History Series / LastResort

25th Apr '16 2:54:58 AM TinMan
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* TheFaceless: The President. He doesn't show up until the last few minutes of the last episode, nor is he named before then.

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* TheFaceless: The President. He doesn't show up until the last few minutes of the last episode, nor episode and he is he named before then.facing away from the camera when it focuses on him.


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* NoNameGiven: Averted with the President. Admiral Shepherd uses his last name once, but it's very easy to miss. It's Bolton.
24th Jan '16 2:06:16 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[UsefulNotes/PakistanisWithPanters Pakistanis with Panters]]: Since Pakistan is destroyed mostly by nuclear missiles, most of its military is forced to disband. The crew faces off against remnants of the Pakistani Navy's Special Service Group Navy, an elite navy special forces unit.
19th Dec '15 7:39:32 PM nombretomado
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* LogoJoke: The [=MiddKid=] Productions ([[TheShield Shawn Ryan]]'s company) logo has a submarine at sea in the background (which is usually grassy hills).

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* LogoJoke: The [=MiddKid=] Productions ([[TheShield ([[Series/TheShield Shawn Ryan]]'s company) logo has a submarine at sea in the background (which is usually grassy hills).
15th Dec '15 8:57:17 PM Fireblood
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** [[spoiler:Subverted in that the system's potency ''isn't'' the reason they seize it. They're actually after the TrackingDevice it's bundled with, which would have proven that the Colorado retrieved a SEAL team from Pakistan less than a day before the US decided to nuke the country.]]

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** [[spoiler:Subverted [[spoiler:{{Subverted}} in that the system's potency ''isn't'' the reason they seize it. They're actually after the TrackingDevice it's bundled with, which would have proven that the Colorado retrieved a SEAL team from Pakistan less than a day before the US decided to nuke the country.]]



* ItGetsEasier: implied in the finale episode when [[spoiler: Kylie tearfully is forced to shoot her lover to prove her loyalty to the president, but this opens the door for her to assassinate the president later.]]

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* ItGetsEasier: implied {{Implied}} in the finale episode when [[spoiler: Kylie tearfully is forced to shoot her lover to prove her loyalty to the president, but this opens the door for her to assassinate the president later.]]



* JustEatGilligan: A lot of the problems on the Island would disappear if they would just kill Serrat.
* JustFollowingOrders: Spectacularly defied by Chaplin and then Kendell. They are not going to launch nuclear weapons and kill millions of people simply because they received an order that appears to be legitimate. COB Prosser has a problem with this [[spoiler: leading to an attempted countermutiny]].

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* JustEatGilligan: A lot of the problems on the Island island would disappear if they would just kill Serrat.
* JustFollowingOrders: Spectacularly defied by Chaplin and then Kendell. They are not going to launch nuclear weapons and kill millions of people simply because they received an order that appears to be legitimate. COB Prosser has a problem with this this, [[spoiler: leading to an attempted countermutiny]].counter-mutiny]].



* KarmaHoudini: Anders in "Big Chicken Dinner.[[spoiler:.. except [[AvertedTrope not.]] Sophie (who was placed on the jury as a neutral vote) reveals that Serrat sandbagged the case by convincing the islanders on the jury to acquit in order to start a riot against the sub crew, and that two of three fellow crew members voted to convict along with Sophie. Chaplin tricks Anders into admitting his guilt, proceeds to give Anders the titular "Big Chicken Dinner" (i.e. a bad conduct discharge), and sends Anders off to fend for himself among the islanders.]]

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* KarmaHoudini: Anders in "Big Chicken Dinner.[[spoiler:.. except Except [[AvertedTrope not.]] Sophie (who was placed on the jury as a neutral vote) reveals that Serrat sandbagged the case by convincing the islanders on the jury to acquit in order to start a riot against the sub crew, and that two of three fellow crew members voted to convict along with Sophie. Chaplin tricks Anders into admitting his guilt, proceeds to give Anders the titular "Big Chicken Dinner" (i.e. a bad conduct discharge), and sends Anders off to fend for himself among the islanders.]]



* MeaningfulName: The Black Ops commando that the crew captures in "Just Another Navy Day" is [[spoiler: secretly trying to undermine a President he thinks is behaving like a tyrant.]] His name (at least the one he offers)? [[spoiler: Booth]]

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* MeaningfulName: The Black Ops commando that the crew captures in "Just Another Navy Day" is [[spoiler: secretly trying to undermine a President he thinks is behaving like a tyrant.]] His name (at least the one he offers)? [[spoiler: Booth]]Booth.]]



