A good pilot is one that introduces the audience to the world the series exists in, the characters that inhabit that world and the basic premise the show will work within for as long as the series will last. A perfect pilot is one that does all of that without being bogged down in the details and maintains a momentum that genuinely entertains and keeps you excited for the rest of the season. Last Resort had a perfect pilot.
Last Resort began with a generally content crew aboard the submarine Colorado. That jovial atmosphere abruptly ends when an authorized code to send four nuclear missiles at Pakistan; a nation not currently at war with the U.S.. When the captain of the ship, Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), questions that order for coming through a secondary channel they are attacked by another U.S. submarine. As the events of the episode unfolded, the navel team ended up commandeering a NATO station on a remote island while the United States tries to pass off their attack on Pakistan in order to start a nuclear war.
The pilot did a wonderful job of introducing the plot and asking a number questions that we are genuinely interested in finding the answers to. The conspiracy behind the staged attack seems to run pretty high. not to mention what role the shipwrecked marines play into the circumstances, but the biggest and most intriguing mystery to me; what Capt. Chaplin’s true motives are.
The well written and executed script is enhanced by the subrub cast, full of faces that will make you go, “where do I know them from?” Andre Braugher is the clear standout though. He outlines his strategy early in the pilot, to act a bit crazy to intimidate the enemy, but it’s still unnerving when he follows through with that strategy. Robert Patrick also shines in his role as the grizzled, seasoned military man; a counter point to the now rouge Braugher.
Last Resort is clearly entering itself in the running to be the Lost successor; from the overarching mystery, the stranded isolated cast, and the opportunity for multiple levels of drama. It certainly isn’t the first to attempt to fill those shoes, but to my eye this stands the best chance of deserving the title. Hopefully, though, they have learned the lesson of Lost and already have an idea of where these plot lines will lead and even more hopeful that ABC allows them the time to gain and maintain an audience and tell their story.
– Devin Mainville