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