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The Last Ship S01E01: "Phase Six"


There are few people in the entertainment industry whose names are synonymous with a certain type of content quite like Michael Bay's. Close your eyes and think of the name "Michael Bay." What do you see? Explosions. Maybe a mass of twisted metal. Cheap romance. A slow-mo walk away from a giant fireball. 'Merica, F yeah. Though Bay is attached to TNT's The Last Ship only as executive producer, he may as well have lit the fuse of the new drama all on his own, because it feels like Michael Bay: The Series.

Bay's pyrotechnic affinities generally make for fun—albeit dumb and thoughtless—big-screen diversions that are largely forgettable once viewers leave the movie theater. But that style doesn't translate to the small screen, where dialogue and patience are key to the pacing of a 10-hour story that develops over several months. The Last Ship strips Bay of one of his typical luxuries—a summer-blockbuster budget—and asks its audience to be satisfied with special effects that could be produced with an iPhone app. What we're left with is a show that's watched too many bad action movies cobbled elements from them all together into one bad action series. 

Oh, but wait! There is a story to The Last Ship, as the show is based on the 1988 William Brinkley novel of the same name. Except TNT's version adds an element so large that the show and the book may as well only share a name. Here's what we're stuck with for 13 episodes: A viral outbreak (not in the book) that began in Egypt (we know it was Egypt due to a helicopter shot of the Pyramids) was making the world a crummy place to live, and a Naval Destroyer on a four-month training mission in the Arctic was fortunately (and perhaps conspiratorially) quarantined by its remote location, leaving the crew as mankind's only hope to find a cure. On board the ship were one tough-as-balls captain, Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane), one sexy scientist (Rhona Mitra) who knows more about the virus than anyone, and a bunch of America's finest seamen. 

We were quickly informed that 80 percent of the world's population was killed off by the virus by going from Phase 2 to Phase 6! Phase 6! That's much higher than Phase 2! And the sexy scientist (whose name is Dr. Scott, btw) was sneakily placed on the boat to find a primordial strain of the virus from birds in the icy north. Or something. Who cares, blow some more shit up, The Last Ship!  


"Phase Six" unfolded as plainly and predictably as can be, with a montage of a world in chaos, Chandler staring at a picture of his family, and for some reason, a nuclear warhead exploding somewhere in the United Kingdom. Normally, the detonation of a nuclear weapon would be something to talk about, but these toughies just moved on and raided a cruise ship. Nuke? Who cares, let's snag a few cans of tomato soup from this abandoned boat! Who launched a weapon of mass destruction and why? Was it to stop the spread of the virus? Was it retaliation for something else? I guess our confusion falls in line with the people on the boat not knowing what's going on in the rest of the world, but it sure is a pain. The bomb going off wasn't even a real plot device, it just sorta happened. 

We would later realize that the world had continued to die and there might be no left out there, so Chandler decided that the best way to make his story worthy of a TV series would be to stay on the ship and let the scientists work on a cure while they sailed to different spots on the globe that might have gas and supplies. Oh, and one of the scientists, the extra-foreign one, is *DUN DUN* working for someone else. And that's how this TNT show was born. 

I'm not sure The Last Ship's opener did the best job of establishing a real conflict. Yes the foreign scientist is working for the bad guys, but we don't know who the bad guys are yet. Currently, the only real enemy is the virus, and it's kind of hard to get excited about launching a war on microbes. Or radiation. There's a reason we get excited for alien-invasion shows: because we'll slog through an hour of bad dialogue and hang out with thin characters in order to get a peek at the alien. But the only thing we can look forward to with the virus on The Last Ship is a microscope slide. Helix and The Walking Dead, which are also dramas about viruses, are better suited for television because said viruses manifest as scary dudes with black goo dripping from their faces and flesh-eating zombies, respectively. But aboard The Last Ship, the threat of the virus is kind of limited to, "Hey we can't go over there, there are viruses!" And given that the virus can't be seen but can exist anywhere, The Last Ship's writers can use it as a lazy loophole to get out of pretty much anything. The series' best hope of succeeding is as a survival show, but even survival shows drag on without a tangible threat. At the outset, The Last Ship feels like Falling Skies without aliens... and on a boat.

