Shawn Ryan, known for his roles in “The Shield”, “Terriers” and “The Chicago Code”, is back for another role in “Last Resort”, a new drama on ABC.
The show is centered around a US nuclear submarine, the USS Colorado, whose crew is left without a home, when the captain, played by Andre Braugher, refuses a direct order to fire nuclear missiles. After his failure to obey the order, the crew and the sub are hunted for its contents, and for the court marshal of its captain. That is, unless the government can sink the submarine first. The betrayal the crew faced by its own government was enough to send it to find safe harbor among locals of the region.
The submarine is piloted to a NATO outpost. Then the crew is able to declare itself the smallest nuclear nation in the world.
Due to a recent screening of the pilot episode of “Last Resort”, details about the show are posing as fodder for the curious.
The pilot has been reported as having a little something for everyone. The cast is a complicated mix, with a resident alcoholic, tension in the workplace, and an estranged couple. Mix this in with troubled families, a botched rescue mission, government secrecy and a showdown on the island, and viewers are sure to get their share of drama, conspiracy and perhaps even relating to some of the characters.
The pilot presented Scott Speedman, an actor that normally doesn’t do television, anymore. He has been seen in “Underworld”, “Barney’s Version” and “State of the Union”. As a cast member on “Last Resort”, Speedman plays Sam, a man that has to leave his wife behind when the crew on the sub escapes and declares itself a nation. His wife is played by Jessy Schram. Other actors on the show, currently, are Dichen Lachman, Max Adler, Autumn Reeser and Robert Patrick.
The pilot is action-packed from the time the show starts to the time it ends. There is no build-up to the drama. From the time the episode comes on, viewers are carried through the action, all the way to the end of the show, when the crew of the sub finally finds an island. The island of St. Marina is overtaken by the desperate crew, and its up to them to make sure their government knows they are not to be taken lightly.
Trailers for the show have been released. For viewers that have seen the trailers on cable tv and want more, the good news is that the writers for the show have already started work on future episodes. Recently, Ryan Shaw, Karl Gajdusek, a writer for the show, and Speedman, Braugher, Schram and Patrick, all sat down to discuss their roles on the show, at length. During the discussions, the characters and the storyline for the show was talked about. It sounds like the writers and crew for “Last Resort” are settling in to stay for a while. With such a rich and talented cast of actors, the show could be an instant success.