Is LAST RESORT the Best New Series of the Season?

At least one critic thinks so:

Review: ABC’s ‘Last Resort’ is the fall’s best new drama

ANDRE BRAUGHER PLUS SHAWN RYAN PLUS NUKES EQUALS THRILLS – by Alan Sepinwall

In the first episode of ABC’s exciting new drama series “Last Resort,” Navy submarine captain Marcus Chaplin refuses a sketchy order to nuke Pakistan, evades an attack by his own countryman, and takes over an island in French Polynesia, threatening America and the rest of the world with his boat’s nuclear arsenal if they don’t leave him alone.

This is, to put it mildly, a messy situation — one where the stakes and players and rules seem to be constantly shifting, and where Marcus and his executive officer Sam Kendal have to keep making things up as they go.

It’s also a messy premise for a weekly television show. There’s no formula for a series like “Last Resort,” which combines a bunch of elements that you don’t ordinarily see together — part Tom Clancy thriller, part “Lord of the Flies”/”Lost,” part psychological drama, among other pieces — in a way that doesn’t suggest a clear structure for how stories will be told each week, or how on Earth this fragile situation can be maintained for the seasons on end required of a successful TV show.

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Do we love series creator Shawn Ryan? Sometimes. Will we love him after we see this? Sure hope so.