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The Last Ship Review: Panic Sets In

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There's no doubt this series is an intense thriller, but The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 6 turned things up to 11 when Danny gets the sniffles.

I'm kidding of course, but after the stress of the past several months and the fate of the human race in their hands jumping the gun is understandable. Luckily it turns out to be Dengue fever and not contagious at all.

On a positive note, Captain Chandler comes clean about Rachel's work and avoids an all out mutiny.

"Lockdown" picks up where last week's installment left off. Chandler and those that debarked in Nicaragua go through decontamination. We learn that Rachel's vaccine is almost ready to test, but Mike and Hugh feel the crew should be spared the details of their adventure.

Hugh: They don't need to know about the village, El Toro.
Mike: Our lovely dinner.
Hugh: The sick people or how close we were to them.

What does Chandler do? Takes their advice into consideration and then does the complete opposite. I think this is one of the things that makes him a good leader. Not going with the flow but making up his own mind, he's not easily influenced.

That said, though he tells the truth he does get ahead of himself promising a cure by the time they get home. That's right, they're setting a course for the states and the vaccine should be ready by the time they arrive. Ah not so much big guy.

Rachel is going through monkeys at an alarming rate, six at a time and they're all dying. Chandler warns her to dispose of them discretely but naturally a couple of guys see her tossing bags overboard. The chatter begins and the trip home is delayed for a few days.

Meanwhile, that sneaky mole Quincy is doing his part to fuel distrust among the crew. I thought Bacon was just supposed to play chess with the guy? Why listen to anything that weasel has to say? Of course, he's a brilliant scientist so his argument makes sense. Bacon never stood a chance.

When Danny gets sick everyone begins to panic. It's only natural to assume he's caught the virus. It doesn't help that those at the top freak out as well calling for a shipwide lockdown. Everyone puts on their biohazard suits as rumors begin to spread like a disease.

Of course by the time Danny's test results come back and it's only Dengue fever (a mosquito-borne tropical disease that's not contagious) the damage is done.

It was just a matter of time before Kara and Danny's relationship was discovered. Silly of her to run toward the virus rather than in the opposite direction no? She just had to see her man and in the process gives the game away. Chandler is not pleased.

So Quincy convinces Bacon that Rachel's monkeys are dying and being tossed overboard but more importantly the Captain is lying about it.

This vessel is a death trap.

Quincy

As tensions rise roughly sixteen men want off the ship. Don't they realize this is The Last Ship? Where the hell would they be safer?

Chandler makes the decision to lay all the cards on the table. He talks of making mistakes but it was all in an effort to protect his crew from the truth. How haunting were those distress calls? As dear ol' Jack says in A Few Good Men "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth!"

It's too late to turn back now, so Chandler goes for complete transparency. He reveals Rachel's little lab and praises her for her tireless efforts.

I loved to see the Captain give Rachel the floor and how she admitted to her vaccine failing. The Yellow Fever vaccine failed 99 times, only finding success on the 100th attempt. She admits she might not have the answers today but nothing's going to stop her from finding a cure.

Chandler promises his crew all information, good or bad, will be shared with them.

This is a test. They go, hope goes with them.

Chandler

After all the impassioned speeches the soldiers decide to stick it out. Danny's on the mend and Kara's let off pretty easy in the end.

Chandler visits Quincy and tells him there's going to be no more talking. A really great move if you ask me.

Now it's your turn, what did you think of "Lockdown"? Does this series have you at the edge of your seat the entire hour? Hit the comments, let's start a discussion. What did you like or dislike about this installment of The Last Ship.

Do you think the Captain jumped the gun by initiating a lockdown?

 

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My new favorite show...at least while others are on summer hiatus.

