Negotiations are the key issue as Secretary of Defense William Curry (Jay Karnes) arrives on Sainte Marina to talk to Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman). Admiral Shepard (Bruce Davison) is a surprising visitor to the island and they are accompanied by Amanda Straugh (April Grace) to help with the negotiations.
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While this is going on, Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) is in charge of the Colorado on a repair mission that could leave the crew and SEAL Officer James King (Daniel Lissing) in danger.
Meanwhile in America, Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) is finding out that certain doors are being closed to her while Paul Wells (Jay Hernandez) is trying to get closer to Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram).
Andre Braugher is excellent in “Skeleton Crew.” His performance makes me question whether or not Marcus is in the right frame of mind. Marcus plays the negotiations with Curry so that Sam is willing to turn his back on Marcus and take the deal offered for him and his crew. Curry is proving to be more and more unlikeable every time he appears. It seems that he doesn’t care if the crew surrenders or not because at any available chance, he’s willing to have the Colorado fired on. Jay Karnes really sells it as the hateful politician. The SEAL’s mission is obviously a key component to how everything started and Marcus tries to use it to his advantage. We’re still no clearer to knowing what happened but we do know that Curry doesn’t want that information to come out.
I wasn’t expecting things to play out the way it did. Admiral Shepard (Bruce Davison) shooting Amanda Straugh and Curry to stop them confirming the order to shoot the Colorado really turned things on its head. Kylie’s only ally in authority is now out of the equation and it’s not like there’s a queue of people wanting to help her. It also puts Grace in uncomfortable situation. She is already on the list of people Curry is gunning for so no expense will be spared when it comes to prosecuting Grace and her father.
Grace actually gets some respect from certain crew members that didn’t necessarily respect her authority. The biggest turnaround is from Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick). He has been her biggest obstacle but I think he was impressed with the way she handled herself, with the difficult situation with the other submarines. The way Prosser is with Grace, Sam and Marcus is interesting. He might not agree with their actions but when it comes to defending the safety of the crew and submarine, he will do his job. He might protest a little but he still respects the chain of command and now he might be a bit better with his treatment towards Grace. Though I don’t think it will be completely smooth sailing between Grace and Prosser, it’s good that he sees her as more than someone that got the position because of her father.
I’m glad they haven’t written Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram) as a naive wife and that she could see through what Paul Wells (Jay Hernandez) is doing. It would have been easy and possible lazy to have her easily fall for what Paul is doing. It makes a change to have a character in this type of situation, not easily manipulated. It gives the character strength but also helps the viewers get behind her more. What it also does is make Christine more interesting. She could have easily become of those characters that you could easily forward through to avoid watching her scenes. Now there’s more to her than just being Sam’s wife.
“Skeleton Crew” does well in giving two of its female characters an extra dimension. Christine and Kendal are now going to work together to get the truth out. How they do that is another thing but they will definitely need another ally seeing as Admiral Shepard is in trouble.
“Skeleton Crew” is the best episode since the pilot. In fact it gives the pilot a run for its money as the best episode so far. It is edge of the seat drama that had me hooked from start to finish. It’s a shame that Last Resort isn’t on for two weeks because the momentum built in “Skeleton Crew” just makes me want to see the next episode even more.
Originally written for The Voice of TV