500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receives their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they’re told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan.
Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they find refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, while they try to clear their names and get home.
I first saw the trailer for ‘The Last Resort’ a few months ago, and I have to admit I groaned. Sometimes television writers and producers attempt to bring a big story to a small screen. There are some stories meant for the big screen. After seeing the initial trailer, I was having ‘Crimson Tide’ flashbacks (Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, 1995). However, after the newly released trailer I am having a change of heart. Check it out.
So what are the chances of success?
Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, The Chicago Code) and Karl Gajdusek (Trespass, Dead Like Me), who, along with Marney Hochman (The Chicago Code, Terriers) serve as executive producers for the pilot and series. A good sign right off the bat. Casting is top notch with television great Andre Brauer, from ‘Men of a Certain Age’, and the Law and Order Series. Also starring is Scott Speedman, known for Felicity, the Underworld movie series, and the classic thriller ‘the strangers’ (one of the freakiest movies ever!).
The plot is progressive, the challenge will be keeping the intensity up from episode to episode. One of the twists I found attractive is the island is not deserted and the island community becomes part of the framework for the show. The writer, Karl Gajdusek, was a part of one of my favorite shows, ‘Dead Like Me’. The show is boasting Politics, Race and Nukes, and it would seem to be a heavy plate. The show is definitely drama so ABC is a good place for it. ABC drama’s have done well. The best image I have seen in a long time is the anchor picture for the show. All signs point to the show having a good shot at steady success, so we will add it to the list!
On a side note, in checking out the trailers I am noticing a lot of chatter about the show. The Pakistan focus of the show is already sparking some controversy. Keep an eye out for possibly some more ‘banter’ before the premiere, Sept 27th 2012. Check your local listings for times and channels