Episode 2 of ABC’s Last Resort picks up exactly where the pilot left off, maintaining the high stakes intensity in an hour that’s just as jam-packed as the premiere. It’s amazing how well they sustain the momentum and tension, even if some of the dialogue itself is a bit on the nose. They lean heavily on the episode’s theme as all of our key players find themselves either asserting or questioning who they are and what they stand for.
Having just basically declared war on the entire world, Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) is taking a moment to watch a video letter from his son, Jeffrey, stationed in Afghanistan, when hell breaks loose once more. Marcus’s 200-mile safety perimeter is being breached on all sides, first by twenty U.S. warships who want to tangle with the Colorado, then by an air-dropped Special Forces team. Reluctant to engage in battle with his fellow Americans, Lt. Commander Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) wonders if they can’t ask questions first, shoot later. (Pro tip, Sammy, that doesn’t usually work out so well.)
Marcus reiterates the need for strength and craziness he eschewed last week, adding a touching story about how in some old battle, brothers were pitted against brothers. (People really like their nostalgic war stories/examples on this show . . . almost as much as they do their rousing speeches.) Then he says, “Sometimes the enemy is just the man keeping you from coming home.” His wise words—and prescient too, no doubt, sooner or later that man is gonna be Marcus, isn’t it?—work their magic. Sam comes around, deciding to take a team on foot into the hills of Sainte Marina to meet and quell the special forces team.
You know who’d be real handy to have on that mission? Why, a Navy SEAL of course. Unfortunately, our head SEAL, James King (Daniel Lissing), is still drowning his sorrows at the island tiki bar, now hungover to boot, which does nothing to improve his sparkling personality. Sam and Lt. Grace Shepard (Daisy Betts), who volunteers for the mission, despite her own fears about her strength to lead the team after more harassment by COB (Chief of Boat) Prosser (Robert Patrick) and his cronies, are less than impressed with King’s self-centered refusal to help, even when the buff soldier lays out his rationale while stripping down to shower.
[Thanks for tiki-ing the situation seriously . . .]