Last Resort TV Series Overview


Last Resort is an American military drama television series that aired on ABC from 27 September 2012 to 24 January 2013.

The series was created by Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek, and produced by Sony Pictures Television.


When the crew of the US Navy Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, the USS Colorado (SSBN-753), pick up a US Navy SEAL team off Pakistan’s coast, the Colorado receives an order to launch nuclear ballistic missiles at Pakistan.

Colorado’s Commanding Officer, Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), asks for confirmation of the firing order because the orders were received through a legacy Cold War secondary communication channel, only to be used in the event that Washington, D.C. has already been destroyed. After confirming Washington’s continued existence and refusing to fire the missiles until the command is sent through the proper system, Chaplin is relieved of command by the Deputy Secretary of Defence William Curry, and the Colorado’s second in command, Lieutenant Commander Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman), is given command instead. When Kendal also questions the orders and asks for confirmation, the vessel is fired upon by the Virginia-class attack submarine USS Illinois (SSN-786). Two nuclear missile strikes are subsequently made on Pakistan by other US submarines.

Realising they have been declared enemies of their own country, the Colorado seeks refuge on the island of Sainte Marina (a fictional French island located in the Indian Ocean) and commandeer a NATO communications and early missile warning facility. When a pair of B-1 bombers is sent to attack the submarine and island, Chaplin launches a Trident nuclear missile towards Washington, D.C. to impress upon the national leadership that he is serious. The B-1s turn away at the last minute, but Chaplin (who has altered the missile’s final target coordinates) allows the missile to visibly overfly Washington, D.C. and explode 200 miles (320 km) beyond in the open Atlantic, the explosion clearly visible from both Washington and New York City. Via a television feed to the media, he then declares a 200-mile exclusion zone around Sainte Marina.

Now, the crew must find a way to prove their innocence and find out who in the US government has set them up, so they can finally return home.

As the series progresses, Chaplin finds himself having to become a reluctant ally with China, while trying to keep his own crew, led by Chief of the Boat Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick), from rebelling against him. He must also combat the schemes of the local drug lord Julian Serrat (Sahr Ngaujah). The series also follows the efforts of Kylie Sinclair (Autumn Reeser), a weapons designer back home who allies with Christine Kendal (Jessy Schram), the wife of the Colorado’s XO, to discern the truth behind the nuclear attack on Pakistan and the Colorado’s fugitive status. An ongoing subplot involves a Navy SEAL named James King (Daniel Lissing) who, wracked with guilt over his role in the events leading to the nuking of Pakistan, cultivates a romance with one of the island’s residents (Dichen Lachman) while surreptitiously aiding the XO.

The series concludes with a series of mutinies, ending with the Colorado destroyed with Chaplin still on board, the surviving crew returning home to the United States, the President assassinated, and the full story made public when Kylie Sinclair arranges for proof of the president and his administration’s traitorous activities to be handed over to the press.


  • Main:
    • Andre Braugher as Captain Marcus Chaplin.
    • Scott Speedman as the Executive Officer (XO), Lieutenant Commander Sam Kendal.
    • Daisy Betts as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, boat’s navigator and daughter of Rear Admiral Arthur Shepard (a longtime friend of Captain Chaplin).
    • Robert Patrick as Command Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Prosser, Chief of the Boat (COB) of the USS Colorado.
    • Camille De Pazzis as Sophie Girard, French commander of the NATO Communications Facility.
    • Dichen Lachman as Tani Tumrenjack, owner of Sainte Marina Bar.
    • Daniel Lissing as Petty Officer James King, US Navy SEAL.
    • Sahr Ngaujah as Julian Serrat, the local despot on Sainte Marina.
    • Autumn Reeser as Kylie Sinclair, a Washington lobbyist for her family’s weapons manufacturing company.
    • Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal, wife of Lieutenant Commander Sam Kendal.
  • Recurring:
    • Michael Ng as Sonar Chief Petty Officer Cameron Pitts.
    • Jessica Camacho as Petty Officer First Class Pilar Cortez.
    • Will Rothhaar as Petty Officer Josh Brannan.
    • Daniel Bess as the Communications Officer, Lieutenant Chris Cahill.
    • Michael Mosley as Senior Chief Petty Officer Hal Anders.
    • Michael King as Petty Officer Kevin Hawkes.
    • Omid Abtahi as NATO surveillance technician Nigel.
    • Bruce Davison as Rear Admiral Arthur Shepard, Lieutenant Grace Shepard’s father.
    • Jay Karnes as Deputy Secretary of Defence, later promoted to Secretary of Defence William Curry.
    • Ernie Hudson as Speaker of the House Conrad Buell.
    • Jay Hernandez as US government lawyer Paul Wells.
    • Gideon Emery as CIA operative Booth.
    • David Rees Snell as Petty Officer Barry Hopper, US Navy SEAL.
    • Chin Han as Chinese envoy Zheng Min.
    • Michael Gaston as Bennett Sinclair, Kylie’s industrialist father.
    • Tyler Tuione as Chief, Tani’s father.
    • Kasim Saul as Seaman Lawrence.


