Scott Speedman Previews Last Resort's Nuclear Neutering, an Unlikely Ally and the Sophie Sitch

Last Resort, Scott SpeedmanAnd just like that, the Colorado is a 20,000-ton sitting duck.

When last we tuned into ABC’s Last Resort (Thursdays at 8/7c), an otherwise hallucination-filled hour ended with an all-too-real jaw-dropper – that someone had pinched Captain Chaplin’s launch key during his “Buzz”-y stupor. The rogue crew has thus lost its big stick to ward off would-be attackers. Scott Speedman, who plays XO Sam Kendall, previews how the search for the missing key could turn up an unlikely ally, as well as weighs in on the “complicated” situation with Christine and Sophie.

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TVLINE | Where would you rank the missing launch key among the show’s crises to date?
It’s a big one. I mean, if we don’t have that launch key, we’re kind of screwed. We’re completely defenseless without that key, and if the people back home find that we don’t have it, we have no negotiating power. They would just come and take us.

TVLINE | Who is your first suspect in the theft?
If you saw Episode 5, my thrust was dealing with this character Booth, who is some sort of black ops CIA operative with tricky motives. He was in charge of the dosing of the crew with hallucinogens, so he would be suspect No 1. But if he doesn’t have it, then one would think he knows who does. So Marcus and I start off dealing with him, and then Booth and I sort of develop an “interesting” relationship — let’s just say that.

TVLINE | Talk more about Booth, because last week that guy seemed sketchy as hell.
That’s a function of that episode, but there are more colors to the character than just being a moustache-twisting bad guy. And a lot of that has to do with Gideon Emery, the actor we hired who brings a lot to the role. There are more dimensions to that character than immediately meet the eye. He’s not just there to destroy us. Other things are at play.

TVLINE | I think that part of what makes this show work is that almost every character is some shade of grey. People have agendas, and you don’t know whether to trust them or if you even know who they really are.
That’s when I like our show the most, when we don’t have squeaky-clean characters all working towards one cause. Everybody’s got their own motives.

TVLINE | Is the missing launch key a long-arc story, or is it resolved pretty quickly?
It’s a longer-arcing thing – and an interesting one, for sure.

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TVLINE | Turning to the Christine story, will Sam ever properly process that paparazzi photo of his wife with his best friend Paul?
Yeah, that comes back and it’s a tricky moment. The audience knows more than Sam does, so from his perspective it’s just a photo of them leaving a house. And there’s no way to get a hold of Christine, so at this point it’s not so much a huge alarm in Sam’s mind. Things will come to light, however, as we go along.

TVLINE | Meanwhile, when Sophie reviewed the video of her and Sam’s drug-induced kiss, she had an almost melancholy look in her eyes.
Obviously there is something there, and I’m always interested in the complicated version of my character — and it is complicated, him being married and all of that. But yeah, that becomes much more of a storyline. The Sam-and-Sophie story has done a very good job of staying away from soap opera. They’re not just jumping in the sack and doing stupid stuff; there’s a real relationship building there.

TVLINE | Let’s hope that video of the kiss never finds its way to D.C.
Yeah. [Laughs] Let’s hope that stays on the island!

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13 Comments
  1. do they have Internet access on the island? can they use it to contact the outside world? not from the sub, but from the listening station… or has the entire world blocked them from doing that?

  2. POIFanatic says:

    The last episode was hands-down the most awful episode on any show this season. I wish they’d start doing better stories rather than trying to infuse fake relationships (Sophia-XO) for dramatic effect.

  3. Christabelle says:

    Scott Speedman’s acting has really impressed me so far. For the most part, he’s able to keep up with Andre Braugher who should, let’s face it, be on tv at all times. I do wish that the show were more like a British mini-series though, with a few perfect episodes and a longer break to accommodate a time jump. I can suspend disbelief to a point, but they do tend to veer into the ridiculous, and I can’t see the series premise as sustainable over multiple 22 episode seasons.

    • Agree, 100%. I would argue that this narrative has limited longevity and would be much stronger if they didn’t feel like they had to stretch it out over multiple seasons (or even one 22ep season). This missing key thing- this should not be a multiple episode arc– how long can we reasonably believe that something that important will be kept from the rest of the world when their is obviously a mole (or two) on the island?

  4. Whatevah says:

    There is NO way that video is NOT getting back to Christine. It’s just a matter of which episode. Probably soon.

  5. Kat says:

    I agree with POIFanatic Sorry.. I don’t like the Sam/Sophia “relationship”. Why can’t there EVER be a show where the husband and wife are truly committed to one another without interference from someone else???? This has ruined the show for me so I’m not going to watch anymore if it keeps up.

  6. Ali says:

    I only watch this show for Robert Patrick. They under utilize him. He’s a stellar actor and needs more to do on that show.

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