What I’m Watching – Last Resort (TV series)

Last Resort Season 1 (2012-13) – Eps. 01-13

Creators: Karl Gajdusek & Shawn Ryan | Release Date: 01/07/2013

This month sees the UK release of American drama Last Resort (2012-13) which spans 13 episodes full of action packed thrills. Created by Karl Gajdusek, screenwriter for the Tom Cruise blockbuster Oblivion (2013) and Shawn Ryan, a prolific TV series producer in the US, they captured and constructed a fabricated story of complete world annihilation. A variety of serious themes are covered in the series as the women of the NAVY vessel face discrimination, soldiers become cowardice and conspiracy hides around every corner. Also, not to forget the imminent threat of nuclear war and with recent conflicts in the East the series may feel a little bit too close to home.

The story follows the American nuclear submarine U.S.S Colorado which spends its time navigating the depths of the oceans waiting for a call to deploy their nuclear warheads in the event of war. When that call comes from the secondary network in Antarctica, Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) is hesitant to decimate the lives of 4 million Pakistani’s from an unverified source. After receiving the backing of his second-in-command, XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) they disobey the orders to fire their nuclear missile at the dismay of the other soldiers, especially the Chief-of-Boat Joe Prosser (Robert Patrick) who sees the Captain as violating his duty. As the crew become hostile and divisions emerge the Colorado is attacked by two army aircraft’s which later transpire to be property of the U.S Army. 

As they become under attack from their own government they take refuge at a nearby exotic island called Sainte Marina. They set-up base on the isle where they find enemies in the form of the the local ‘mayor’ Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) and his cronies who claim to run the island in every form from food imports to drug smuggling. With not many allies in sight and enemies spanning from the local Mafioso to the United States of America, as well as their own soldiers turning against them, the captain of the sub, Marcus Chaplin, struggles to withhold his power and control his troops in the face of nuclear war.


That is only a brief description of a much larger web of conspiracy and events. There are many side stories and love affairs as characters socialise with the natives and on U.S territory the web of lies is spun further as government officials plan a coup d’etat to usurp the current President. As well as the potential worth of the island of Sainte Marina which sits on a gold-mine of rare earth minerals that could amount to over billions of dollars. With many nations involving themselves within the conflict from China, Russia and Pakistan all seeing the potential in Marcus Chaplin’s sub and it’s profitable assets as a weapon of mass-destruction it becomes embroiled in a world wide affair causing the utmost concern for everyone involved.

A fascinating series which keeps you guessing until the last episode and stories so intricate that if you miss the most minute detail you could become lost. Last Resort is one of the best series I’ve seen in a long time. With superb performances from Andre Braugher as Marcus Chaplin, and his partner-in-crime, Scott Speedman’s character Sam Kendal, it flows from one episode to the next keeping you hung over the cliff with its unbearable tension and suspense. You can easily watch 3 or 4 episodes in one sitting and even then it is a struggle to pull yourself away from its unyielding grasp. Highly recommended.

4 out of 5.

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About Jack Miller

Film fanatic from Bedfordshire. I'm a big fan of social realism and anything by Shane Meadows! Enjoy dramas, thrillers & comedy and my favourite actor is DiCaprio. Keeps up to date with most sports and I'm an avid Leeds United fan forever being disappointed.

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