The Last Ship isn't going to be good, but it could be passable entertainment if it finds a way to tell compelling stories via its obvious and inevitable weekly plots (we need gas! We need food! We need to stop this mutiny! Private Johnson got infected! Johnson's privates got infected!). Unfortunately, the stale writing in "Phase Six" didn't leave me very hopeful. The Last Ship is only what it needs to be to work on a base level: a bunch of glamour shots filmed from a helicopter to showcase military porn, shaky camera work following the hectic operations that take place on board a Navy Destroyer, and a stonewall of a captain who makes faces like he hasn't a proper squat in days. Oh whatever, just blow some stuff up and I'll tune in every once in a while.


THE LAST NOTES

– The romance between the two lieutenants who made out in a janitor's closet at the beginning of the episode was never brought up again. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THESE TWO LOVEBIRDS!

– Dane is playing Chandler as such a hard dude that the character is a vacuum of personality. 

– SNOWMOBILE JUMP! Vroom! 

– Those Russian helicopters were pretty bad shots when it came to shooting at scientists and snowmobiles, but when they went after the Destroyer, they nailed it over and over. And the USS Nathan James must be one tough boat, because direct hits from the choppers didn't even knock over a coffee mug.

– I didn't expect The Last Ship to have any of the strong female presence we saw in the pilot, with a female president of the United States (after the original president died) and a lesbian officer on the ship.

– Overreaction of the Day goes to that one guy who shot himself in the head after breaking his helmet on the cruise ship. Umm, dude. Why not wait a few minutes to see if there's another option instead of being so pessimistic ? At least spend the last moments of your healthy life running around naked on a luxury cruise ship and doing shots off an ice luge on the buffet table. Or maybe try to put your helmet back on? I dunno. 

– Why does an officer need permission to salute the captain? 


What'd you think of The Last Ship's premiere? Will you be back for Episode 2?


Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 9/6/2015

Season 2 : Episode 13

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AIRS ON 6/12/2016

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I love the show. It's star trek in present times. Love the military command and character development. It's done very well, not much fill ins like most shows with too much drama garbage. It's an excellent show that it's rare to see these days. I hope it won't get cancelled. Unlike some worried viewers that it may have not much move for the story to move forward, I believe the end of the season was a good indication as how much could happen.
Very exciting series and the case have done a wonderful job. The script is next to perfect to keep your attention within the atmosphere of the show. Well done. Thank you TNT.
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Stopped watching when I realized there was no zombies
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Terrible review. The show has its shortcomings, but was not nearly the disaster this review makes it out to be.
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Everyone has their own taste. I enjoyed this program. It's a totally different survival scenario form zombies etc. The first season, is always alittle slow, like this one was, but when it picked up, it kept me interested. There is a great cliff hanger at the end and I can not wait for season 2.
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I watched some episodes but really ? In the first episode the Russians are the bad guys bombing and nuking. In the second episode it is some al-Qa'ida survivors that became some kinda animals . Some scientist is a bad guy who obviously is speaking in a Slavic tongue And since when does no one in the marine light up and how the hell do they get so clean shaven and all with supplies running low The subject has so much potential . I am sorry but like helix I am gonna skip this one
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I just finished watching the second episode and it is so incredibly bad and stupid I just can't seem to stop watching it! It's like no one actually knows what a virus is and how it works. They are all infected and dead by now but who cares!!! xD Gonna watch ep 3 now... somebody please stop me o_O
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I have watched 5 episodes and I love the show! Don't really agree with this review at all. Its got drama and suspense what more could I ask for
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Audience up another half mil this week - they must be doing something right...

4.6M@9pm + 1.3M@11pm
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OK I finally got around to watching the 1st 2 episodes. It could be better but I enjoyed them and will keep watching for now.

I can't really find much in the review to disagree with, but the points made aren't what bothers me about the show. If you think it through at all there are too many things that just aren't "right" about the story.

