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Last Resort: The Complete First Season

Score: 91%
Rating: Not Rated
Publisher: Sony Pictures Home
                  Entertainment

Region: 1
Media: DVD/3
Running Time: 558 Mins.
Genre: Action/Drama/TV Series
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital,
           Spanish Dolby Surround

Subtitles: English SDH, Chinese, French,
           Korean, Spanish, Thai


Features:

  • Last Resort Declassified:
    • Making the Pilot
    • Profiles in Courage
    • Conn Artists
    • Anatomy of an Episode: Voluntold
    • Grace Under Fire
    • Ties That Bind
    • Subvirtual
    • The Buzzard's Nest
    • Turning Point
    • The Mole
    • Serrat's Lair
    • I, Kylie
    • Epilogue
  • Previews

Last Resort: The Complete Series follows the aftermath of a US Navy nuclear submarine when it goes rogue, but not without good reason. Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher, Men of a Certain Age) and his XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman, the Underworld series) are having a business as usual day on the USS Colorado when they receive a distress call from a group of Navy SEALs requesting an emergency pickup. The Colorado obliges and shortly thereafter receives an order to fire nukes on Pakistan. The odd thing is this order came through a backup channel, a relic of the Cold War actually, and Captain Chaplin is hesitant to comply based on the peculiar situation. Long story short, he questions the order, chaos ensues, and he and his crew decide to go rogue until things get sorted out. They land on the tropical paradise of Sainte Marina, an exotic island run by a gangster named Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah).

At first, the SEAL team remains pretty quiet on the subject of their mission and is mainly concerned with their injured comrade, Barry Hopper. However, tensions build as the Colorado crew and the group of SEALs find themselves left hung out to dry by their government. Fortunately, thereís a NATO Early Warning System facility based on the island run by Sophie Girard (Camille de Pazzis) and she is a great help to the crew in their times of need. Stateside, Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser), weapons manufacturer, finds her tech that she managed to get placed on the Colorado the center of some unwanted attention. She created the Perseus, which allows the Colorado to mask its magnetic signal and go about undetected, which makes it a far more powerful weapon that initially anticipated. Even though Kylie is selfish and greedy by nature, she finds herself enmeshed with this unfolding drama and her heart goes out to the beleaguered wife of XO Kendall, Christine (Jessy Schram, Falling Skies), who is the unwilling victim of both the government and the media.

While Chaplin must maintain his show of force, the crew slowly becomes discontent with the situation. Lt. Grace Shepherd (Daisy Betts) is doing her best, but is seen by other members of the crew as privileged and weak, since her father is an Admiral. Grace will have to prove herself to the crew if she is to command their respect, especially to COB (Chief of Boat) Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick, True Blood), who has worked his way up the ranks the old fashioned way and has little respect for her.

SEAL Petty Officer James King (Daniel Lissing) finds himself deeply troubled by the events that occurred in Pakistan shortly before they were picked up by the Colorado and drowns his sorrows and anger in booze at the local bar, run by the beautifully exotic Tani Tumrenjack (Dichen Lachman, Dollhouse) and over the course of their time on the island, the pair find themselves drawn to each other. King also begins to show his true colors when push comes to shove, and thatís a good thing. Chaplin, Kendall and the crew will have to deal with all manner of things including threat of death, abuse at the hands of the local gangster, international meddling by other countries, mutiny, and worst of all, a mole among them who threatens to unravel the already tenuous hold on sanity they each have.

Last Resort: The Complete Series is truly fantastic, but I can see why it only lasted one season. The tension of each episode is just not something that I could see going on for an extended period of time. The ending of the series is superb and I am glad they were able to finish things up so nicely. In fact, as I was watching, I literally said out loud that I have no idea how they can wrap things up in the next five minutes and yet they pulled it off beautifully. The actors, especially Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, and Daniel Lissing are incredible and I really enjoyed watching their character arcs throughout the show. Special features include short featurettes on different aspects of the show, including specific episodes, characters and behind-the-scenes details like CG and sets. There is an Epilogue where the cast and crew muse about the end of the show and speculate as to what might have happened in the moments after the cameras stopped rolling in the series finale, but definitely donít watch any of these featurettes until after youíve watched the show because they contain spoilers.

Overall, if you enjoy a good military drama rife with tension and intrigue, check out Last Resort: The Complete Series and you wonít be disappointed.



-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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