Hey TV.com, Should I Watch TNT's Ocean-bound, McSteamy-starring Viral Drama The Last Ship?

TNT is majorly expanding its original programming with a specific target audience in mind: DUUUUUUDES. And not just any dudes, dudes who like guns and explosions and dialogue like, "I WANT ANSWERS!" The first big show to try to draw in that testosterone is The Last Ship, a naval thriller with a tiny sci-fi bent to it. But is it any good? I have watched the pilot and am here to serve as your lighthouse in another edition of This Show You're Talking About, Is It Any Good?


The Last Ship? What happened to all the other ships?

They're all dead! It's total shipicide in The Last Ship. In fact, it's not just ships that've perished; a lot of people died, too. After a viral outbreak kills 80 percent of the world's population, a Naval Destroyer that was on a four-month radio-silence mission in the Arctic is the human race's only chance to survive, find a cure, and repopulate the earth. Bow-chicka-wow-wow. Also, countries may have started nuking each other in the chaos of global sickness. 


Who christened this thing, and who's manning the deck?

Hank Steinberg, the man behind Without a Trace and The Nine, created this series and is executive-producing. And once you see all the flyover shots and explosions, it won't surprise you at all to know that Michael "BOOM BOOM" Bay is also attached as an executive producer. In fact, this thing is so Michael Bay, it might be the sequel to Pearl Harbor or ArmageddonThe Last Ship is based on William Brinkley's 1988 novel The Last Ship, except TNT changed the entire main premise of the story (there is no virus in the book). I guess the network just really wanted to use that name. 

Eric "McSteamy" Dane (Grey's Anatomy) is the captain of the ship, and he's one tough and gruff Ess-Oh-Bee! Sci-fi heroine Rhona Mitra is the sexy scientist whose decks he'll swab, and you will not believe the differences of opinion these two have in the beginning. And Adam Baldwin is the ship's second-in-command, a depressing far cry from his roles on Firefly and Chuck. He's actually forced to say, "Man it's cold, I should have taken that desk job back in Miami." On behalf of everyone: groan. 



When does TNT break a champagne bottle over the hull of The Last Ship?

Ahoy! The Last Ship embarks on its maiden broadcast on Sunday, June 22 at 9pm on TNT.


What kind of people will want to board The Last Ship

If you legitimately enjoy mindless summer blockbusters with lots of shouting and camerawork from helicopters (you know, movies of the Bay and Bruckheimer variety) then The Last Ship won't disappointment. But sci-fi fans looking for a smart new viral thriller should steer clear; this is more of a military operation than an apocalyptic nightmare. 


What keeps The Last Ship afloat?

There's an interesting story about isolation going on as it becomes more and more apparent that the crew of the ship could be the only surviving members of the human race (obviously they won't be). And the claustrophobic confinement of the boat provides natural fuel for that feeling. There's also a lot of softcore gun porn, with cameras whirring around the destroyer and its massive artillery. The effects aren't that great, but it's always cool to see sh*t blow up. 



What will make you seasick about The Last Ship?

The series has all the hallmarks of over-patriotic military drivel attached to a thin science-fiction premise, all of it inflated by empty, macho filmmaking. The acting is pretty terrible, the dialogue is even worse, and characters are more full of air than a life boat. Do you really want to watch a show where two biggest threats—a virus and radiation—are invisible? Sure it saves TNT a pretty penny on the budget, but it creates so many writing loopholes and easy exits and it's never compelling. And you can predict the episodes from here: an hour on trying to find food, an hour about an attempted mutiny, an hour about fighting a mutant giant squid (I hope), and so on. 


So, should I watch it?

Nope! It is awful, and that is a fact. Watch the first and only season of Last Resort instead!


Do you have a trailer I can watch so I can make my own educated decision?

Yes I do. And here it is.




The Last Ship premieres Sunday, June 22 at 9pm on TNT.


