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20 November 2012 @ 01:38 pm
No Resort  
So I was vaguely thinking of getting back into the habit of posting, y'know, ever, and I was thinking that as part of that I should ask if anyone else is watching Last Resort. The premise held no interest for me at all until I noticed Andre Braugher was attached, but he's almost always a reason for me to check out a show, so I did.

And I was thrilled. Plots and scenarios were realistic! I don't know all that much about actual life in the military nor on a submarine, but each detail seemed at least plausible! Character motivations were reasonable! People who were supposed to be intelligent actually acted intelligently! There's only been one story that started with *shock scene!* *period of time earlier ...* (which is the runaway winner for "most overused storytelling device of the year" for every year this millenium), and for that story, that structure actually made in-narrative sense! Interesting character combinations in varying scenes, tension and plotting that wasn't artificial, nifty contrasting scenes ... good stuff. And because I can't say it enough, intelligence.

I should have known ABC couldn't allow that to exist. Cancelled. The 13 originally ordered episodes will apparently air, though the schedule is apparently not yet fully set, and ABC won't even release the rights for another station to pick the show up, because they don't even know if they have anything else workable for the (dreadful) timeslot in the pipeline.

Dammit, why can't we have nice things?!

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E.T. Davidoffvettecat on November 20th, 2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Never saw it but sorry a good series got cut...
michelel72michelel72 on November 21st, 2012 02:48 am (UTC)
Thanks. You'd think I'd be used to it by now ...
sings and wanders: daisy tonguevioletcheetah on November 21st, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Well, bugger. Maybe after the 13 eps air, they're'll be a theatrical release.
aurora_novarum: Snoopy Typingaurora_novarum on November 21st, 2012 01:07 am (UTC)
What?! Cancelled!? Boo! I agree Andre Braugher is enough to turn in.

I actually found the conspiracy itself as its revealed a bit wild, but the character reactions are realistic, and I find it's a good ensemble.

It's in a killer time slot IIRC. But Boo!!!
michelel72michelel72 on November 21st, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, exactly.

I'm less worried about the conspiracy than in how the characters are reacting to their circumstances -- which is a reversal for me, because I usually consider the causative elements just as vital to the worldbuilding as any other element (if not more so). I think it may be that they've been so good with the characters and interactions that I trust them to come up with something coherent and, more importantly, have worked that stuff out already.

It's kind of sad that I've been pleasantly surprised by nearly every scene simply for not playing into disappointing tropes. I'll miss that ... :sniff:
WriterJCwriterjc on November 21st, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
I know, me too! I kept looking for episodes but feared the worse when there were no more new eps on Hulu. :( Bummed.
michelel72michelel72 on November 21st, 2012 02:54 am (UTC)
Bummed indeed. I've even been watching episodes within the seven-day window that matters so much to advertisers, just because I've found it so rewarding! I seldom bother to stay so current! Feh.