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]


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).