Modwild

They are going through monkeys at an alarming rate. If they're testing six at a time, it seems ridiculous that they ever left Nicaragua with a mere 36 of them. Surely Rachel knew the odds were against her vaccine working quickly. There are so many issues with this show, but it's the cheesy moments that keep me around. Yes, the reenlisting scene was cliche, but that's what The Last Ship is. If it took itself too seriously it would probably cost a lot more to produce.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I guess I went in expecting a little cheese and the clichés since it's Michael Bay. I tend to just go along for the ride. The worst offense any show can do is bore me to death. That's definitely not the case with The Last Ship. They need the frozen monkeys from Helix. Keep 'em on ice and revive them for testing and ultimately death. Eeeek!

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I understand why relationships are forbidden in the military BUT in this case should they be. After all assuming a cure will be found the world will have to be repopulated. I would not be surprised if people were ordered to pair up.

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@ retiredgolfer

They're both officers (not officer and enlisted) so I don't think it was illegal and they weren't having sex onboard the ship. Neither was subordinate to the other.

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Last week I thought El Toro was the weakest episode of the series. Well it can move over, because this one was worst.
This was a 10 minute episode jam packed into an hour.
Again there were no believable stakes, it was all blatantly manufactured (the Capt telling the crew a cure was imminent) to generate an episode. The episode should have been centered around Green getting sick instead of Chandler's ineptness.
I can't figure out if this show has no female actors or no female creative staff. But they need to get the women into the story more, because this testosterone heavy BS is really wearing thin.
This show had a great premise, essentially Star Trek on Earth. But me the last ship has sailed, I won't be tuning in anymore.

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@ CM

If its disappointed you that much, definitely better to check out now. Personally, I'm curious enough to watch this first season. Depending on the finale I'll tune in next year or not.

Chris larrondo

I'm with you I understand giving the initial transparency of what went on in Nicaragua but giving such premature intel that Rachel was near a cure was not very smart. Captain Chandler seems like a pretty smart guy which is why this surprised me.

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@ Chris Larrondo

He is a smart guy, but in need of a little hope just like the crew it. I guess he really wanted to believe a cure was near as well. Now he's promised to share EVERYTHING with the crew, good or bad. You just know that's going to cause problems down the line.

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I liked the episode but thought that Captain Chandler was wrong to announce that the vaccine was imminent when that was totally unrealistic. I also thought that he overreacted when Green collapsed. I also didn't like him whining at Rachel on all he'd sacrificed for her until she corrected him that it was humanity and not her. Unlike the rest of the crew, Chandler knows that his wife, kids, and dad are safe and healthy. That's more that the rest of the crew. With the exception of his XO, I don't think anyone else on the ship knows much about their families back home. Quincy flat out lied to Bacon when he said that Chandler wasn't willing to share the virus with the Russians. Chandler offered it but the Russians didn't accept it. Quincy seems super jealous of Rachel. If anyone is selfish it's Quincy not Rachel who has always been willing to treat patients unlike him. She's treated the guy who got shot at GITMO and Green. I don't think that Quincy's family were ever prisoners of the Russians. I believe that Quincy was working with them all along. When the outbreaks got bad, he may have had his family put on Rustov's ship so that they would be safe. Even in the first episode when the Russians were shooting at them, he was telling Rachel to leave the samples. The Russians were targeting her to shoot her. So I'm guessing that he expected to be the one helping the Russians and got mad when they changed their minds and now want her and not him. What I don't get is why the Russians are bothering to follow their ship. They could have had their people just get some samples up in the Artic. They knew where they were digging. I think Quincy had a real shock during the meeting with Rustov when Rustov said he didn't want him but he wanted Rachel. I never believed that he thought Rustov wouldn't harm Rachel. They were shooting at her in the artic, shot a nuclear bomb at Franch, attacked the ship, Rustov shot & killed one of his own men just to prove a point, and later killed the 2 people scouting a way out of the harbor. I also don't get Quincy continually whining about not sharing data because when the Russians first attacked them, since they had just found the samples that day. There was no data to share before that. They hadn't even gotten the samples back to the ship. I don't see where it would have helped at all to have told the Russians or anyone what they were doing up there.

