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Fall Preview: ABC's 'Last Resort'

Cast of Last Resort

ABC’s ‘Last Resort’ plays like a Michael Bay movie made for television – whether that’s a good or bad thing depends on if you enjoy his films or not.

Cast of ABC's Last Resort

The Cast

Last Resort stars Andre Braugher (Men of a Certain Age) as Captian Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman (The Vow, Felicity) as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts (Sea Patrol) as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman (Being Human) as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing (Crownies) as SEAL Officer James King, Sahr Ngaujah (House of Payne) as Mayor Julian Serrat, Camille de Pazzis (The First Day of the Rest of Your Life) as Sophie Gerard, Autumn Reeser (Hawaii Five-O, No Ordinary Family) as Kyle Sinclair, Jessy Schram (Falling Skies, Once Upon a Time) as Christine Kendal, and Robert Patrick (The Gangster Squad, The Unit) as Master Chief Joseph Prosser.

The Premise

U.S. Ballistic missile submarine “Colorad” receives orders to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan. Captain marcus Chaplin demands confirmation of the orders only to be relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal is placed in charge of the submarine and forced to make the choice to fire or not. When he refuses, the “Colorado” is fired at and hit, leaving the Kendal and his crew on the ocean floor after being declared enemies of the United States. Chaplin and Kendal come together to take their men and women to an exotic island where they find refuge, romance, a chance at a new life all while trying to get their names cleared and return home. 

Initial Reaction

This feels like a MichaelBay movie made for television. Whether this is good or not depends on if you enjoy his films. So I’ll leave that up to you. It’s action packed from the very beginning with women butting heads with men, government secrets, and so many characters you might need a few episodes to get them straight. The portrayal of women being in a man’s world feels real. It makes it realistic – and as a woman, enjoyable. They have the right amount of spunk, respect, and attitude to keep their heads above water. I’m all for anything that portrays strong women on television.

Why You Should Watch

You’re a guy.

The Equator Dance.

The relationship between Chaplin and XO is a pleasure to watch. Braugher and Speedman have great chemistry, reflecting realistic chemistry of being on a submarine with someone for long periods of time.

There is something for everyone. It has action, complicated relationships, and weighted family issues. It has government conspiracies, secrets, and scandals. It has romance. All those people stuck on an island are bound to find interesting ways to pass the time, right? 

XO has a wife that he’s struggling with leaving behind. Given the fact that he’s trapped on an island with a handful of women, I’d say there’s some complicated romance headed his way. Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking that Speedman will take his shirt off. The phone call between him and his wife at the end of the pilot is heartbreaking, so maybe I’ll take back wanting him to sex it up with one of the women on the island. I’m already rooting for those two.

Autumn Reeser. She’s basically everything, you guys. Enough said.

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About the author

Amber Cunigan

Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.