HANDICAPPING THE NEW ABC SERIES
Set in the near future, the crew of a U.S. nuclear submarine becomes haunted fugitives after ignoring an order to fire nuclear missiles. The cast includes Andre Braugher, Autumn Reeser, Scott Speedman, Dichen Lachman and Bruce Davison.
Thursday 8 p.m.
-The Competition: The Big Bang Theory (CBS) and Two and a Half Men (CBS), 30 Rock (NBC) and Up All Night (NBC), The X Factor Results Show (Fox), The Vampire Diaries (CW)
-Who Was at the Panel:
Andre Braugher, Scott Speedman, Daisy Betts, Autumn Reeser; and executive producers Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek.
Shawn Ryan on the theme of Last Resort:
“We’ve described this as a show about war, but it’s a show about people in a time of crisis. So in the same way that Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, Reds and Doctor Zhivago were personal character stories about people in the middle of crisis, that’s what we’re hoping to do in a weekly series. And as a result, we’re going to delve into what happens between Sam and Marcus. They’re in lockstep at the beginning of this pilot. Will they stay in lockstep? Will they become opposed to each other? Grace is a trailblazer. You know, only recently has the U.S. government allowed women on submarines, so her character is a trailblazer. Can she live up to that? Will she be viewed as a creature of nepotism, or will she prove herself amongst her crew? I could go on in eight, ten more of these storylines between these characters. So it will be a character piece.”
To the masses that are wondering why Last Resort is anchoring Thursday, don’t forget that Lost on ABC launched in the Wednesday 8 p.m. hour in 2004. So there is an opportunity. But the competition is fierce, the subject matter could be too extreme that early in the evening, and the pilot was not all that addictive in this critic’s opinion. Sometimes you have to wonder why there is so much hoopla.
-Chance of Survival for The Last Resort (Based on 1-1 to 10-1 odds):