2014 TV Review - The Last Ship


Category: TV Series
Published Date Written by Jason Loo


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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Hernández...     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 

2014 TV Review - Gang-Related


Category: TV Series
Published Date Written by Jason Loo

Gangsterism and drugs are rampant on the streets of Los Angeles. To counter this threat, a Gang Task Force (GTF) was set up, headed by Sam Chapel (Terry O'Quinn, best known for his role in Lost).
Among the task force members are Detective Ryan Lopez (Ramon Rodriguez) who is revealed to be one of the members of La Familia Los Angelicos. He was recruited as a child, taken care by Javier Acosta (Cliff Curtis) and sent to the military and eventually the police force.

Although his involvement is revealed early in the first episode of Gang-Related, this is what makes the series interesting to watch as the entire plot of the first season revolves around Ryan Lopez and how he deals with family, love and betrayal.

The other GTF members comprises of Lopez's current partner, Cassius Green (RZA), Tae Kim (Sung Kang) and Veronica 'Vee' Dotsen (inbar Lavi). We are also introduced briefly to Lopez's ex-now-dead partner, James Tanner (Ross Thomas) who was killed by Carlos Acosta. There's also the friendship between Lopez and Daniel Acosta. Both Carlos and Daniel are the sons of Javier Acosta.

There is plenty of violence, deceptions and manipulations throughout the series, but it is not too gory or graphically violent. The action not only revolves around the L.A. scene but also eventually moves to Mexico and the Mexican cartel.

In terms of acting, there are plenty of veteran actors and actresses to move the series along including RZA and Sung Kang who have transitioned from movie roles to the small screen.
Overall, the series is an engaging 13 episode must-watch :)
Watchability : 7 / 10

Cast :
Ramon Rodriguez     ...     Ryan Lopez
Jay Hernandez     ...     Daniel Acosta
RZA          ...     Cassius Green
Sung Kang     ...     Tae Kim
Inbar Lavi     ...     Veronica 'Vee' Dotsen
Reynaldo Gallegos     ...     Carlos Acosta
Shantel VanSanten     ...     Jessica Chapel
Cliff Curtis     ...     Javier Acosta
Terry O'Quinn     ...     Sam Chapel
Emilio Rivera     ...     Tio Gordo
Jay Karnes     ...     Paul Carter
Lela Loren     ...     Silvia
Catherine Dent     ...     D.A. Ellis 
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