One of the most anticipated new shows of the fall is ABC's intriguing new military drama Last Resort. The series, created by The Shield's Shawn Ryan, follows the crew of the USS Colorado, a submarine that refuses to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. Declared enemies of the United States, the crew of the Colorado set up their own nation on an island until they can return to America and prove their innocence.
Of course, the story doesn't only take place on the fictional island of Sante Marina. Back in the U.S., the story will also focus on Christine Kendal, played by Jessy Schram, the wife of the Colorado's executive officer, who is coping with the fact that her husband has been declared an enemy of the state. We got a chance to talk with Jessy Schram earlier this summer, and her excitement about Last Resort is contagious.
"What's amazing is that the trailer [for Last Resort] pumps you up, but the actual [show] does so much more," she told TVRage.
Schram, who also stars in the TNT alien invasion drama Falling Skies, initially auditioned for the pilot because of the buzz surrounding it: "Anyone that I talked to just kept telling me about this script," she shared. "After I auditioned with [the script], I sat down and went through it a little bit more. . . And for me, one of the biggest draws was that my character represents the people that stay at home, the people that have loved ones all over the place."
According to Schram, Christine represents "America right now." "People just look at the girl at home and say, 'She's just a wife.' But there's no such thing as 'just a wife.' There's so much strength and integrity that you have to have when one of your loved ones is away, and I feel like my character really represents many people in America right now."
"The power of a woman when her husband is in trouble is extremely strong," Schram added, noting that despite the geographic gap between her character and most of the main cast, "she'll definitely be involved in the story and figuring things out or helping the mystery continue."
As for the series as a whole, "it's definitely more like The A-Team meets Lord of the Flies. . . It's an action-packed show. It's thrilling, and it has a lot of suspense and mystery. [But] it's not just a show of blowing up things and trying to [solve the mysteries]. It really touches base on the core of people. It's about finding the truth about who you are and how much you'll take and who you'll believe. It's about trusting your instincts."
What do you think? Personally, I'm pretty excited about Last Resort -- it looks to me like one of the best new network shows of the fall season. What about you? Will you be tuning in?
Last Resort will premiere September 27 at 8/7c on ABC.