When we first met the crew of the Colorado, they were doing the celebratory song and dance for crossing the Equator to ‘La Bamba’.
This celebration was interrupted when a launch order was given. This was done through a channel that would only be used in the event that the main base in Washington, D.C. was stricken unable to do so. The Colorado was to fire upon Pakistan.
Captain Marcus Chaplin and the sub’s Executive Officer (XO) Sam Kendall questioned this order. Pakistan was bombed anyway and the Illinois fired upon the Colorado. This begins the set up on the island as their new ‘home’.
‘Voluntold’, a military term for volunteering, or else (insert fist shake).
Things are still rough between the crew and leadership of the Colorado.
Insubordination, confusion and a desire to go home. A real hot mess for a military outfit.
Chaplin and crew continues to exercise (simulate emergency scenarios), on the Colorado. A communication from Washington, DC comes through saying Chaplin and Kendall have been indicted for treason and terrorism.
Redmond’s body is found in the surf. He was a hostage of the drug lord, Julian Serrat, along with Cortez and Brannan. Despite Cortez giving of her body to assuage him, Brannan had to choose for Redmond to die instead of them, per Serrat’s instruction. The death of an island teen in the earlier shoot out had to be avenged.
Lieutenant Grace Shepard is still finding her legs in her position as a leader. It hasn’t been easy for her to command respect with a ponytail and breasts, but she’s done with that mess. When shots rang out towards Chaplin, she threw herself on him without hesitation. Go Grace!
Orders had come from Washington, D.C. to take Chaplin out. Fail.
Shepard also faced down the Seals that the Colorado had picked up prior to the Illinois firing on them. Something in that milk is not clean and she knows it. No answers given.
Many of the sailors simply refuse to believe that their country used them as a pawn that would have put them in a watery grave. A ‘Stay/Go’ board was created by CO and XO for the crew to sign under their wish.
Back stateside, Christine Kendall is faced with an empty bank account and bill collectors. The press is at her door and the poor girl is losing it. She firmly believes in her husband and is not drinking the government Kool-Aid. Paul Wells, a friend of Kendall’s shows up and gives Christine a few dollars for groceries. Whose side is Paul really on? Is he there as a friend or at the behest of the powers that be? Christine sends her message to the public by taking a bat to the the CIA van parked conspicuously in front of her house.
Kylie’s father admits that he had the specs for the prototype on the Colorado stolen from her home. Why? Because the President asked him. The data holds the answers to the whereabouts of the Colorado on the day this all began.
The high drama? Just a live grenade on the submarine that Brannan is wielding. He wants to take the Colorado home. The crew gets armed by the XO, even the somewhat shady Prosser. He assures Kendall that this was his sub in danger too.
Chaplin has a heart to heart with Brannan on the Conn. Brannan admits that the death of Redmond was his fault. Then he pulls the pin and demands to speak to the SecDef (Secretary of Defense). Chaplin makes it happen and the SecDef instructs him to sink the boat. Obviously. Chaplin challenges Brannan think about why this is the ultimate goal of their government. Brannan hands the grenade back to Chaplin and walks away. Does he understand now?
After this, the ‘Stay/Go’ list takes on a different look as sailors decide to stay. Improvement! Mission essential have no choice but to stay.
Sophie from NATO eludes to Kendall that the island itself is very valuable. More than what the Navy crew even knows. She’s been pulling soil samples for Julian in search of minerals. Their once close relationship is now one of mistrust. Sophie believes that she is in danger.
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