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‘Last Resort’ Review: Blue on Blue

The pilot showed the start of their own country turning against the crew of the Colorado. “Blue on Blue” gives the crew another headache as they have to contend with a foreign obstacle as well as 20+ US warships.

Photo courtesy of ABC

Photo courtesy of ABC

Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) declared a 200-mile perimeter as no man’s land around the island but people aren’t exactly listening. One of the submarines moves in closer to the Colorado’s position and a plane flies within the island’s airspace.

Chaplin’s state of mind is called into question as Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick) reveals to everyone that Chaplin’s son died two weeks prior. Prosser isn’t the only one trying to use private information to get what he wants. Those questioning Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram) show a video of Sam and tell her that he was held captive; information that she didn’t know about her husband.

Last Resort throws in things to remind us that there’s a much more than what’s going on the island. Being associated with Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) can literally put you into a coma. This raises the question about who is behind this all and why is it all happening? The technology that Kylie is behind is obviously of some value. Chaplin tested it and the fact it worked seems to be a blessing and a curse, depending on who you ask.

We’re not given anymore information about who is behind the initial events. It’s not clear who is working under what agenda. Are those questioning Christine part of it or are they doing their job as usual?

The first two episodes have tried to establish the main characters and the dynamics of the crew. I do feel that the writers need to start throwing some crumbs about the bigger picture. I’m not asking for a full reveal but something more to help drive the story outside of what’s happening on the island.

I do hope the next episode goes more into the crew members that are missing. We saw them captured at the end of the pilot and they are briefly mentioned in “Blue on Blue.” They might not be pivotal characters but it will play into the crew’s survival on the island seeing as Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) hasn’t taken too well to the intrusion.

I’m not sure if the introduction of Paul Wells (Jay Hernandez) was meant to be more of a dramatic effect than it did. The way the scene played out with Paul appearing, I was expecting something or someone else. Maybe if the character was introduced earlier or in a flashback with Sam then it might have meant something. Just Christine remembering him doesn’t build any tension; I don’t feel bad and impact about his betrayal to Sam is lessened. It also questions whether Paul really is that much of a friend to Sam because I know nothing of him to base anything off.

It’s a shame that Prosser is confined to a cell. I was hoping that Robert Patrick’s character would have a bigger part to play. Maybe there’s more to the character then just shouting things behind bars. I wonder how many cards he has left to play. He already hinted to a couple of crew to deal with Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) and he told everyone about the death of Chaplin’s son. We saw some of the relationship between Chaplin and Prosser and he clearly has some influence among certain crew members.

While watching, I can’t help feeling like some of the crew. I’m trying to work how any of them have a chance of returning home alive and free; they are up against the world and themselves.

I’m enjoying the game of strategy that’s going on. You’re not sure what is coming at the crew and from where. In fact I’m not really sure what game is being played. I just hope that as the season goes on, the show doesn’t just stick to having the crew being attacked every week as it will make it a bit boring. Last Resort started on a good foundation with the pilot but I don’t think “Blue on Blue” matched it. That being said, the episode is still entertaining and would keep me watching the show.

Originally written for The Voice of TV


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