The doctor had a satphone so she knows the truth, but acts like it's no worse than flu season. Some part of the CDC is still operational - they would obviously know that the virus had been weaponized. Why wouldn't they tell her? And why would they continue the secrecy and the orders to return when returning is certain death? It would have been far more logical AND a better story for the doctor to go to the captain to discuss their options.

With 80% of the population dead, why is all the infrastructure still operating to broadcast news? Or for the captain's family to send him a video?

And about that 80% - as far as we know, the survival rate is zero after exposure - the only survivors have avoided exposure. So in densely populated areas such as DC and Atlanta, how could there be any survivors? (Only being 2 episodes in, I'm sure there must be a forthcoming explanation for the Russians' immunity). And let's see, 200 people survived in the presidential bunker, but the pres and VP weren't among them? What does that monumental implausibility add to the storyline?

The ship escaped by being in the Arctic - but wouldn't at least part of the nuclear sub fleet also be isolated enough to survive?

Does "radio silence" really mean no reception? I always thought it meant no transmission that could reveal your position?

They had 80 hazmat suits. If a destroyer carries hazmat suits at all, wouldn't they carry enough for the entire crew of 240?

Why did the Gitmo guard blow up his friend's body? He was killed by the terrorists, not the virus. Of the 6000 people stationed there when the virus hit, why are there only a dozen bodies safely stored in the hospital? And none at all strewn about a 45-sqare mile base? How could 6000 people be evacuated without leaving any trace of the virus behind? If dogs are immune but can be carriers, what's the dog doing in the hospital? For that matter, if birds are carriers how is anyone surviving anywhere, even on the ship? Or in an isolated cabin that somehow still has electricity and internet? What are they eating?

Did they really take the infected crewman's body back to the ship for burial at sea or was that just ceremonial? It seems to me the crew should be taking the situation more seriously, e.g. not exposing themselves to the Gitmo survivors, or nonchalantly inviting an unknown ship to the base when they've already been fired upon several times. It's potentially at least the end of the world - let's start acting like it. Military protocol is out the window - the officers and crew need to rethink their roles. The captain may be highly skilled at leading military operations, but there should be acknowledgement that nonmilitary skills will be just as vital for survival. For example, Crewman "Smith" is a social networking expert - maybe it's time to start retraining him with some medical skills?

So I guess I can get past all that, but they left 4 months ago in June, and Baldwin can't wait to find out if the Cubs are still only 6 games out? That's carrying suspension of disbelief a long way even for me...
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Mr. Surette is partially right when he attributes the problems of the show to Michael Bay.
Michael Bay relies far too heavily on the Pentagon to subsidize his films. What this means is that he must essentially make military recruitment films as quid pro quo.
He may actually share the Jingoist sentiments of the brass hats in the Pentagon. But that doesn't change the fact that the end product winds up being fascist propaganda.
The problem with The Last Ship is not with the global apocalypse story line, which is fairly sound from a story structure perspective. Nor is it with viruses being invisible. To wit, The Andromeda Strain, or Outbreak.
The problem with The Last Ship is with the politics. American supremacism. Only 'Murca can save the world. And specifically by means of military might through superior military hardware.
That is the problem with The Last Ship.
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If you keep watching, you'll see that the government and societies fall from this virus and opportunists work to gain power. This is not about one nation's better than another, it's about a group of people who are facing a dilemma, and gradually grow based on their leadership. If you have a bad leader, as it shows the remaining of the government officials or thugs, your followers do bad and if you have a good leader like the captain, then you'll do well. It shows the importance of good leadership, which is true in every sense.
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I thought it was great! I happen to love "military porn" as Tim calls it. When reading his review I felt like he went out of his way to criticize and demean the show. Anytime I see a show that respects what our military is capable of and what they can do if needed, I love it! Sorry Tim. When I think of some of the other shows he has reviewed in a very positive manner, it makes his military bashing agenda even more obvious.
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Just seen half of the pilot before i couldn't take it any more, this might be the worst thing I've ever seen... :(
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I really enjoy the show. Not sure you are watching the same show as I am. Sounds like all you are attacking is the Michael Bay name.
Dont forget you are a TV reviewer, not an analytical reviewer of why tv shows are not movie budget real.
For the rest of us viewers this is a great show.
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I haven't read any more reviews from the editors of this show.
If you aren't watching you should. Rhona Mitra, Eric Dane, and Adam Baldwin make and excellent cast!
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The show is growing on me. While it's certainly not going to go down in TV history as a top program, it's pretty good mindless summer fare. The story is pretty solid and I really enjoy all of the Navy tech on display. Also good to see Adam Baldwin back in the saddle.

