Controlled Flight Into Terrain
Well, that was a fast-paced, action-packed pile of nothin’. **
Together again: Marcus and Sam.
Two shows this week left me with a nagging anxiety. The first was Reilly: Ace of Spies, a PBS series from the ’80’s starring Sam Neill, currently airing on WETA UK. The show is based on the real life of Sidney Reilly, perhaps Britain’s greatest secret agent. This particular episode dealt with the attempt to overthrow Lenin, and the outcome was disturbing. In a way, that’s how this episode felt. I didn’t feel a sense of closure and I kept thinking of where it went wrong.
I knew Marcus was making a grave error in accepting help from the Chinese. Not that making a deal with Serrat would have been much better, but at least Marcus could have dealt with him (i.e., killed the son of a bitch) without creating an international incident.
I’m finding it very hard to recap this episode. It felt like there were lots of moving parts (but then, that’s the norm for this show), yet there were really only two: the mutiny on Sainte Marina and the coup d’etat in Washington, DC. Both were disappointing.
Admiral Sheppard calls Marcus Chaplin to let him know of the coup. Once that happens, Marcus plans to surrender the Colorado. Marcus tells Sam. By this point he knows Sam is in cahoots with the mutineers. Oh yeah, and the mutineers blow up a second Chinese relief ship, which could lead to all sorts of international shit.
Full steam ahead. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)
Sam is mean. Chaplin is mad. Admiral Shepard is out! Ernie Hudson is in!!
This post was initially a separate page, but since the series is waning and the past few episodes have been rather lack-luster, I took it down. However, I didn’t want to lose the information, so it’s now included it here.
Shortly after the USS Colorado picks up a team of Navy SEALs in the middle of the Indian Ocean, they’re given an order to nuke Pakistan. But the order came through back channels, so the Colorado’s Commanding Officer Marcus Chaplin questions it. When the Colorado doesn’t fire, another U.S. submarine fires a cruise missile at them, sinking the boat and nearly killing the crew. They’re able to recover, and eventually the Colorado harbors on Sainte Marina, an island with a NATO Early Warning Station.
Sam and Sophie? So much more interesting than Sam and his wife.
It may be time to take down my Last Resort Catch-up page. The show has only three more episodes when it returns in January, and I can’t really recommend it to anyone after the last few episodes.
“Blue Water” was a bit all over the place. XO Sam Kendal and SEAL James King head off to Manilla in search of Sam’s wife Christine. With the help of James’s friend, a former Navy SEAL named Wes, they find her. This leads to sappy love-happy Sam/Christine scenes. Sam’s acting out of character, willing to give up everything to run away somewhere with Christine. These two have to be the most boring couple ever. (Yes, even worse than James and Tani.)
“Cinderella Liberty” features James King’s memories of the Pakistani mission.
This had to be one of the most distressing hours of scripted network television I’ve ever watched. I can’t give it a rating because, by some standards it was a taut, emotional, well-acted episode. But it was hard to get past the shock of innocent lives lost. I’ll give the Last Resort creators credit, they aren’t afraid to push envelop.
The episode begins with the SEAL team in Pakistan, 72 hours before their rendezvous with the USS Colorado (in the series premiere). King and Hopper are preparing to extract a nuclear scientist whose report proves there are no nuclear weapons in Pakistan.
Big Chicken Dinner
And here Last Resort had been on a roll, with 2 of the last 3 episodes getting 5 stars. But “Big Chicken Dinner” was pretty crappy. It had so many holes, it might as well have been made of Swiss cheese.
Actually, it’s lucky to get 2 stars. It gets an extra one for James crushin’ on Grace. But Grace tells him to go back to being a jackass and she’ll go back to doing her job.