After two episodes of Last Resort, I have to commend creators Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek for incorporating strong women character arcs into the story. In most military series, the “man’s” story is always the dominant one. Last Resort offers something different through the characters of Christine (Jessy Schram), Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) and Lieutenant Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts).
Christine may be the wife of XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), but she’s more than just a housewife. She’s the person the government has to break in order to get to Sam. They also had to call in additional support from Paul Wells, a purported old friend of Sam’s, so that he could try to weasel his way into her life. Although Christine and Sam are not together, you really get a sense of their love based on how Christine responds to the government interrogation.
Kylie isn’t merely a lobbyist for her family’s weapons business. She’s the woman who knows the science behind the weapons back-to-front. In Episode 2, “Blue on Blue,” we had an excellent scene of her sitting at the bar and intellectually sticking it to a few patrons who thought a cruise missile could take down the Colorado.
The events in Last Resort takes place around the crew of the Colorado as well as Washington DC. Typically, when you watch shows that split the time between two fronts the characters or events on one side are less interesting than the other. Right now, thanks to Kylie and Christine, the homeland stories remain intriguing. I want to see how Christine’s character develops and if the government is able to break her. I also am very interested in seeing what Kylie does to learn the truth about the attack on the Colorado.
Grace has been exciting to watch since the Pilot. She’s in a male dominated field. Although she doubts herself, she never lets it show and has no problem standing up to the soldiers who try to belittle her. In “Blue on Blue,” we got to see her run into battle against the Russian soldiers when her team turned tail.
Also, I really enjoyed her line to Hawkes before going into battle: “Hey Hawks we’re going to need every gun we have. So if you’re gonna shoot me in the back, maybe you can wait until we’re done here.”
He may not have literally shot her in the back, but he did abandon her.
As for the guys, Sam and Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) continue to have great lines.
Here are a few favorite moments:
- “Sometimes the enemy is just the man keeping you from getting home.” – Captain Marcus to Sam, regarding members of the government
- When Captain Marcus realized that the Russians had invaded the Island and not Delta Force, he called up his old war friend Victor and mentioned the Russian base where Victor’s sons were stationed. Then he threatened to “turn it to glass.” It was a cold gambit that worked.
- Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick) tried to accuse the Captain of using the Colorado and its crew as a means of exacting revenge on the government that killed Marcus’ son. Instead of going into a long speech or calling Prosser a liar, Marcus simply responded by saying, “You know me,” multiple times. It was a great moment where the crew remembered the integrity of the captain they swore to follow.
- Finally, I was glad we got to see Braugher get a quiet moment to showcase his acting prowess. After the seen with Prosser, Sam reminded Marcus about one of the last times the Captain saw his son. Marcus broke down and cried. Then, Sam asked for his “dumb hands” and reminded the Captain to draw strength from those things that others would use as weaknesses.
Off topic, I got a laugh out of the credits. Jon Millison is credited as the Beltway Jerk. Hilarious.