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Watch Shawn Ryan’s Nuclear Submarine LAST RESORT ABC Pilot, Right Here Right Now!!

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Shawn Ryan, the former “Angel” writer who went on to create “The Shield,” “Terriers” and “The Chicago Code,” has a new series about a powerful U.S. submarine crew that goes rogue and uses its nuclear missiles to create a new nation on a gorgeous tropical island.

ABC broadcasts the pilot Sept. 27, but if you have a computer you don’t have to wait another minute:


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  • Sept. 16, 2012, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Love Shawn Ryan, but not interested in this

    by georgecauldron

    Someone else tell me if it's good.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I'll watch anything with andre braugher

    by edwardpenishands

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    Why do you screw with us?

    by The StarWolf

    You know, the MAJORITY of people, those who get "not available in your region" when they stupidly click on an Aint-It-Cool video link?

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    the starwolf

    by MrWonka

    Actually, while the majority of people on this earth are not from the United States, the majority of people who visit AICN are. Just FYI.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    The first 20 minutes was extraordinarily good.

    by V'Shael

    But I think the set up would have worked better as a movie, instead of a TV series.

  • I really liked it after the flimsy character set ups at the beginning I really wish the characters were written as people instead of stereotypes give me some dialogue that lets me relate to em. Hope that gets better as it goes on but really liked it overall. The premise atleast makes sense unlike revolution. Hope this gets better as it goes on could be good.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    oh it also contained exposition dump sex

    by and

    a bit forced that it turns him on but atleast it seemed like someone said if were gonna do a lazy exposition dump lets have something interesting during it so thats a good sign someone is trying to make the problems with the script a bit less annoying

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    Holy shit, for an ABC show that was incredibly good

    by zillabeast

    I just hope they're not a one-and-done like THE EVENT.

  • because I can't watch any channel/station that ignores the greatest series ever cancelled.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Fuckin Sick!!!

    by Broken_Bad

    Loved it. I would think Shawn Ryan is a bit restricted by what he can and can't do on ABC tho...

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by GeptaOO1

    You're Welcome :)

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Yep, best pilot I've seen in a long time. For all the skeptics ...

    by Gene Cowan

    ... you need to give it a shot. Odds are you won't be disappointed.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Okay so now I have to shows I'm hopeful for

    by adml_shake

    This and Revolution. Though knowing my luck they'll both be cancelled and replaced with some reality singing show hosted by Rupaul and Rush Limbaugh

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Better than Revolution but still not great.

    by The Outlander

    The trouble with these kinds of shows is that they start out interesting, but become boring over time, due to the studio having no imagination and always wanting to stick to same old formulas. If this was on cable it would be awesome, but on network television it will be another waisted opportunity to do something interesting and different. I hope I'm wrong.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 10:08 p.m. CST

    okay, not on par with terriers

    by AshokForgiven


  • Sept. 16, 2012, 11:24 p.m. CST

    Outer Heaven

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    That's all I'm saying. Or Outer Haven would perhaps be more appropriate, given the Naval nature of the show's premise. I'm actually very interested and will give this a watch. Hope it's as good as the premise makes it out to be.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 11:33 p.m. CST

    You know...

    by Rhuragh

    I didn't bother with Terriers and Chicago Code. I generally despise network TV. But I love The Shield, and grudgingly watched The Unit. Having watched those two shows and Sons of Anarchy, it becomes clear to me that the best part of The Shield was probably mostly due to Kurt Sutter. Ryan's The Unit was a pale shadow of The Shield, and I fully expect the rest of his network TV work to be equally unimpressive.

  • Sept. 16, 2012, 11:56 p.m. CST

    After Glengary Glen Ross

    by Bass Ackwards

    I didn't bother with any other Mamet flicks, but after watching The Unit, its pretty obvious Mamet didn't have much to do with Glengarry's success.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 12:55 a.m. CST

    You're just now posting this?

    by Cash907

    It's been up since at least Wednesday. Way to slack off, Herc.

  • Hot damn, that lady is a firecracker.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Great pilot, but I'm not sure how long they can...

    by Bill C.

    ...maintain a series based on a conspiracy (let alone a conspiracy big enough to encompass the use or near-use of nuclear weapons) without either complicating it big time with some sort of distraction or full-on transitioning to something else. Don't get me wrong, Shawn Ryan is probably one of a very few number of current writer-producers I trust not to screw stuff up and I'm there for the ride pretty much regardless (hell, Andre Braugher and Robert Patrick on the same show--I'm there), but I can't help thinking this show's got to have either an exit strategy or one hell of a game-changing plot twist in place if it's going to survive. And that said: it's ABC, and it's an action-drama. I'll be frigging SHOCKED if it survives past its initial thirteen, let alone past one season.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Another series that can't go far unless it betrays its concept.

    by kabong

    They'd be taken out *snaps fingers* like that.

