Review of The Last Ship

60 minutes

The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth's population.
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Aug 2, 2015 1:04PM EDT
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The Last Ship took me by surprise with how good it is. First, I will preface by acknowledging that this show is basically one trope after the next. Cold-hearted Russians, South-American cartel drug-pins, and Arab terrorists all manage to crop up in rapid succession. And the brave-hearted moral American patriots are there every time to kick butt. The stereotyping is a bit excessive. That being said, there is a genuineness running through the core. The plot is very quick moving (which I appreciate) and has near equal parts action and emotion/thinking. Despite the egregious over-simplification of some of the character-types, The Last Ship doesn't dumb down any of the complex ethical questions posed to the characters and the audience. Finally, the show tries pretty hard to include some strong female characters and you may be surprised but it passes the Bechdal test! In summation, I'd highly recommend!

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