. Cob was awesome in this episode.
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Now that Chaplin pretty much has confirmation that the SEALs know something Curry really wants covered up, when is he going to get to gettin' the information?

Anyone else think the plan is to have Chaplin die in the very end (if the show gets that far)?

Also, that's a nice little sonar array they got out there, but being completely unprotected, I think if I were the U.S. fleet I would use that to my advantage. Tamper with it so it doesn't report properly, disable it fully when you plan on a big action, or just knock out one of the buoys once in a while to get the Colorado into a trap to repair it.
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Excellent episode!!!
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Great episode and it was fun watching Grace shine. It was awesome how her father tried to give her more time. I look forward to watching more!
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Also, it doesn't feel like that but when you think about it, it's only been a week in the show's timeline. So the situation in the US is developing rather quickly when you look at it that way.
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Really good episode. It truly shows how good the writing and the acting is when you actually start to doubt the sanity and reasoning of one of the main characters - Marcus.

Best new show this seasons hands down.
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Does anyone see them doing a USS Chopper/ Hunt for the Red October blow-at-depth & jump at some point? Any other tv-worthy submarine tricks people can think of?



The debris cloud idea seemed kinda sketch if they were going 20 towards a wall...I feel that underwater shot of the sub going into it makes no sense if you think about how far the rocks would have to come off that wall for a 15,000 ton boat going at speed to stop...my visual physics weren't comfortable with that part.



Not related, but current ranking is Grace>french girl>dichen lachman/sandfox>sam's wife>autumn reeser (she's like, technically hot, but doesn't actually float my boat). and I suppose dead presidential advisor is at the end, because well, she's dead. I think they need to put Grace in more hard situations, make her carry some weight and she'll be a legit female lead
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Dude I hope they ignore whatever ratings. Damn, maybe some people want American Idol or w/e, but...I swear this is the only show I've seen since like Dexter, House, the Wire, etc that I'll even sit down to. I mean, and those shows have/had flaws, sometimes ones that almost drove me away, but *most* new shows? They don't have any redeeming value to even keep me through the pilot. Like, here, I can at least imagine how such things could be improved. All the others seem to preclude fixing, the idea is so, so...Terra Nova, Revolution, Falling Skies.....trying to be idiotic. Its thrust in your face less than 5 minutes in. Expressly developed to catch idiots while driving away the sort of people who will watch a show for a season on faith because they thing they'll get their time's worth at the end.
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Robert Patrick nailed every single line, the COB seems to be way cooler than I thought.

Robert DUVALL is as French as is Tim SURETTE.
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Liked the episode (intense!), loved the review. It's good when it stays in a confined area, like negotiations on a beach, or in a sub. But I still got nagging doubts about the geopolitical situation. Nuking Pakistan, invasion of Taiwan - good god, man, that's very major stuff which needs more treatment!

Honestly? I still don't know what to make of this show. It's not a military submariner show. It's not a JAG-like discussion about the legality of orders. It's not "Lost", in spite of the same island and mysterious natives. It's not a cop show. It's not a post-apocalypse survival show. It's not a romantic soap. It's not an intrigue-in-the-White-House show.

It does have elements of all of the above, plus some very serious secrets which will probably only be revealed on the last roll of film (unless, like so many others, the show sinks to the bottom of the ocean, ratings-wise). "Last Resort" seems to throw in everything but the kitchen sink. More zombies, please!

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'Honestly? I still don't know what to make of this show. It's not a...'



I agree. But isn't that one of the best things about it though? It's different. It's not a copy of something else, better or worse. Apart from the underlying conspiracy of it all, it's not something I can predict the 'future' of just yet.



Good review, good episode, holding on to hope that this is the year that most series get a decent run.
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Very good points all around. I'm not sure how I feel about the treatment (or what the treatment should be) of the geopolitics going on, but I'm leaning to saying they don't need to treat it very much yet. It's more background music that informs the actions of the U.S. towards Chaplin et al., but doesn't have much of a direct affect on it (yet). For example, Chaplin mentioned to Curry how it would sure be nice for the U.S. to be able to move all those ships surrounding the island nearer to Asia. Yes, the world is blowing up, but as far as the Colorado cares, until they're exonerated, their world is that little island and the distant glimmer of hope of returning to the U.S.
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Yes, in real life, China invading Taiwan would be serious red alert time for the US. You'd really have to wonder what's next on their list. And paradoxically since the US just used two nukes on Pakistan and China is well armed that hardly seems an option.
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If this isn't evidence that the human race is getting dumber, I don't know what is. This is on network TV, and it draws less than 2 million? What a waste of a good show. I want to be optimistic because anyone who watches this knows it's good, so I hope that ABC suitmen will know it too when the time comes. Otherwise, it will go way too early for how good it is.



