Last Resort: Damn the Torpedoes
by Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)
When we last left the USS Colorado, Sam thought his wife was dead, Chaplin had made a deal with the Chinese to get supplies to the island, and Serrat was not wearing a shirt. It was really starting to turn around and pick up the action again, which was too bad since we all knew it had been canceled.
This episode continued the action. A Chinese ship was on the way to the island, but so was a US destroyer to sink it. And wouldn’t you know it, but a typhoon was headed their way as well. Because of the embargo, the Chinese ship wouldn’t be able to make it through and though the US ship was prepared to fire on it, their captain didn’t believe Chaplin would fire on his own people if they did so. Chaplin clearly doesn’t want to, but as he has proven this whole series, he’s prepared to do what he needs to do. Grace and James decide to reduce the power of their torpedoes, to hurt the ship instead of destroy it completely. Chaplin isn’t too happy they disobeyed him, but Grace points out the rules have changed since this whole situation began.
Sam starts out the episode distraught and drunk over Christine’s “death,” but pulls himself together and heads back to the heart of the island. There’s a mutiny brewing, and the crew even compares Chaplin to Bin Laden and discusses possibly killing him. Sam and the COB get into a fight about it, but then have to hole up together to avoid the storm where Sam confesses Chaplin isn’t the man he used to be and decides to join the mutiny, provided Chaplin doesn’t get killed. Do you think he’s playing both sides, though? Because he clearly views Chaplin as a father figure and I don’t think he could ever actually kill his superior.
In Washington, DC, Kylie meets with some high-ranking men in the government where they are planning a mutiny of their own. They have gathered to show the Speaker of the House the helmet cam footage Kylie had received in the previous episode and are planning to forcibly remove the president and vice president from office because of it. By the way, how did Kylie’s father get out of jail? He mentioned he has “friends in low places,” but he killed a government official! I feel like it shouldn’t be that easy to waltz out of prison because of that.
I had pretty much forgotten about the whole rich minerals thing on the island because it seems boring and insignificant and like something straight out of Lost, but Sophie and Serrat have dinner to discuss them. He then goes to the Chinese official to see if he’s interested in them. What do you think will come of this storyline, especially since there are only two episodes left to wrap everything up?
Finally, there was a great scene between Chaplin and Cortez where she goes to kill him but decides not to, and Chaplin reveals he knew exactly what had been going on (and even had a hidden gun because of it).
Did you enjoy the episode? I thought it was one of the best so far and it’s too bad cancellation was what lit a fire under them to pick up the pace and action. What do you hope will happen in the final two episodes?
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars