Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Original Air Date: Jan 24, 2013
Vincent C. – TwoCents Reviewer
The last episode of Last Resort gave us a resolution to the entire series, although it was a somewhat bittersweet ending. Not all of the main characters make it to the end alive.
After the events of the previous episode, Sam is locked up in the makeshift brig on the island. He and Chaplin debate, with Sam wondering if Chaplin considers the island his own little kingdom of “Marcus-stan.” Clever nickname. Three Chinese warships are approaching the island. Chaplin takes the Colorado out to sea. Sam is handcuffed in the sub’s dining area. When Chaplin arrives at the conn, a couple of pistols are pointed at him. (pictured above). COB has taken over and puts Chaplin in plastic flexi-cuffs. COB takes Chaplin’s missile launch key, and also Sam’s key that Chaplin had taken.
Julian’s men arrive at the NATO station. The Chinese envoy Zheng (“Jung”) is with Julian. It is his intent to acquire the Colorado for the Chinese government. Previously, I didn’t sense that this was Zheng’s goal. Either it was a good ploy, or the producers had to make an abrupt change in personality after having to tweak this episode as the series finale.
Sophie crashes the station’s computers.
On the conn, Hawkes is harassing Grace. COB comes in to subdue Hawkes. Anders arrives and tells COB to back down. COB didn’t know Anders was on the submarine. We now get a mini-mutiny inside COB’s mutiny. Hawkes stabs COB, and while everyone is distracted, Grace fires an automatic rifle at the computers in the conn. COB and Grace flee to the torpedo room. COB is bleeding out while Grace tries to save him.
In DC, Kylie’s dad calls her and tells her to shoot her boyfriend in order to prove her loyalty to the president. She doesn’t want to do it, but her boyfriend wants her to. He knows that they’re both dead if she doesn’t. He wants her to earn the president’s trust and exact revenge. Later in the episode, they kiss for the last time and the boyfriend shoots himself with both his hand and Kylie’s on the pistol.
Anders has taken control of the sub. He has seven crewmembers with him. Seems a bit small of a skeleton crew to operate a submarine, but I’ll run with it. His intention is to deliver the sub to the Chinese. Meanwhile, in the dining area, Sam attacks his guard and escapes. Sam reaches engineering and locks himself in there. He deactivates the Perseus stealth equipment. Brannan attacks one of Anders’ men and saves Chaplin. As Brannan and Chaplin are trying to make it to engineering, Brannan is caught in the crossfire and is killed. Anders is sad that Brannan died and is angry at Chaplin. “How many more?!” screams Anders. It was a little weird to me that Anders cared so much about this death, but I guess in the past Anders had shown some desire to get everyone home back in one piece.
Chaplin reaches engineering and Sam lets him in. It’s just the two of them. Sam has control over some of the submarine’s systems. Chaplin plans to scuttle the sub instead of letting it fall into Chinese hands. The two of them bond a little and Chaplin tells a story of one of his previous commands, when he received an electric shock and was dead for over 60 seconds. As he saw parts of his life flash before him, he had no regrets about how he lived his life.
Sophie has re-routed the station’s communications to her own personal laptop. Sam opens a communications link to Sophie and asks her to get a message to DC to sink Colorado. Sophie doesn’t want Sam to sacrifice his life, but she reluctantly sends the message while crying. DC confirms the airstrike.
Anders threatens to launch nuclear missiles if the airstrike isn’t called off. Chaplin and Sam have dive control from engineering. They surface the submarine. It’s a sitting duck for the airstrike.
Zheng had promised his superiors a submarine but will return in disgrace.
Julian is mad at Sophie.
As Chaplin makes his way back to the conn, he confronts Anders and shoots Anders multiple times.
At the conn, Sam reports that the hull is compromised. They need to abandon the sub. Chaplin insists he will stay onboard to ensure the sub sinks and doesn’t somehow fall into enemy hands. The sub is where he belongs. Sam wants to stay onboard with Chaplin, but Chaplin asks Sam as a friend to leave the sub. Sam salutes his captain one last time and promises that the world will understand their story.
In the end, the airstrike sinks the Colorado. Sam, Grace, COB, and what appears to be most of the crew are able to make it to shore on rubber zodiacs. They are eventually flown back stateside. Sam is interviewed by reporters and praises Captain Marcus Chaplin.
Earlier in the episode, Hopper retrieved Christine from the Philippines, and Christine is delivered to Kylie. Kylie gives Christine a flash drive with the information the coup was going to use against the president. Christine will give the information to the reporters. (not sure why Kylie herself couldn’t give the information).
Kylie arrives at her father’s place and shoots the president in revenge.
Sophie watches Sam’s press conference on a giant screen and touches the screen where Sam’s face is. She will miss him.
James and Tani appear to be happily living on the island.
Sam and Christine reunite after Sam’s press interview.
Last scene: a piece of the Colorado hits the bottom of the ocean.
So what did you guys think? Was this last episode at least mildly satisfactory? I thought it was a decent ending considering it had to be rushed. It wrapped up better than expected.