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The Last Ship Review: Dangerous New World

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There's no doubt this first season was a thrill ride. However, The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 10 was a fairly predictable wrap up.

As a matter of fact, in last week's poll for The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 9, one of my options was "Tom's wife will not make it."

It was obvious someone important would die. That there was more to the War Lords than meets the eye (get it?). Plus, something was seriously off about Granderson's mother from the moment we met her.

Was anyone else shocked to see how quickly Chandler's entire family had fallen ill? Tom's Dad proved to be a real hero and it's thanks to his determination the kids made it. Sadly, Darien wasn't so lucky. As the first one infected she died before Tom reached his family with a cure. Sure, we saw it coming but as the realization came over Tom it proved to be one of Eric Dane's more powerful scenes.

Another thought hit me: if Darien had survived all the flirting between the Captain and Rachel would have be for nothing. There was too much chemistry between those two for them not to hook up.

Satellite images reveal mass evacuations and areas marked with huge red X's. The lab the Nathan James had been searching for had been completely destroyed. "Targeted" is how Tom describes the images.

We soon learn that the Presidential bunker had gone silent and Amy Granderson (Alisha's mother) was running the show.

Amy Granderson: As vice chair of the President's defense policy board I was briefed on your mission to the Arctic. I knew the risks of the coming pandemic and I had my daughter transferred to your ship. You must forgive me.
Chandler: No apology needed ma'am your daughter's been an incredible asset.

Meanwhile, the War Lords, a resistance force we met last week, is monitoring their transmission. Did anyone else wonder at this point why they were targeting Granderson? Of course, it all makes sense later on.

As they drive through the city, Tom and his crew witness the devastaion first hand. Our heroes are told the War Lords have killed more people than the virus when in fact the truth is the complete opposite.

Tom and Rachel tell Granderson they have the cure and are met with applause from Granderson's scientists. Another one of those silly moments that turn the cheese factor up to 11.

Tex says his goodbyes and finally smacks a juicy wet one on Rachel. Are we looking at a love triangle in Season 2? Please don't go there guys, seriously. I will admit, it was great to see that Tex got his moment. I really like the guy.

Tom finally gets in touch with his father and learns they're sick. He makes his way to Olympia where folks are supposedly working on a cure and vaccinates his family. This felt very much like The Walking Dead's "Terminus" story arc to me.

Around this time we realize Granderson's scientists are actually killing the infected. After being vaccinated, her troopers take over and Granderson asks Alisha if Captain Chandler will still follow orders.

When Rachel confronts Granderson about her "treatment," the slightly off her rocker politician tells her...

Doctor you know this, in the 14th century the Black Death wiped out 60% of the European population. The plague killed indescriminitely. The artists, scientists, thinkers, so few and precious to begin with were wiped out. It upended the social order and prolonged the Dark Ages 150 years. I cannot let that happen here.

Amy Granderson

They're burning the bodies of the infected to power the city? What?!?

Naturally, Rachel refuses to comply and informs Granderson she can't replicate her vaccine with the doses she's given her. Everything Granderson needs is locked up on the ship. Tom attempts to reach his ship as the crew is gathered on deck and mysterious boats approach. Is it Granderson's people or will the War Lords come to the rescue? Guess we'll have to wait until 2015 to find out.

What did you think of the Season 1 finale? Did you find it predictable yet entertaining with a moderate dose of cheese? Hit the comments and let me know if I'm judging it too harshly or if I'm spot on.

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Yama1291

I think I'm just not the target audience for this anymore.. seen to much of the same already. Saw every twist and turn coming from a mile away the entire season. What speaks for the show is that I can still enjoy myself watching it. Sometimes. Those times when the writers aren't busy laying cheese over cheese on-top of cliche after cliche and spraying it with Cheez Whiz. Seriously, you could come up with an episode for this show by scribbling a bunch of cliches on tickets and randomly pulling them out of a hat. I'll watch season 2 on the side.. in small doses though. having to watch my cholesterol and all.

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I knew the Nathan James had to get back to a US port sometime but found this episode underwhelming, and very predictable. The previous episodes had a wow factor and this episode just felt like a filler to get you to the next season with a couple of possible new story lines. Captain Chandler seemed to let the emotion of finding his family overwhelm his military instincts that have served him so well previously. How does a handful of local police take over the ship? That was just too much of a leap. Don't know where this is leading to next season beyond Tex rescuing Rachel, probably at the expense of his own life, but if they don't get back out to sea then the title will have little meaning. Mind you there were actually two ships if you count the larger Russian ship. I found this a refreshing series up until this episode and hope it doesn't go Revolution on us.

