The Last Ship 1×01 ‘Pilot’: Boom

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You definitely won’t be disappointed in this TNT’s new series The Last Ship – because you won’t expect anything of it.

Although executive producer Michael Bay does deliver stunning visuals, excellent soundtrack and of course, explosions, the episode was  dull, predictable and there was absolutely no emotional connection with the audience at all. The pilot also breaks the golden rule of storytelling: Show, Don’t Tell. All information that is gleamed from this series is learned through exposition.

Source: TNT

Source: TNT

The Last Ship is rather similar to World War Z so you can’t help but compare them. Unfortunately, The Last Ship comes up short. It lacks all of the suspense and pathos that World War Z had. The leads, Rhona Mitra and Eric Dane, excellent actors in other shows, suffer from the lack of chemistry. There was an extremely forced moment of sexual tension between Captain Chandler (Eric Dane) and Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra). The scene already didn’t work, which only made it weirder when we find out that Captain Chandler has a wife and two kids.

Long story short, the world has been infected by a virus and this ship has managed to avoid it by being out at sea for so long. They have ingredients to find a cure and they have to do it on the ship. The premise is intriguing enough, but they’ve made one large error. There is zero emotion involved. As an audience, it’s hard to care what happens to them. By concentrating most of the narrative on the ship, we don’t get to see what’s happening in the outside world. Instead of seeing the carnage or havoc, characters that we have no connection to tell us of  the destruction – save a few brief newsflashes of vague explosions. Which makes sense because the crew is pretty stony-faced the entire time, trying to get over the fact that the world is ending.

Source: TNT

Source: TNT

We don’t even know much about this new virus save that there is no cure and it’s airborne. What does it do to the infected? They all kind of seem to die suddenly. It’s not like they’re slowly wasting away.

A death occurs in this episode, which is usually a good start to any series but because we don’t know anything about the characters or the situation, we don’t really care about the death either.

That doesn’t necessarily mean this show isn’t worth watching though. In fact, I could see why this would be the exact reason for watching a show. You won’t get too emotionally invested, it’s got a solid plot and did I mention explosions? Don’t expect to have your world shaken and you’ll be able to enjoy this series.

What did you think of the pilot? Leave a comment and let me know!

Yeung Wing

is an aspiring TV critic, writer and editor. You can see her past work on her Tumblr!
She lives her life through escapism.

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