Last Resort “Eight Bells” Review

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This review contains spoilers for Last Resort

I feel like Last Resort is a show that just gets me. I wanted to know what the rest of the world though of Chaplin’s actions and “Blue on Blue” showed me. After that, I wanted to know what exactly Grace’s father was doing in response to his country attacking his daughter’s sub and what was going on with Serrat and the soldiers he kidnapped and “Eight Bells” tells me that. It’s as if the writers knew exactly what set ups to pay off when because they understand how to properly utilize timing.

The episode opens with Chaplin confronting Prosser (Robert Patrick). He states that even though they disagree about what’s happening, he will gladly submit himself to a court martial with Prosser as the star witness as soon as this mess is over, provided he will follow orders and not undermine Chaplin’s authority during this. Prosser agrees, with Chaplin accepting his word even though Kendal doesn’t, so that they can work together and find the three missing crewmen.

Sophie indicates that Serrat will probably know where they are, even though he’s the one who kidnapped them. He agrees to a private meeting with himself, Sophie and Chaplin. This is, of course, after we see that Serrat was going to kill one of the soldiers, as Chaplin had been ignoring him, until the female captive offers her body as a substitute. It was incredibly dark scene, with the sex only alluded to, yet it was incredibly effective.

In the meantime, I feel I should mention the weak point of this episode, James and Kani’s (the Navy SEAL who saved the day last episode and the bartender) adventure into the wild. I don’t mind that Last Resort sees it fit to have a romance subplot, and I do enjoy James and Kani as characters, but the whole plotline almost feels forced. As if the corporate message is “we absolutely need a romance plot line” and this is the one that was forced in there. I hope that it isn’t, but I haven’t been shown otherwise at this point.

Chaplin and Serrat in "Eight Bells" on Last Resort
With a spork

Chaplin and Serrat’s meeting was beautiful. The unspoken word of Serrat holding the soldiers hostage brought such thick tension you could cut it with a spork. Serrat demands that, since the blockade is around ‘his’ island, Chaplin use his sub to retrieve valuable cargo before dawn. Chaplin agrees and tell the objecting Kendal that they’ll do what they must to save their crewmembers. Once again, we get to see the Perseus Stealth System in action.

Back in the States, Kylie meets with Grace’s father, who is also working to discover why the events with the Colorado have transpired, albeit from within the military. As Kylie searches for answers, she continues to put her friends and loved ones in danger. It’s nice to see the repercussions of her actions actually unfold on screen and have a lasting impact. Far too often answers are simply a plot device, but Last Resort is actually trying to operate in a somewhat real world. Kylie’s father, the head of the company, also seems to be up to some incredibly shady dealings.

Chaplin secures the cargo, though the Perseus acts up and puts everyone at risk. The only reason they make it back alive is because Sophie stays behind on the island and uses the NATO substation to help, instead of leaving with what appeared to be her boyfriend. Yet, even with everyone working together, they don’t make the exchange by dawn and Serrat kills one of the crewmembers.

Even though Serrat is a despot in control of Sainte Marina, I don’t think he could withstand the military force of the crew of a US nuclear sub, plus some Navy SEALs. What “Eight Bells” showed is that military action on the island directly impacts the innocent citizens, as one child was killed due to the firefight last episode, and Chaplin won’t act if more innocents will die. It’s set up a war on two fronts and really given Last Resort some real tension to work with. Even though Arrow has captivated me, Last Resort continues to retain a high level of quality and I can’t wait for what happens next.