  • Loved all the up close monologue moments

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 1:40 a.m. CST

    Ummm....That was really bad

    by craig

    I have been really excited about this show, and was hoping for something that would blow me away like the LOST premier. I am fairly underwhelmed and uninterested after this pilot.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 1:55 a.m. CST

    I thought this was VERY good for network TV

    by FrodoFraggins

    But I doubt it will be as powerful as Babylon 5's take on the idea.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:38 a.m. CST

    Imagine if Speedmans' wife was Keri Russell

    by Sir Loin

    Mind = blown.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:57 a.m. CST

    @Sir loin: Would make more sense too, considering his age.

    by Cash907

    Dude is a couple years shy of being old enough to be Jessy Schram's dad. What creeper in casting thought that match made sense?

  • Watched the pilot again and enjoyed it even more the second time. I'm very much pulling for LAST RESORT to hit it off big.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    Geolocked as per

    by Captain_Ridley

    Terribly sorry old chap, not available in your locale dontchaknow? Why do I bother with this site?

  • Love Ryan's work. The Shield is amazing and I personally loved The Unit. Nice Felicity reference in the tallback earlier. Even though the final season jumped theshark, it was an excellent series. First thing I knew from J.J Abrhams and each I sat there captivated by Keri Russell, watching in adoration. Why she and Scott Foley are not A-list stars, i'll never know.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 8:53 a.m. CST

    surprisingly, worthy to watch - at least the 1st episode

    by palewook

    conspiracy shows like this tend to wear out their originality the longer they stay on, yet last resort could be a fun ride for a season or two

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Like LOST only good!

    by Dan

    Let's hope there are no stalling moments and no red herrings that mean dick to the plot- smoke monster, French lady, Dharma Inititive.... Damn, I hate that show!

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Don't get the

    by Matt Schlotman

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    I loved the premise

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    but some of this was excruciating. That exposition sex scene felt like parody, and the 'explaining that there are women on the sub cause a show with just male submariners won't allow us to develop love triangles and all the rest' was pretty bad. I feel like we've been introduced to every single character already. Would the Captain have come to his conclusion that they'd be making a new world there so fast? Surely you'd still be working out what the fuck happened. I feel like I watched a season's worth of plot achievements in forty five minutes. Not to mention that there would be a hundred better courses of action available to you other than hijacking an island with a hot Asian waitress that is run by the world's shittest gang.<P> I really liked the initial fire-orders scene; that was pretty well-done, and kind of creepy. The SEALs could have been promising, until they started killing off the ones that don't look like male models. But Ronnie Gardocki is back on the screen, so I have to give them their due.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Next Year if reupped

    by Charles Helm

    Ok the special device that the almost naked brainy girl was talked about sent the island somewhere else where the crew and the others..uh natives, locals spend a lot of time figuring out something... but they find smoke monster and raptors...and a pirate ship

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The pilot was so fucking funny

    by syn_flood

    Missiles that can traverse the entire length of Pakistan in seconds xD Terrible acting, stupid plot that doesn't make any sense. Millions of cliches and plot holes already. What a piece of shit. US network TV is dead.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Great opening didn't know what to expect will watch.

    by SID 8.0

    Loved The Unit this looks good too.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Bass ackwards.

    by caprica

    Yes, Mamet had kittle to do with Glengarry Glen Ross. Other than writing ever word. #ignorant

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    This one's a soon-to-be-cancelled breath of fresh air.

    by Baked

    Although, maybe it's 2 long-lived shows, 2 one-seasoners, 2 long-lived shows in a consistent pattern with this guy? I hope? I loved all of it, although as soon as gap-toothed black guy showed up I thought, "And now everyone will talk about how annoying he is and make angry faces at him." Naturally, that's exactly what happened. And then he turns out to be a criminal. "Sorry, we've got our one good black man per show limit, have to counter that with a criminal mastermind!" And then "Generic badass white guy" Navy Seal got to talk a lot of shit and then cry while "designated native love interest" had the emotional range of a rabbit and did her duty comforting him physically. (Yes, I know people will defend the actress for her time on Dollhouse being actually good at her job, but fuck that story arc before it begins.) Please kill him in episode 2 before he becomes a habit. Seriously, why kill off the cool Navy Seal guy and save this douche?

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 3:49 p.m. CST

    Fringe is my favorite show and its on network TV

    by AshokForgiven

    So no, network TV is not dead.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST

    So the US has no way of stopping incoming missiles?

    by FrodoFraggins

    That was my only real gripe. If a country launches a missile at us, one of our own at that, we have no defense?

