The Last Ship : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 22, 2014
Season #: 1, 2
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60

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 170 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the William Brinkley novel, Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and the crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James are the few survivors of a pandemic that has killed off more than half of the earth's population. With two civilian virologists, Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Dr. Quincy TophetBased on the William Brinkley novel, Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and the crew of the U.S.S. Nathan James are the few survivors of a pandemic that has killed off more than half of the earth's population. With two civilian virologists, Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) and Dr. Quincy Tophet (Sam Spruell), on board, they may be the only hope to find the cure. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Jun 30, 2014
    83
    It’s been a “24”-like thrill ride so far, with baddies coming at the ship right and left to get their hands on the doc and the in-the-works cure.
  2. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jun 19, 2014
    80
    It’s the expertly rendered combat scenes and vivid depictions of danger that provide excitement and suspense in this action-adventure tale.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 20, 2014
    70
    It’s entirely possible The Last Ship could turn out to be a cruise to nowhere, but in its first three episodes, it’s at least a fun ride.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 20, 2014
    60
    So as starts go, this one picks up speed, but still feels a little rocky. That said, there’s enough here to want to hang around for a spell, waiting to see whether this crew can find its sea legs--and what dangers lurk just over the horizon.
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 20, 2014
    58
    One doesn’t expect a whole lot of nuance from Last Ship maestro Michael Bay, who’s also produced all four Transformers movies, with another one in the works. You just sit back, swallow this thing whole and wait for sturdy, studly, stolid Captain Chandler to fire off another round of uniformed rhetoric.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 20, 2014
    50
    Dane is fine and steady center for the drama; his Chandler can handle banter, bathos (Chandler left a wife and kids behind in the now plague-decimated States) and blather (some of the dialogue is less written than forked out of a can).... Still, The Last Ship seems determined to put concept before character, which is a much bigger problem on television than it is on film.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Jun 9, 2014
    40
    It looks great but the plotting of the premiere, in which the world falls victim to a horrendous virus and a battleship that has avoided infection could be the only way to find a cure, is stale and manipulative. Square-jawed Dane has the charisma to carry the concept but it’s handled with all the subtlety of a lead balloon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 64
  2. Negative: 16 out of 64
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    10
    So at first I was a bit pessimistic about the entire show taking place in a ship... but wow it's actually pretty good. I really hope it sticksSo at first I was a bit pessimistic about the entire show taking place in a ship... but wow it's actually pretty good. I really hope it sticks around. There was already a few big explosions and lots of action. It's like The Walking Dead but in a ship. Expand
  2. Sep 14, 2014
    10
    Patriotic like hell but finally a refreshing new tv series. Finally something NEW. Can't wait for more to come!
    Every episode a new stage. It
    Patriotic like hell but finally a refreshing new tv series. Finally something NEW. Can't wait for more to come!
    Every episode a new stage. It feels you see something new in every episode. Of course with a ship you can go further. Hopefully they will keep the tension in the next season.
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  3. May 12, 2015
    9
    As a Navy Veteran (10 years enlisted) I always will give a military TV show or movie a look-see. The last Ship simply "Blew me out of theAs a Navy Veteran (10 years enlisted) I always will give a military TV show or movie a look-see. The last Ship simply "Blew me out of the water". There is just the right mix of character development (Eric Dane is simply perfect as the ships CO) and 21st century style action and combat. The ONLY reason I didn't give it a 10 was some of the issues I have with Naval Protocol (CO and XO NEVER would both be on a "Away Team") or saluting uncovered (no hat). Viewers that haven't served in the Navy wouldn't know the difference any way. These small issues in no way take away from the story-line and plot. If the NAVY continues their outstanding support for the show, TNT and Michael Bay have a real interesting winner on their hands. Happy for a 2nd season. Do give this show a look. Chances are you wont be disappointed. Expand
  4. Jul 19, 2014
    7
    As a 20 year Navy man I'm keenly aware of the many errors. That being said, there are less mistakes in the Navy's depiction than most showsAs a 20 year Navy man I'm keenly aware of the many errors. That being said, there are less mistakes in the Navy's depiction than most shows I've seen. Compared to the dreck that was The Last Resort it is downright a Navy documentary. Well, except for the first battle in the first episode which was really nothing but schlock. The show does better when it doesn't do action. The plot, unfortunately is paper thin, but the day to day of a destroyer crew in desperate times is entertaining and worth watching, though there are some groan inducing moments. I find the crew mostly believable, save the interaction of enlisted to officer, though that would probably be a lot more lax after the pandemic was discovered. The worst depictions are of the SEALs whom the creators have no idea how to use properly. Expand
  5. beb
    Aug 20, 2015
    6
    Pretty mediocre after you get past the premise. Basically Star Trek on the ocean. Each week they meet new civilizations and deal with some conflict.
  6. Jun 23, 2014
    4
    This show was way too hard to follow and told little to no actual story. It could have been a lot Bette faith a real plot instead of a fewThis show was way too hard to follow and told little to no actual story. It could have been a lot Bette faith a real plot instead of a few scattered action scenes. Expand
  7. Jul 12, 2015
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. What's a horrible screenplay! The original book was stupid, but more or less possible. But here; at first episode 3 direct hits from helicopters does not made a scraptch on Burke? But really. this show should be finished at epoisede 3, when russian admiral caught Burke in close range. Onle 130-mm shell and Burke become sitting duck. Now, she does not sink, but neighter sail on high seas. After that russian cruiser become only available ship, and there would be no american show ever. In the book russians could not hit destroyer, because they have nuclear submarine (so they have torpedoes and nukes, all to powerfull). But here. with armored battle cruiser against lonely Burke at close range? Expand

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