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It may be the end of the world as we know it, but Andre Braugher and company aren't prepared to give up their nuclear submarine easily...
Sony / 558 Minutes / 2012-2013 / Unrated / Street Date: July 2, 2013
Nuclear apocalypse descends upon us as Last Resort: The Complete Series begins. When we meet Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), he appears to be a capable yet steely submarine captain going about the routines of his daily grind with appropriate gusto. Then comes the order from Washington that his vessel, the Colorado, needs to drop a couple nukes on Pakistan… STAT.
Chaplin defies authority here, opting to not actively participate in a global nightmare scenario, and he takes the Colorado and its crew off the grid. Both the U.S. government and agencies abroad are significantly interested in getting a piece of the Colorado’s vast arsenal of warheads, but Chaplin has his mind made up: the cabals of dirty Washington bureaucrats can warmonger as much as they like, but he’ll have no part of it.
Last Resort doesn’t completely life up to its Tom Clancy-goes-Strangelove setup, but even though this short collection of episodes don’t provide the kind of programming you’d return to more than once, there’s a dark, dystopian thrill to a lot of the show. It becomes frustrating after a while because Last Resort gets less and less bold with its storytelling as it progresses (it seems to be the kind of series that tried to placate network demands in order to stay on the air as long as possible), but for a while, this one is a ballsy, gripping suspense show.