Parents' Guide to

Last Resort

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Effective drama raises thoughtful questions amid violence.

TV ABC Drama 2012
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Even those who don't fancy themselves fans of the submarine genre could get hooked by Last Resort's well-penned pilot, which starts out with some hammy, ho-hum dialogue but quickly morphs into an effectively engrossing thriller about a rogue crew and the advent of nuclear war. There are plenty of subplots to follow, too, but you're definitely left with the sense that they're leading somewhere with a satisfying payoff.

The plot is admittedly out there, but it works. And another interesting angle is the show's exploration of co-ed quarters below sea level, a recent development stemming from the end of a Pentagon policy that banned women from serving aboard Navy submarines. Though some of the male-female tension feels exaggerated, it's certainly rooted in powerful truths that make great fodder for parent-teen discussions.

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