The Last Ship: It’s Not a Rumor (recap/review)

Poster for The Last Ship
On The Last Ship season premiere, a lot of things were sorted out, not least being the self imposed dictator of Baltimore, and mother of Alisha Granderson, getting taken down along with her “utopian” organization. In this week’s episode of The Last Ship, It’s Not a Rumor at the start of the show, Amy Granderson’s daughter Alisha is recuperating from her injuries and putting off facing her fellow crew members on the Nathan James.

Chandler and his crew cannibalize everything they can from the Baltimore compound and then head to the White House to search for survivors and they pick up an encrypted hard drive with information about other facilities across the world. They find a bunker but can get no answer and are not able to get in to continue their search. Dr. Scott gets in touch with her mentor Dr. Hunter for an over the phone tearful reunion.

Niels Sorenson aka Patient Zero; the one who weaponized the genome and made himself immune and a carrier, first met in Two Sailor Walk Into a Bar from season one, shows up on a beach full of survivors. Two of them mention the man, “his accent is different but he’s not Russian,” and shortly after all of the people on the beach are dead, infected by Sorenson (Ebon Moss-Bachrach). He shows up later in another “safe zone” which is being run by a “preacher.”

He is questioned by a man, Curtis, in the park, “Why aren’t you sick?” Apparently, the sleeping bag that Niels is in had a dead person in it hours before he used it. Later Curtis takes Sorenson to a sort of “camp meeting.” In a large tent, an amused Sorenson watches as the “minister” claims that those in the tent are “the chosen.”

The crew of the Nathan James head to Norfolk where the first person they spot from the bridge is a Navy SEAL signaling the ship. When they disembark Chandler and his crew learn that quite a number of armed forces personnel are at the base. With the hard drive and the extra troops, they head out to the various facilities set up to help the general populace.

Members of the crew search for loved ones around the area. Lt. Foster finds her mother who left their house and joined a safe area set up in the local bowling alley. XO Slattery heads to another safe zone at Deer Park only to find it deserted and that his family were there but are not now. Andrea Garnett is another one who finds that her family are not home, however there is a missing car in the garage of her home and someone had been packing.

Chandler tells his kids that he will not leave them again and that he is staying home. The children tell their father that is not what he should do and that their mother would not approve. Ashley and Sam convince their dad that his place in on the Nathan James with his crew and helping the world to get better.

Alisha Granderson is promoted by Chandler for her heroism and her loyalty, he hands her the full lieutenant bars he wore in Iraq. By the end of the show Niels has aligned himself with the religious zealot in the park and when Curtis says that the news of a ship distributing a cure is a rumor, Sorenson says that it is not.

The Last Ship has sailed into season two almost effortlessly and the story follows a logical course. Not having read the book is not an issue here as the series, despite the pretty tame state of the apocalypse, in American at least, is interesting and there are many obstacles to face before an all clear can be sounded.

Chandler is a compelling leader and Scott may yet become a fixture in either Tom’s or Tex’s life. Rachel and Tex have a verbal sparing match in the gym, where Tex is coaching Bacon who is trying to get down to his regulation weight. The two end up getting a little closer and Rachel thanks Tex for telling her about his 14 year-old daughter.

All the actors are now firmly in their roles and fans of Adam Baldwin will be thoroughly impressed when his character breaks down in tears at one point in the show. It is interesting to see Niels Sorenson back and on what appears to be a nefarious journey motivated by madness. The Last Ship airs Sundays on TNT.

The Last Ship TNT Season 2 Premiere (recap/review)

Poster for The Last Ship
After last season’s finale of The Last Ship saw the ship taken over by former Congresswoman Granderson, who elected herself Baltimore leader after the established hierarchy died from the pandemic, and all of Chandler’s crew captured by her troopers, the TNT season 2 premiere takes up the story. Dr. Scott has been captured, along with Granderson’s own daughter and made a prisoner in Avocet where the woman expects the scientist to cooperate with making the primordial vaccine for the privileged few.

Chandler has escaped with his remaining family and a small contingent of men and he heads to the people burning power station to shut it down. Mike Slattery, the ship’s doctor and a few others are trying to keep Quincy alive and the doc takes the vial of primordial and hides it in his medical kit.

Dropping off his father and two kids, Chandler and his men take control of the power station and meets the leader of the “resistance” Thorwald and the two men agree to join forces to take Amy Granderson and Avocet down as well as get Chandler’s crew and ship back.

At the house, Chandler’s son is sick and his sister is getting worried. Scott talks Granderson into letting her treat some of the regular people and not waste the vaccine on healthy residents of Avocet. Tex learns what is really going on with Granderson from a local and he heads into the company grounds to find out first hand how he can help.

In last season’s finale, the crew of the Nathan James who were not taken back on board and held hostage, are horrified to learn how Granderson is keeping the lights on and Scott, in the first half of the season 2 premiere, Unreal City is horrified to see that there are people from Avocet selling false cures to the main population not considered worthy of saving by Amy Granderson.

On the destroyer a few men have gotten free and are trying to gain control of the armory and take out the troopers. In Fight the Ship Lt. Foster is strapped on an operating table and Granderson’s lead scientist is about to shove a needle into her fetus to make their own vaccine when the lights go out.

Chandler and Thorwald have cut the power and Dr. Scott, along with Tex, come in to rescue Foster just after she deals a little poetic justice to Granderson’s expert. Chandler’s plan is working, Granderson pulls out troopers from Avocet and the Nathan James to get the power back on, leaving both the ship and her headquarters vulnerable.

By the time the end credits roll, Chandler has won. Granderson steps down permanently after declaring she was not a monster and Thorwald bites the big one. Adam Baldwin gets to prove once more that any character he plays is the biggest bull in the woods and for the time being there is a respite for all those who have survived Amy Granderson and Baltimore.

As it stands, the Nathan James lost a few crew members but the survivors have drawn closer together and shown that they can work through anything. Eric Dane still exudes that quiet authority despite losing his wife to the flu. While that is hard on his character, it works well for the show’s plot line since it looks like Rhona Mitra’s Dr. Scott will definitely become a romantic interest to Chandler at some point.

TNT have done well with their post apocalyptic thriller and season 2 has gotten off to a cracking start. All the main characters are being brought to life by the actors playing them and the audience is beginning to care about more than the “top three.” There was enough action and shootouts to please viewers that are more action oriented. The Last Ship airs Sundays on TNT.

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