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Last Resort

Last Resort TV seriesNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: September 27, 2012 – January 24, 2013
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Robert Patrick, Daniel Lissing, Dichen Lachman, Camille de Pazzis, Sahr Ngaujah, Jessy Schrams, and Autumn Reeser.

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TV show description:
Created by Shawn Ryan (The Shield, The Unit, The Chicago Code) and Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me), this TV series takes place 500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, on the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, the personnel are told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan.

A man of principle, honor, and duty, Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders and is then unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. A pragmatic man of action, 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. 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 called Sainte Marina. There, they find refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home.

Lieutenant and Chief Navigator Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) who’s among the first wave of female officers to serve on US submarines. Her commission is made more difficult by being tinged with nepotism. Grace’s father, Admiral Arthur Shepard, not only has an office at the Pentagon, he counts Marcus as a longtime friend. Grace has to endure the grumbling of the enlisted men, knowing that, on some level, their resentment is justified.

Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick) is the designated leader of all enlisted crew on the Colorado. A career military man, Prosser is the rusty nail that holds the boat together. A longtime confidant to Marcus, Prosser nonetheless finds himself on the other side of the philosophical abyss that starts the trouble.

A Navy Seal named James King (Daniel Lissing) finds himself on a Zodiac in the middle of the Indian Ocean after a mission in Pakistan goes terribly wrong. With members of their team dead, and another gravely wounded, James and the Seals are on a short fuse by the time the Colorado picks them up.

Tani Tumrenjak (Dichen Lachman) is a native of the island. Her father left the island as a young man, and met Tani’s mother in Australia where they lived for many years, before he decided to take his young family back to his home.

A native of France and a citizen of the world, Sophie Girard (Camille de Pazzis) is a trained scientist who happens to be employed by NATO in Sainte Marina when Marcus pulls up his nuclear submarine on the island’s shores. A deeply empathetic person, Sophie is troubled by the death and disruption that the Colorado has brought to Sainte Marina.

Last Resort TV show supportGrowing up in the killing fields of Liberia, Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) was born looking for ways to survive. Small of stature, but large of presence, Serrat learned early on how to command respect – by exploiting every loophole, extorting any mark, and cutting off the hands of anyone who steals from him. Serrat found his way to the island via the black market.

Christine Kendal (Jessy Schrams) Sam’s wife of only two years. She’s spent more days without her husband than with him. Before Sam left on this tour, she made him promise it would be his last. That he’d come home to her so they can start a family. After the incident, Christine is forced to find a resolve inside herself to find the strength to defend her husband against accusations of treason.

Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser), a notorious rich girl and the golden child of a leading defense contractor, is afraid of nothing — until she’s given very good reason to be afraid. A prototype of her “baby” — a high tech device that masks sound and disrupts the magnetic signature of submarines, essentially making them invisible — is aboard the Colorado.
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Series Finale

Episode #13 — “Controlled Flight Into Terrain”
Three Chinese warships are converging on the island of Sainte Marina. Zheng lets Marcus know that it was only a matter of time before someone called his bluff. The captain heads back to the Colorado to engage the Chinese fleet. Sam accompanies him in handcuffs due to his mutinous partnership with the COB. After Marcus has the XO locked up below, he heads up to the Conn where armed men are waiting for him. They are following the lead of Prosser, who relieves Marcus of his command. He also takes both of the nuclear firing keys before tossing the captain into a locked room with Sam.

Serrat and Zheng take over the command station on the island. Sophie throws a monkey wrench into their plans by taking the computers offline. Now Chinese ships can’t find a rendezvous point to take over the Colorado. This also complicates things for some crew members on the sub. Prosser learns that his mutiny crew made a deal with Zheng. Their new leader is Hal Anders. When the COB is stabbed in the gut with a screwdriver, Grace grabs a discarded weapon and starts firing. She and Prosser are able to escape from the Conn. They barricade themselves in the torpedo room.

