The Last Ship

Amer­ica, F*** Yeah!

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray - Jor­dan Far­ley

Es­sen­tially Bat­tlestar Galac­tica at sea

Sea­son One

Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

2014 | 15 | Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tor: Hank Steinberg Cast: Eric Dane, Rhona Mi­tra, Adam Bald­win

Based on the novel by Wil­liam Brink­ley and pro­duced by Michael Bay ( which tells you ev­ery­thing you need to know), The Last Ship’s 10- episode first sea­son is the story of the USS Nathan James, a guided mis­sile de­stroyer that hap­pens to be out at sea when an air­borne pan­demic kills 80% of the world’s pop­u­la­tion. It’s left to square- jawed, all- Amer­i­can com­man­der Tom Chan­dler and his crew, in­clud­ing sul­try sci­en­tist Rachel Scott, to find a cure and save the damn planet.

Thought Team Amer­ica: World Po­lice par­o­died these kinds of sto­ries out of ex­is­tence a decade ago? Think again. The Last Ship is eight hours plus of unashamed mil­i­taris­tic jin­go­ism, with the crew pos­sess­ing one char­ac­ter trait across the board: hero­ism. In episode two they go to ac­tual Guan­tanmo Bay and shoot ac­tual Al- Qaeda ter­ror­ists in their ac­tual faces, for Amer­ica ( and med­i­cal sup­plies or some­thing).

And yet… we kind of love it. If you squint it’s es­sen­tially Bat­tlestar Galac­tica at sea, with en­tire episodes ded­i­cated to cat­a­strophic en­gine fail­ures or their des­per­ate need for wa­ter af­ter months at sea. A ri­val Rus­sian ves­sel pur­sues them across the ocean and can ap­pear at a mo­ment’s no­tice, like the Cylon fleet, and they oc­ca­sion­ally drop an­chor and go out on away mis­sions, usu­ally in­tro­duc­ing some good old- fash­ioned Amer­i­can val­ues to an in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion. It isn’t in the same league as BSG, of course, but with space- based shows an en­dan­gered species it’s a de­cent enough time- waster.

Ex­tras: Four pro­ducer com­men­taries, 10 brief in­side- the-episode fea­turettes, six “Ori­gin Of The Virus” pre­quel shorts, a Comic- Con panel, two more fea­turettes, and some EPK stuff.

Barry the back- seat driver was about to be shouted at.

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