Review: The Last Ship Season 5
If you think the recent politics of America is overwhelming, then start watching TNT’s The Last Ship Season 5. No matter what our reality, The Last Ship’s dystopian, but hopeful future continues to explore what determined people can do with the resources at hand—on both sides of the good and evil equation.
A The Last Ship enters Season 5, its final season, we find a military celebrating its victory over disease and a broken America with unification and the launch of new equipment. American appears on the verge of recovery.
But in a Pearl Harbor-like attack, the celebration faces enemy planes that devastate the new armaments, save for the Nathan James, who is out from dock on a 3-hour tour. The cyber attack provides some interesting technology investigations as well as plot twists that include very plausible examples of social engineering. The cyber attack blinds and debilitates the Nathan James and the Command Center. The fight begins not just with a Pearl Harbor type raid, but with technology turned back to pre-radar the strategies starting looking World War II-like as well.
The core of the season focuses on Maurice Compte’s Gustavo (Tavo) Barros, an up-start dictator from Columbia propped up by a military leader who didn’t want the job. Unfortunately, Tavo gets addicted to the spotlight. He swerves from his plans to unite Central and South America by going to battle against the United States directly. But it isn’t just the United States, it is also their current heroic face, that of Admiral Tom Chandler.
Eric Dan’s Tom Chandler owns The Last Ship (he is a producer, so kind of, actually). He quickly transforms from Naval Academy instructor to active duty following the attack on the fleet. He plays diplomat and strategist, PTSD victim and clairvoyant navigator, a man beyond his moment, and man renewed (think Captain Kirk at the end of Star Trek II).
There is no shortage of action as the United States attempts to build a counter-offensive around its one ship with Mexico and Cuba as questionable allies. The fighting takes place on land and sea and air. Watch for the cool helicopter pilot who steals several scenes as the season progresses.
If you want to see a show that displays America at its most righteous, tune into The Last Ship. America isn’t perfect, and its security looks a penetrable as Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. with its Hyrda and Skrull infiltrations (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. films on the same lot—coincidence?)
Should you watch The Last Ship? If you like Earth-bound action that borders on the political this is TNT’s alternative to Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime Video. Only there isn’t any reluctant hero crap from Tom Chandler, he’s all in from the start.
The Last Ship airs Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on TNT. It streams through the TNT app.
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TNT’s The Last Ship completes its final mission in its fifth season. Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Bridget Regan (Agent Carter) and Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) star in the series that chronicles the aftermath of a global catastrophe that nearly became an extinction level event.
This Season 5 the world is recovering from the deadly virus and its political, ecological and economic aftermath. Tom Chandler (Dane) is now a Naval instructor and viewers find his former crew scattered, but many in positions of authority within the Navy command. Sasha Cooper (Regan), Lieutenant Danny Green (Travis Van Winkle), SBS WO-N Wolf Taylor (Bren Foster) and Sergeant Azima Kandie (Jodie Turner Smith) start the season with a covert mission in Panama. They are wrongly accused of an attack on the Panamanian president, and the consequences prove difficult for the United States. The Nathan James must fight to prevent invasion by Latin America — and the next world war. Season 5 is The Last Ship ups the ante on action and excitement, even as it underscores the costs of prolonged war and the toll it takes on the those who fight it.
The Last Ship Season 5 also stars Charles Parnell (Pariah), Travis Van Winkle (Heart of Dixie), Marissa Neitling (Leverage), Christina Elmore (Fruitvale Station), Jocko Sims (Masters of Sex), Bren Foster (Days of Our Lives), Kevin Michael Martin, Emerson Brooks (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Jodie Turner Smith (Newness). The series is produced by Turner’s Studio T in association with Platinum Dunes, whose partners — blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form — serve as executive producers. Co-creators Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane also serve as executive producers, along with director Paul Holahan. Kane served as showrunner for seasons four and five, having previously served alongside Steinberg for the first three seasons.
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