Battle ship captain CO commander Tom Chandler courteously accommodates zoologist Dr. Rachel Scott's wishes to research birds in the Arctic while his crew engages incommunicado in war games. When his patience is exhausted, a satellite call to the White House has his return order overruled by the Pentagon, the top-secret research is national security priority. Then a Russian force attacks her last and successful sample hunt, but is fought-off. Chandler orders a hasty return home, but finally learns the world is in the grip of an unprecedented pandemic which wiped out most of humanity. It started from Egypt but spreads over all continents, wiping out all demographic, economic and political order. They attempt to bring the bird virus sample, the only hope to develop a vaccine, to a US lab, but the disease already rendered the entire country lawless, hence too unsafe, so Scott must improvise in the primitive lab aboard.
Did You Know?
The sun as the first shot of this series, is a tribute to the 1980 film "Virus" (Day of Resurrection
(1980)) that opened in the same way. See more
Often when the ship is in the water speeding, you can hear background sounds of one or two large piston engines. But this is an Arleigh Burke class destroyer that is equipped with four GE LM2500 gas turbines. These engines would make a whining sound from the turbines. See more
CO CDR Tom Chandler
In the absence of the command structure I decide what's best for the mission.
The Last Ship End Credits Theme
Written by James S. Levine
& Jim Dooley See more