How to get caught up with Last Resort

Not even the entire Last Resort cast

This isn’t even all of the 10 (ten!) Last Resort regular cast members—not to mention the myriad recurring cast members.

I’m trying to encourage everyone I know to watch Last Resort on ABC.  Yes, I know ABC didn’t renew it.  No, I don’t think any type of “save our show” campaign will work.  But that’s not going to stop me from trying to recruit viewers.  If nothing else, it’ll give me more people to commiserate with when the show goes off the air.

So, you haven”t seen Last Resort and are afraid you won’t be able to follow along when the next new episode airs on Thur, Nov 29?  Not to worry!  I have you covered!

“Captain,” the premiere episode, is available for free on Yahoo!TV.  Episodes 103-107 are also available for free at ABC and Hulu.com (not Hulu Plus).  These five episodes are also available if you have On Demand.  Or, you can buy the episodes from Amazon, iTunes, VUDU.  TV.com gives you all sorts of options.  (I went ahead and purchased the season pass from iTunes for a mere $18.00.  Well worth it!)

Or, if you don’t have time to watch, you can just read the Last Resort recaps at ABC, Television Without Pity, or better yet, at SciFi Chicks (because, you know,  those are the best! 😉 ).

Sunday Seven on Monday. So let’s make it 8.

Ok, so ABC didn’t renew Last Resort.  Bastards!  It took me awhile to warm up the the show, but now I’m hooked.  Here’s why.

Seven Ok, Eight Reasons I love Last Resort

Andre Braugher as CAPT Marcus Chaplin of Last Resort

Andre Braugher as CAPT Marcus Chaplin

Terrific actors—and characters:

  • Andre Braugher, of course.  He’s the reason I wanted to watch the show.  He’s a commanding presence, playing the smart, savvy, and honorable CO, Captain Marcus Chaplin.  Ah, but is he crazy?  Or just crazy enough?
  • Robert Patrick as COB Joseph Prosser

    Robert Patrick as COB Joseph Prosser

    Robert Patrick (yes, T1000 Robert Patrick!) as Chief of the Boat (COB) Master Chief Joseph Prosser.  He was terribly contentious in the first two episodes, but he’s softened a bit.  Heck, he’s even developed respect for the crew’s senior female officer, LT Grace Shepard.  He’s nearly everything a COB should be.  And he gets the best lines.

  • Scott Speedman as LCDR Sam Kendal

    Scott Speedman as LCDR Sam Kendal

    Scott Speedman as XO LCDR Sam Kendal.  Also smart and honorable, he’s a little more hot-headed than his CO.  He’s the “people person” who cares greatly about his sailors.  He’s been loyal to Chaplin and they’ve enjoyed a great rapport.

Girl power:

  • Daisy Betts as LT Grace Shepard

    Daisy Betts as LT Grace Shepard

    LT Grace Shepard, daughter of a Navy Admiral and third senior officer on the Colorado, has proven she’s tough (having been nearly killed by a Russian special operative), capable (commanding the Colorado on a dangerous mission), and not afraid to make tough decisions (leaving Navy SEAL James King to die in order to save the life of her crew).

  • Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal and Amber Reeser as Kylie Sinclair

    Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal and Amber Reeser as Kylie Sinclair

    Back in the U.S. of A., two previously boring and/or obnoxious characters team up to become better than the sum of their parts.  Sam Kendal’s wife Christine is branded a traitor along with her husband.  When she lashes out at reporters, she gains the attention of Kylie Sinclair, a privileged defense contractor with a prototype “cloaking device” (my words) on board the Colorado.  Both know the government is lying and set out to prove it.

Great chemistry:

  • Ordinarily, we think of male/female chemistry, but the relationship of CO and XO is unique.  Braugher and Speedman both interviewed they’d never experienced a relationship like theirs before.  Chaplin and Kendal respect each other immensely.  They challenge each other, and pick each other up when needed.
  • Camille De Pazzis as Sophie Girard

    Camille De Pazzis as Sophie Girard

    Don’t worry, there also great male-female chemistry.  Happily married Sam Kendal finds himself attracted to Sophie Girard, the beautiful French scientist in charge of the NATO Early Warning Station.  The feeling is mutual, although Sophie’s not burdened by a significant other.  While in a drug-induced stupor, Sam hallucinated he was with Christine, but was actually kissing Sophie.

  • Daniel Lissing as SEAL James King

    Daniel Lissing as SEAL James King

    And then there’s just pure lust.  SEAL James King has developed a “good” relationship with island bartender Tani.  But he has a contentious relationship with LT Grace Shepard, the Colorado’s senior female officer.  She wants to know what the SEALs did in Pakistan; he points out her weaknesses whenever he can.  After they defuse a bomb together, they have hot “I’m still alive!” sex on the beach.  It was beautiful to behold.

And I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.  Stay tuned for more in my own personal Last Resort media blitz.

[All photos courtesy of ABC]

A big ol’ “Awwww”

Remember my concern that the Cartoon Network series DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk highlight the dragon Toothless and not just Hiccup, Astrid and the other teens?  I was pleased to report that the first two episodes did a fine job of showing the adorableness of Toothless and stressing how important he is to Hiccup.

