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‘Last Resort’ Review: Nuke It Out

Last Resort goes back to switching between the island and America in “Nuke It Out.” Marcus (Andre Braugher) and Sam (Scott Speedman) are leading the search for the firing key taken from Marcus when everyone was unconscious. The crew is in the dark about what the search is about; even Grace (Daisy Betts) isn’t told. It isn’t the only piece of information she isn’t privy too. Marcus and Sam are keeping the surviving member of the Black Ops team captive. Booth (if that’s really his name) tells Sam about the move against the President. This was previously mentioned in “Skeleton Crew” and I wonder how long before something actually happens.

Photo courtesy of ABC

Photo courtesy of ABC

The identity of the CIA sleeper agent is revealed to the viewers but not to any of the crew members. I wonder if Marcus became suspicious of Cortez (Jessica Camacho) seeing as it’s the second time she has sort him out instead following the chain of command. Marcus has got to ask himself why did Cortez need to pledge her allegiance at that particular time.

Kylie (Autumn Reeser) really is locked out from everything. Her brother is now running the company and I can’t wait until he comes on the canvass. It will be interesting to see their dynamics and also see if Kylie has any resentment towards her sibling. Now that Admiral Shepard (Bruce Davison) is detained, a friend of Shepard introduces herself to Kylie. Forrest provides Kylie with a photograph of the deceased Amanda Straugh (April Grace). Christine (Jessy Schram) shows the photo in an interview and it rattles a few people.

We are slowly getting more information about what is at play in America. After placing a device to listen to Paul’s (Jay Hernandez) calls, Kylie and Christine find out that Curry (Jay Karnes) is behind Paul keeping an eye on Christine. It is also revealed that Paul has a son that he can’t currently see until he does what Curry wants. This revelation throws a completely different light on the situation and it wasn’t something I saw coming. From the first episode he appeared in, Paul seemed like an active participant of the mission to crack Christine. It helps give the character more depth and shows that his motive isn’t so clear cut. We’ve briefly seen the struggle that he’s going through and I would like to see it explored more. The only thing that might be an issue is that Jay Hernandez isn’t a regular and Paul might not be seen as such a pivotal character to explore too much.

I felt sorry for Prosser (Robert Patrick) as he was captured by Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah) and his men. I can only imagine the struggle that addicts face when trying to be clean and staying that way. He has burnt feet and drugs in his system. This is another character that I’m interested in seeing the development.

In my review for “Another Fine Navy Day” one of my issues was that it didn’t take advantage of showing the viewers a bit more about characters other than Marcus and Sam. In a way “Nuke It Out” makes up for that but Grace’s picture is still unclear.

The tension between Marcus and Serrat is reaching a new high. The killing of the guy who attached the bomb to Seaman Snyder (Peyton McDavitt) might have been one thing. It was obvious that Serrat wouldn’t let that or the beating Marcus gave Serrat, in front of his men, go. Once Marcus finds out what Serrat has done to Prosser, the ball will be in Marcus’ court. The question is, will Prosser say anything or will pride get in the way?

Other quick points:

The writers have spent most of the episodes building up the relationship between Tani (Dichen Lachman) and James (Daniel Lissing) but how long will it last now James has slept with Grace?

The episode didn’t really deal with Sam feeling any guilt over kissing Sophie (Camille de Pazzis) mainly because the reveal happens late within the episode.

This week’s questions:

  • Did Cortez reveal to Sehrat her links to the CIA when she was captured?
  • Who else does Curry have a hold on?
  • How long can Sophie keep the island’s rich minerals a secret?

Originally written for The Voice of TV

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