Sam manages to grab a knife when men come to take the captain away. He uses the weapon to initiate an escape. When Anders leaves to deal with the situation, Petty Officer Brannan uses the opportunity to free the captain. There’s a gunfight as Marcus and Sam meet up. Brannan holds off the hostile fire until Anders shoots him in the back. Marcus and Sam hole up in an area where they make contact with Sophie. Sam wants her to give the U.S. their coordinates so they can initiate an airstrike on the Colorado. It’s the only way to stop it from falling into enemy hands. Sophie knows this means everyone onboard will die.

Serrat is furious. He knows Sophie helped with the airstrike initiative. Zheng wants Cortez to help him convince Marcus and Sam to deviate from their plan. That’s not going to happen. On the sub, Marcus and Sam share a moment of levity when they argue about which one of them in more need of a psychiatric evaluation. They take their argument to the intercom where Sam asks their captors to weigh in on the debate. This has an increasingly-agitated Anders planning to nuke Marcus’s hometown in Maryland. Fortunately, the captain and the XO still have rudder control.

Prosser lets Grace know that torpedo fuel becomes cyanide gas when it burns. This leads to a plan to deal with the mutinous men who are trying to break into the torpedo room. When the bad guys finally arrive, they see the wounded COB on the floor with a gasmask on his face. A leaking fuel line drips next to him. Prosser flips a lighter to ignite the gas. One man goes down from the poison while Grace takes out the other. She fears Prosser is dead until he gives her a wink from behind his mask.

A desperate Anders prepares to launch missiles on the United States until… CRASH. The Colorado is grounded at the outer shores. Its nose points up above sea level. Anders is injured on the Conn. He sees that the launch has been aborted. The Colorado’s angle and depth are outside the necessary parameters. Anders finds Chaplin grieving over Brannan’s dead body. The captain turns with a gun in hand. He empties his clip to shoot Anders dead.

Tani lets James know that prospectors infiltrated her family’s land. They beat up her brother, wounded her father and killed a friend. They were Zheng’s men. She asks James to help her eliminate the problem. If Zheng goes away, the prospectors go away, too. James reluctantly agrees to do as she asks. He sets up in sniper mode to take out Zheng as he prepares to return to China in disgrace. James is truly struggling with what he’s about to do. Thankfully, he doesn’t have to go through with it. Tani approaches him at the last second. She doesn’t want him to be a killer anymore. James doesn’t want this either.

Hopper takes the money he got from Kylie Sinclair to Manila where he pays off Wes, who turns over Christine. In Washington, Robert is getting sloshed in a hotel room. Kylie receives a call from her dad telling her to retrieve a gun that’s been left for her. The President of the United States then gets on the line. He wants proof of Kylie’s loyalty. Robert knows that means she has to kill him. He wants her to do this so she’ll be able to prove her allegiance. It’s the only way she’ll be able to take down those who are responsible for all that’s happened. BANG! Robert is shot dead. A horrified Kylie had no choice.

U.S. fighters are still scrambling towards the Colorado. The Chinese are on the way, too. Grace and Prosser are ready to escape the sub at the main hatch. Sam lets Marcus know that it’s time to roll, but the captain isn’t going anywhere. He’s not leaving the Colorado empty. Too many things could still go wrong. Marcus says he’s all out of moves, but his XO still has a fight to champion. Sam assures his captain that he will tell the world what they did and why they did it. These two old friends share one final salute with no regrets.

In Washington, Kylie gives Christine the incriminating flash drive. She wants her to tell the press everything. Kylie then heads off to a party where the most powerful people in the country have gathered. Her father tells security that she’s one of them, so there’s no need to search her. Kylie gives her dad a kiss before moving over to the special guest in the center of the room. She calls out to the President of the United States. Kylie then pulls out a hidden gun and shoots the president dead.

Sam, Grace and Prosser make it to shore. They see the fighters lock in on the Colorado. Aboard the sub, Marcus dons the sunglasses he wore when he and his crew last crossed the equator. He lets out a little laugh. The fighters fire missiles at the Colorado and a direct hit results in a massive firestorm. The Colorado and its captain are no more.

