Last Resort: Season 1, Episode 5 “Skeleton Crew” (C+)
Five episodes in, this show has become all about grandstanding and highly emotional speeches. As usual, there were some close calls and everything almost got blown to smithereens again, but there was an important difference this time, which was the presence of Secretary of Defense Curry on the island. Offering Chaplin immunity for the entire crew and two years in jail following a guilty plea for all the top officers seemed too good to be true, and it was endearing to see Marcus encourage Sam to accept the counteroffer made to just him that guaranteed a negative future for Marcus. The sudden destruction of the deal and Curry’s order to take the Colorado down indicated that the government is not interested in negotiating, and Admiral Shepard’s seizure of the gun singlehandedly saved the lives of everyone on board. Marcus was likely right in his analysis of what would happen following the shootings, and it’s going to be back to the square one for his cause. It would be great if he could get camera crews out there right away, but then this series would have to be turned into a miniseries since it wouldn’t have much of a place to go. It’s nice to see Prosser finally warming to Grace after her impressive performance in charge of the boat, and I’m not quite sure why James chose this particular mission to finally get his act together and volunteer for the cause. I am excited about an alliance between Kylie and Christine, who, fortunately, is smart enough to realize that she’s being played by the supposed friend of her husband’s.