• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 27, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Oct 4, 2012
    75
    This new series is a bold military thriller. [8 Oct 2012, p.60]
  2. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Sep 28, 2012
    80
    The show has one of the most thrilling pilots of recent years, but there are a few growing pains in the subsequent two episodes as the show sorts out the weight it gives stories involving the sub's crew, the locals on the tropical island they commandeer and the people back home who have connections to the sub.
  3. 80
    This is one hell of a debut, and the last seven minutes are brilliant, hitting emotional notes that you might not expect.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    Last Resort's premise alone promises a pretty good action thriller. But co-creator (with Karl Gajusek) and writer Shawn Ryan has produced something much bigger and better than an exercise in bang-bang.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    Last Resort is going to need that rich blend of characters and plots. The pilot is sensational--a suspenseful, cinema-quality grabber.
  6. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    There is a slightly claustrophobic feel to some of the pilot--reminiscent of the feeling the revamped Battlestar Galactica gave--but you can't help but feel that on a submarine. Despite that, Last Resort manages to move at a feverish pace, with pulse-pounding twists and turns.
  7. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    plenty of other characters worth getting to know in a show whose pilot holds up under repeat viewing and whose second episode doesn't disappoint.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 27, 2012
    60
    First impressions suggest the writers of Last Resort are waging an internal battle between grounding the show in some semblance of reality and allowing it to spin out into cheap soap opera territory.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 27, 2012
    90
    An electrifying military-gone-amok thriller that bridges the macho hardware of Tom Clancy with the suspense of paranoid Cold War classics from the '60s like Fail Safe and Seven Days in May.
  10. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Sep 27, 2012
    80
    In its early hours, Last Resort lays in enough plot and character provisions to potentially last a long, long journey.
  11. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Sep 27, 2012
    75
    Once you get past the stupid stuff, such as the sex-goddess submarine tech designer and the equally gorgeous sub's Chief Navigator, Grace (Daisy Betts) there's something pretty damned good here.
  12. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 27, 2012
    40
    When you get a headache just trying to follow a show's setup, that's not a good sign. When a show's twists and turns make it hard to concentrate on what seems to be a terrific performance from the splendid Andre Braugher, that's even worse.
  13. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Sep 27, 2012
    25
    To be fair, Last Resort does not insult ideology--it merely knocks your intelligence.
  14. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Sep 26, 2012
    80
    Given a boatload of fine performances and an attractive milieu, it remains very much worth watching even when it feels like the writers are depending on your inattention or forcing their characters to act improbably in the service of a puzzle-plot that at times feels held together with string and tape and white glue.
  15. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 26, 2012
    88
    It's the season's riskiest new series, but also one of the best.
  16. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Sep 26, 2012
    70
    Last Resort is an action-adventure mystery slickly coated with suspense, but some of the uncertainty lies over whether the story can stay afloat for more than a few episodes.
  17. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 26, 2012
    80
    All of the material crammed into tonight's episode is both intriguing and tensely directed (by Martin Campbell, "Casino Royale"), raising a host of strong possibilities for the show's future.
  18. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Sep 26, 2012
    80
    What constitutes a nation? This is the heady question that underpins the action-movie thrills of ABC's submarine-gone-righteously-rogue drama Last Resort, one of the most promising dramas of the fall season.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Sep 26, 2012
    75
    Last Resort is a convincingly produced thriller with more than action on its mind.
  20. Reviewed by: Phillip Maciak
    Sep 26, 2012
    75
    The series manages to be both entertaining and self-reflexive, populist and purposeful, and that's a rare thing in and of itself.
  21. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 26, 2012
    80
    I'm not discouraged by the show's early growing pains; the cast is still full of good actors, Last Resort displays an admirable amount of forward momentum and the hiccups along the way are just another indication of how many chances the show is taking.
  22. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 26, 2012
    83
    The Last Resort pilot episode is far and away the best I watched for this fall season. There are some bumps in the next two episodes, but also some very promising signs that, coupled with the talent involved, has me wanting to believe there is a great series here.
  23. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 25, 2012
    67
    Maybe just crazy enough to be engaging in the early going. It's the long run that looks questionable.
  24. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 25, 2012
    50
    The show, co-created by Shawn Ryan of "The Shield," is weirdly watchable, the way a hamster spinning a treadmill is watchable.
  25. Last Resort [is] another epic, ambitious and distinctive new show that is cause for excitement.
  26. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 25, 2012
    91
    The first two hours of Last Resort are bracingly strong on pulling power.
  27. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 24, 2012
    80
    While it's hard to anticipate the next several moves, Braugher, Speedman and supporting players like Robert Patrick (a "Unit" alum) provide incentive to tag along for the voyage, at least for awhile.
  28. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Sep 21, 2012
    60
    Conflicts and tortured characters abound. Unfortunately, the drama goes somewhat soggy when the camera leaves the tight confines of the submarine and the complex plotlines twist into knots.
  29. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Sep 21, 2012
    83
    [Braugher and Speedman's] warm chemistry gives this crackling conspiracy thriller a much-needed emotional charge. [28 Sep 2012, p.64]
  30. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Sep 21, 2012
    70
    The vibe so far is part "Hunt for Red October," part "Lord of the Flies."
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 134 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 7 out of 28
  1. Nov 20, 2012
    1
    From high hopes to up in flames. What a disjointed mess of a show. The writers seem torn betwee a show based on reality and a cheesy soap opera. Plots are complex and don't flow, the acting goes from average to bad. It had potential. underscore had.. Full Review »
  2. Oct 3, 2012
    5
    Really disappointing. Previews were great, sucked me right in. Looked like a Tom Clancy thriller..... instead looks like we have a 90210 on a Sub. I'm going to give it a few more episodes to make my final judgement. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2012
    10
    By far this is one of the best shows to come out in years. An interesting plot, well written characters, and just enough action to keep people interested without being "overkill". My only real complaint about the show is that the premiere was only 1 hour, when it should have been a 2 or even 3 hour event. Hopefully we'll get a little more back story through flashbacks etc. in the coming episodes. 10/10! Full Review »