* [[UsefulNotes/PakistanisWithPanters Pakistanis with Panters]]: Since Pakistan is destroyed mostly by nuclear missiles, most of its military is forced to disband. The crew faces off against remnants of the Pakistani Navy's Special Services Group Navy, an elite navy special forces unit.

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* [[UsefulNotes/PakistanisWithPanters Pakistanis with Panters]]: Since Pakistan is destroyed mostly by nuclear missiles, most of its military is forced to disband. The crew faces off against remnants of the Pakistani Navy's Special Services Service Group Navy, an elite navy special forces unit.



* ProductionPosse: Jay Karnes (The Deputy Defense Secretary) and David Rees Snell (Hopper, the injured SEAL) followed creator Shawn Ryan over from ''TheShield''.
** As did Robert Patrick (the COB) from ''TheUnit''.



* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: The cuts to a rape victim's story during "Big Chicken Dinner" are eventually revealed to be Grace's flashback to a rape at the Naval Academy, in retaliation for her punishing another cadet's honor infraction.]]
* RebelliousRebel: [[spoiler: When Prosser's mutiny succeeds in the final episode, Anders and some of his supporters wage a successful countermutiny with the goal of selling the ''Colorado'' to the Chinese. Prosser's group then joins forces once again with Chaplin to keep the sub out of China's hands.]]

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* RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler: The cuts to a rape victim's story during "Big Chicken Dinner" are eventually revealed to be Grace's flashback to a her rape at the Naval Academy, in retaliation for her punishing another cadet's honor infraction.]]
* RebelliousRebel: [[spoiler: When Prosser's mutiny succeeds in the final episode, Anders and some of his supporters wage a successful countermutiny counter-mutiny with the goal of selling the ''Colorado'' to the Chinese. Prosser's group then joins forces once again with Chaplin to keep the sub out of China's hands.]]



* RidiculousFutureInflation: reference is made to $8/gallon gasoline as a result of the events of the series. Justified though -- under the circumstances, not a lot of countries would be selling the US oil, so $8/gal would probably be quite a bit on the low side.

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* RidiculousFutureInflation: reference Reference is made to $8/gallon gasoline as a result of the events of the series. Justified [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] though -- under the circumstances, not a lot of countries would be selling the US oil, so $8/gal would probably be quite a bit on the low side.



* WhatTheHellHero: Invoked often, primarily by crewmembers uncertain about Chaplin's motives, and also by the XO after [[spoiler: Chaplin orders the execution of one of Serrat's men after he was identified as rigging a female crewmember into a human bomb]].

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* WhatTheHellHero: Invoked {{Invoked}} often, primarily by crewmembers crew members uncertain about Chaplin's motives, and also by the XO after [[spoiler: Chaplin orders the execution of one of Serrat's men after he was identified as rigging a female crewmember into a human bomb]].
15th Dec '15 8:42:18 PM Fireblood
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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Captain Chaplin
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Three episodes after Grace gets the shit beaten out of her by a Spetznaz trooper, she's still sporting a shiner and a scabbed cheek. Her arm is also in a sling for a few episodes.

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* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Captain Chaplin
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted.{{Averted}}. Three episodes after Grace gets the shit beaten out of her by a Spetznaz trooper, she's still sporting a shiner and a scabbed cheek. Her arm is also in a sling for a few episodes.



* FakeAmerican: British-Canadian Scott Speedman as Lieutenant Commander Kendall and Australians Daisy Betts as Lieutenant Grace Shepard and Daniel Lissing as SEAL James King.
* FakeNationality: Zigzagged all over the place with Nepali-Australian (and ethnically Tibetan) Dichen Lachman as an Australian-raised island native. Also, American-born Sahr Ngaujah, who is of Sierra Leonean descent, as an expatriate Liberian drug lord who somehow found himself in the Indian Ocean.
** Singaporean Chinese Chin Han as Chinese Special Envoy Zheng Li.
** Averted with Frenchwoman Sophie Girard being played by - gasp! - a French actress.
** Some of the "Filipinos" being depicted in "Blue Water" are a mix. Some are actual ones, but there are others who look like them. Except that they aren't. Example: One of them doesn't pronounce "Sampaloc" the right way during a conversation with King and Sam.



* FalseRapeAccusation: Averted. [[spoiler:Anders]] admits that the girl he was going with said "no" when he tried to have sex with her.

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* FalseRapeAccusation: Averted. At first it appears like this might be the case, but later [[spoiler:Anders]] admits that the girl he was going with said "no" when he tried to have sex with her.



