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2014 TV Review - The Last Ship

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Category: TV Series
Published Date Written by Jason Loo

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Rhona Mitra stars in this new TV series produced by Micheal Bay regarding a race against time to put an end to a global pandemic. This is the second time I have seen her in a TV series recently following her role and tragic ending in Strike Back.

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The first episode starts with US Navy destroyer Nathan James and her crew which is sent on a 'scientific' mission to the Arctic. On board are the scientists Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Quincy (Sam Spruell) as well as the Nathan James crew captained by Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) assisted by XO Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin in a more serious role after Chuck) and Master Chief Jeter (Charles Parnell).
 
After a few months on the scientific mission, they are suddenly set upon by unknown forces in the Arctic trying to kidnap Rachel and Quincy. The scientists and Nathan James manage to escape and sails out.
 
The Nathan James crew soon finds out the true purpose of the scientists' mission and is divided between going home and continuing the mission to find a vaccine and cure for the deadly virus.

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The initial momentum of the series is more action but as the episodes progress towards the season finale, we get to see more humanistic characterization of a few characters. The stars of the series seems to be the Nathan James captain and scientist Dr. Rachel Scott.
 
There are a few adversaries in the series e.g. Admiral Ruskov (Ravil Isyanov) as a Russian admiral chasing the Nathan James and a warlord in South America.

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Though there is plenty of action throughout the series, the finale brings with it the most important revelation and perhaps the reason why The Last Ship has been signed up for another 13-episode season.

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So, do watch it if you are a fan of a movie of global proportions and military tactics. There are of course the heroes and villains that makes the series interesting to watch.
 
Watchability : 7 / 10
 
Cast :
Eric Dane          ...     CO CDR Tom Chandler
Rhona Mitra     ...     Dr. Rachel Scott
Adam Baldwin     ...     XO Mike Slattery
Charles Parnell     ...     CMC Jeter
Travis Van Winkle     ...     Lt. Danny Green
Marissa Neitling     ...     Lt. Kara Foster
Christina Elmore     ...     Lt. Alisha Granderson
Sam Spruell     ...     Quincy
Jocko Sims     ...     Lt. Carlton Burk
John Pyper-Ferguson...     Tex
Michael Curran-Dorsano...     Gator
Kevin Michael Martin...     Miller
Andy T. Tran     ...     Lt. Andy Chung
Chris Sheffield     ...     Comms Officer Will Mason
Jamison Haase     ...     TAO Barker
Ness Bautista     ...     Cruz
Tommy Savas     ...     Cossetti
Paul James     ...     O'Connor
Maximiliano Hern├índez...     Doc Rios
Fay Masterson     ...     Andrea Garnett
Alice Coulthard     ...     Kelly Tophet
Chris Marrs     ...     Engineer Lynn
Grace Kaufman     ...     Ashley Chandler
Aidan Sussman     ...     Sam Chandler
Amen Igbinosun     ...     Bernie 'Bacon' Cowley 
 
References:
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Ship_(TV_series)
 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2402207/
 http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/08/28/the-last-ship-season-1-review
 http://variety.com/2014/tv/reviews/tv-review-the-last-ship-1201219419/
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/tv-review-last-ship-713012