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@ Carol_R

You're absolutely right about Chandler announcing a vaccine and heading home. There was a lot of overreacting in this episode. I'm guessing all this can be attributed to the stressful situation. The Nicaragua visit was no picnic, and the team just returned at the start of this episode. As far as Quincy, I do believe the Russians took his family. However, I love your theories even more! He's a character that's meant to stir the pot and definitely jealous of Rachel. Don't think that weasel is getting out of Season 1 alive. The Russians have patient zero it seems, and he's a scientist. It's possible he is the one that needs Rachel. We'll see. Thanks so much for commenting Carol, loved reading your theories!

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@ Henry A. Otero

If the Russian scientist is Sergei then that's even more ominous. I just wonder if that story that Quincy told them was true.

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Data1001

Best episode so far, I think. One thing that bothers me a little, though — the Wikipedia entry states that the Nathan James had 217 crew members at the beginning of the series. Even taking into account the crew they've lost, that's still a far larger number than what we saw in this episode when "all hands" were asked to report to the flight deck. I did a rough count of bodies in that scene, and it came out to around 70 people. Of course, I understand the need to save money on extras, but I've noticed this before on The Last Ship, thinking to myself that the crew contingent they show doesn't seem like nearly enough to operate a US Navy destroyer. You'd think they could at least fill in the numbers with CGI or something, to make it look more realistic.

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@ Data1001

Wow you sure do analyze your TV shows. You're right about the size of the crew, it just never occurred to me so few appeared in that scene. I imagine too many extras or even CGI would be way outside a TV show budget. We're probably just meant to assume it's a large crew, whether or not we see them all together on the flight deck.

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@ Data1001

They can't have everyone on the ship come above deck. Someone has to run the ship.

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Haha. You know things are bad when the good news is that you have Dengue Fever!

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@ Fudgefase

Right? Ha! Thanks for your comment, made me laugh ;)

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Yama1291

I guess they just had to make Kara just as stupid as Danny. He risked the whole ship for her after all.. lets repay the favor! That wasn't just silly! Her behavior was outright criminal neglect. Moving between sections during a bh-lockdown? Might as well pass the virus around in syringes. Chandler was as lenient as it goes here. I liked them coming clear with the crew. There was no question that they would but the writers did a descent job getting us there. A little thing that bugged me:
Where did they get the Plexiglas monkey cages? A bigger thing that bugged me:
The two ton cheese-ball that was the reenlist scene.
I have no problem with the concept but did they have to make it so cliched? We have seen the "surprising reveal of soldiers stepping up and doing the right thing in front of the humbled CO" done to death.

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@ yama1291

You're absolutely right about Kara of course. I was being too nice Ha! Their romance has annoyed me since day 1, but I completely understand why it's there. Chandler was ridiculously easy on her. There's tons of things like the monkey cages that we can't worry much about and simply suspend disbelief. Plenty of clichés as well, but I like the cast and pacing enough to look past my minor quibbles. Thanks so much for your feedback!

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@ Henry A. Otero

You're right about having to suspend disbelief. One of the students I mentor is majoring in microbiology and we both watch the show. We were recently discussing the show over coffee one morning and he was telling me how his eyes hurt at the end of each show from rolling them so much - that a lot of the science, equipment, etc., is WAY off. We both had a good laugh about that. But we both still absolutely 100% love the show.

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@ Beth Clark

I'm certainly no microbiologist but the science is questionable even for me. I think with a series like this it's a trade off. You take the good with the bad. In reality most of us don't have a clue what Rachel is talking about half the time. Ha! Thanks so much for your comment Beth. Love the eye rolling bit, funny stuff.

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@ yama1291

Kara is stupid but I can take her more than Danny. The actor who plays Danny IMO is really bad. To me he's nothing more than a Block of Wood (BOW).

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The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 6 Quotes

This vessel is a death trap.

Quincy

This is a test. They go, hope goes with them.

Chandler
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