Well, the “premiere” (which was actually the third episode, but the first to air in its regularly scheduled time slot—Tuesdays at 7:30 pm ET) far exceeded any hopes I had for the series.  We had a couple scenes reminiscent of the movie, including an adorable Toothless moment; followed by a wonderfully touching sequence showing Toothless rallying the other dragons to save not only the humans, but also the other critters.  Yes, I teared up, and I’m not ashamed to say so.

Now, I don’t expect all episodes to be so Toothless-centric; but for the time-being, I’m content.

Color me surprised!

I noticed my DVR was recording last night.  Unsure of what I was recording, I checked it out, and to my delight,  Riders of Berk had a one-hour premiere.    And here I’d been wondering what to watch on a Sunday evening.

The show was basically two separate episodes, so I’m not sure if these will be repeated later this week, or if they were something extra.  The first episode dealt with the unruliness of  the dragons, eating all the crops and setting buildings on fire accidentally.  The second explored blacksmith Gobber’s attempts to cope in a world where metal weapons were no longer needed to slay dragons.

Both episodes were cute and I found myself laughing out loud several times.  Perhaps my favorite moment was Hiccup telling Toothless that, among other things, Gobber taught Hiccup what he needed to know to make Toothless’s tail.  I was quite pleased how they highlighted the Hiccup/Toothless relationship.  In fact, all the other teens have grown quite fond of their dragons.

I was curious about the voice talent.  I was confident Gerard Butler wasn’t available (or too costly) for Stoic.  But Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs and Tuffnut were voiced by their movie counterparts (Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and TJ Miller respectively).  Notably absent were those who’ve hit the Big Time, Jonah Hill (Snotlout) and Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut).  I was surprised Craig Ferguson wasn’t voicing Gobber, but he does have a full-time gig with his talk show.

But they did get some great “new” talent:   Tim Conway plays a dim-witted, silly Viking, and Stephen Root voices Mildew, the village grump.  And I see from IMDB that Mark Hamill is set to play Alvin.  I hope Alvin remains the “poor-but-honest farmer” introduced in Cressida Cowell’s second book “How to Be a Pirate.”  Oh, this should be fun!

(Disclaimer:  Way too many actors mentioned in this post to tag them all.  Sorry if I skipped one of your favorites!)

Ready, Set, Record!

This coming Tuesday, Sep 4, Cartoon Network premieres DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk at 7:30 p.m. Eastern (6:30 Central).  The series is a spinoff of my favorite movie of all time, How to Train Your Dragon.  I’m so excited!

You may or may not know of my affintiy for dragons, and (Night Fury) Toothless is my most favorite cinematic critter ever.  I just hope the series is more like the actual movie than the short  “Legend of the BoneKnapper” (included in some DVD sets).  I attribute BoneKnapper’s mediocrity to minimal Toothless screentime, so as long as I get my fill of Toothless with the series, I’ll be happy.

If you’ve never seen How to Train Your Dragon, rent it it immediately!  Or better yet, buy the DVD.   You will not be disappointed.   It is the most delightful and poignant movie.  Everything about it is downright perfect.  Yes, it’s quite different from the books (which are also terrific), but it’s a wonderful story in its own right and I guarantee you’ll enjoy it (if not love it as much as I do).

“Private” thoughts

Uh-oh.  I’ve begun watching Private Practice.  This may not seem like a big deal, but as a fan of Supernatural, it is.  I refused to watch Grey’s Anatomy on principle because it used to air at the same time as Supernatural.  (In fact, Supernatural itself made fun of Grey’s Anatomy, calling it  “Dr. Sexy, M.D.” on more than one occasion.)  And since Private Practice is a Grey’s Anatomy spin-off, it was verboten by association.

Then Benjamin Bratt joined the cast.  I was so out of touch with these medical shows, I didn’t even realize it until the season was half over.

Is the show good?  Not particularly.  Is it realistic?  Hell, no!  But I was so glad to see Bratt back on tv, playing a likeable character (unlike William Banks of The Cleaner) I didn’t really care.   And making him romantically available (unlike Rey Curtis from Law & Order) doesn’t hurt.

I mention all this because the show has left me with a profound yearning to move to L.A.  What’s surprising is that it’s not that far fetched—I could do it!  I have a friend from college who lives in Long Beach.  And I’d actually be able to afford a modest place to live.  Granted, it wouldn’t be Addison’s beach-side place since since I don’t have $100 mil or so lying around.

But would I really want to live in the land of the perputally young and beautiful people?  I’m not a high-maintenance type of person, so I’d probably feel out of place.  Perhaps this intense desire for a body of water is my heart’s way of telling me to move to Clear Lake (Iowa).  I always considered it Iowa’s answer to L.A.,  perhaps it’d be a nice compromise, with the added bonus of Hawkeye football and changing seasons.  😉

The 2011 (and 2010) SOCk Awards

What happened to the Goga or Goga awards I was going to announce?  Well, first of all, I decided not to call them either Goga or Gago.  Voting produced an astounding 1-1 tie; and I decided the names were kind of stupid for an award.  But not stupid for a cute Italian nephew, of course!  😉

Then I got hung up on trying to find pictures to go with all the award winners.  And behold, a whole month went by.  So this year we will forgo the pretty (pirated) pictures.

So, instead we have the “Stream Of Conscience” (plus a “k”) Awards for Gail’s (or General) Entertainment.

And the winners are: Continue reading