“And here we are..time to choose”
1. Since Chaplin’s original act of defiance, motivations and circumstances have complicated his agenda, as illustrated by his preparedness to fire on the destroyer. Question is, can Chaplin emerge from this season (and indeed series) with his honor and life intact?
2. Serrat’s looking to cosy up to the Chinese by selling the rare minerals found in the Island’s soil, and yet he claims to want Sophie by his side to keep him on the straight and narrow. Is he really planning to sell out the island or does he have another endgame up his sleeve?
3. Serrat describes the minerals as “the oil of the future,” but how special are these earth minerals, and how would they have played into the larger story had the show not been cancelled?
4. Cortez may have chosen to side with Chaplin but Kendal has been swayed by Prosser to help relieve the captain from his duties, apparently without killing him. What will Kendal do?
5. Will the President be overthrown? Ramifications?
A highly focused episode that illustrates just how tense Last Resort can be when it gets it together. It’s taken a while, but (cancellation irony aside) the writers are starting to find the rhythm of the show and and the pieces are moving into place, although clearly the plot has been rushed.
Chaplin’s recent deal with the Chinese government has opened the story up in a compelling way, giving Chaplin a powerful ally as well as a potential enemy right in his backyard. This episode began to unravel the consequences of that deal, but if there were slight suspicions that Chaplin may have entered the pact with his eyes closed, it seems he’s never seen things more clearly. At least that’s what he’ll tell you.
His conviction to fire on a fellow navy ship makes him even more interesting and contradictory. What’s changed since Chaplin’s original defiance? While the situation has become more drastic, Chaplin has adapted to the play. But under so much pressure, how could he not?
I find the idea that the guy we see today was always in there somewhere interesting, evoking Breaking Bad‘s Walter White. Both men want their respective empires, it seems, and while Chaplin wasn’t “the one who knocked”, he certainly fired that missile, and would have fired the real thing but for the intervention of Grace. Though make no mistake, Grace didn’t just do it for her captain, she clearly stated that she had friends on board the destroyer.
The most powerful scene for me saw Cortez preparing to carry out her CIA mission to assassinate Chaplin, only to crumble at the last moment and affirm her loyalty to him (for real this time). The fact that he trusted Cortez to do the ‘right’ thing all along no doubt played into her decision to choose him and finally gives him a friend he can trust. Perhaps more than Kendal, which will presumably be a source of conflict in the final two episodes. The DC storyline remains a weak area of the show for me, but at least we got more developments with the plot to overthrow the President, as rushed as it all may be. Looks like we have a revolution on our hands, which could have made for an interesting Season 2. Still, I’m interested to see how it ends.
8.5/10 Seriable Stars