On last night’s Last Resort, China invaded Taiwan. If that happened in real life, it would be a cataclysmic event – the rough equivalent, geopolitically speaking, of killing Franz Ferdinand a hundred thousand times. Such an attack would instigate a global chain reaction, immediately erasing the last few decades of relative peace between the world’s great superpowers. It would potentially start World War III. It would make liars out of basically every globalization scholar on the planet.
It’s been a confusing week for the crew of the Colorado. They were fired upon by their fellow Americans. Their captain took over a tiny island in the middle of the ocean. They shot a nuclear missile over the skies of our nation’s capitol. The Russians attacked. A local island kingpin killed one of their crewmates. So it’s fair to say that morale is not at an all-time high. Chaplin still insists on routine drill sessions, but there’s a definite feeling of mission drift in the lower levels of the Colorado.
Last week’s episode of Last Resort focused on the world around Sainte Marina Island, and the new geopolitical realities emerging from Captain Chaplin’s decision to turn Sainte Marina into a nuclear oligarchy – a “nuclearchy,” if you will. The third episode of Last Resort, conversely, developed the social stratosphere of the Island itself. Suffice it to say that, just a few days into the occupation, things are trending downwards. Sam raced down to the market to break up a fight between irate villagers and exhausted seaman. One sailor had stolen a single banana.
The second episode of Last Resort began about 24 hours after Captain Chaplin colonized the island of Sainte Marina and declared a policy of Mutual Assured Destruction with the entire world. Suffice it to say that the geopolitical situation quickly escalated. The episode began with the Colorado perusing the waters around the Independent Nation of Chaplinia. Some American submarines were testing the waters around the 200-mile line. Chaplin took this opportunity to test the mysterious anti-radar device onboard the Colorado: A device called the Perseus Prototype.
It would be an understatement to say that quite a lot of things happened in the series premiere of Last Resort. The new ABC series from Shield creator Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek kicked off with a debut hour sprinkled with several mythologies’ worth of plot.
As the world turns and buckles and shifts, it creates barely visible global fault lines – new places where people may slip between the cracks of life. The moving and eerily beautiful Last Resort unfolds in one of these no-man’s-land crevices. It’s set in a former seaside resort, somewhere in England, that has been turned into a vast crumbling holding station for refugees. The place is called Stonehaven (how’s that for an oxymoron?), and it has glum apartments, concrete walkways, and one depressingly literal bright spot – a noisy, if mostly empty, arcade.
As the world turns and buckles and shifts, it creates barely visible global fault lines – new places where people may slip between the cracks of life. The moving and eerily beautiful Last Resort unfolds in one of these no man’s land crevices.
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