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3 episodes in, the show is good and could be great. I'm glad I don't take the reviews too seriously.
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I hope it is only a Summer mini-series. Unless it gets stronger I wouldn't continue following it into another season.
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At least the virus in this story actually kills people -- it does not turn them into flesh eating zombies. That, in itself, makes the story halfway believable.

I think it is entertaining. And I'm very glad that it shines a positive light on the United States Navy.

Just don't try to get more than one season out of it (a beginning, a middle, and an end). If the ratings are good, and they try to stretch out the story, it will get really bad and very convoluted.
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As usual Tims going to hack on this show. 1 episode and you already have it all wrapped up... I guess there are no more reasons to watch or read your reviews ( hatchet jobs)
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It's not good...but it's not bad either. I'll just turn off my brain for an hour, maybe have some pop-corn or other junk food and enjoy it for what it is: pure shallow entertainment.
I won't check for accuracy in procedures and terminology, and i will suspend disbelief.
I think i'll have a great winter entertainment (southern hemisphere over here)
And i'll still check out Tim's reviews, even though i completely disagree with this one
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It's neither good or bad but excellent. The show is fantastic.
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This is coming from someone who loved Helix (even if it was for the purpose of it being silly)
The Last Ship was silly and OTT, but do you really think it set out to be this ground breaking show that was going to change the scope of TV?
It's a TV show about a virus and a military ship's crew surviving and you basically berated it because it was produced by Michael Bay, I don't understand what the hell you expected. Breaking Bad????? Critics can be so naive sometimes
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Tim's reviews are usually nonsensical attempts at being snarky and he fails both as a witty writer and as a reviewer. In this particular case I can't tell whether Tim actually watched the episode or viewed a cliff notes version, but it is clear he has no understanding of what actually occurred in the episode, and has no understanding or appreciation of the military, its culture, hierarchy, etiquette or hardware. And sorry to burst your goo loving zombie bubble Tim, but in fact the most deadly thing on earth to human life is invisible unless viewed through a microscope. Keep your trite cliched vampires and zombies, I for one do not need them to represent a virus or plague driven plot, and I'll take a Michael Bay explosion over them any day.
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I completely agree with the review. What a disappointment. I love Adam Baldwin, and the plot looked to be promising, entertaining, summer fiction. But to add to the review.... that woman was way too young to be 2nd in command of a Navy War ship, and her lesbian comment to the Captain had absolutely nothing to do with the plot. Sticking political 'correctness' into your viewers' face is just as bad a sticking a blatant product endorsement into the scene. I'm sure there would be negative comments from the other side if she said she was looking forward to eating at Chick-fil-a when they docked. Why turn off half your audience, either way? Sorry TNT, won't be watching eps. #2.
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I kinda liked it, but don't tell anyone...
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Deja vu ...
I am Capt. Marcus Chaplin ... test me and we will all burn ...
Sounds somewhat familiar oh no wait the music was better when Cpt. Chaplin held his Speech ;o)

Let's see if this will last longer.

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Simply put, it wasn't nearly as bad as Tim made it out to be in his "Should I Watch This?" or this review.
Typically, pilots get a little more leeway than Tim is giving here. Some shows need a little time to develop and bashing a show to no end based on the trailer and the pilot seems a little over-reactionary.
But I imagine Tim didn't like JAG and doesn't care for NCIS either.
It's pretty clear the US military them is a major negative in Tim's book.
Maybe Tim was a military brat who hated having to move every three years...
And don't forget, Tim also excels at click-baiting. That's not an insult. It's just true. A guy has to make a living right?
I'm sure he's got five kids to feed.
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At the end of the episode he is no longer a captain.

