"Last Resort" creators Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek definitely deserve a formal salute from the audience. From week to week, Ryan and Gajdusek's military drama takes nothing for granted and makes good use of every character in the ensemble cast.
"Voluntold," the latest episode, also shows how the United States government is now using every method fair and foul to regain control of the U.S.S. Colorado or permanently disable it.
Andre Braugher sets the acting bar high once again in this episode as Capt. Marcus Chaplin. While staying away from the military blockade, Chaplin runs practice drills with the crew to ensure that they can handle any situation.
What the captain doesn't expect is an attack on the Colorado's weakest links. With both Chaplin and XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) being called traitors in the media, several crew members want to leave the sub and return home. Respectful of the men and women in his command, Chaplin posts a "Stay or Leave" sign-up list.
Secretary of Defense William Curry (Jay Karnes) even manages to widen the gap between the captain and his crew. In secret communiques to at least six sailors, Curry encourages the use of lethal force to eliminate the threat posed by Chaplin and Kendal. At least one person takes him seriously by attempting to assassinate Chaplin on the island of Sainte Marina.
Late in the episode, Petty Officer Josh Brannan (Will Rothhaar) also takes Curry's words to heart. Emotionally distraught after sending Red (Chad Michael Collins) to his death, Josh brings a grenade to the bridge and pulls the pin. Because the Colorado is hours away from the blockade, Curry encourages the seaman to blow a hole in the hull, but Capt. Chaplin appeals to his sense of reason.
After removing the grenade from Josh's hand, the captain calmly puts the pin back in place. Chaplin's actions cause some sailors to change their minds about leaving. The crew of the U.S.S. Colorado is fairly unified-for now.
On the homefront, Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram) feels pressure of a different kind. With her husband now branded a traitor, the media is camping out on her front lawn. The government also has cut off Sam Kendal's pay, leaving Christine with no money. Cracking under the emotional and financial pressure, she has a very public meltdown on live television.
Thousands of miles away, husband Sam can only reach his wife through videotaped messages. Sam is a model of virtue, but in "Voluntold," the chemistry between the XO and Sophie Girard (Camille de Pazzis) is now impossible to ignore. As she records Sam's heartfelt message to Christine, it's obvious that Sophie wishes his words were meant for her ears.
With one possible betrayal brewing on Sainte Marina, Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) learns her dad actually orchestrated the theft of the Perseus schematics. Naturally protective of her creation, Kylie is upset, but her dad tells her that the president asked him to turn over the specs. Kylie must decide whether to sit this one out or pursue the truth about that troubling launch order.As "Voluntold" winds down, Kylie catches a glimpse of Christine on television. This could become the alliance that both women need in this crisis.
- Politics & Government