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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 22, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Rhona Mitra, Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin
  • 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 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
    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
    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: Tim Goodman
    Jun 20, 2014
    While The Last Ship won't be for viewers who want a lot of complexity and good writing, its predictability--ka-boom!--is not exactly a detriment in the summer. In fact, it might be the selling point.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jun 20, 2014
    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
    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
    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
    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: 35 out of 56
  2. Negative: 14 out of 56
  1. Jun 23, 2014
    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 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
    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. Expand
  3. Jul 19, 2014
    This is another great way to draw attention to Russia! after all! RUSSIA and CHINA TOGETHER! It is a threat that can not be permitted, and which the world would not survive!! http://news.siteua.org/Мир/536284/Эксперты__спасет_ли_Китай_Россию_от_санкций_ Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2014
    Pretty decent show, but when they went to Guantanamo I just knew at some point the line "America doesn't negotiate with terrorists" would rear it's ugly head. I'm sick and tired of hearing this line in almost every single drama from the US. Get over yourselves with this line. Recent "goings on" clearly contradict this anyway. Expand
  5. Jun 23, 2014
    First EP, i thought "meh its ok but not more".The story is predictable up to this point.The characters are not interesting and i dont care if they die or not.The reason is we dont know **** about them and they are not in the mood to tell you some backroundstory(only for the Captains which is not enough).Instead the show got some fights and stupid flashy scenes.I couldnt care less about that part.Theyve even tried to shock the audience with the suicide of the crewmember when he is exposed to the virus.This atempt to shock me failed completely because there is no relationship between me(as the viewer) and the character.That came too early.Poor planing and im sure this show borrowed some stuff from the movie "USS Charleston"(i think thats the englisch title, its the movie/minishow with Armand Assante).Bad choices in the cast too.Rona Mitra?I think thats not a role for her.Shes not exactly a good actor and her expresion is always the same.Thats not realy promising if they think this is a good choice for a doctor that has a major role in the show.Visuals are ok, thx to the navy.The show needs to improve A LOT cause it competes agianst my Last Resort experience from last year and the pilot lost pretty hard so far. Expand
  6. Jul 7, 2014
    A mess that begins with little in the way of story, poor characterization (as in you do not connect with anyone), and more plot holes than JJ Abrams trying his hand at SciFi again. There is a reason this was banished to the Summer. To all the 'reviewers' that ignored the uninfected promptly romping off to a death ship full of plague victims, so they were fully exposed, you really should pay more attention. Expand
  7. Jul 14, 2014
    This is one of the worst TV shows I have ever seen. Terrible acting, stories that go nowhere, wooden stock characters-brave Amercians, everyone else is evil...just pure crap. Expand

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