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Jul 11, 2016
Well, you got this one wrong! 3rd season already, 8.3/10 rating on TV.com, a faithful following and decent viewing figures. Whoops!
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Jun 23, 2014

I can't stop watching Helix, thats why I will be very veeerrry careful with the next self-proclaimed "SCI-fy" show that comes around that has no SCIentist (your dumb kid in highschool doesn't count Helix producer) involved directly on the script/production... or that have the name "Michael Bay" on it...... otherwise I`ll find myself watching big brother in a few months.... or the bachelor... i know you guys love those, lol
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Jun 23, 2014
"And you can predict the episodes from here: an hour on trying to find food, an hour about an attempted mutiny, an hour about fighting a mutant giant squid (I hope), and so on."

lol,
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Jun 22, 2014
I just can't understand people who complain about shows like this.
It's what you want, according to many surveys. You want simple action dramas, not the more subtle espionage thrillers with longer stories.
Look at Rubycon, one of the best shows in a long time, it got cancelled due to its being "too complicated" for the audience.
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Jun 23, 2014
Maybe what the survey is saying is:
"Rubycon.... sorry, not there... yet!"
"Michael Bay's movies (and the Following, under the dome types)...sorry, I'm not fucking immortal, dont wast my time... I'm not going back there!"


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Jun 22, 2014
Is this an all-white show?
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Jun 22, 2014
I have 5 words for you:
Revolution, Under the Dome, Sharknado.

If those shows can renewals, how can I possibly turn my curly brow down on this show simply based on a bad review and a cookie cutter trailer?

More importantly, are you really going to say no to an exotic paleomicrobiologist (say that 5 times fast!) with perfect skin who is so passionate she's sweating through her perky sports tank top in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean?

We are talking the second coming of Sarah Conner here and she's neatly positioned between Linda Hamilton and Lena Headey. And need I remind you that she did star in Underworld (No. 3) and even had a part in Shooter, which was a great movie!

I say forget about the fact that it's Michael Bay, forget about the fact that it's probably sponsored in part by the US Navy, and just give it a try. At worst it becomes something for the DVR delete button.
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Jun 22, 2014
I'll pass, for 2 reasons: 1) sounds lame, and, 2) Wimbledon`s on!
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Jun 22, 2014
Wimbledon? Dude, World Cup!!! It's illegal to watch any other sport while World cup is on. The penalty is stoning, so be careful!
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Jun 23, 2014
It`s OK, I`m on the right side of the globe to avoid stoning ;-)
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Jun 21, 2014
Wow! All this "I'm not going to watch it" just from a trailer and this review.... Imagine if everyone did the same with other shows,....., I'll give it a shot.
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Jun 23, 2014
Go, and please.... come back to tell us
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Jun 20, 2014
I expected this to be weak and shallow and Michael Bay is everything that's wrong with movies today, but ... Rhona Mitra, so I'll have to at least sample the premiere.
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Jun 20, 2014
I'm still pretty bitter about Last Resort being cancelled, and this doesn't seem even remotely as good. Pass.
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Jun 20, 2014
I don't know. It looks so tempting... but if I watch this AND Under the Dome this summer, I could be a drooling vegetable come September. Maybe if I have enough sunshine and piña coladas first...
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Jun 23, 2014
Under the Dome and M Bay? Dont go there buddy... You might never come back.
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Jun 20, 2014
i'll pass
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Jun 20, 2014
Disappointing :( I had been looking forward to this show.
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Jun 20, 2014
Yeah no.
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Jun 20, 2014
Oh pity I was looking for something a la Last Resort :-( PLUS I love Rhona Mitra... tough!
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Jun 20, 2014
Oh no! A patriotic tv show. Close your eyes! Run for the hills!!!!
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Jun 20, 2014
I'm actually more excited about Legends.
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Jun 19, 2014
Ill give it a shot.
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Jun 19, 2014
This looks a lot better than The Last Resort. I'll give anything with Adam Baldwin and Rhona Mitra a try.
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Jun 20, 2014
I disagree with your first statement, but I completely agree with the second one.
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Jun 19, 2014
I was hoping for something as good as The Last Resort but looks like it will not be. I will still give it a try. Sometimes mindless fun is good and I do like guns and explosions on TV.
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Jun 19, 2014
No chance, stopped even bothering to read the rest after I saw Michael Bay was involved. Gun porn and casual misogyny ahoy!
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Jun 19, 2014
I love me some Eric Dane and Adam Baldwin, but after reading this I just can't do it. I somehow missed the Michael Bay affiliation and that's just not gonna happen.
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Jun 19, 2014
Well, bay was involved in the pilot soooo... I'll give it a few episodes.
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Jun 19, 2014
I couldn't get through the second half of that. Had to shut it down.
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Jun 19, 2014
I meant the last 5 min
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Jun 19, 2014
looks like an 80's movie where America saves the world and Mc Steamy gets the girl in the las 5min.
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Jun 19, 2014
Has the CDC been reaching out to hollywood to promote themselves. There seems to be a lot of shows right now that the CDC or some type of virologist is involved. And yes of course I exclude Helix, because they were to stupid to ever be real CDC scientists.
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Jun 19, 2014
I don't know that they contacted/utilized the CDC directly, but one of the producers has said they consulted with a virologist through much of the production. Doesn't mean they get the science right, of course...maybe just somewhat plausible in a "Worst Case Scenario" sort of war game.
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Jun 19, 2014
OMG right?! Helix is absolutely insanely stupid!
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Jun 19, 2014
Yet there i was ...every damn Friday
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Jun 23, 2014
I can't stop watching Helix, thats why I will be very veeerrry careful with the next self-proclaimed "SCI-fy" show that comes around that has no SCIentist (your dumb kid in highschool doesn't count Helix producer) involved directly on the script/production... otherwise I`ll find myself watching big brother in a few months....
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Jun 23, 2014
I am not sure who was consulting for Helix. But in the end - the "scientist" broke every rule and protocol ever written for that kind of work. I didn't have to be a scientist to know that.