The U.S and its government no longer exist so he is basically just saying im in charge and you all need to deal with it. No reason to wear the suits or hats or titles or salute. That world is already gone.
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Me and DH enjoy "armageddon" shows enough to forgive "some" unbelievable scenes. But I didn't realize Michael Bay was involved until reading this. So I'll give my thoughts before and after that realization:

The virus was too potent to have apparently wiped out as many as it did by the end of the first show:
  • No radio contact with ANY govt towards the end of the premiere? That leaves a LOT of shows to open with "oh, a small pocket of survivors on the radio, or spotted on the beach, or on a boat".
  • Guy offing himself: His face slid in dead person's face goo, so he knew he'd been exposed and couldn't take a chance that soft emotions would find a way to bring him onto the USS Nathan, exposing all his shipmates. But do big naval ships usually carry so many Hazmat suits? And even if yes, do big naval ships usually have a decontamination room, for any mistakes decontaminating the suits would also carry the super-duper strain on board.
  • I have no idea about what happens on US Naval boats, so my guess about the "permission to salute scene" was the guy was older, therefore wise and wanted to mentally re-dedicate the crew to the captain, since the captain had squashed their hopes about returning to their loved ones in a time of crisis.
But now that I've learned this is a Michael Bay series, I'm hoping the show isn't canceled before the first season ends, AND that the story doesn't become so impossible to believe if it does make it that far.
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didn't watch, just clicked to see what about the show would garner over 200 comments...which, of course, turned out to be tim-bashing and "waaaahhhaaaa writer's opinion didn't match mine so fuck him!" ranting.
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Whoever told you it was witty or clever to rag on people for criticizing a post (especially when you haven't even read the post) was lying to you. You just come off as a smug sycophant.
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facts confused: don't think i'm being witty or clever; did read the post, didn't watch the show; do not care if i receive someone's approval on the internet

you were correct on: i am smug. sooooooooooooooooo smug.
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McSteamy on a Boat?
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they should change the opening music to 'the love boat'...
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Why does an officer need permission to salute the captain?

A) He is not an 'officer', he's a Command master chief petty officer, and based on the episode the senior Enlisted sailor on the ship. He has a very important job.

B) The American (and most other) Navy does not while 'uncovered' (that is while not wearing head gear) and most of the time when you are 'indoors' you take off your covering (hat), which means saluting is not done while inside.

Now onto the show itself, I'm getting a bad feeling about it. It seemed like a very interesting idea, but... err... yeah... It's going to be America Fuck Yeah! crap isn't it?
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Fucking awful. The only things not in short supply are jingoism and ham - lots of ham.
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I found this show refreshing because there weren't any zombies. True story.
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yet. there weren't any zombies yet
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Mmm, I love Rhona Mitra & Adam Baldwin... but I am not sure I will be able to watch this ONLY because of them!

Now I didn't feel much in terms of good chemistry among the actors. The captain felt like a... life sized cardboard LOL.

I do not feel curious at all about what's going to happen next... I will watch at least 4 eps unless I find it... unbearably bad.

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Rhona in Strike Back was very good - and sweaty!
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Rhona and the Cpt are going to get it on!

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They had to ask permission because they were controlling the ship so they need permission to stop what they are doing to salute
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One more thing if I may. The random nuclear attack was also not a problem as it showed the desperation of their situation. I thought it a nice touch rather than the random sillines it was describe to be in the review...
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Military porn you said?... i didn't watch it... but now it got my attention!.. :P
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i really liked the pilot, very watchable show, i will stick to it.
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I thought it was terrible. To be more specific, it was boring. I can handle some silliness, and even the military fetish to some extent, if the show is entertaining. But this one isn't. At least not yet.

I see a lot of discussion about the "permission to salute" scene. I don't care at all if it's realistic that he asked for permission. What bothers me is that the people on the bridge thought that it made sense and was appropriate to do it. It's what I'd expect from children playing navy, or from perverts who get aroused by that sort of thing. No offense to actual perverts.

