TNT’s The Last Ship No Place Like Home TV Show Review. The Last Ship: Season 1, Episode 10: No Place Like Home offers a typically disappointing end to what has been an exceedingly pedestrian debut season for this Michael Bay-produced drama.
The crew of the USS Nathan James has been at sea for months, trying to find a cure for the global epidemic known as the Red Flu. Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) has put his own life, and the lives of his crew, on the line again and again so that Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) can create the elusive vaccine. All the hard work and dedication has finally paid off, as Dr. Scott is ready to get her work into a mainland lab for mass production and distribution. It would appear that this whole nightmare might finally be ending.
Nope, not really. Turns out things back home are about as bad as they can be. Commander Chandler’s family is infected, and the only upright politician (Alfre Woodard) might not be as pure-hearted as she initially seems. By the end of the episode, we are no closer to curing the world. We’ve just finally gotten off the ship.
The elements present in No Place Like Home are all interesting: bands of rebels that are righting to get out from under the wing of the government; a seemingly helpful government with dark ulterior motives; a family reunion that is short one member. The issue is that as we’ve come to expect, The Last Ship just doesn’t present these elements in interesting ways. The twists are telegraphed and obvious, and the lack of background we’ve been receiving all season long makes certain betrayal’s feel hollow. The performances all around are wooden, which we’ve seen before. But the real disappointing wooden performance comes from Oscar nominee Woodard. An actress of her caliber could have helped to elevate this episode above any of its predecessors, but instead she just blends in to the stiff crowd.
Overall, the first season of The Last Ship did not do enough to earn my viewership for season 2. This has been a mindless, blandly filmed affair that was more a chore to watch than a delight. I walk away from it not caring for a single character (hardly able to even remember their names) and with no interest in seeing where they go from here. As far as I’m concerned, this is the end.
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