Sam addresses to the press corps that’s waiting for the Colorado crew when they return to American soil. He speaks of his captain. He speaks of their mission. He speaks of their long journey to get back home. He fights through the crowd when he sees Christine. The two of them hug each other like they never want to let go. For the first time in a very long time, Sam knows that he truly is home. As for the Colorado, the sub was ultimately lost at sea as was its captain, Marcus Chaplin, who is also now truly home.
First aired: January 24, 2013

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What do you think? Do you like the Last Resort TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?

 

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John January 27, 2013 at 1:42 am

I thought it was a terrific show. Will be very disappointed that it will no air again.

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wanda January 26, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Very sad this show is cancelled. Me and my husband watched this each week. We are so sick of these stupid reality shows. This was real acting with brillant, excellent actors, well written. I hope you will reconsider this, there is still so much to the story, it is still unfinished. Please reconsider, GREAT SHOW WITH A MEANING!!!

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Bill M. January 26, 2013 at 9:02 am

I love the show as well. I’m grateful that at least ABC gave us a very satisfying ending to wrap things up once the cancellation decision was made. I suppose the writers and another network could try to resurrect the show to pick up where it left off, a la 24. But I doubt it would be able to recapture the drama of this year’s show.

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LJandRay January 26, 2013 at 4:55 am

My husband and I both LOVE the new TV Series “Last Resort”. Please do not cancel the show! It is prime time entertainment at it’s finest with a number one cast bar none.

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Betsy January 26, 2013 at 12:33 am

My husband and I never missed an episode; this was an awesome show and deserved a real trial not just 13 weeks.

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Martin Jaeger January 26, 2013 at 12:16 am

We looked forward to each weeks show. The writing, acting, and filming were superb. I am sad and disheartened to think there won’t be anymore action on the Conn.
As has been said, its too bad the public would rather watch some of the the garbage on TV, but I’ve given up on trying to pick the public’s taste. Fortunately there are some superb shows to watch (for the time being anyway) like Downton, Homeland, MadMen, Bill Maher, The Book Channel, Charlie Rose. The death of a show is like the death in our lives of a lost one. We will mourn, but life goes on.
Martin Jaeger

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Tv for 2 January 25, 2013 at 10:44 pm

So disappointed. What a great show! My hubby and I finally found a show we could watch together. It was intriguing and appeared to just be getting better and better with loads of potential.

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Scott January 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

There is so much crap on television these days. This was the most intense show on television. I looked forward to each episode. The shows on tv get worse every season. I’m glad I have netflix and hulu so I can watch some good shows. So it goes to the wayside just like Jericho, another great show.

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Mike B. January 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

I thought the show was great – I agree with others – there’s more story to tell. I can’t believe they cancel this show and leave crap like Survivor on.

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Lana Weaver January 25, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I love, love, love this show. It’s something different than all the reality shows that show people being stupid or being just plain dumb about “real” life. Please have a second season for those of us who want something exciting to watch.

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Anonymous January 25, 2013 at 12:48 am

I love the show bc it has many different story lines intertwined into one

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Rebecca January 25, 2013 at 12:27 am

I love the show. I guess I’m in the minority being a woman since evidently thats one of the reasons it was canceled. I wish it wasn’t being canceled. It was engaging and well written. I agree with the previous comments as to there are many places the show could go.

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Sharon Graves January 25, 2013 at 12:06 am

I absolutely love this show!!! I never miss it. I’m sad that the Captain died as he was so great in it. I hope it continues for a long time!

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Anonymous January 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm

I loved the show and would like to see what happens next now that the country is reeling from the assassination of president and suicide of VP. The next season could be about Sam’s revenge and how the country recovers.

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Harry Lochbaum January 24, 2013 at 9:13 pm

I have watched the show every week from the start. I don’t want it to end There is still a lot of the story to tell. XO new command. What happens on the Island. Recovery of the Colorado Chinese etc. I am an X navy vet and this show as for many of us brings home a lot of good and bad memories. Great show with NO REALITY TV. Thank you

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