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‘Last Resort’ Review: Another Fine Navy Day

“Another Fine Navy Day” spends its time going back and forth in narrative as the episode deals with an attack on the island. Rather than splitting the episode between the island and those in America, the episode follows only those on the island and on the submarine.

Photo courtesy of ABC

Photo courtesy of ABC

All the inhabitants of the island are drugged and find themselves hallucinating before passing out. The purpose of drugging them is for a team to go to the island and find something that the SEALS have.

Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick), Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts) and Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) go to the submarine while XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) remains on the island.

Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) is so determined to get the crew of the Colorado off the island that he didn’t even consider who he might be striking a deal with. It was funny to see him in a more submissive position. He’s been playing the big man of the island and has tried to stamp his authority when dealing with Marcus. The consequences of his actions will be interesting to see play out. Marcus has been biding his time with Serrat, in regards to the death of Redman (Chad Michael Collins), and things might finally come to a head.

While Marcus hallucinates about his son, Sam keeps seeing his wife, Christine (Jessy Schram) and Paul Wells (Jay Hernandez). I wasn’t surprised by the reveal that Sam was kissing Sophie Girard (Camille de Pazzis) when he thought he was kissing his wife. The show had been building up to something happening between Sam and Sophie. With Sam seeing the photo of Christine and Paul and the hallucinations, it somehow felt too predictable that they would go down this road.

I didn’t find myself completely engrossed in “Another Fine Navy Day” and I was a little disappointed seeing as “Skeleton Crew” was really enjoyable. I just can’t help but feel a little let down as “Another Fine Navy Day” didn’t live up to the excitement and expectation that I had built up. What the episode did do was set up the next part of the story. There are more questions to be answered as what happened in Pakistan becomes even more of a pivotal part of the story.

Other than the attack, we didn’t see any other repercussions or reaction to what happened on the island with Secretary of Defense William Curry (Jay Karnes) and Admiral Shepard (Bruce Davison). We are still to see how this has actually affected Grace. In a way I see it as a wasted opportunity to have learnt more about Grace and maybe have her hallucinating. I would like to think that there is a particular reason about why certain things have been held back about her and the trailer for next week’s episode seems to go that way.

  • Why was the order changed for the SEALS mission in Pakistan?
  • Who changed the order?
  • How much does Sam remember?
  • What will Sophie do with the footage of her kissing Sam?
  • Will Sophie tell Sam he kissed her?
  • Who took Marcus’ firing key and gave him the epinephrine?

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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