• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 15, 2014
Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22

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  1. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jun 23, 2014
    60
    Since the series was filmed partly aboard U.S. Navy vessels, aircraft and with other working equipment, when the big guns go off it looks and sounds satisfyingly earthshaking. Inevitably, some things are formulaic.
  2. 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.
  3. Jun 20, 2014
    58
    Being like a video game gives The Last Ship some nifty visual aesthetics and some good forward momentum, but it can’t give the series characters or storytelling worth giving a damn about.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 23, 2014
    50
    The Last Ship is a naval recruitment ad for the apocalypse, and these waters look shallow. Careful before sticking your toe in.
  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: Gail Pennington
    Jun 20, 2014
    50
    The writing is clunky and the acting is almost universally stiff. The characters need to be much more engaging to keep us from wanting to jump overboard from The Last Ship.
  8. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 16, 2014
    50
    Despite some initial problems with pace and a bland idea of suspense, The Last Ship is at least a break from all the detective and lawyer shows that characterize cable TV’s long summers.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 16, 2014
    50
    People don't actually talk with each other in The Last Ship: Instead, they announce, pronounce and recycle cliches. We get a sense of character through the performances, though, and many of them are very good.
  10. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jun 24, 2014
    40
    The Last Ship aims for a big-canvas feel, but based on the first three episodes, the one-dimensional characters and action movie cliché dialogue ("Guys, let's do this thing!") make it feel cramped.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 20, 2014
    40
    Ship is awfully square in its hokey heroics, solemn acting and predictable subplots: a dull shipboard romance, a lurking saboteur. But it also has the feel of a summer page-turner, sturdy as the title vessel but also just as stodgy.
  12. 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.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 220 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 34 out of 220
  1. Jun 27, 2014
    0
    Horrible. So we have a US destroyer sailing and operating in Canadian Northern Waters. Arrives in July and leaves 4 months later. The US hasHorrible. So we have a US destroyer sailing and operating in Canadian Northern Waters. Arrives in July and leaves 4 months later. The US has no Destroyer capable of operating in Artic waters even in summer ice conditions. And definitely not in Fall ice conditions. Its obvious they have no clue as to what -50 means and what it means to exposed skin. Or what it does to equipment and machinery.

    So next part we have a major air born Virus only this ship escapes due to its northern location. But every one on the planet gets sick, even those in Bio Protective stations. But they pull up next to a ship with dead sick people and are okay?

    Now back to the destroyer. So now you have 5 Russian Helicopters flying in -50 weather *cough* and they manage to get that far. *boogle*

    Now 3 of them fire 4 missiles at the destroyer. All of them unguided tube launched. But one goes after the chaff and heat launcher? Huh? They are unguided. And why did the close in defense systems not fire? And how did they let such large heavy slow hostile aircraft get that close? Inept?

    Now 3 missiles hit the Destroyer 1 in the bridge 2 in the Phased Radar. These Destroyers have Light Aluminum skins. They are not designed to take direct missile strikes, this is not an armored Battle Ship.

    We have 0 crew casualties.. and not even a scratch in the paint? Wow... that is one heck of a ship.

    Nothing from a military stand point makes any sense, none of the plot makes sense.. none of the science makes sense. Its like they took a bunch of cool ideas tossed it into a blender and poured it into a glass. They figured all the cool things would make a cool drink... its pretty darn sour.
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  2. Jun 23, 2014
    7
    As a retired Navy officer I always trip over the inauthentic elements in any show that features our national canoe club, and this one's noAs a retired Navy officer I always trip over the inauthentic elements in any show that features our national canoe club, and this one's no exception. Much of the characters' behavior and dialogue is ludicrously unrepresentative of what actually goes on aboard a warship, including how officers and enlisted personnel interact. Yes, I realize that the show's premise, that of "OMG, we're the last ship!", might well result in behaviors way outside the norm, but not the kind that's been written into this script. Here are just two examples among several. The master chief asks a LTJG on the ship's bridge for "permission to salute the captain." Ridiculous. The XO salutes the captain/CO while uncovered. Would never happen. US Navy personnel never salute unless "covered" (hat on). Only exception would be if on temporary duty with a foreign military service and it might be embarrassing not to return the salute of a junior from that service who was not aware of USN custom. What always puzzles me about such gaffes is how they get past the USN technical advisor who's always part of the deal struck between the movie studio and the Navy's public affairs office when providing Navy assets for such flicks. Other than my parochial complaints. I find the show reasonably entertaining. Full Review »
  3. Jul 7, 2014
    3
    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 JJA 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. Full Review »