Great review Tim, COB was indeed hilarious this episode. Took me by surprise as well. I'm also surprised at how the show maintains the high level of dialogue, drama, and coherence when it's going at a thousand miles per second action-wise.



You had to google Duvall being a French name, Tim? I'm disappoint.
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It actually draws about 7 million every week, and they have a 1.3 rating in the key demographic that advertisers look at. 1.3 is...bad, to say the least. That's what most cable shows get on a semi-decent day.



What would really be good for this show is a >2.5 rating because of how expensive it is, but as of now it looks like this ship is sinking. As much as I love it!
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God I hope not my 18-24 male demo I feel like is either composed of people who like this sort of show or people who shouldn't count.
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This show.... it's like the first season of Prison Break, but with nuclear war!



I guess I am a fanboy, but still: I like our Happy Island romance. I believe that stuff is happening... and they are both so pretty :D. It is a little weird that we get to see so much of that every episode, especially, when f.e. Julian doesn't show up at all.

But just you wait. I am seeing an amazingly awesome revenge arc comming that will give everyone goosebumps. (tho i kinda hope not.)

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Assuming it actually gets renewed, this needs to not follow in Prison Break's footsteps by having a super fast paced first two seasons, only to run out of ideas by the time they reach the third.
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Indeed it does'nt. in fact it can get bigger, the admiral eventually defecting with another submarine or even a fleet of war ships, he probably already sounding out captains and admirals and vice admirals, the Russian in a twist could come to their aid, their the Europeans who cant be to happy about what going on at all. Last resort as already laid out plenty of cards on the table, I even state it similar to the last seasons of B5,



Prison break was really limited in scope an should have been a 1 or at most 2 season show.
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Dope episode! Compared to of all the trash that is getting more scripts and full seasons right now ie. Arrow, Chicago Fire, this show, not being a part of said trash, DESERVES it!
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Unless they change the schedule.... ABC is hurting this show...Yes, they have increased promos, but that is half a solution..
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What would you suggest -- besides rallying your friends to watch in a way they can count?
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I assume she means putting it up against weaker competition. It currently goes up against The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, as well as X-Factor, and it seems like at least a couple Voice episodes in the future - all big drawers. You could stick it on another night (M-W) or at a later time (10pm).
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The people who watch those dumb ass reality shows, or ancient sitcoms, probably wouldn't get this show. For the rest of us with a brain it's fine where it is because it gives us something to watch in that time period.
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But then again, if it's left in its current time slot, ratings won't go much above 2.0. If they change the schedule, Last Resort will get a bigger audience.



I mean, who cares if there are dumb people, who don't understand a single bit of information from this show? What matters is that, with a change of schedule, Last Resort may just get what it's worth.
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Great Episode. I can't believe we are only five episodes in and i am already so invested in those characters. Poor Admiral Shepard, he's gonna have a hard time. I hope that more ships are defecting (joining their cause) at some point. There are so many storylines all of which are interesting. Hope ABC takes a page out of Chaplin's book and does the honorable thing by renewing this show.
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The ships defecting would be an interesting plot point, but I'm not sure how I feel about it. I think it would be more reasonable and acceptable if they didn't defect, but perhaps refused orders to kill/destroy the Colorado and crew (much like Chaplin did). It would take some massive cojones to outright defect to a badly outnumbered side that is standing accused of treason. Of course it all depends on how the plot turns.
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I hope Admiral Shepard's Joint Chiefs plan doesn't require him. I'm thinking he'll be indisposed for some time.
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Haha, true. Although it's unclear what exactly will happen. Obviously throwing him in jail or stripping him of command makes the most sense, but then again, remember what Chaplin said about Curry covering up what just happened in the negotiations to save face (not to mention removing an apparently prominent officer would ruffle some feathers in the military), so you never know...