The phase "play God" always irritates me. It's always part of an incredibly absurd statement, delivered with a "checkmate I win" attitude. But Baldwin's line to the captain was probably the dumbest "play God" statement I've heard. The captain had two choices: He can let everyone wander off to certain death, or he can use the ship to keep the crew as safe as possible, and perhaps save the world from a prehistoric virus that's wiping out our species. But apparently the latter would be to "play God", and would therefore obviously be outrageously immoral. At least that's what Adam Baldwin's character thinks. So his character sucks.

The actors didn't impress me. Baldwin is probably going to be OK, at least if they give him better lines. Rhona Mitra is probably going to be adequate. The people that seem the most miscast to me are the captain and the woman whose job on the bridge appears to be to repeat what the captain is saying.

I agree with Tim that the suicide scene was pretty dumb. The guy should at least have taken a minute to think about it. They clearly couldn't take him back to the ship, but maybe they could have quarantined him on the Italian ship. Maybe they couldn't, but they should at least have talked about it. But no, we can't have people wasting time talking about things that any normal person would be talking about, because then we'd have less time for salutes and yessirs and other things that arouse people with a military fetish.

It also seems pretty dumb that the Russians are shooting at them. Someone below said something about being desperate to get the cure. More like desperate to shoot the cure. Also, the Russian spy was one of the people being shot at, and at the time, he couldn't have given them the go ahead, because they hadn't yet collected all the samples they needed. So the action scene at the start (which was fairly well done) didn't make a whole lot of sense.

The situation reminds me of "the good package" vs. "the big gun" from Real Men: A chain reaction has started that will wipe out all life on Earth in five years. But aliens have offered us a choice: Either we can have "the good package" which stops the chain reaction and saves the world, or we can have "the big gun".


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Here are the options for the salior:

1) Death by the diease.
2) Suicide.
3) Lab Rat. This is the option the scientist would like the most. But it represents the greatest threat to the crew and ship. So no way the Cpt. is going to let this happen.

So really all he has are options 1 and 2. Which means and option one is really only as long as it takes for the captain to get back to the ship and find scuttling charges to sink the ship. No way the Cpt. is going to let a death ship like that sail around globe. It is too dangerous it could infect other people who are not infected already and start the plague again. So the ship is going to be scuttled. Also the crewman is not going to survive anyway so suicide was logical it was either that die when the ship goes down.

This was probably the closest point they came to being realistic. Except they didn't sink the Italian ship....
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We don't even know for sure that he was infected.

It seems pointless to sink the ship. Either they find a vaccine and the ship is harmless, or every single human on the planet dies.

Now that I think about it, it seems absurd that a virus that kills humans that efficiently would have no effect on other species. So this should be the end of all or almost all life on Earth even if they do find a vaccine.
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Really? The Black Death killed an estimate 45-50% of all Europeans between 1348-1350. In some countries (warmer climates where it was more virulent) it killed 75-80% of entire populations. It didn't affect most animals, and the world recovered.

