The Last Ship (TNT)

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  1. phrelin

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    I'm having trouble with this show. The cast is good as are most production values. But the various episode story arcs seem forced and they really do need an advisor from the Navy or even the Russian Navy. I'm afraid they spent all the money on McSteamy.

    The IMDb page on the show has an oddity in that it does not provide the name of a "Creator" which makes me think that Executive Producers Michael Bay ("Black Sails"), Andrew Form (also "Black Sails"), and Bradley Fuller (also "Black Sails") were sitting around on a yacht having drinks and, like many committee creations, created a one-humped camel while trying to create a race horse. And then the corporate folks at Comcast/NBCU-owned USA added a hump because their camels have two humps.

    It seems to me there was enough story potential with the virus Armageddon without the Russians and now the story is going to become some test of wills between McSteamy-in-a-cage and Putin's brother who not only keeps his shirt on, but seems to always be in a dress uniform. Instead of building something strong with Dr. Rachel Scott and her work, using some crew members with technical skills.

    Oh well, it's Summer fare.
     
  2. Laxguy

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    And not the fairest of Summer fare.... :) But Ima watchin'.
     
  3. trh

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    They did have a US Navy advisor.

    I suspect that on a number of issues, the advisor's recommendations were ignored.
     
  4. trh

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    What that the first episode you watched? In this fictional TV series, he has left the ship on a number of occasions -- leading missions into the base at GTMO and searching for monkeys in the jungles. And I don't remember if he was part of the boarding party on the cruise ship they boarded in the first or second episode.

    What surprised me about this episode was (1) he didn't recognize it wasn't his ship's helo (the sound each type of helo makes is very distinctive), (2) he didn't recognize that the horse collar lowered to him wasn't US made or that (3) the ship's rescue swimmer didn't enter the water to assist with their recovery and (4) the Russian's couldn't pickup the SPY1 radar, but the radar was on long enough to detract, track and kill the russian's drone.

    But this is fiction.
     
  5. Doug Brott

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    Just like every show out there, the leads have to be in the front of the line. Real life is much more boring.
     
  6. phrelin

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    "We get to show sailors in an awesome light." Really? A former destroyer commander? I guess I'm just too old. Or he's gone Hollywood.
     
  7. Rich

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    I've watched every episode. I just decided to comment on the latest mission the Captain went on. Is it really fictional ? Gee, if you hadn't told me I would have never guessed. (Again sarcasm, but I just couldn't resist it.)
     
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    Trust me, in real life the Captain would not leave the ship, that's his main responsibility. As far as boring goes, I've been kinda bored since I got out of the Navy way back when. The Navy was anything but boring.

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    Not saying the Navy was boring ... Saying watching what really goes on in the Navy as a TV Show would probably be boring. The job I do is quite exiting (to me) and I enjoy it immensely. That being said, I don't think it would make for a good/exciting TV Show.
     
  10. John Strk

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    Love this show so far, but the biggest issue I am having is that are there really no submarines left out there in the oceans? Wouldn't there be some contact from a US sub by now? What did they all get recalled after the virus outbreak and come back to port so the sailors could get infected and die? I'm calling major BS on that.
     
  11. Laxguy

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    You are quite right. Nuke subs would be the place to be..... For a while. Help the writers out: Maybe, in an ep yet to be seen, they all torpedoed one another. Or when they went for food ashore, each and every one got infected, came back, and the whole sub was wiped.... Well, it could happen..... :)
     
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    I understood what you meant. You'd really have to experience it to understand. That said, all I ever do is pick apart shows or movies about the Navy.

    Rich
     
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    supposed to be his responsibility. Attached picture is from this week's Navy Times when I was waiting in the check out line yesterday. So not all CO's understand their duties.
     

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    That was the same 'plot hole' that I thought of when I was reading the book. The only other human contact was one Russian sub that they join forces with. The 'disaster' in the book was a nuclear war instead of a virus. I enjoyed the book, but it was a bit confusing until it was 20% read. The author (William Brinkley) kind of starts out in the middle of the story and then goes back to the beginning. The end was kind of a 'cliff hanger' as they go off in search of any human life and/or habitable land mass. The author hinted of a follow-up book, but unfortunately he died before it was written/completed.
     
  15. Supramom2000

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    Hubby and I are really enjoying this, although we ***** and moan about the unrealistic stuff. But the drama and plot leave us tense and watching, so... worth while summer fare.
     
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    Man, that Russky Cap'n (Commodore? Admiral?) is a real basta**!

    But now, may he be at rest.
    The end game that he put forward at one point made no sense: That he'd blow the American ship to smithereens if he didn't get the girl and vaccine, which really would have ended his chances for survival (if you buy that the vaccine already developed by her is the only savior.)
     
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    I'd watch it just for the shots of the destroyer. But, it is a decent show for the summer, you're right.

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    Makes me wonder if the Commodore rank even exists in the Russian Navy. We had it, I don't know if we still do, but it was just for an officer who was in command of a group of ships, for instance a squadron of destroyers. It was a temporary rank, kinda like a Brevet Major. I think that's how it worked. No extra pay, just the temporary rank.

    Rich
     
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    Commodore has changed many times in the US Navy. Three times in the early 80 ' s alone. Currently, Commodore is a title, not a rank. For senior Navy Captains in charge of multiple operational commands (e.g. squadrons). It used to be the rank for an O-7, but an O-7 is now "Rear Admiral (lower half). Much like CDR Chandler (rank) is also Captain Chandler (title).
     
  20. Supramom2000

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    I thought "Captain" in the Navy was an 0-6? An actual rank. Equivalent of a full bird.
     

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