Well, after watching the second ep, I think we can describe this show as 'Last Resort Lite'. Strip away all the plot nuance, script complexities, and reduce all the characters to cardboard cutouts (except the USS Nathan James itself) and you've got yourself a summer show scripted for success!
I mean, they couldn't make the despotic marooned boat owner any more evil if they had given him a handlebar mustache to twist and some railroad tracks upon which to tie his comely young conquest. It wasn't enough to make him ruthless, they had to make him a pedophile rapist to boot. Our heroes are all squeaky clean, steadfast, loyal, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Even Adam Baldwin, who was born to play conflicted characters, is just too good to be true. Got to keep his trademark sneer though.
One thing I liked about LR is that the crew had their share of secrets and ulterior motives, including the Captain. Even the Chief was a mutineer with conflicting loyalties that made sense under the circumstances. Makes the characters much easier to like if they aren't all so darn perfect.
It looks like TNT learned from ABC's failure, stripped away all the subtlety that made 'Last Resort' so interesting, and crafted a much simpler show, sure to please everybody. And when they paged Michael Bay, they got their man!
That said, I'm in for the duration. It's fine for summer, when the livin' is easy. To get back on the food topic, not every meal needs to be full of healthy ingredients, thoughtfully prepared. Sometimes a Big Mac is just what the doctor ordered.
Besides, if we want subtlety, we've always got 'Falling Skies'. No, wait....