Seitz on Last Resort: A Sub Thriller Executed With Military Precision

When I was 13, I watched my uncle, a former Marine who’d served in Korea and Vietnam, strip, clean, and reassemble a hunting rifle. He might as well have been shuffling a deck of cards.

I thought of my uncle while watching Last Resort (which premieres tonight at 8 p.m.), a new ABC drama from Shawn Ryan (The Shield) about a nuclear submarine crew that goes on the run rather than obey questionable orders to nuke Pakistan. Written by Ryan and with a pilot directed by Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro, Casino Royale), it never makes a big deal of its excellence. It just sketches its premise, plot, characters, and themes in deft strokes, always giving you enough information but never too much, always adding new layers and twists. They could put the show’s logo in the dictionary as an alternate definition of "professional." Read More...


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