The one thing that is sort of bugging me (I mentioned it in an earlier episode's review) is that it is very unclear what Admiral Shepard's role in the military leadership is. He's the highest ranking character we've actually met, but there are loads of admirals and generals that outrank him. It is true to some degree that Command and various roles matter more than rank, but I really hope if the Joint Chiefs (all 4-star officers) plan to commit the most shocking act in American military history, they aren't relying on some 1- or 2-star Admiral to get it done.
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WOW ! This episode was INTENSE - Excellent ! Has all the trappings of a great series. Keep up the great work show people! If I had to choose between watching Last Resort or Arrow, the choice is obvious cos there's nothing last resorted to it. :) And for Grace to handle the sub crisis so steadfastly, even COB was stumped. Well done Grace!
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OMG! I love this show more with every episode. I so hope it doesn't get sunk early.



Too bad Admiral Shepard is kind of out of the picture as a player in D.C. now, as he is probably going to jail now. But the scene was great and a bit unexpected. Who would have thought that he would just turn and shoot the Advisor and the Secretary? I did expect something when they were trying to give the fire order but not that. I thought for a second they would capture Kerry and have the Admiral stay on the island.

I can't wait to see more of what he was talking about (that plot to bring down the president).



Loved Grace's Kick-Ass scenes too. But what about the trust between Chaplin and Kendal? Is that gone now? It'll be interesting to see where this goes.



Last Resort is definitely the best new show this season and bests almost all the shows that have ever been around. Please keep it afloat, ABC.
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Loved Kick-Ass Grace, too. Though, in my book she's always been kick-ass (disagree with the reviewer calling her robotic - I think she's just been playing things the way most women would in that situation). But in this ep she got to prove what she can do.



Chaplin and Kendal: I think they know each other well enough that at least for Chaplin it won't be a problem. I think Sam feels guilt as evidenced by the look on his face in that coffee balcony scene with Sophie. But, really Chaplin knows him well enough to essentially play him -- get him to do what he needs/wants him to do - in this case to get the best deal for the crew (knowing that Sam would not cut Chaplin out of a deal unprompted).



What I didn't get, is Sam's naivete around the deal. I wouldn't trust Curry as far as I could throw him and a deal on paper wouldn't do anything to make me feel more at ease. There was no return to the US offered and there is nothing preventing them hunting down Sam and Grace and their families after the fact with Special Ops.



Although it looks like Marcus may have been playing the martyr and may be dreaming of fairies when it comes to a public trial, I think that some kind of public trial or public presidential pardon is the only way Chaplin and his officers they will ever come out of this safe. I just don't trust Curry.
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Very good point about the nature of the deal. Are either Chaplin or Kendall really naive enough to think just signing a piece of paper is enough to protect them? If they think Curry and/or the President are behind some cabal who schemed to nuke Pakistan and destroy their sub, would they really not be beyond shredding a piece of paper? (Hell, it's a "secret presidential order" - hardly something that would even be allowed to see the light of the public.)

Maybe they were just counting on there being 100 witnesses (the crew) such that it would be much more difficult and obvious if there was an attempted cover up of the deal. Either way, I would have filmed Curry explicitly agreeing to the deal and then broadcasted it to the world. But yeah, there's going to have to be a public pardon or something (or at least new leaders that Chaplin would trust to give him a fair trial).
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I think Sam may have a distrust of Curry. But let's face it, he misses his wife. And although his country may have betrayed him, he loves America. Sam's probably still hoping that someway, there might be decency in the contract.



People will do anything when they're desperate.
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Wow. 1.3 last night--that ties TVD. If Tim didn't venomously hate every other new show beside Last Resort, I wouldn't feel happy about this, but today it kinda makes me smile.
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Sh*t COB says. LOL. You should make this a regular thing, Tim!
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I thought it was funny that when the COB started giving examples of tough all-American cowboys, all he could think about was fictional cowboys. Hollywood is as real as it gets, right?

