Opening paragraph shows Mr. Ryan to typically produce shows I don't watch...
Yikes! But for all of that - "Last Resort" has my interest - besides starring Andre Brauer, who is just BRILLIANT in almost anything he's in, the show has a "world-building" feel to it, that tends to appeal to me.
Shawn Ryan: We had the ending before we had a lot of the middle, I would say. We knew we wanted to end up in that place of a George Washington/Colonel Kurtz, and then it was all in the details of how do we arrive there, what is that place and then you have all kinds of production considerations too. We didn't know for a long time where we would film it. Puerto Rico was discussed, South Africa, Australia; Hawaii [was] obviously where we ended up. So that affected things a little bit as well.
KURTZ! OK, here on Ex Isle, we seem to be having a love affair with Kurtz, what with the rampant speculation that the next Trek movie (unfortunately titled "Star Trek Into Darkness") might be an adaptation of the Conrad novel, "Heart of Darkness." So that one reference ought to perk up some ears! But, to be honest, I'm not sure I want to see Andre Braugher as Kurtz for this show. I like the George Washington comparision, certainly. But I'm surprised at how I've already formed an idea that Braugher is a good guy and not a Kurtz. Maybe I'm being hard on Kurtz.
Shawn Ryan: There are two mysteries in our show, but our show is not based on a mystery. I can't say ultra definitively because we're just through episode seven, but I believe that both those "mysteries" will be revealed within the first 13 episodes but this is a show about complications and the situations that they find themselves in. The complications that they find themselves in won't necessarily disappear with the revelations of those mysteries.
Oooo... that's good, because I hate for shows to drag on a mystery just to drag on a mystery. I am relieved to hear that the show ISN"T a whodunit but a drama - a world for our characters to play in.
There's a lot more here, AND, the full episode is at the end of the episode. Check it out!