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post #421 of 581
I don't have any issues with the islanders other than the druglord quasi-leader that continually makes a case for an "Indian Beauty Dot" in the middle of his forehead. The crew has taken reprisals for actions he is responisble for, but takes no direct action against him. Every time he appears on screen, I shout at it "just shoot the SOB". Island problems solved. Set someone else up as the island's generalissimo that you can be worked with. If they wanted to use that actor they should have written the character so that he doesn't have an obivous target on his forehead.
post #422 of 581
good episode tonite, nice they got the SEALS involved in the night. I will miss this show with all its flaws..
post #423 of 581
so tell me what really happened tonite?
post #424 of 581
Good episode but where did the pakistani army come from? The sub below the ship? No one noticed a uge sub breaking the water to let people out? How did the general get on the colorado so fast?
post #425 of 581
Great episode - but I still feel like a reasonably wrapped up 13 episodes will be more satisfying than if this show were to go on for several seasons.
post #426 of 581
I read that last night's show would explain why Pakistan was nuked. If it was explained, I didn't understand the explanation. What I got out of the show was that some large, unstoppable army was going to invade Pakistan and that this Pakistan general wanted our sub to send a nuke to stop the invading force. Did I miss the explanation in this? Also, as above, what about the other sub that was shadowing under the ship? Was that where the Pakistani force came from? If not, what was this sub doing? I enjoyed the show. But, somehow I guess I missed some info to explain things. Also-before the other "key" showed up, the Captain ordered missile #4 to be "spun up" to be ready to launch. I did not see him giving the missile guys any coordinates to send the missile to any location. How could you launch the missile (assuming both keys there) without telling it where to go? To me, that was a big hole in the script.
post #427 of 581
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Originally Posted by Vidop View Post

I read that last night's show would explain why Pakistan was nuked. If it was explained, I didn't understand the explanation. What I got out of the show was that some large, unstoppable army was going to invade Pakistan and that this Pakistan general wanted our sub to send a nuke to stop the invading force. Did I miss the explanation in this? Also, as above, what about the other sub that was shadowing under the ship? Was that where the Pakistani force came from? If not, what was this sub doing? I enjoyed the show. But, somehow I guess I missed some info to explain things. Also-before the other "key" showed up, the Captain ordered missile #4 to be "spun up" to be ready to launch. I did not see him giving the missile guys any coordinates to send the missile to any location. How could you launch the missile (assuming both keys there) without telling it where to go? To me, that was a big hole in the script.

It was shown in the flashbacks. The seal team was sent to get the scientist and any proof that Pakistan had no nukes. The scientist stated that they will go down in history with this information because is avoids a war, etc. etc. The seals then got new orders to plant info that Pakistan had nukes, dirty bombs, etc. and to kill everyone. So that America could go ahead with their war/orders and use that as the excuse of why they nuked the country.

The new question now is, was it the president or a rogue group that used the old artic network and what is going on back home with that power struggle.
post #428 of 581
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Originally Posted by kromkamp View Post

Great episode - but I still feel like a reasonably wrapped up 13 episodes will be more satisfying than if this show were to go on for several seasons.

There are a lot of shows - or pilots rejected that could have been shows - that would be great in a single 13 episode story arc. It's a shame that Harper's Island (?) summer series wasn't successful enough to make that format an attractive option.

I agree that this was one of them - and could have delivered 13 strong episodes with a great story. This premise is not one that could have been stretched to syndication anyway since it isn't remotely believable that they could maintain their status on the island indefinitely.
post #429 of 581
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

It was shown in the flashbacks. The seal team was sent to get the scientist and any proof that Pakistan had no nukes. The scientist stated that they will go down in history with this information because is avoids a war, etc. etc. The seals then got new orders to plant info that Pakistan had nukes, dirty bombs, etc. and to kill everyone. So that America could go ahead with their war/orders and use that as the excuse of why they nuked the country.

Sounds similar to the back story of the American character on Strike Back.
post #430 of 581
I thought this week's episode of Last Resort set a record by jumping at least 6 sharks. In its defense, I will say that the show moved quickly and had some intriguing moments and I loved Chaplin's decision to target a nuke for the home village of the crazy Pakistani admiral and his even crazier subordinate.

How many more Last Resort episodes will there be? The original plan was for there to be 13 but the last episode accounted for by IMDb is Number 10. Anyway, I continue to hope that ABC will pull the plug on this, usually, too soapy mess. I say "usually" because this week's episode was considerably less soapy than what has, alas, become the norm for Last Resort.
post #431 of 581
Thought this was probably one of the better, if not the best, episodes so far.

I thought maybe the sub under the ship w/ the family members was US and was using the ship as a way to get into the 200 mi limit so it could take out the Colorado. Also thought that's where the other seals came from or did they get dropped by the helos?

And COB is MIA again. Still recovering from the burned feet?
post #432 of 581
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Originally Posted by 73shark View Post

And COB is MIA again. Still recovering from the burned feet?

