The much buzzed about Last Resort finally hit your television screen tonight. "Captain" has been available online for a few weeks, but this epic show really shines on a bigger screen with its amazing cast.
Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) and his XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) lead the crew of the USS Colorado when they receive orders to launch a missile attack against Pakistan through a secondary communication source. This event sets into motion a unique and quite scary situation which is Last Resort.
Should They Have Questioned the Order?
The military is known for its strict command structure and adherence to following orders, at the same time, leaders become such due to their judgment and ability to make decisions. In particular, they are trained to make decisions during a crisis or war situation.
When Captain Chaplin received an attack order through abnormal channels, he rightfully did his due diligence to verify the order was legitimate. Washington DC was fine, so why didn't the order to launch come through the primary channels?
Since there was no reason to believe there was an imminent danger from Pakistan, Captain Chaplin and then XO Kendal made the proper decision to reject the order. I would hope that in a similar situation I would have done the same thing. Do you agree? Would you have questioned the order?
Why did the US bomb the USS Colorado?
Captain Chaplin disobeyed orders, but what justification could the US government have to sink their own submarine and kill their own military? None that makes any sense. Chaplin and Kendal surely should have been court-martialed, but the attack on the USS Colorado only further supports that they did the right thing.
The attack on the USS Colorado achieved two potential solutions for those behind the initial Pakistan bombing orders: killing those aware of the order and justifying an attack on Pakistan.
Is it possible that the USS Colorado was sent the original orders through the secondary channels because those behind the conspiracy knew that Chaplin would not follow the orders, which allowed this series of events to unfold? That idea would add another layer of intrigue.
Did Captain Chaplin do the right thing by launching a nuclear missile at DC?
With the lives of his crew threatened by the US's attack on the USS Colorado, Chaplin did what he could to protect them. He claimed sovereignty and the island location in order to save many lives.
That made his decision to launch the missile seem a bit counter to his objectives, though it provided that he was serious and would not allow the US to mess with him or his crew any longer.
It was a risky move, but so far looks to be effective.
What happens next?
Captain Chaplin has taken a extreme response to the situation and one that has protected his crew. But, there is sure to be retaliation of some sort. The mystery behind the missile launch order and the attack on the USS Colorado will be a conspiracy worth watching, I'm interested in how the military men will survive on the island.
Then, back in Washington DC, it looks like Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser) is going to be relentless in the search for the truth. And, Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram) will be on a path to help her husband. Perhaps, the most intriguing will be the relationship between Lieutenant Grace Shepard on the island and her father back in the United States.
What are you most excited to see on the show? Is this new show a must see for you now?
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