By the way, when he mentioned Clint Eastwood, I immediately thought of "Bridges of Madison County."
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Re Clint -- well, they haven't been shy at all about COB's politics.
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I'm afraid this show is just like another Awake. Great show, it's headed for cancellation, Tim loves it and will try to deny the truth until the last moment.
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I hate and mostly skip over any show with supernatural stuff aside from zombies. Do they try some explanation for Awake? I do accept when something appears supernatural/fantasy but then there's some well-fit explanation (even though this generally seems to be "it was all a dream," "I was tripping out," etc).
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SPOILERS:

Awake wasn't really supernatural/fantasy. The one thing Awake was not was a dream or tripping out - or rather, not all of it was (one half of it was real, the other half a delusion/dream). You can read TV.com's interview with Kyle Killen (the creator) here (http://www.tv.com/news/awake-q-and-a-creator-kyle-killen-explains-the-finale-and-more-28770/), but the gist of it is that one of the realities was real and the other was a manifestation of his subconscious, built as a way to deal with the tragedy of losing a loved one. Killen says there are many valid interpretations as to which world is real, but he believes that the world where his wife is alive and his son is dead is the real one. At the end of the first season, we see Britten's mind create a (manifested) reality in which both his wife and son are alive.
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Every week I tell myself that the show can't possibly be any more exciting than the previous episode. And every week I am proven wrong. This is easily one of the best shows I have ever watched. I am glued to the screen, afraid to look away or blink. It takes risks, this show, and it never fails to catch me off guard. I just knew the seal was dead, and then I remembered a Burn Notice episode where they said a Nay Seal has to be able to hold his breath for six minutes, so it was totally logical that he could hold his for three. I never expected Sam to turn on the captain, and I certainly never expected the Admiral to shoot the negotiator and the secretary.

Another word or two about the cast. The captain is one of the finest actors I can remember seeing on television. He has the most expressive eyes, but they can turn unreadable in a second. The man who played the secretary also played the most smarmy, but fun, Burn Notice character. He has found his niche. Robert Patrick's portrayal of the C.O.B. is dead on as man who is 100% military. When Grace earned his respect, and he had the crew salute her, I got chills. He's just wonderful. The whole cast is fantastic,and this is just a great, great show.
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The twist that was subtle but cool was that the Captain planned all along to get Sam to turn on him. I suppose that moment didn't hurt any less, but it was wicked that he had planned it all. He's crazy, alright, crazy like a fox.
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He's definitely crazy like a fox - but I think the writers are trying to get us to question whether he is crazy like a fox or crazy like a crazy person (hinting at ulterior motives like revenge for his son or whatever happened in N. Korea, and disagreeing with Sam about seeking revenge on Julian, and now this little trick he played on Sam). But not once have I thought "Maybe he is crazy" or "Maybe he isn't stable or "Maybe he isn't the most gosh darn patriotic, honorable, noble, clever, would-never-harm the U.S. or any innocent person guy."

What I'm trying to say is, I think they're trying to make his character more suspenseful/tense/tightrope-walking so we question even his actions, but I don't buy it.
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That reminded me of Burn Notice too.
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A great episode! T-1000 is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
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My biggest laugh of the night didn't come from a COB line, but it was seeing Lissing taking a shower then walking around shirtless at the beginning. I think they're SERIOUSLY going to do that every episode.

Although I liked the "...planning a retreat?" line better, I may have laughed more at "Sophie: 'Duvall is French.' COB: 'You take that back!'" The serious look on Patrick's face made me giggle.

Admiral Shepard's plot was great, just because it provided a bit more entertainment for the few plots outside of the island (although, technically, it happened on the island). I also like the fact that Christine isn't playing the ignorant wife and knows full well that Jay Hernandez's character is playing her.

Was anybody else a little bothered by Bruce Davison (Admiral Shepard)'s eyebrows? There were a few scenes when he was talking with Braugher (Cap'n Chaplin) that showed his long eyebrow lashes almost covering his eyes. I was like... whoa, dude. I know you're old and that tends to happen, but if they're close to covering your eyes, it may be best to trim.
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Yep, I also noticed the distracting eyebrow hairs.



The Christine was the biggest surprise for me this ep, because frankly I thought she was a serious dumb-dumb.