No. He's just auditioning for a new show.
post #433 of 581
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Originally Posted by WilliamR View Post

It was shown in the flashbacks. The seal team was sent to get the scientist and any proof that Pakistan had no nukes. The scientist stated that they will go down in history with this information because is avoids a war, etc. etc. The seals then got new orders to plant info that Pakistan had nukes, dirty bombs, etc. and to kill everyone. So that America could go ahead with their war/orders and use that as the excuse of why they nuked the country.
The new question now is, was it the president or a rogue group that used the old artic network and what is going on back home with that power struggle.

Thanks for that clarification. I saw the part about the scientist being done away with. But, I think I was briefly interrupted at that point and I guess I didn't hear the info about the scientist having the info to avoid a war. As others have pointed out, this series could have been SO good. All they had to do was flesh out the political intrigues in D.C. and cut between there and the sub. This could have been a really great action series. Too bad the network messed it up. The network snatched failure from the jaws of victory.
post #434 of 581
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Originally Posted by CPanther95 View Post

There are a lot of shows - or pilots rejected that could have been shows - that would be great in a single 13 episode story arc. It's a shame that Harper's Island (?) summer series wasn't successful enough to make that format an attractive option.
I agree that this was one of them - and could have delivered 13 strong episodes with a great story. This premise is not one that could have been stretched to syndication anyway since it isn't remotely believable that they could maintain their status on the island indefinitely.

I agree. The many season series may be a thing of the past. I also like the UK way of doing things like on BBC with 6-8 episodes. Those episodes tend to be richer and lend themselves to a story arc. Hollywood is a throwback to assembly line entertainment creation and something that isn't really working any more. TV series become a paycheck with focus on the technical and throw the story arc and art under the bus. You can tell that they have a plot point they want to introduce in an episode and then they sit around and try to figure out what to wrap it in (often some soap opera thing).
post #435 of 581
^^^
I really like the way the BBC does their shows in that format. It seems the episodes are better paced. Here we tend to drag it out. How many "filler" episodes from Hollywood writers have we seen before?
post #436 of 581
The reason the BBC have short seasons is production and budgetary, not creative. If they could I'm sure they would be running Doctor Who and the like 52 weeks a year. The BBC have never had a problem running soaps, game shows or other cheaply made content for longer runs or even daily.
post #437 of 581
I know they have satellites w/ lasers that can detect submerged subs but w/ enuf definition to see an open missile door?
post #438 of 581
Did anybody, besides me, have issues recording this episode? For some reason, it cut off after just 4 minutes. mad.gifconfused.gif

FYI, Time-Warner Cable San Diego.

I had to watch it on ABC's web site, forced to watch the commercials.
post #439 of 581
I didn't have any problems recording the episode, but it got pre-empted in my area and moved to 11 p.m. instead.
post #440 of 581
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Originally Posted by VisionOn View Post

The reason the BBC have short seasons is production and budgetary, not creative. If they could I'm sure they would be running Doctor Who and the like 52 weeks a year. The BBC have never had a problem running soaps, game shows or other cheaply made content for longer runs or even daily.
I know it is budgetary but it does play well for better episodes. I'm sure that trying to create 52 episodes a year would give you a lot of mediocre episodes and tired actors. I've been in the arts all my life and have managed production. It should NEVER become a grind NOR just a paycheck.
post #441 of 581
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

I know it is budgetary but it does play well for better episodes. I'm sure that trying to create 52 episodes a year would give you a lot of mediocre episodes and tired actors.

Well you can see if it's true by downloading an episode of Casualty, which is like the BBC version of ER. That's been running every week for about a decade. It started with the typical short order but got pushed to a weekly slot as it became more popular.

Honestly despite some of the horrendous shows on networks, I wouldn't swap any for BBC One. Even Last Resort is more inventive than what fills the BBC schedules. The majority of BBC primetime is filled with soaps, cheap reality shows (that you would find on cable here) and news. Cherry picking BBC product is the best way to view it.
post #442 of 581
3 weeks now and no one misses COB???
post #443 of 581
You must have closed your ears for the two seconds on the last episode whereby the Captain asked the Lt where COB was and she responded that he didn't report for duty.
post #444 of 581
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Originally Posted by fhall1 View Post

3 weeks now and no one misses COB???

Didn't you know? It's perfectly normal for someone to disappear for days or even weeks at a time. It's not like anyone's ever kidnapped one of the Americans before, right.?rolleyes.gif
post #445 of 581
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Originally Posted by mrvideo View Post

You must have closed your ears for the two seconds on the last episode whereby the Captain asked the Lt where COB was and she responded that he didn't report for duty.

I caught that....the interesting thing was this was no big deal once the crisis was over...nor this current episode.
post #446 of 581
Agreed. They've sent out search parties before for lower ranking officers. I would think the COB would at least be worthy of a scouting mission.
post #447 of 581
Yep, the fact that they haven't gone looking, considering the history of the "island boss," is very puzzling.
post #448 of 581
Maybe the network decided the direction they went with him was too dark, so they tried to bury it under the rug (too little too late).
post #449 of 581
Interesting direction they took the story line last night but now we have to wait until January 10th to pick up the story and finish it off.
post #450 of 581
2 left correct? Shawn ryan said on twitter this week that the last 2 were filmed and written after the cancellation notice.

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