Last Resort (premiering Thurs., Sept. 27, 8/7c on ABC) follows the USS Colorado, a US Naval submarine, and its crew. Led by Captain Marcus Chaplin (Homicide: Life on the Street’s Andre Braugher), the crew of the Colorado are en route to pick up some Navy SEALs when they get a somewhat suspicious directive to launch a nuclear missile. When Chaplin questions the directive, he is relieved of duty, as is his XO, Sam Kendal (the ever stiff Scott Speedman) when he, too, questions their orders. Once the submarine is fired upon by their own countrymen, they find temporary refuge on an island.
When Chaplin sends a recorded statement to the world threatening to use the nuclear missles on their boat, one wonders if the sweeping majestic music being played in the background is being added in by seamen (yes, I said seamen) in the sub’s computer room as part of his message, or whether it’s just in there for dramatic effect.
At least there is enough eye candy to keep a woman occupied for the better part of an hour. Keep an eye out what I call the three D’s: Daniel Lissing who plays Navy SEAL James King, David Rees Snell as Barry Hopper and Daniel Bess as Lt. Cahill.
Created by The Shield’s Shawn Ryan, I don’t see how this show can last more than one season, if it makes it that long. Honestly, a rogue submarine against an entire Naval fleet and its Marine and Army counterparts? Hardly.
As much I love Andre Braugher (Homicide: LOTS is one of my all-time favorites), Last Resort just doesn’t have legs, much like the submarine in this show.