ABC greenlit the pilot in January 2012, allowing filming to begin. The show was filmed in Oahu, Hawaii, and produced by Sony Pictures Television. Thirteen episodes were ordered, and on 19 October 2012, ABC ordered two additional scripts for the series.

On 16 November 2012, ABC announced that they would not be taking on Last Resort for a full season, but would air the 13 episodes that had been produced. They also passed on producing the two additional scripts that had been ordered.

On 21 November 2012, the producers revealed they had been given sufficient notice of the network’s cancellation plans so they could “tweak” the final episode to function as a series finale and give the fans some closure.


In Canada, the show was simsubbed on Global. Sony’s AXN channel aired the show in Asia from 02 October 2012. Within Oceania, Australia aired the series on the Seven Network from 20 February 2013, and debuted in New Zealand on Four on 14 May 2014. Last Resort aired in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Sky1 from 30 October 2012.


  • At the time of airing there was no USS Colorado in commission with the US Navy or Coast Guard.
    • Over the naval history of the United States, there have been three previous ships with the name USS Colorado, with a fourth presently under contract to be built and ordered, but not yet under construction or commission.
    • 1) USS Colorado (built 1856), a three-masted steam screw frigate in US Navy commission from 1858-1876.
    • 2) USS Colorado (ACR-7, built starting 1903, later renamed USS Pueblo [CA-7], before the launch of USS Colorado #3), a Pennsylvania-class armoured cruiser in US Navy commission from 1905-1927.
    • 3) USS Colorado (BB-45, built starting 1919), a Colorado-class battleship in US Navy commission from 1923-1947.
    • 4) USS Colorado (SSN-788), a Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine under construction contract awarded to Huntington Ingalls Industries in partnership with the Electric Boat division of General Dynamics, Newport News, Virginia in December 2008.
  • Characters often refer to the submarine as a ship, submariners refer to their vessel as a boat.

Last Resort Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Michael Offer … (4 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Martin Campbell … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Steven DePaul … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Billy Gierhart … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Lesli Linka Glatter … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Kevin Hooks … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Gwyneth Horder-Payton … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Christopher Misiano … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Paris Barclay … (1 episode, 2013).
    • Clark Johnson … (1 episode, 2013).
  • Producer(s):
    • Nicolas Bradley … co-producer (7 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Karl Gajdusek … executive producer (7 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Jean Higgins … producer (7 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Marney Hochman … executive producer (7 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Shawn Ryan … executive producer (7 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Ron Fitzgerald … co-executive producer (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Kevin Hooks … executive producer (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Patrick Massett … co-executive producer (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Eileen Myers … consulting producer (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Julie Siege … supervising producer (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • John Zinman … co-executive producer (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Martin Campbell … executive producer (1 episode, 2012).
    • Alejandro Espinoza … associate producer (1 episode, 2013).
  • Writer(s):
    • Karl Gajdusek … (creator) (13 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Shawn Ryan … (creator) (13 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Nick Antosca … (12 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Ned Vizzini … (12 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Ron Fitzgerald … (2 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Patrick Massett … (2 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • David Wiener … (2 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • John Zinman … (2 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Eileen Myers … (2 episodes, 2012).
    • Julie Siege … (2 episodes, 2012).
    • Morenike Balogun … (1 episode, 2012).
  • Music:
    • Robert Duncan … (13 episodes, 2012-2013).
  • Cinematography:
    • Krishna Rao … (6 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Randy Tomlinson … (3 episodes, 2012).
    • Rohn Schmidt … (1 episode, 2012).
  • Editor(s):
    • Amy M. Fleming … (4 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Erik Presant … (4 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Justin Krohn … (3 episodes, 2012-2013).
    • Kevin Casey … (1 episode, 2012).
    • Angela M. Catanzaro … (1 episode, 2012).
    • J. Kathleen Gibson … (1 episode, 2012).
  • Production:
    • Big Sun Productions.
    • MiddKid Productions.
    • Sony Pictures Television.
  • Distributor(s):
    • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (2012-2013) (USA) (TV).
    • Global (2012-2013) (Canada) (TV).
    • British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) (2012-2013) (Ireland) (TV) (Sky One).
    • British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) (2012-2013) (UK) (TV) (Sky One).
    • FEM3 (2014) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release).
    • Fox (2012-2013) (Italy) (TV).
    • Fox (2013) (Bulgaria) (TV).
    • PRO 4 (2013) (Hungary) (TV).
    • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2014) (Germany) (DVD).
    • Super! Drama TV (2014) (Japan) (TV).
    • SuperTV2 (2013-2014) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release).
    • TV2 (2015) (Hungary) (TV) (re-release).
    • TV3 Danmark (2012-2013) (Denmark) (TV).
    • TV3 (2013) (Sweden) (TV).
  • Release Date: 10 September 2012 (Online) and 27 September 2012 (ABC) to 24 January 2013.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes.
  • Rating: 15.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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