‘The Last Ship’ Episode 2 on TNT – Review

The Last Ship

The Last Ship followed up a thrilling pilot episode with an even more action packed second episode on TNT last night. On the first episode viewers found out that a deadly virus had infected around 80 percent of the world and that Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) may have a way to create a cure if she is given time. The Commander of the United States Navy Battleship Nathan James is Officer Tom Chandler (Eric Dane). Commander Chandler gives an inspiration speech towards the end of the pilot episode telling his crew that they “will stay alive until we can find a cure.”

The second episode, Welcome to Gitmo, picks up right where the first one leaves off with Dr. Quincy Tophet speaking in Russian to someone on a satellite phone. One can already gather that he is a mole inside the operation, and trying to sabotage the mission so the cure can be secured for what is left of Russia. The Last Ship is on its way to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for refueling and an opportunity to find food for the crew. Since the entire show is set aboard a ship the creators of the show have a unique opportunity to use the naval vessel, and all of its positives as well as its liabilities in the storyline.

There is a brief training scene for the crew in preparation for a hostile situation once they reach the naval base and military prison on Cuba. Lieutenant Danny Green, played by Travis Van Winkle, most recently known for his role of Jonah Breeland in Heart of Dixie, begins to blossom as a character. Him and Lieutenant Kara Foster, played by Marissa Neitling, who has only been on one episode of Leverage back in 2011, have a romance going on. Green is dealing with the loss of his best friend, a fellow crewmember who became infected in the previous episode and took his life to not risk infecting anyone else or dying slowly from the virus. Foster and her care for Green are highlighted later in the episode.

Episode Two of The Last Ship on TNT begins to get exciting once they arrive at Gitmo Bay. They send out three teams from the Nathan James, one for food, a second for medical supplies for Dr. Scott who has been told to stay aboard ship because she is too vital to lose, and a third to refuel the ship. At first there appears to be no one there. The team’s all begin going their separate ways.

The medical team has to go inside the hospital that has many dead bodies inside so they must wear their masks that only have one hour of oxygen. Dr. Scott speaks pedantically to the officer using a microphone and video feed, giving him simple instructions and assuming he has no idea what a centrifuge is or what it looks like. The Russian, Dr. Tophet looks angry when he sees they have found a centrifuge, which could greatly accelerate the process of finding a cure. He had previously tried to sabotage the ship, but was caught and played dumb, claiming he was looking for the Air Condition when he was about to pull a lever that would flood the engines.

The team that is looking for food encounters a man running out of a building screaming “I am an American, get the hell out of there.” The Humvee they are standing near then explodes. The man turns out to be a former guard of the prison who let out some of the prisoners because there is no more government. So 14 Al-Qaeda are on the loose and have holed up inside the food warehouse.

Over at the refueling station the crew has begun pumping fuel into the ship, but is then fired upon by a RPG, injuring the head engineer. Coordinates are shouted out and the Nathan James uses its five-inch canon to blow up the building the Al-Qaeda are inside. The Last Ship’s only doctor is sent to patch up the injured. As the food team, led by Commander Chandler, is making its way to the warehouse, they catch sight of a guard who has been killed and strung up crucifixion style on a barbed wire fence. Tex, the prison guard is angry, but the commander throws out the cliché, “revenge is best served cold,” in which Tex responds “Let’s Eat.”

The medical team’s oxygen supply is running low and as they try and exit they find the doors are locked and members of Al-Qaeda begin laying down suppressive fire. Lt. Foster is constantly giving worried looks on screen as her love interest Lt. Green leads the team. Some members of the crew get atop the roof, and while Lt. Green explodes the door,  they shoot down the terrorists. The crew gets out just in time for their oxygen to run out, and are safe from breathing in the deadly airborne virus. A member of the team gets shot though, as one of the Al-Qaeda is not dead. Since the other doctor is helping out the refueling team, Dr. Scott volunteers to go to triage on the beach even though the commander gave specific orders for her to stay aboard the ship. She saves the wounded man’s life in a dramatic scene where the soldier’s blood pressure is dropping rapidly as Dr. Scott tries to clamp his artery shut.

In the food warehouse there is a massive firefight filled with grenades, explosions and headshots. The enemy captures Tex and Commander Chandler uses his microphone to talk to XO Slattery, who is in charge aboard The Last Ship. Slattery smartly realizes the commander needs a diversion. Chandler uses another clichéd line saying although this may be a new world there is still something that remain the same, “we do not negotiate with terrorists.” The line is slightly ironic in the wake of the Bergdahl trade for a handful of Taliban terrorists. As Commander Chandler says those words, Slattery calls for the 5-inch guns to explode the southwest portion of the warehouse, causing a diversion and enabling the team to take out the Al-Qaeda. Tex, played by John Pyper-Ferguson, recently on Alphas, decides to joins the crew aboard the Nathan James.

The Russian makes an excuse to stay in port saying something got knocked over and he needs to secure and calibrate the medical machines before they leave, which gives time for what was thought to be an English battleship to come near. Once it is close enough, the crew realizes the ship is Russian and episode two of The Last Ship on TNT ends with the Nathan James in the sights of the Russian battleship and their commander saying he believes they have something he is looking for.

