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Friday, October 5, 2012

Last Resort- Blue On Blue

By Gage Skidmore (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
What happened: American ships surround the island, and a 747 drops Russian soldiers. Sam, Grace, and a few others go to meet the soldiers and get into a shoot-out where Grace is shot in the arm. King, the navy seal, helps after the islander woman, Tani, tells him to be a peacemaker. Prosser still really hates Grace and tries to get all the navy members to distrust Marcus. Prosser's locked up now. The government tries to get Sam's wife, Christine, to cooperate with him by revealing that Sam kept secrets from her. They then send in an "old lawyer friend of Sam's" as a mole. The reporter, Kylie, gets closer to answers, but one of her friends ends up in a vegetative state.

What we thought: The episode started off a little slow and choppy for us. A lot is going on here, and it's hard to juggle since we aren't that familiar with all the characters yet. We're still learning and working to remember names. But things picked up in the second half, and the stakes are still sky-high.

Grace, Marcus, the reporter, and Sam continue to be awesome, but they are a little more layered now. We got some backstory on Sam and Marcus's relationship. Sam was a captive in North Korea; Marcus's son was killed by friendly fire two weeks ago in Afghanistan.

We didn't know Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Being Human) grew up in Australia until we heard that accent. She plays Tani in this show, by the way. She's interesting-looking, no? The Russians were random, but okay. The French woman needs to chill. We loved Marcus's speech where he was all, "Let me remind you who you are."

We're into the love story between Sam and Christine. It's cool that a TV show knows it can start off with a couple married and have things still be exciting to watch. We knew the government start threatening the wife with charges. Sometimes it feels like the federal government can just do whatever it wants, somehow. The lawyer trick is new to us. These people are dirty. Sic 'em, Kylie.

This episode shouldn't lose the audience it got from the pilot. It affirmed that these are characters we can care about and a story that doesn't have a quick, easy ending. The second episode drew us in further. We're digging this show so far.

Episode grade: B++ (shut up; that's a grade)

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