** Inverted with Chaplin; most of his immediate family was already dead when the series started, with a remaining son 'off saving the whales' and presumably not on speaking terms with him.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Anders revealed to Grace that he did rape one of the locals, even though the jury found him not guilty. Chaplin found out that Serrat fixed up the trial to make it look like Anders didn't rape the girl. Chaplin decided to play along and allowed him to hide as the locals were preparing to hunt him down and torture him according to island laws.]]

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** Inverted {{Inverted}} with Chaplin; most of his immediate family was already dead when the series started, with a remaining son 'off saving the whales' and presumably not on speaking terms with him.
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:Anders [[spoiler: Anders revealed to Grace that he did rape one of the locals, even though the jury found him not guilty. Chaplin found out that Serrat fixed up the trial to make it look like Anders didn't rape the girl. Chaplin decided to play along and allowed him to hide as the locals were preparing to hunt him down and torture him according to island laws.]]



** After a bit of flirting in "Skeleton Crew" and defusing a bomb in "Nuke it Out", [[spoiler:King and Shepard]] have sex on the beach. She makes it clear that it's just a one time thing.

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** After a bit of flirting in "Skeleton Crew" and defusing a bomb in "Nuke it Out", [[spoiler:King and Shepard]] have sex on the beach. She makes it clear that it's just a one time one-time thing.
12th Aug '15 1:50:32 AM MrTerrorist
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* CaliforniaDoubling: A L.A. neighborhood doubling as Manila, Philippines.
19th Apr '15 9:06:06 PM nombretomado
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* ANuclearError: The Colorado's missiles can be self-destructed midflight in case of an erroneous launch. [[spoiler:This does not happen when Chaplin fires at DC; however, he intentionally overshoots the target, with the explosion happening in international waters, but close enough to DC (and New York) to see the flash.]] Perhaps justified in the post-ColdWar era, but not explained. Also, the flight path from the Indian Ocean to Washington is quite a bit outside the officially acknowledged range of the Trident II missile, but of course the actual range is probably classified anyway. Interestingly, the self-destruct function does not seem to be common knowledge; Sinclair assumes that once launched, there's no stopping it short of an orbital shootdown (i.e. Star Wars, which Sinclair's father was involved in).

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* ANuclearError: The Colorado's missiles can be self-destructed midflight in case of an erroneous launch. [[spoiler:This does not happen when Chaplin fires at DC; however, he intentionally overshoots the target, with the explosion happening in international waters, but close enough to DC (and New York) to see the flash.]] Perhaps justified in the post-ColdWar post-UsefulNotes/ColdWar era, but not explained. Also, the flight path from the Indian Ocean to Washington is quite a bit outside the officially acknowledged range of the Trident II missile, but of course the actual range is probably classified anyway. Interestingly, the self-destruct function does not seem to be common knowledge; Sinclair assumes that once launched, there's no stopping it short of an orbital shootdown (i.e. Star Wars, which Sinclair's father was involved in).
26th Mar '15 5:49:27 AM Synch
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** [=SSBNs=] can NOT retarget their Trident [=SLBMs=] independently. Flexibility of targeting is what the Strategic Command is for.
*** I don't know how it works in the USN, but in the Royal Navy the Captain does retain the ability to target his Tridents independently of a higher authority, as he would have unlimited authority to use his weapons in the "Letters of Last Resort" scenario when he would obviously be unable to contact Headquarters to request target data.
*** Yes, but the USN is different on that front from the Royal Navy for several reasons (London being a lot closer to the USSR than Washington DC is, our Air Force having ICBM silos, etc.).

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** [=SSBNs=] can NOT not retarget their Trident [=SLBMs=] independently. Flexibility of targeting is what the Strategic Command is for.
*** I don't know how it works in the USN, but in the Royal Navy the Captain does retain the ability to target his Tridents independently of a higher authority, as he would have unlimited authority to use his weapons in the "Letters of Last Resort" scenario when he would obviously be unable to contact Headquarters to request target data.
*** Yes, but the USN is different on that front from the Royal Navy for several reasons (London being a lot closer to the USSR than Washington DC is, our Air Force having ICBM silos, etc.).
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*** So is King's haircut, but he's a SEAL and those rules don't apply to him.
30th Oct '14 10:47:52 PM Eagal
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* TheGeneralsDaughter: Well, Admiral's daughter, but Grace. Some of the crew think it's the only reason she got her job.
18th Oct '14 2:13:50 AM Sahira
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* TheLastTitle: The title of the series.
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