Last Resort: Controlled Flight into Terrain


by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

After a  season filled with many ups and downs, many inconsistencies, but also  many great moments, Last Resort has finally come to an end. The pilot was filled with the promise  of potential for a wildly entertaining show and while it didn’t always  live up to the bar set in that episode, the finale came close. Though  it was obviously rushed due to cancellation, storylines were wrapped  up in a satisfying way while not scrimping on action or exposition,  which are reasons that made me want to watch the show in the first place.

But it wasn’t perfect. The wrapping up of Christine’s kidnapping was  extremely hurried. Apparently all it took was Kylie sending money to  Hooper, one of James’ SEAL buddies, to take to Christine’s captors for  ransom.

At the beginning of the episode, Tani came to James about the Chinese  prospectors who were a threat to the island. Just as he is about to  snipe them, she comes up behind him to stop him. Because that’s exactly  what you should do when someone has a gun pointed at someone else. And  what did Tani think he was going to do with the information that so  clearly made her hurt and upset, just go on his merry way? But in the  end, their story was resolved with a quick cutaway scene of James and  Tani on the island and we are meant to presume he stayed behind with  her.

There was also no explanation about the island’s rare minerals, which  I was fine with because it was one of the dumbest plot lines to me anyway.

But where the episode really shone was during the action with the  Colorado, as have always been highlights. The main plot there was resolving  the conflict with Sam and Chaplin, all while they tried to keep the  Colorado out of mutineer’s hands. The scene where they were both being  held captive in the dining hall and were yelling over each other was  especially powerful. Marcus was screaming about what he meant to accomplish  with his resistance from the beginning and Sam came back with why peace  was more important. In the end, they found common ground in trying to  stop Anders, the crazy rapist who came aboard and took over the ship  from the COB and his mutiny, also leading his own with the intention  of handing over the sub to the Chinese. That Chaplin later shot Anders  without remorse because he killed Brannan, Chaplin’s loyalist inside  the COB’s mutiny, shows just how passionate and on edge he really had  been.

Speaking of Prosser, once Anders came aboard, his men jumped ship,  so to say, and followed Anders’ plan instead. They shanked the COB with  a screwdriver and Grace locked the two of them in the missile room to  stop his bleeding and hopefully save him from his seemingly inevitable  death. His plan to create cyanide gas to poison the crew trying to break  into where they were was genius and their mutual cooperation led to  respect, something Prosser had never felt for Grace before.

Back in DC, Kylie’s boyfriend was on the run and to prove both her  loyalty to him and in the process get rid of everyone involved in the  conspiracy, the President wanted her to shoot him. She couldn’t do it  herself, so he pulled the trigger. Later, with the help of her father,  she shoots and kills the President at a fundraiser. It was a perfect  ending to her storyline and while more questions were raised (Who takes  the President’s place? What will happen to Kylie? Will all the information  she uncovered come to light?) than answered, I was okay with leaving  her on a cliffhanger.

Sam and Chaplin also had to work together when planning to run the  sub above ground to prevent the missiles from firing on Anders’ orders.  Sam called Sophie and asked her to contact Washington to destroy the  sub before the Chinese could take it over. Try as he may to get Chaplin  to leave before the airstrike happens, Chaplin tells him the sub has  always been his home and that Sam has more living to do. They salute  each other, Sam escapes, and Marcus goes down with his ship.

There was really no other way for his story to end. When Sam and the  crew get back home, he tells reporters the story of Chaplin – what a  good man he was, how he always wanted to do right. He is reunited with  Christine, Prosser kisses the ground, and in a particularly sad scene,  Grace looks around, presumably for her father who is not there, making  my prediction of his suicide an apparent reality.

In the end, it was a fitting finale for an ambitious show. The writers  stuck to their guns throughout and although it was obvious some storylines  had to be rewritten to accommodate the show wrapping up, I can’t imagine  it ending any other way due to the circumstances. I don’t know if such  a grand show as this was ever destined to succeed, but even though I  didn’t always love creative decisions that were made or storyline pacing,  I’m glad it was given a chance. Do you agree? Did you enjoy the finale?  Do you think it was a fulfilling ending? Will you miss this innovatively  complex show?

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. ShariJanuary 28th, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Why is it that all the shows that I love are cancelled? Chuck, Heroes, Surface, Firefly, Las Vegas to name a few have been ones that I lived to watch each week. And now Last Resort. This is one of the only shows this year to engage me to such a degree that I was crying and laughing and on the edge of my seat. I thought the end wrapped it up but, as you said, it was quick and left an odd taste in my mouth. But unlike other series that have not lasted the first season, at least we saw some resolution in the show. Sad to see another show that had such great potential be cancelled and yet we get to be bombarded by more Kardashians, Big Brothers, and Bachelors…blech!

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