At least with Dominion - it is religious lore that is made up. No fact checking necessary.
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Jun 20, 2014
I admire your dedication... or stomach :-P
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Jun 20, 2014
It was like watching a train wreck every week. Couldn't take my eyes off it.
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Jun 19, 2014
^^^^
THIS

x infinity
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Jun 19, 2014
Why would a Destroyer go radio silent for 4 months? Not to mention that a Destroyer wouldn't be able to be on it's own for so long without being resupplied. LOL at the 5 inch deck gun being used to destroy a helicopter. Good God, this show is a mess.
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Jun 19, 2014
you had me at gun porn.
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Jun 19, 2014
Didn't Last Resort, more or less, spend an hour trying to get supplies, an hour on a mutiny, etc? If not so much in the first season, it certainly would have eventually soon after.
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Jun 19, 2014
A) Thanks for the shoutout to The Last Resort. It still hurts my heart that it only got one season.

B) Also, the homage to Forrest MacNeil was quite nice.

C) I'll probably still watch this because I'm a "dude who likes guns and explosions".
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Jun 19, 2014
Come on, Tim, everyone knows the mutiny episode will be a two-parter!
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Jun 19, 2014
Season finale: Rift in space/time continuum opens up and...the crew of McHale's Navy (film, not TV show) sails into the crisis.
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Jun 19, 2014
I have never understood the hype or alleged steamy status of Eric Dane... But, that aside, this seems watchable (it is summer so... low expectations!) and there is Adam Baldwin who is awesome so at least the pilot, YES SIR!
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Jun 20, 2014
He doesn't have that status (I don't think). It's juste that "McSteamy" is his characters' surname in Grey's Anatomy, which is the show most people know him by.
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Jun 19, 2014
While I like the idea, nope I won't be watching and this review helped solidify this, the tempting things had been I tend to like these sort of post apocalyptic/the Stand type stories, Adam Baldwin, and usually TNT shows are pretty reliable for about a season or two (Falling Skies and Leverage being exceptions), but nope.
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Jun 19, 2014
I really don't want to watch this...but then there's Adam Baldwin. What a tough choice. What to do, what to do?
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Jun 19, 2014
Yeah, and Rhona Mitra won't be getting topless for cable TV, so that eliminates any of the positives of having her appear as well.
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Jun 20, 2014
Hahaha. I got excited when I saw Rhona Mitra's name, but then the realization that this show is on cable struck me as well.

Honestly, I was surprised all her clothes remained on the entire time she was on Strike Back.
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Jun 20, 2014
Surprised? or crushingly disappointed? For me, it was the latter...
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Jun 19, 2014
Watch the Adam Baldwin episodes of Angel instead?
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Jun 20, 2014
Man, he was in the X Files! Remember the Super Soldier? He was scary!
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Jun 19, 2014
He was in more than one :)

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Jun 19, 2014
Watch ANYTHING with Adam Baldwin...but this. It hurts me to say it. I miss him. But no. Not this.
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Jun 20, 2014
Oh, I dunno. Watching him in The Inside was a bit rough too

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