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Exploring Last Resort and “Skeleton Crew” with Andre Braugher

6 years ago by Reg Seeton

Scott Speedman (left) and Andre Braugher (right) in the Last Resort episode “Skeleton Crew” – ABC/MARIO PEREZ

Andre Braugher and the Last Resort cast returns to ABC on Thursday for “Skeleton Crew” in which talks take place with the United States government.

Following a strong series debut in September, Last Resort continues to navigate the ABC waters with Andre Braugher heading up the crew of the U.S.S. Colorado in the role of nuclear submarine Captain Marcus Chaplin.

After disobeying orders to fire nuclear weapons at a foreign country, Chaplin and crew have been holed up on the fictional Pacific island of Sainte Marina in a clash with the U.S. government.

In the October 25 episode of Last Resort called “Skeleton Crew”, Andre Barugher’s Chaplin and Scott Speedman’s Lieutenant commander Sam Kendal enter into tense negotiations with the U.S. government in an attempt to end the island standoff. In other Last Resort drama this Thursday, Grace (Daisy Betts) takes command of the U.S.S. Colorado on a dangerous repair operation after a critical system failure.

But for the displaced crew of the Colorado, talks with their own government play a key role for the future.

So, after everything that’s happened to date on Last Resort, how tough is it for Chaplin to enter into negotiations with the government? As Andre Braugher admitted to The Deadbolt ahead of “Skeleton Crew”, the talks are vital to his character.

“At this point I think it’s what Chaplin wants,” Braugher revealed before this week’s episode. “He has a crew of sailors, very few of which truly understand what happened and the ramifications of being considered treasonists or renegades, or a mutiny of some kind. So he wants to give his crew, as well as his officers, an opportunity to surrender the ship and not be held accountable for what Marcus and Sam did back in the pilot in terms of firing a missile on the United States.”

Andre Braugher, a two time Emmy winner and multiple nominee, came into Last Resort with a commanding presence, one that made it easy for Braugher to step into the shoes of Captain Marcus Chaplin.

After playing Det. Frank Pembleton on Homicide: Life on the Street, a Deputy District Attorney on Law & Order: SVU and a doctor on House (to name only a few), Braugher is no stranger to roles of authority.

Andre Braugher (left) stars as Captain Marcus Chaplin in Last Resort on ABC – Photo: ABC/MARIO PEREZ

Based on the conflict within in this week’s Last Resort, Braugher knows what it takes to play a person in power who needs to negotiate at a high level for the safety of others.

“It’s quite important,” Braugher continued to The Deadbolt, “because at this point it seems as though this is a crew that’s held together by the belief that we ought to stick together long enough so that we can make it back home and negotiate our way to get back home. In essence, we’re not equipped to be traitors, so it’s of the utmost importance that we do so.”

Last Resort airs Thursday nights at 8/7c on ABC.

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Reg Seeton created The Deadbolt in 2005 after working for the pioneering movie news website, Coming Attractions. Reg has over 15 years experience as a top online entertainment journalist and interviewer, has worked with several award winning actors, musicians and writers, and has managed entertainment networks in New York and Los Angeles. And he's done it all with one eye!