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Thanks for taking over, Hank. I don't know what I would have done without you. I'm just now starting to shake my headache after 3 days! I'd be fuel for the fire for sure. And... that's where they lost me. I suppose the message here is that absolute power corrupts absolutely? I can't think of another logical idea they're trying to impart by burning the bodies to power the city. First, they're killing them for no reason and then using them for fuel. Reminds me of using the books in the library in The Day After Tomorrow instead of the chairs and tables that would have burned for days. Ah well. Can't have looks and a logical conclusion to the season! I'm not with you on Rachel and Chandler. I want Tex and Rachel. Chandler can find his own damned woman.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I'm just thinking with so many cliches, the Tom and Rachel thing is just one more to pile on there. Tex would be a much cooler choice for sure. Trust me, we're looking at a Season 2 love triangle haha Btw, I am not getting all the Disqus notifications. Are you?

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@ Henry A. Otero

I am. Perhaps I'm getting yours, too! ;-) I'm up for a threesome. It is a new world, after all. I don't want anything to ruin the cool friendship between Chandler and Tex, but I still want Tex with Rachel. They'll have to do what they have to do!

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@ Carissa Pavlica

I thought the people that were being killed were already sick. Remembering those who were asking for Olympia in previous episodes, it was the people who were already infected. This part actually confused me - why are civilians in masks mingling with those who are sick? Those who were well (like the "war lords) should have been avoiding Olympia at all costs.

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Loved the whole season. Am really into this show. And I'd go along with Battlestar Galactica Lite. Writers, take heed: keep the cast together. If we start separation stories, I'll be disappointed. Don't need a 'Walking Dead 2' while the original show is still on.

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LOVED THIS SEASON FINALE!!! What I also loved was how they used the past these two actors have played Alfie Woodard and Titus. I remember Titus from Supernatural playing the horsemen of the apocalypse War. I thought for sure he was the bad guy because he always or most of the time plays a bad guy and vice versa with Woodard. She is always playing the kind wise and generous character {with the exception of 12 years a slave.} I thought that was very clever on the writing and creators of the show. Can't wait until 2015.

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Greatly enjoyed this season finale, even with the cheese. In last week's poll, my guess was that Grandpa Chandler would be able to save some of the family; not all. I also guessed right that a character actor like Bill Smitrovich wouldn't be cast unless they intended to use him for several episodes. He's too good for a one-off. Ditto Titus Welliver, who may finally get a more heroic role instead of a villainous one. My one beef with the finale is that the timeline is rather ridiculous. At one point, Granderson tells Rachel, "You've been gone so long." Er, no. The Nathan James was only gone for 4 months. Even if the time to return to the U.S. was stretched out, we're talking no more than 6-7 months to include all these latest adventures. Are you telling me it only took 6 months for the U.S. to devolve into Revolution? And, burning bodies for fuel? COME ON! If 3 billion people are dead, there has to be PLENTY of power available for those remaining. I understand cremating bodies because of the health risks of letting them decay in the streets. But, if the human body could actually provide energy, why aren't mortuaries joining up with power companies today & encouraging people to be cremated? Please ditch the weirdo science & stick closer to the human drama of trying to maintain a society without going all "Lord of the Flies." Summer 2015 seems too far away. I was hoping S2 might be here in January 2015. I HOPE "The Last Ship" does NOT go all "Revolution" on us, with the crew separated & roaming all over the Northwest. No, we need our gang back together. I would understand it taking a few episodes to reunite everyone. But, if they lose the Nathan James, that would really suck. I hope to see the following in S2: redemption for the scientist who got shot; an awesome lab for Rachel so she can manufacture the virus (maybe on a hospital ship?); more travelling to help survivors; meeting other remnants of surviving militaries so they can form a ragtag fleet of vessels; a baby...yeah, I basically want to see Battlestar Galactica Lite, on the ocean, with Tom & Rachel growing closer (but no triangle).

The Last Ship Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Amy Granderson: As vice chair of the President's defense policy board I was briefed on your mission to the Arctic. I knew the risks of the coming pandemic and I had my daughter transferred to your ship. You must forgive me.
Chandler: No apology needed ma'am your daughter's been an incredible asset.

Doctor you know this, in the 14th century the Black Death wiped out 60% of the European population. The plague killed indescriminitely. The artists, scientists, thinkers, so few and precious to begin with were wiped out. It upended the social order and prolonged the Dark Ages 150 years. I cannot let that happen here.

Amy Granderson