By B. Taylor Rash

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12 Responses to "‘The Last Ship’ Episode 2 on TNT – Review"

  1. David   July 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Like the show except for the usual lack of a true crew. The ship is complete ran and all work completed by Officers except for the one Master Chief. Plotting as in “Dead Reckoning” episode was being done by LT. really! Couldn’t even let a enlisted person do the plotting which is who would’ve done it in the real Navy. I wonder why the Navy even has enlisted people, by what the entertainment industry shows the public, only Officers do any work on a ship. (Battleship and Hunt for Red October excluded.)

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  2. John B   July 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Ugh!, As a former Naval engineer, just the fuel scavenging in the pilot was completely annoying. A gas turbine ship runs on jet fuel, not DFM (diesel fuel marine). I know I am picking nits but such a blatant suspension of reality makes the whole premise, which is plausible, just a tad harder to take and enjoy.
    My small rant out of the way, this is an exciting show. Just a little too formulaic.

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  3. Liz   July 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Gee, I’d love to watch this episode on demand but apparently TNT and Time Warner don’t get along anymore and even though I pay a monthly charge for Internet, HDTV, phone and voice mail, I can’t get TNT On Demand. …There’s always a way…. TNT execs are idiots. I’ll see it w/o commercials soon enough and they can have their hissy fit over and done with.

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  4. Frank C   July 1, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I agree that most of the population would take the “brut” of the virus. My brother is an analyst with the CIA and he said he would be screwed too, its not like they have a huge bunker at Langley that all the employees get to hide in. The military is prepared to handle or at the least survive a crisis like this and deployed subs would survive and meet other deployed vessels….they have a plan for that. I personally like the show Rhona Mitra is hot and Eric Dane is a good actor. LOL its better than that submarine show from last year … “the Last Resort” this show is way better.

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  5. Jeff   July 1, 2014 at 6:16 am

    In the event of a “deadly virus” most of the deployed navy and many of the isolated militarty would still be intact …the government has planned for this many years before were even born. This coming from my father ex green beret (fort bragg) and my unle ex-cia. Unfortunately the main population would take the brut.of the ition. But so far woth exception of going to general quarters every five minutes (there woustanding general quarters until the infection was cleared). My dad and uof ncle said its a good show and true to form except for what the Sargent said above most people dont military tactics outside of the miligary ….and for some reason i cant seem to get my phone to work.proply to type this so ill end it here …love the show hope it stays on for many years to.come falling skies is.on its last season

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  6. BL   June 30, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    No tv series is exactly accurate its entertainment. 98% of people don’t know military tactics or proper medical treatments. But overall a good show hope they keep it going.
    ..Retired US Army SFC.

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  7. PrisonGuy 180G895   June 30, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Honestly, I hope the series doesn’t follow the book to the same ending. I want to see the USS Nathan James (itself) survive. What has me wondering — honestly, from the book and now the series — is the US submarine fleet. Some of the submarines had to be out of the hot zone (just like the USS Nathan James). It would be GREAT to see the USS Nathan James and say several of the subs join up.

    IMHO, the series is MORE than just the cure. It can and should be about rebuilding the world afterwards. The broader picture is the way to go and to give a long life to an obviously good idea.

    As for say some day having the series “jump the shark,” I’d vote for a time travel aspect. In this idea a small team goes back through time to insure the cure Dr. Scott comes up with goes to everyone and not just to a warlord type of person.

    NOTE: This would explain why Quincy is acting as he is …. turns out he is the Son of the “mad man” who designed this so he could “rule the world.” As the only person with a cure or knowledge of how the virus works, everyone would have to come to him.

    The people from the future come back NOT to stop the start of the virus but to insure it goes to everyone. It turns out these 5 people have been here for 10 years before the virus hit. In fact, 3 of them are graduates of US Naval Academy at Annapolis with 1 on the ship and 2 on submarine the USS Nathan James will met up with in the future. The other 2 are civilians — one is Tex and the other is working with a few people he saved from the virus to build a safe community as their base. The other 4 are to help get the USS Nathan James and Dr. Scott there safely, along with as many people as possible.

    Why not go there directly? They are hoping to take out the Russian warlord who is Quincy’s Father and wants to rule the world. With him out of the way the new community will be safe from people trying to attack it and wear it down. To generate relief and then conflict again, the USS Nathan James and subs had it out with the bad guys and come out the winner. They certainly kill Quincy and think they killed his Dad, but 1.33334 seasons later he shows back up much worse for wear and not as strong, but committed to killing off everyone helping the 5, the USS Nathan James, and Dr. Scott. He especially goes for the new born children.

    Anyway, OK, maybe my suggestion isn’t so much “jump the shark,” but one on how to continue the story for years / seasons beyond its natural conclusion.

    Only time will tell the tale where the creators, writers, and producers are taking the crew of the USS Nathan James and us. I just want to see a positive end for the USS Nathan James and her crew.

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  8. Nick   June 30, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    It is so stupid in every american movie the bad guys to be Russians….

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  9. Greg Rosellini   June 30, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    Hey producers I gladly offer my medical knowledge so that you actually get the medical stuff even remotely correct. The scene on the beach saving the sailor was sooo bad my wife and I couldn’t stop groaning!!!
    G Rosellini, M.D. (emergency and critical care medicine)

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  10. Jeff   June 30, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Its not a battleship its a DDG…..

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    • Taylor Rash   June 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      Hey Jeff , is a DDG a Arleigh Burke-class destroyer? I am trying to get my facts straight for future articles.

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  11. Taylor Rash   June 30, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    *Hart of Dixie. My apologies for the fans!

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