Cut to: The most important decision of your life. Only, your life is not all that’s at stake. The lives of hundreds of others, and perhaps the world, are on the block. This is the dilemma facing submarine Capt. Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) in ABC’s new high-concept, low-depth drama Last Resort. “We’re trying to be epic…and tell the big stories that used to be told on movie screens,” says Shawn Ryan (The Shield), who created the show with Karl Gajdusek (Dead Like Me). The showrunners spoke to EW of what’s in store for the crew of the U.S.S. Colorado — including Master Chief Joseph Prosser (Robert Patrick) and Executive Officer Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) — after the sailors are left to deal with the fallout of Marcus’s make-or-break decision, with two exclusive images to help us get the picture.
. They’re scared.”
How the sailors conduct themselves under the influence of fear sets up what Gajdusek considers one of the major themes of the series. The sailors are “still Americans and there are certain values they have to hold true to,” he says. “These people do not consider themselves to be rogue defectors flying a new flag. They consider themselves to be patriotic Americans who have, through a series of circumstances, been forced away from their home country, and they’re trying to stay true to those values and get back to their home country.”
NEXT: A rare look at Braugher and Patrick