Whilst filming the show's fifth episode, star Andre Braugher - who plays Marcus Chaplin, a Naval captain forced to turn against his own government - spoke about his character's development and why international audiences should tune in for Last Resort...
What has changed about your character Marcus Chaplin since you started the series?
"More has been revealed on a weekly basis, and, certainly, our writers reveal more to me. There's only so much you can say and certain things you experience in the playing of such a character, and that's when they become real and they become true. And I think what continues to be true is that Marcus Chaplin is thinking strategically, and that's very hard for people who aren't thinking strategically, because what we all need to do in terms of remaining on this island and remaining to be a viable force is not what Americans necessarily want to do.
"In the first episode, we believe that some special forces are going to land to try to blow up the submarine or assassinate me and take over. And the question then becomes, 'How do we defend ourselves? Are we going to kill Americans?' If we are going to survive, the answer is yes.
"In the second episode, we're going to run the blockade to deliver something for a man who is holding three of our soldiers captive. When we fail to execute this mission on time, and this man kills one of our men, are we going to hold off the US Navy on one side while also fighting an insurgency on the other? Or will we let it go until the day we can get our revenge?
"As Americans, my men, my sailors - they want to saddle up and ride. But my whole point is that this would be suicide. You can't just saddle up on an island against a well-entrenched criminal enterprise. It's one of those moments where, in order to further our greater aim, which is stability on the island, we have to make friends with the people we disagree with the most."
You're currently shooting the fifth episode. Can you tell us what's going on?
"This episode is about negotiations with the US Secretary of Defence for possession of the submarine. It's all about who has the upper hand... who has the leverage... who has the juice. Ultimately, Marcus is looking for the best deal, and the best deal in this episode involves him finagling it so that Sam (Scott Speedman) appears to betray him in order to get the best deal.
"But even that deal falls apart because the US Government thinks they have found the submarine, and they're in a position to destroy it. But, ultimately, they fail; the government fails to destroy the sub and the deal is off the table. Basically, we're back at square one.
"Marcus has to get his men and women home safely, and keep them out of the prisons and court-martials that will follow, because they are innocent. There's only one person on the boat who is not innocent, and that is me, Marcus Chaplin. I have no interest or delusions that somehow I won't be made to suffer for this, but my men and women will not be made to suffer."
At this point, how much of the crew aboard the submarine is behind Marcus and his actions?
"Today it's at 65. A couple episodes ago, it might have been 35. There are a lot of guys who were asleep or putting out the garbage when I made the decision to disobey a direct order. They feel blameless, and they have lives back in the United States, and they want to go home. I can only keep those people that want to be here - otherwise I'm shanghaiing my own sailors.
"Who's going to keep the peace? Who's going to keep these sailors as a disciplined fighting force? What's to prevent us from being cut to pieces? There's a lot going on in terms of fomenting a fighting spirit between our men, and also about promoting the idea that we're going back home. That's the whole goal of this episode; safe passage back to the United States. That's the deal I'm trying to cut."
You are currently wearing your crisp, white Admirals uniform, which you were wearing in the pilot...
"I'm trying to make a point in this episode, so that's why I'm back in uniform. We are Americans in discipline, as well as in spirit. That's why there's an American flag planted in the beach where we're shooting this scene. We're Americans, we're the US Navy, and we're going to act like it.
"Negotiation is a theatre. The people from the government that are coming to negotiate need to see that this is an American fighting force and not just a ragtag group of pirates, who are going to be pulled apart and chopped down."
How involved in the show is co-creator Shawn Ryan?
"Shawn has been in Los Angeles, running the writers' room and the editing suite. He will actually be coming here, to Hawaii, tomorrow. We're going to be shooting a particularly challenging episode coming up, so he's going to be here to help scout locations and conceptualise on the episode. Typically, though, Shawn stays in LA, and the writer of whichever episode we're shooting comes out to Hawaii."
What do you think international audiences will find appealing about Last Resort?
"The opportunity to see my co-star Camille de Pazzis! Honestly, though, Last Resort is trying to reach out to the world and say, 'This is not a jingoistic show; this is a show that deals with a moral dimension' - service to one's country and service to a higher ideal are the potential aspects that will appeal."
Last Resort begins tonight at 8pm on Sky 1 HD