So no, it wouldn't.
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I'm aware of that. I was thinking that since no disease in the real world kills exactly 100% of the humans who are infected, this virus must be fundamentally different from all the other ones. But I admit that my knowledge of viruses and infections is very poor, so I can't really tell how plausible this is.
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I fully intend to give this show a chance after all it is a little different to that show about a sub (Last Resort) with a crew on an island and the rest of the world wanted them dead. Well kinda different, any how!
I just hope that the networks give the new shows a chance, not three episodes but a real chance, as many people have said before, many, many shows have a slow or weak first season and then break through in their second season.
I am looking forward to most of the new shows, variety is the spice of life, give them all a chance I say.
I will be interested to see how Gracepoint fares. After seeing the UK original on which it is based, Broadchurch, which won a bunch of awards in UK, with David Tennant leading the cast, can it be a hit on both sides of the 'pond'??
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Well, I might be tempting some wrath here, but I have to agree with Tim on this one, I thought it was disappointing. The characters are poor, the dialogue was very lazy and it feels like the writers decided to throw in a "science problem" to justify a series that really wants to just play with a battleship and blow stuff up. I'm a big fan of both Adam Baldwin (criminally misused so far) and Rhona Mitra and I don't mind Eric Dane either, so I'm hoping the writing improves so that they can really have something to get their teeth in to. We saw some very brief glimpses that the writers are trying to include some actually support characters so hopefully with a little time they will be nicely fleshed out. There is a some promise on display, but this pilot certainly left a lot to be desired. I'll be giving this one the full four episode test, but that pilot gets 2/5 from me.
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Dude, that isn't a Battleship it is a Destroyer or Cruiser it looks like a Destroyer because it was filmed on two Destroyers the DDG-97 and DDG-105... So yeah let's get the ship class correct okay? If you want a Battleship you would have to go a Museum Ship.
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Dude, I don't give a shit what type of boat it is, it doesn't cover up the flaws of the show and I never claimed to know anything about military vessels.
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Well, I was correcting you because it is clearly not a battleship (dreadnaught is the technical term)... I didn't say the show was good I merely stated you were wrong in calling it a Battleship. You would think a person who says x is terrible would take the time to get the class of ship correct. They might call it a cruiser in the series but it is clearly a Destroyer.
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"You would think a person who says x is terrible would take the time to get the class of ship correct."

No. You would think that. Since the ship's actual class was not relevant to the criticisms made, why would he bother to research it?

His argument would be just as strong if he had used the term 'Navy ship' or 'Military ship' or 'armed ship' or 'badass ship'. His point was that the series was just using an excuse to blow stuff up with a ship. What he calls the ship is completely irrelevant to that point.
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Well, its a boat...
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It was ok...but it was cliche in the bad kind of way...will give it another week. What really put me off though was how it was filmed. Soooo fake looking. And watching it on my 4K tv made that stand out even more...
Last Resort (R.I.P. - still bummed about that cancelation grrr) was so much better aswell...we'll see...
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It was OK, certainly watchable. Review was a bit harsh!
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I'm not really enthousiastic (yes, it's predictable and oh, it's the apocalypse again) but the plot intrigued me enough to want to watch the next episode. I'll know for certain if I like this or not after watching a few more.
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Oh god I hate Tim surette. This guy is like an old grandpa who hates everething about the world, and in his case the world is tv series. He expects 100% realism out of every single show he watches and even the most tiny detail that is ment for entertainment and couldnt happen in real life, he points it out and complains about it.
I honestly think that Tim should stop watching tv series and go turn on the discovery channel and animal planet instead in order to get his dose of realism.

This tv episode was great, I loved it. If main characters will die in order to keep the suspence then i think it will make a great show.
As for tim:
-The reason they asked permision for a salute is that you DO NOT salute an officer on the bridge so that the enemy dont know who the comander is and target him.
-The reason the chopers got so close is because they were reluctant to start a war with the russians.
I could go on and on finding an explenation for all the things he cant understand in his "if i dun get it it cant happen" brain but it seems the guys under me in the comment sections have already answered most of them
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Suspension of disbelief is not always about realism, but it is always about believability. The two are not the same, and this show was plagued with believability issues, regardless of Tim Surette (whom I don't like, because he generally likes too many awful shows). While he may not have understood a couple of small details, he brought up many legitimate flaws with this POS show.
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I bet the author of this "review" also posts a lot of whiny posts on SyFy's blog.
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NOTHING shits me more than when they use the wrong equipment ie. MH53 Pavelows (I'm sure) and AS350 Eurocopters pretending to be russian choppers. Really?? one is a transport chopper and the other is a civilian chopper used for tv camera work or by the cops. And who in their right mind would attack a USN destroyer with a chopper armed with an MG and a few measly rockets?? Anywho...enjoyed the rest of it.
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What I don't understand is that since the MH53s are CGI, why they didn't model a Mil Mi-8 gunship or a Mil Mi-24 or Mi-28 or even better, a Kamov Ka-50? Using rockets on an Arleigh Burke destroyer? Missiles, maybe. Rockets, no. You'd never get within firing range using rockets.

