‘Last Resort’ premiere review: Andre Braugher shines in fall’s best new show

Before we even start talking about “Last Resort” as a show, we have to start by saying one thing: we’re worried about how this show is actually going to fare. Look back at “Missing,” “FlashForward,” “My Generation,” or “Charlie’s Angels” if you want proof of just how terrible this 8:00 p.m. timeslot has fared for ABC over the years. After all, you are competing against the likes of “The Big Bang Theory,” “The X Factor,” and “The Vampire Diaries” when it returns later this season.

Thankfully, ABC at least did something smart here in putting on a show that should appeal to an older male audience. This is part “JAG,” part “Lost,” and also a little bit of “The Hunt for Red October.” It also happens to very much be the strongest new show of the season. Andre Braugher is absolutely perfect in the lead role as a Navy submarine captain who quickly gets caught up in some sort of bizarre government conspiracy theories. He received a message from a strange channel telling o fire off a missile, and when he refused, another submarine from America fired on them. Then, they lied to the world and tried to peg it on Pakistan.

The end result of this pilot was something that we have not really seen before on TV: with his crew of officers and crew members, the captain eventually settled on the island of St. Marina and decided to form his own sovereign nation. His end message? That if America did not want them, they would fight for themselves. We have a feeling that from here on out this is going to become a story of survival, and there are two questions that we are infinitely curious to get answers on:

1. How will the government keep what really happened here a secret?

2. How are the captain ad his crew going to be able to clear their names living on their own island with missiles pointing at everyoe?

Ultimately, this really was a pretty great hour of television here in that it was well-written, well-acted, and legitimately feels like nothing else on TV. It’s patriotic, ut not over-patriotic.

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