The Last Ship (TV series)

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The Last Ship
LastShipSeriesIntertitle.jpg
Genre Post-apocalyptic
Action drama
Created by
Based on The Last Ship
by William Brinkley
Starring
Theme music composer Steve Jablonsky
Composer(s) Nathan Whitehead
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Todd Arnow
Eric Dane
Mark Malone
Cinematography Lukas Ettlin
Editor(s) Ken Blackwell
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Channel Road Productions
Platinum Dunes
TNT Original Productions (seasons 1-3)
Studio T (from season 4)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network TNT
Picture format HDTV
Original release June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22) – present

The Last Ship is an American action-drama television series, loosely based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William Brinkley. It debuted on June 22, 2014, and is planned to conclude with the close of its fifth season on November 11, 2018.

Premise[edit]

After a global viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world's population, the crew (consisting of 218 people) of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), must try to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity.[1]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110June 22, 2014 (2014-06-22)August 24, 2014 (2014-08-24)
213June 21, 2015 (2015-06-21)September 6, 2015 (2015-09-06)
313May 30, 2016 (2016-05-30)September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11)
410August 20, 2017 (2017-08-20)October 8, 2017 (2017-10-08)
510[2]September 9, 2018 (2018-09-09)November 11, 2018 (2018-11-11)[2]

Cast[edit]

The Last Ship cast and crew
  • Eric Dane as Admiral Tom Chandler, the former Commanding Officer of USS Nathan James and Chief of Naval Operations, now an instructor at the United States Naval Academy.[3]
  • Rhona Mitra as Dr. Rachel Scott, a paleo-microbiologist who creates the cure for the virus. She was killed in the second season finale after successfully curing the Red Flu. (seasons 1–2)
  • Adam Baldwin as Admiral Mike Slattery, the former Executive Officer and later Commanding Officer of Nathan James who now serves as Chief of Naval Operations.[4] Originally from Chicago, he previously served as a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department. Slattery's son was killed by the virus, and as of Season 3, his wife Christine (Ele Keats) and his daughters are still MIA.
  • Charles Parnell as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell "Russ" Jeter, who previously served as Nathan James's senior enlisted sailor and unofficial chaplain.[5]
  • Travis Van Winkle as Lieutenant Daniel Joshua "Danny" Green, leader of the Naval Mountain Warfare Special Forces Unit aboard Nathan James.[5] In Season 5, Danny is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team.
  • Marissa Neitling as Commander Kara Green (née Foster), who started the series as a Combat Information Center Officer on Nathan James before being promoted to Tactical Actions Officer after the death of LCDR Barker.[6] During Season 3, Kara worked in St. Louis as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Michener. In Season 4, she returns to duty onboard Nathan James as the Tactical Action Officer. In Season 5, she becomes Commanding Officer of Nathan James.
  • Christina Elmore as Lieutenant Commander Alisha Granderson, an Officer of the Deck on Nathan James. In Season 5, she is serving at Naval Station Mayport under Admiral Meylan. In season 5, episode 4, she is stabbed to death by her girlfriend.
  • John Pyper-Ferguson as Ken "Tex" Nolan, a private security/military contractor and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who joins the crew at Guantanamo Bay. In the season 2 finale, he tracks down his daughter, but learns that his ex-wife was killed by looters. In the third-season finale Tex is killed, stopping Allison Shaw. (recurring seasons 1 & 3; starring season 2)
  • Jocko Sims as Commander Carlton Burk, head of Nathan James visit, board, search, and seizure teams. In Season 5, he is promoted to Executive Officer of Nathan James. (recurring season 1; starring season 2–present)
  • Kevin Michael Martin as Chief Gunner's Mate Eric Miller,[7] a member of the ship's VBSS teams who has worked his way up the enlisted ranks. (recurring seasons 1–2, starring season 3–present).
  • Bren Foster as Chief Petty Officer Wolf "Wolf-Man" Taylor, a member of the Royal Australian Navy CDT 3 (Special Forces) attached to the US Navy Special Warfare Joint Operations Training Program. In Season 5, Wolf is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team. (recurring season 2, starring season 3–present).
  • Bridget Regan as Sasha Cooper, a former Navy Intelligence Officer now operating under diplomatic cover in China for the newly reformed US government who was once romantically involved with Tom Chandler. In Season 5, Sasha is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team. (season 3–present)
  • LaMonica Garrett as Lieutenant Commander Cameron Burk, the brother of CDR Carlton Burk and the Tactical Actions Officer of the USS Nathan James in Season 3. In Season 4, LCDR Burk is wounded in action during an attack on Naval Station Rota, Spain which took him off active duty. (main season 3, guest seasons 4–5)
  • Fay Masterson as Captain Andrea Garnett, Commanding Officer of the USS Jeffrey Michener. CAPT Garnett previously served as Chief Engineer and later Executive Officer of the Nathan James.
  • Emerson Brooks as Admiral Joseph Meylan, former commanding officer of USS Hayward, who joins Nathan James after his ship was severely damaged by the Chinese Navy. He briefly takes command of Nathan James ordered by the St. Louis White House to place Captain Chandler under arrest. In Season 4 he replaces Andrea Garnett as the Executive Officer of USS Nathan James under Captain Mike Slattery. In Season 5, he is assigned to Naval Station Mayport as a flag officer. (recurring season 3–4, starring season 5).
  • Jodie Turner-Smith as Sergeant Azima Kandie, she served in the Kenyan Navy for two years, she is part of the VBSS teams on Nathan James during season 4. In Season 5, Azima is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team. (recurring season 4, starring season 5)[8]