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 3:52 p.m. CST


    by Bass Ackwards

    I realize sarcasm doesn't translate well into text, but see rhuhargh's post above mine to see what I was replying to.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    the response to a downed sub is nuking

    by JAMF

    a civilian population? U! S! A! U! S! A! U! S! A!

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 4:47 p.m. CST

    Love Shaun Ryan

    by Demagog_Dog

    But question: Does this show have a season-long story arc, and it turns out some powerful politician is making money off a crooked land deal? That seems to be a crutch for Mr. Ryan in his 1st seasons...

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Hunt for red October 2012

    by RobertCrane

    Impossible but this is tv. A ex navy sub guy here. Orders come down, they are followed, end of discussion. The captain and executive officer have te odes. You would literally have to take out half the crew to not follow through. Too many eyes see the message about the orders. Should have been a bbc short series.

  • The answer is no. Missile Defense Advocates have been fighting for years to change this, but as of right now, only Moscow has a missile defense system worth a lick.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 7:13 p.m. CST

    Ryan and Braugher no doubt have the credentials

    by Truxton Spangler

    But I'd trade this for Terriers and/or Chicago Code.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 7:31 p.m. CST

    I just took a great shit.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Thought you all should know.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 9:08 p.m. CST

    lol@missile defense

    by Alientoast

    Modern nukes aren't just fancy arrows, they're more like atomic shotguns in the final stages. They typically have multiple warheads + decoy warheads to help thwart anti-missile defenses. Unless you had some super duper laser defense, you're kind of fucked. Even if you shot all of them except one, one is all it takes to give you a bad day. Remember kids: Almost only counts in horseshoes and nuclear strikes.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:45 p.m. CST

    I always love when some US Navy douchebag..

    by tailhook

    claims that no Navy man would ever, EVER question authority as it pertains to a sub nuclear missile launch. NO SIR! These same douchebags like RobertCrane came out of the woodwork when Crimson Tide came out too. But since there has never been a nuclear missile launch, it can't be proven that someone wouldn't question orders, therefore the beloved US Navy must be protected from such suggestions! In reality, a little less so the subs as you typically have higher aptitude tests to qualify, the US Navy is the ghetto that people go to to escape the ghetto.

  • Sept. 17, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    That ... was awesome

    by Tjarren

    Consider me completely sold. Braugher's speech at the end was mesmerizing and powerful. The premise is all kinds of scary too, especially in light of what robertcrane said above. For the record, to the cable elitism comments, you really have no idea how douchy you are sounding. You may feel your attitude makes you superior, but you couldn't be more mistaken.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 12:31 a.m. CST

    I think it needs 10 more characters and 15 more subplots

    by Bedhead7

    I also think they should have two seasons worth of events happen each episode instead of just one.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Looks like ABC has finally found something to replace LOST

    by slayme

    and as others have said - that was damn good for network TV. Can't wait to see where it goes from here.

  • Sept. 18, 2012, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by RobertCrane

    First of all, learn to read. When orders come in over comm lines to fire a missle, there are many people who know the deal. Second, out of 150 guys, sure, there a couple who would question a launch but hey are you going to try and take over the sub? You would need guys in key areas to perform the basic functions in order to make that shit happen. Fuck the movies, I am talking real life. You would need 30, 40 guys all armed. Then where do you put the other 100? Kill them? You just cant take ove a damn sub with 5 dudes. Not enough numbers. Hey I like movies and we laughed at Crimson Tide. The numbers just do not work. That was my point.

  • Sept. 19, 2012, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Geez, tailhook, are you ex-Army or what?

    by kidicarus

  • A fine cast, but I feel like I now know what to expect from first season of this show. They'll compress the timeline so each episode only deals with a a few hours or a day at most. The sparky female officer who laughed-off the weekly sexual harassment inquiry will have a sub-plot where Speedman asks the question and she doesn't laugh... The sexy inventor chick in D.C. will have to use her tech/hacking skills to fight the conspirators while somehow co-ordinating with the imprisoned Secretary of Defense... The two kidnapped sailors will be tortured by the local kingpin (whom the bad-ass seal addressed as 'Snow White', and I was like 'did he fucking just say that?') Robert Patrick will align with the seals who are working for the conspirators to try and wrest control of the boat from the captain... and there will turn out to be some other secret complex on the island, maybe built by the Japanese in WWII or something... I'm sure it'll be a quality series but I can only stomach those long seasons in box-set form, now.

  • Sept. 20, 2012, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Response to Tailhook

    by Grady L. Smith

    Even if a Submariner (which I was for 20 years) or the entire crew of a missile boat questioned authority, wanted to, agreed to, collaborated to, and did launch a nuclear missile, ... nothing would go boom. There are safeguards inside safeguards, wrapped in safeguards, sealed with safeguards, and shielded with safeguards to prevent the mushroom cloud.