Loved the coming together with Kylie. But then again, we all know that in real life, that house would be under so many different kinds of surveillance that there is no way that they wouldn't know about her talking to Kylie and know what they may be planning, right??
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Loved Christine's acknowledgment. That being said, her character's plot could get very boring and/or contrived very quickly now that we know she'll never betray him because she knows he'd never betray the U.S.
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Thank you thank you for noticing those eyebrows!

WTF? :)
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I was SO glad they didn't let Christine get suckered in by Jay. It was and unexpected breath of fresh air, as they didn't go down that tired old path (sorry for the mixed metaphor).

And YES, his eyebrows really bothered me. I really like Bruce Davison and am glad he's one of the "good guys", but he seriously needs to get those things groomed before they blind him or take over the world or something. Yikes.
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LOL on the brows!
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Tim, stop it! Daniel Lissing should just walk around with no..shirt on!..



This episode was the "bestest"..Seemed like every scene was moving the plot forward. I was starting to lose interest on Christine's story. Though i must admit, before, the COB was making me a little angry (for not being entirely "with the band!"), now, i cant just wait to hear wat he has to say next. The guy got the funniest lines.
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Re the COB -- liked that despite how he was treating her Grace wasn't too proud to call for his help when they were under attack (that coupled with the way she handled herself and the crew) probably earned her some points with him, though I fully expect him to keep busting her non-existent balls whenever he gets the chance.
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I agree, they fleshing Patrick's character out nicely. He's not just a military suit. He also has a really good sense of humor. Loved it.
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Love his sense of humor, but I really hope this episode's "Grace is a real officer!" plot will put to his rest his relentless, snide comments to her. They were really starting to force that. I completely understand him not agreeing with the whole "treason" thing - but at some point the dickishness towards Grace became tiresome and overused.
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The thing is though, he's a consistent character with certain dinosaur beliefs. One of them is that he doesn't think that women are fit for command. That may be a tradition thing -- "we've never had that before, so why change now" - but I think you can see from the nature of his comments that it's probably because he just doesn't respect women that much. That's separate and apart from the treason issue.
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Oh I have no doubt that he is probably a bit chauvinistic and doesn't think women belong in the military (much less on a submarine - and outranking him!), and is consistent in those beliefs (though as I mentioned, I think this episode is the tipping point for that belief as far as it pertains to Grace and hopefully we'll see it less now). My larger points were that I was getting sick of it, not even from a moral standpoint, just as a matter of its apparent ubiquity, that it seemed like the writers were forcing it in at every moment possible, and perhaps most annoyingly to the show, I just somehow don't believe it would slide so consistency. (I'm sure every woman in the military or any other work place that has dealt with some form of this is just nodding her head and yelling "Yeah, now you get it, we're sick of it too!") Yes, I understand the officers have to kind of pick their battles with the COB right now given that he is the hero and leader of the enlisted and non-Chaplin-believers, but still.

Anyway, hopefully it'll quiet down now.
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The real problem is next weeks episode looks like filler with no plot progression. Anyone remember that Terra Nova bird episode? I have a feeling we won't be getting a lot of plot progression in the next 2-3 episodes.
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Hilarious review ("We've all known James would be showing his own little submarine to Taniat at some point" and SHIT COB SAYS really cracked me up). Indeed the best episode since the pilot, they managed to drive the plot forward while shedding more light on the developments outside the island. China invading Taiwan? Pakistan taking nukes? I hope we'll be hearing much more of these "consequences" and what the SEAL's mission was all about.
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So the previous episode was so bad that TV.com crew didn't write a word about it?) I thought all things were coming in place from the 3 episode. I don't know why rating crummy. people are stupid i guess. if this show is tough for them to enjoy than something is wrong with viewers. I don't have problem with off-island stories it's pretty distant but kinda going in right pace and I trust showrunners that they know what they are doing. For me it is most exciting new show on air right now other than walking dead and homeland (but the latter starting to annoy me a bit).
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Best episode so far. Really, it hit all the marks. Fantastic!
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Great episode, right up there with the pilot. A thrilling example of how every episode needs to fire. The various plot lines are all important, but every cutaway needs action and tension moving the plots along. After the pilot I'd skip the Washington DC or Julian or James/Tani cutaways because it slowed the rest of the story down. I'm happy it took only a couple of episodes rather than half a season - series television's perenial problem -to tie the DC storyline together. Maybe now we'll have some action there too. And if the following episodes are as tight and well paced as this one was, whether on the island, underwater, or in DC, this show will be great to watch.
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I had been skipping the Christine scenes because she was such a witless character. I almost skipped through the scene with Kylie -- I'm glad I didn't because it paid off all of the other "wasted" Christine scenes.
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Know what you mean. I figured Christine and Kylie would eventually become important to the DC plot line, but the show was so slow in developing it I skipped past until they finally got togerher. As I said I'm glad it took only five episodes for it to happen. Last Resort needs to move at the pace of this last episode to keep us on the edge of our seats.
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SHIT COB SAYS! Love it. :D Also no to james putting a shirt on.

