The Last Ship (2014–2018)
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Phase Six 

CO CDR Tom Chandler and his crew find themselves in a whole new world when the ship's scientist passenger, Dr. Rachel Scott, reveals that the entire planet is in their hands.

Director:

Jonathan Mostow

Writers:

Hank Steinberg (created by), Steven Kane (created by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Dane ... CO CDR Tom Chandler
Rhona Mitra ... Dr. Rachel Scott
Adam Baldwin ... XO Mike Slattery
Charles Parnell ... CMC Jeter
Sam Spruell ... Quincy
Travis Van Winkle ... Lt. Danny Green
Marissa Neitling ... Lt. Kara Foster
Christina Elmore ... Lt. Alisha Granderson
Tracy Middendorf ... Darien Chandler
Grace Kaufman ... Ashley Chandler
Aidan Sussman ... Sam Chandler
Andy T. Tran Andy T. Tran ... Lt. Andy Chung
Chris Sheffield ... Comms Officer Will Mason
Kevin Phillips ... Francis 'Frank' Benz
Darren O'Hare ... Lt. Siegle
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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. Written by KGF Vissers

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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USA | Canada

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English | Russian

Release Date:

22 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Color
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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CO CDR Tom Chandler: In the absence of the command structure I decide what's best for the mission.
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The Last Ship End Credits Theme
(uncredited)
Written by James S. Levine & Jim Dooley
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A short review for the pilot of "The Last Ship" (2014)
11 June 2017 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

So I finally got around to checking out "The Last Ship" (2014), and while the pilot didn't immediately have me hooked, it seems like a decent show.  I'd rate it an 8 out of 10, and I'll probably continue watching it.

I was surprised I'd heard so little about this program ... it's a big-budget, post-apocalyptic military science fiction series, but none of my fellow horror or sci-fi nerds mentioned having seen it.

The plot setup seems like something that would please horror fans -- a virus eradicates 80 percent of the world's population, and a lone American naval vessel elects to remain at sea.  (They're fortunate enough to be carrying a civilian virologist who was tasked by the fallen United States government to develop a vaccine.)  And there are hints that the show's writers would do well scripting a frightening TV series -- there are a couple of nice flourishes for a serialized horror show right here in the pilot.

But the story's horror elements are minimized in favor of a more mainstream, safe-for-general-audiences techno-thriller.  And that's not a bad thing, because it succeeds as a such.  The show is based on a 1988 novel by William Brinkley, and it's produced in cooperation with the United States Navy.  (The destroyers U.S.S. Halsey and the U.S.S. Dewey stand in for the fictional U.S.S. Nathan James.)  It seems smartly scripted with respect to both virology and how the military works.  I'm barely literate in either of those subjects, but what I watched seemed coolly authentic, and that entertained me and held my attention. So while I might not recommend this to fellow "The Walking Dead" fans, I'd definitely recommend it to fans of Tom Clancy.

The directing is pretty good, the story moves along quite quickly, and the action scenes in the pilot are surprisingly ambitious and effective for a TV show.

The acting, I suppose, is average -- though it's always fun seeing Adam Baldwin on screen, and the square-jawed Eric Dane seems well cast and shows promise as the ship's commanding officer.

The dialogue and character interaction are average at best.  This isn't high art when it comes to human storytelling.  There are some pretty predictable character tropes, and a few exchanges are so cheesily melodramatic that they nearly insult the viewer's intelligence.  Dane's commander faces off, for example, against a beautiful, independent, female scientist who doesn't like following orders ... gee, I wonder if we'll see any romantic tension there?

Still, this looks like a good enough show, if its pilot is any indication.  The good outweighs the bad, and I'm glad I heard about it.


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