Sav­ing the world again: ‘The Last Ship’ pre­pares to con­clude its voy­age

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - TU TV - By Joy Doo­nan TV Me­dia

Since pre­mier­ing in 2014, TNT’S ac­tion-drama “The Last Ship” has been a roller­coaster of high-stakes mis­sions, tu­mul­tuous po­lit­i­cal ten­sions and shock­ing acts of be­trayal, and the se­ries is ex­pected to go out on a high note as its fifth and fi­nal sea­son ap­proaches its con­clu­sion.

Based on the pop­u­lar Wil­liam Brink­ley novel of the same name, the show fol­lows the crew of a navy de­stroyer that is stuck at sea and un­able to find a safe port after its crew learns that a virus has wiped out 80 per cent of Earth’s pop­u­la­tion. What’s en­sued over five sea­sons is a fast­paced saga in which the crew at­tempted to gain in­tel on the state of the world and ul­ti­mately de­liver a cure to the sur­vivors. The penul­ti­mate episode of “The Last Ship” airs Sun­day, Nov. 4, on TNT.

The show’s unique set­ting and dire apoc­a­lyp­tic plot are what ini­tially drew in many fans; the char­ac­ters’ iso­la­tion and lim­ited knowl­edge of what’s hap­pen­ing in the world make for a story that’s rich in nail-bit­ing ten­sion. In an in­ter­view with Em­pire, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and co-cre­ator Steven Kane said that from the be­gin­ning of the pro­ject, he was “to­tally drawn to the idea of a crew and navy ship be­ing the key to Earth’s sur­vival.” Now in the last sea­son, it seems as though the world is be­gin­ning to re­build it­self, but new and un­ex­pected ene­mies have emerged for Com­man­der Tom Chan­dler (Eric Dane, “Grey’s Anatomy”) and his crew, and this time they have to stave off a world war in the mak­ing.

Since the se­ries’ gen­e­sis, when the crew of the USS Nathan

James first learned about the Red Flu virus out­break, the char­ac­ters have been through a whirl­wind of ob­sta­cles in their at­tempts to sal­vage hu­man­ity. Much of the first two sea­sons dealt with Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol vi­rol­o­gist Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mi­tra, “Un­der­world: Rise of the Ly­cans,” 2009) work­ing on de­vel­op­ing a vac­cine for the virus, a plan that was com­pro­mised by the pri­vate in­ter­ests of sev­eral an­tag­o­nists, in­clud­ing a rad­i­cal group of “Im­munes” who wished to spread the plague and as­sert them­selves as Earth’s in­her­i­tors, as well as sev­eral world gov­ern­ments that at­tempted to use the plague as an op­por­tu­nity for global po­lit­i­cal con­trol.

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