Development and production[edit]

In May 2013, the cable network TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series.[4] The series premiered on June 22, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. EDT.[9][10]

On July 31, 2016, The Last Ship was renewed for a 10-episode fourth season, which premiered on August 20, 2017.[11][12] On September 8, 2016, TNT renewed the series for a 10-episode fifth and final season, which was filmed immediately after season four and premiered on September 9, 2018.[13][14][15] The final episode will air on November 11, 2018.

In July 2012, TNT ordered a pilot episode for a potential series based on William Brinkley's novel The Last Ship (1988).[16] Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the pilot script, and Jonathan Mostow directed the pilot.[17] It was filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard USS Halsey and USS Dewey, which stands in for the show's fictional USS Nathan James, and the museum ship USS Iowa located in San Pedro.[18][19]

The series is produced by Channel Road Productions and Platinum Dunes, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steinberg, and Kane. Steinberg and Kane serve as executive producers and day-to-day showrunners.[20][citation needed]

On July 18, 2014, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode second season.[21] The second season started airing on June 21, 2015.[22] On August 11, 2015, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode third season, stated to premiere June 12, 2016.[23] The season 3 premiere was postponed following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting because the episode also included a mass shooting in a nightclub.[24]

Reception[edit]

On Metacritic, the first season has an average score of 60 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[25] Rotten Tomatoes gives the show 66%, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 29 reviews, as of October 2015. The website consensus states: "Movie-sized action sequences and a pretty cast provide smooth sailing for The Last Ship, though it's not anything that hasn't been seen before."[26]

In July 2015, Entertainment Weekly's Ray Rahman said of the second season, "The story is getting more interesting as we get an on-the-ground sense of how the pandemic-ravaged US has fared."[27]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Shows A-Z - last ship, the on tnt". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 10, 2012). "Pilot Scoop: Grey's Anatomy's Eric Dane to Captain TNT Action Drama The Last Ship". TVLine. Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2013). "Michael Bay's 'The Last Ship' Picked Up To Series At TNT: Video". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "The Last Ship Season 1 Character Descriptions". pressroom.turner.com. Turner Press. Retrieved July 15, 2014.
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 7, 2013). "'The Last Ship' Casts A Regular, 'Believe', 'Revolution' & 'Gang Related' Add Recurring". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
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  8. ^ Petski, Denise (February 8, 2017). "'The Last Ship': Jodie Turner-Smith Upped To Regular For Season 5". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  9. ^ "The Last Ship: Official website". Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  10. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 10, 2014). "TNT Announces Premiere Dates for 'Falling Skies' Season 4 and New Series 'The Last Ship' & 'Legends'". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  11. ^ Lincoln, Ross A. (July 31, 2016). "TNT's 'The Last Ship' Renewed For Fourth Season – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  12. ^ Petski, Denise (May 24, 2017). "'The Last Ship' Season 4 Gets August Premiere Date On TNT". Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  13. ^ "'The Last Ship' renewal extended through Season 5 for the final season for the series". September 8, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2017.
  14. ^ "'The Last Ship' to End With Season 5 at TNT". Variety. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  15. ^ "The Last Ship - Season 5 @ TheTVDB". www.thetvdb.com. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  16. ^ "TNT Orders Pilot of "The Last Ship," Executive-Produced by Michael Bay". The Futon Critic. July 16, 2013. Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 12, 2012). "Jonathan Mostow To Direct Michael Bay's TNT Pilot 'The Last Ship'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 30, 2012.
  18. ^ Webb, Justin L. (November 9, 2012). "Naval Base San Diego; USS Halsey featured in "The Last Ship"". United States Navy. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
  19. ^ Littlejohn, Donna; Kuznia, Rob; Mazza, Sandy (January 6, 2014). "South Bay, Harbor Area communities work to attract more filming". Daily Breeze. Archived from the original on January 9, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2014.
  20. ^ "Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  21. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (July 18, 2014). "'The Last Ship', 'Major Crimes' & 'Falling Skies' Renewed by TNT". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  22. ^ "TNT UNVEILS PACKED SUMMER LINEUP". Turner.com (Press release).
  23. ^ "TNT - The Last Ship". May 19, 2016. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  24. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 12, 2016). "'The Last Ship' delays season premiere; plot involved a nightclub shooting". CNN Money. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
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  27. ^ "The Last Ship". Metacritic. Retrieved October 8, 2015.

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