Don't be silly Tim.
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You know, I don't even really notice. James is just such a tortured mess that every time he comes on screen I'm thinking about whether he's going to be useful and whether the scene will move things forward, not about his abs. Also, he has mad skills but isn't exactly a thinker, more of a blunt instrument, so that's a turn-off for me. Maybe it's just that he's switched thinking off and that will change over the course of the show, we'll see...
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I'm willing to bet he is thinking much more than we give him credit for (and I have no doubt we'll continue to see more of it as situations arise).
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This episode was absolutely fantastic!! My goodness, I am just giddy with joy right now. This show has been an absolute surprise! I am glad I took it off my dead pool.
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It was an increadible episode I was on the edge of my seat and my sister was going to bed it was already like 11 when I watched and she saw the whole episode and loved it, I hope more watch it was phenomenal
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great improvement from last week episode but I still find myself not feeling ''it'' with Last Resort, not completely anyway... I love the actors, love the story and the way it's developped so I cant put my fingers on what's missing. but one thing: is it just me or they could dumb down some of the technical parts of the plots? whenever tey get to '' NAVY-SUBMARINE talk'' for me, i just look for my cellphone and start a game or something.
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The jargon -- too much or not accurate or whatever doesn't bother me. In fact, that I don't fully understand it just heightens the tension, since they only use it when they are under attack or doing something tricky with the sub. Plus, I think the actors do a good enough job of selling the tension and wheels turning.
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Mostly agree (too much wouldn't bother me). The one thing I would say is, while I'm no navy officer and obviously don't fully understand how it would sound/go on a sub, if I hear talk that makes it seem like they aren't being faithful, it chips away at my suspension of disbelief of the fictional environment. (That sentence hardly makes sense to me, so what I mean to say is: Obviously degrees matter - but imagine if the Captain said in the heat of battle something like "Make us go deeper!" instead of "5 degrees down bubble!")

Additionally, I have faith that the audience can generally understand what the jargon basically meant from what is depicted after a statement, so I don't thin everything needs to be dumbed down or spelled out.
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Some other viewers complain there's not enough correct technical jargon. You can't please everybody it seems.
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It seems like they're giving it half effort, which is no formula for success. They are definitely trying to make it sound like they're using proper navy jargon, without actually doing it. I think there is a simple method that they should've at least tried that would make more people happy - when you're going to speak Navy, do it full on, but just keep it limited and quick exchanges.
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yeah, true
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Good episode. I would have wanted them to sink one of the boats that were attacking them, but at least we got to see navy dad shoot the people who were trying to kill his daughter. It was also good that they mentioned something about how the rest of the world is pissed off about what the USA did to Pakistan. There's still not nearly enough about that though.
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Curry was stupid to bring him. As a viewer, I enjoyed seeing NavyDad, but in terms of real life, it would have just been too much of a risk. You couldn't really expect him to be stable in that situation. Maybe you wouldn't expect him to shoot anyone, but you just couldn't predict what he would do and they didn't have anything they could use as a stick against him (I mean at that point, with his daughter in the cross hairs he had nothing to lose).
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Yes and no. Was it a mistake to bring him - well, in retrospect obviously, but before hand it was questionable at worst. You are correct in that they don't have much of a stick to control him, but they have one hell of a carrot. He assumedly (without knowing his plot to remove the president) has one of the greatest motivations to end the stand-off (his daughter's safety). Also, it's unclear at this point whether Curry would think the Admiral believed Curry's story about the sequence of events or Chaplin's.

