'Last Resort': Stars Andre Braugher and Autumn Reeser reveal greater dangers ahead

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autumn-reeser-andre-braugher-last-resort.jpg "Last Resort," ABC's engrossing new thriller about a renegade nuclear submarine, follows up its heart-pounding pilot with another suspenseful episode tonight (Oct. 4).

In "Blue on Blue," the action alternates between the island that nuclear submarine captain Marcus Chaplin ( Andre Braugher) has commandeered, and Washington, D.C., where defense contractor Kylie Sinclair ( Autumn Reeser) finds herself at the center of a dangerous government conspiracy.

Zap2it chatted with the central figures of episode two -- Braugher and Reeser -- to get some intel on their characters and what's to come.

Chaplin has "been a patriot for a long time, and his identity is wrapped up in being a patriot," Braugher explains. "And so there's a part of him is enraged to be made a traitor or terrorist [by his own government]."

As Chaplin, Braugher says, "I don't have numerical strength or, other than these nuclear weapons, I don't have an army behind me to defend me, so it's really about how to play all the pieces necessary to survive long enough to make it back home. [Chaplin is] a great loophole finder, in essence. What's the key that when pulled will allow this whole thing to unravel, which will defuse my enemies, which will play one off against the other long enough to survive?"

Chaplin discovers he has a unique survival tool when he activates the prototype for Kylie Sinclair's high-tech submarine cloaking device. As a result, Reeser tells us, "Kylie's world suddenly becomes very dangerous."

"Kylie sort of finds herself being one of the only people in a position to get to the bottom of what's going on in Washington," the former "O.C." star adds. "There are a lot of people invested in keeping Washington the way it is, [but] she's trying to change things and she's asking questions. She becomes inadvertently threatening to people."

Chaplin himself faces a different type of threat with the revelation of a tragic secret, which may further the test the divided loyalties of his own crew.

"It's a hell of a game in which [the government is] going to use everything they possibly can to force us apart, and circumstances will try to force us apart," Braugher says. "My son is the pawn, and I'm sure my other son will be a pawn."

"The deeper underlying story, once we get past survival, is how are we transformed by the fact that we were once patriots and now we are traitors," the Emmy-winning actor explains. "We were once Americans and now we're exiled. That rule-changing shakes up everything that we thought we knew about each other.

"Now that the rules have been changed, what's to keep us from changing everything? And that's where it gets dangerous for everybody, you know what I'm saying? Chaplin could become a despot. He could become his own dictator, his own cult personality. He could. But will he? That's really the question."

"Last Resort" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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