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

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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: 39 out of 61
  2. Negative: 15 out of 61
  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 1, 2014
    7
    While the plot and dialogue of this show can at times be simply laughable, I have to admit that I was hooked from the start. Don't watch thisWhile the plot and dialogue of this show can at times be simply laughable, I have to admit that I was hooked from the start. Don't watch this show expecting realism or any meaningful insights. But if you instead watch it for a nostalgic trip back to 80s B-rated action movies with the added bonus and flair of modern VFX, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  5. Jul 21, 2014
    6
    Full disclosure: I am such a sucker for stories like this. But, that said, there are an awful lot of anomalies one has to overlook to stayFull disclosure: I am such a sucker for stories like this. But, that said, there are an awful lot of anomalies one has to overlook to stay on-board (pardon the pun) with the arc of this narrative. The critic "Wolivere" got a lot of it right, btw. More and more I see shows written by people who know squat about the actual world. As a cruising sailor I was aghast at the stupidity of the Robert Redford film "All is Lost." Completely ridiculous situations that no skilled sailor would ever find himself/herself confronted by. Likewise, both the science/technology errors and the the chain of command nuttiness of this series should drive me running away in frustration. But, I do keep coming back. Must be a character flaw on my part. I am going to give this nautical turkey a 6.5 because it does keep me coming back. Some real effort has gone into the production values. And, for no reason I can explain yet, I do care about some of the characters. Expand
  6. Jun 23, 2014
    4
    reasonably promising premise. Then they got overly sentimental with the post apocolyptic family loss thing, and wrapped that with some reallyreasonably promising premise. Then they got overly sentimental with the post apocolyptic family loss thing, and wrapped that with some really overt military/navy fetishism, and overly frequent heartfelt saluting. Theres so many directions they could have gone-- and going there on the pilot episdoe isnt promising. The only way it really could have been lamer is if they had children onboard. I'm sure they will get here by episode 3 or so. It would have been a better series before walking dead, and back in 2002 when military fetishism was more in vogue. Also if you are like 13 years old and male, that would help. Now its just all a bit tedious. Looks like a 1 season series for sure. Expand
  7. Jul 19, 2014
    0
    Terrible show. I like the main characters. Dane, Mitra, and Baldwin. But the rest are horrible. Where did they find them? The plot betweenTerrible show. I like the main characters. Dane, Mitra, and Baldwin. But the rest are horrible. Where did they find them? The plot between Danny Green, who cares???? The scared navy cadets, not even realistic the way they are acting it. Miller would have had to go through so much to this point to be on this ship for him to act like he is acting is not realistic at all. And Lt Green, he's a just a weak actor. If it continues stick with the actual actors and it should be an ok summer show since not much else is on next year I amy pick it back up. Expand

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