Ultimately, maybe not the smartest plan, but they established the beneficial reasons of bringing him (knowing Chaplin well and his interest in his daughter's safety).
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I doubt they'll develop that more. In real life, I really do think that after the Pakistan strike that more nations would be testing the US, the way that China apparently did in this ep by invading Taiwan. I mean that is major -- and as Chaplin mentioned when talking to Curry, if he hadn't prioritized ringing San Marina, the US maybe could have defended Taiwan. In real life you would expect to see N. Korea test things - maybe China would take a run at Japan (also protected by the US) and as mentioned things lighting up in the Middle East.
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First episode I really watched and not skipped through the boring parts, because this one didn't really have that many.

Note: Isn't anyone gonna mention the two submarines they blew up and the men serving on those subs? I get the whole "standing/fighting for what you believe" and the truth, but those US service men need to be on someone conscience. Don't think they were part of the conspiracy or whatever...

Anyway, submarine chases and battles are my favorite thing on TV ever since I saw "Hunt for Red October". They did a decent job of it for a TV Show.
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I didn't think that they had blown up the other two subs. I thought that what they did was hit rock to create a cloud of debris in which to hide then threaten to unleash their nukes on Washington. If they had hit the two subs I would have expected to see huge shockwaves and we definitely wouldn't have had COB on side.
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Yeah, me too. I'm a sucker for a submarine yarn.
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That would be because they didn't blow up the subs. Watch the episode again, they fired to create debris that tricked the subs into thinking they had been blown up and then rushed to nuke firing depth.
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Yeah, I guess I missed that. But the other subs hadn't fired yet, so I think they created debris so they could hide. At least that's what I think after I rewatched that scene. And then yeah, they went to nuke firing depth.

I think I'm gonna watch again "Hunt for Red October" this weekend.
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Wow. This episode really turned it around for me. I was ready to give up on it after what I thought was a horrible episode last week. Now I am back on board (pun). Looking forward to the next episode
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Carbon Monoxide....?
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CO (Carbon Monoxide) is a byproduct of breathing oxygen. When you exhale using a scuba tank you produce CO and the tank gets contaminated. This is usually not an issue as CO is not toxic in small doses (it's even needed for some vital functions) and when breathing properly you won't produce imbalanced amounts of CO. But when you skip breathing to save oxygen (or hyperventilate), you will produce higher amounts of CO and have a higher likelihood of getting hypercapnia - a dangerous excess of CO. So Tim's actually right - what threatened the SEAL's life was not only the lack of oxygen but much more the high amount of CO in his tank.
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Perhaps my comment was too terse - it was meant to imply that you breathe out CO2 (or at least more CO2 then you took in), not CO.
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It was indeed. My bad :)
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Actually, it is carbon DIoxide, not, carbon MONOxide, that is a product of normal respiration. When you exhale, you are releasing the waste products of breathing, which are water and carbon DI-oxide. Skipping breaths induces HYPOventilation, which your body compensates for my increasing the breathing rate, causing HYPERventilation (or excess CO2). Carbon MONO-xide is a byproduct of combustion when oxygen is limited for the reaction (i.e. in a closed garage).
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Thank you - that was my point.
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I don't get why there would be CO in his tank. Is it even possible to exhale back into the tank? Do you mean when he has used up so much oxygen that what's left in the tank is at the same pressure as what's in his lungs? I suppose it could be possible then.

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What about it?
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There is no way a show like Last Resort is going to pull a 2.5+ against The Big Bang Theory. I hope ABC understands that.
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Best Quote:



"The other woman always knows; The truth is I have always shared my husband every single day of this marriage.... "Officer Name" is in love with his country for better and worse, in sickness and in health and he will never betray her... not for money not for anything NOT EVEN ME".........................
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That was good, but the one about Robert Duvall was the best. (It's quoted below the last picture in the review).
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I just checked Duvall's Wikipedia article. He's not French at all. :)
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Well he does trace his lineage back to France a few hundred years ago, but I agree it would be a stretch to call him French.
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I think this ep had just the right amount of Julian.
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Right? I mean, I guess the actor's doing his job by making us hate him, but holy crap, I wish James had killed him in the pilot.
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The actor is fine but his role sucks. The writers failed to make it the island ruler that natives love. Instead he comes off like a common thug, making Chaplin's reluctance to off him very improbable.
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