Also not sure if the Mark 45 5-inch is effective as an AA weapon.
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some one uterly desperate to get a cure? Plus the russians seem to operate in america. At the end the russian mole was scared and didnt know what to do when the ship decided not to land in us
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You wouldn't get with a 30km radius of the DDG-97 with a Helo attack... They would launch a Standard AAM at you and bye-bye...
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lol thats what I mean. plus, did you see the MH53 do a 180? that thing has a turning range of the titanic (in terms of helis). ah well, hopefully the rest of the series turns out better
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Well the MH53 is nice helicopter for certain missions-- not naval attack however. If you have a Russian Cruiser in the area than you will use that ships anti-ship missiles to attack the American ship.

Also, the Russians must be the worst shots in the world.

I also liked how the Navy now has Mountain Troops-- I mean why not just say we have some Navy Seals or Marine Recon Units on the ship? Marines and the Navy work together all the time.

Also Destroyers don't do exercises alone. They work in groups. So they should have had like 20 or 30 ships in the area. And if they are in Atlantic side of the Arctic Ocean, why then aren't they just going to To Thule Air-Base??? It is isolated it would be a great place to do research on this virus.
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Just read that that this episode drew the largest audience of any new cable show this year for its premiere ........
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Where did you read that?
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Google the last ship ratings
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It was a well promoted show. This is TNT's alternative to the grim and dark zombie porn on AMC where the most discussed topic is about which popular character is going to get knocked off. In contrast, The Last Ship, in spite of the pandemic virus, appears to have an attitude that's far more confident, optimistic, and civilized than the few on The Walking Dead. There's actually hope presented in this pilot. Furthermore, these men and women actually want to see what's happening to the rest of the world, not go and find a cave or prison and hide in it. Four seasons of the Walking Dead and they've yet to leave out of Georgia. In fairness, I doubt The Last Ship survives. There's just too many viewers who prefer their HBO porn: Dark and grim and without hope.
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I fell like most of the responses to this post enjoyed the show. And I myself found it enjoyable great action the acting was good I did not really find the dialogue "under the dome" bad, and overall it was a good pilot. It seems like the writers on this site increasingly only rave about shows on HBO or offbeat ones. Don't know what show this guy was watching but it seems like he goes out of his way to hate on something. Every review by a staff writer spends most of it bashing the show and generally insulting those who like it.
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it's been getting worse lately and maybe it's done to generate comments or something (but I doubt it). Strange that staff have some very plebeian tastes but lately are very negative about most shows (are they unhappy and it reflect in their work, probably not but it did cross my mind)
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Mostly it comes across as them trying to be funny and witty by tearing into a show, and instead of being entertaining they just end up insulting and alienating a fanbase. The few reviews of Scandal have been a good example of this.
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Ok, I watched this and have to wonder, are u taking your cues from Cory abd badmouthing anything new?
Its not perfect but its not bad! Like Last Resort, will take time.
But Jees, the premise was ok and it was a good show!
Get over it!
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"...badmouthing anything new?"

That is pretty easy to disprove by looking at his reviews of new shows and finding positive ones.
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ignore him, he says he has no opinion of the show but just argues (not the best word but it but I'm 1/2 asleep) with comments that show support for the show and makes excuses/defense Tim's mistakes/inaccuracies. He's very one sided but claims to have no opinion on the show but his behavior (who he comments to) and says or implies an opinion…imo, lol
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For most of TV history, shows that start in June have not, collectively, been excellent. This trend continued right up to last year (UTD).
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That trend mostly died out like 4-5 years ago when cable networks like TNT, USA etc started to own the summer. Still mostly applies to big networks that burn off shows in the summer
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"Owning the summer" is no achievement. CBS got 20 million people to watch UTD.
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It was actually 14.85 million viewers, but that's still far too many for what was a very poor show.
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Really, 20 million? I only saw 2 episodes and quit.
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20 seems insanely high. And millions of people tune into the bachelor, big brother and american idol does. Under the dome can be classified as fun to watch because of the craziness....that does not make it an :excellent" tv show by any definition of the word.
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Just like 'Crisis', this show will sink before it sails.
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