●“Last Resort” (premieries at 8 p.m. on ABC). From “The Shield” creator Shawn Ryan comes this complicated and frankly outrageous saga of a U.S. nuclear sub called the Colorado, with “Homicide: Life on the Street’s” Andre Braugher at the helm. The Colorado goes rogue when the crew gets a surprise launch order from the brass and suspects it isn’t legit. No sooner have crew members defied the command than Washington launches a missile at them. Meanwhile, Pakistan gets nuked three times. The crew barely escapes and surfaces at a remote island (and NATO listening outpost), where Braugher’s Capt. Marcus Chaplin issues a worldwide ultimatum, warning of a White House coup and threatening to launch his sub’s arsenal if the island is attacked.
As a demonstration, he detonates a nuke at night off the mid-Atlantic coast, where everyone from Washington to New York can see. (In which case, I’ll take a pass on the she-crab soup for a few years, thanks.) “Last Resort” is a real stretch for those of us Cold War babies who were raised on horrifying doomsday dramas, where the prospect of one missile launch meant instant annihilation and permanent winter.