The Last Ship Scuttle Review. The Last Ship: Season 3, Episode 10: Scuttle went through some major changes with some of the characters as the power struggle continues to unravel both in the White House and at the USS Nathan James. After the big battle with the Chinese at sea, Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and the rest of the crew try to figure out what happened that caused them to lose some of their men. Once the truth came out about what’s going on in the Oval Office, it’s pretty clear to Chandler that the government has been compromised and it puts him in a difficult decision that may put him as a traitor. The episode brought in some compelling scenes that puts the characters on a course where everything is on the line.
With the regional leaders in America and the Nathan James crew focusing on taking down and capturing President Peng (Fernando Chen), the government realizes that no one can be trusted. The same went for Kara (Marissa Neitling) as she is out on the run from the government after finding out there’s a mole in the White House. Her storyline this season was great to watch and it’s as if it’s a separate show on it’s own. Somehow, Kara’s development has been different to those on the ship with her character uncovering what’s happening to her own government. She managed to follow her instincts when she found out that Allison Shaw (Elizabeth Rohm) turned out to be the mole. She ends up getting help from reporter Jacob Barnes (Devon Gummersall) to uncover this conspiracy. It was a great development to put these two people together and have them work on the same side for once.
Chandler continued to amaze viewers with his courage and grit as he was faced with the ultimate decision in order to complete the mission he was sent out to do and also protect his crew. Even after he was put under house arrest by the direct order of President Howard Oliver (John Cothran), Chandler immediately knew that something wasn’t right back home. He went with his gut and riled his team together to take back the ship from his superiors. It was also the first time we got to see the Nathan James and Takehaya’s (Hiroyuki Sanada) men work together as allies after what these two groups went through. Even our enemies can sometimes be the unlikeliest of allies.
Tom and Kara may be on opposite sides of the world, but their way of thinking is the same. Both of these individuals do what they can to save the ones they love, even if it means disobeying what their leader has told them. They already know that the President’s powers have been taken away from him, so all they must do now is to stop the threat and fix whatever is going on back home.
Allison finally showed her true colors in this episode after we see her at the Oval press meetings where she limited what went to the media. She was also showing her duplicity where she was sharing some information with the American public but also hiding some truths from them also. After telling Kara about disagreeing with the policies that Michener (Mark Moses) had, it’s really no shock that she took government power into her own hands. With Allison taking complete control of the government, no one would want to mess with her at this point. It was also a surprising twist when Oliver found out from Allison that she was in cahoots with President Peng to spread the anti-cure. In all this careful planning, it’s as if Allison wants to tarnish all the heroic deeds that Tom has done for his country and do what’s best for her needs. Forcing Oliver’s hand in signing an arrest warrant for Tom puts even more tension between the government and the US Navy.
We may often feel sorry for Captain Joseph Meylan (Emerson Brooks) after what happened to his men and his ship. It’s understandable when Meylan has to listen to a direct order no matter how questionable it is, he felt that there’s no choice. Maylen even puts the blame on Tom for putting his men in the crossfire. Tom was pushed into a corner where he had to defy orders, so he enlists Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and the rest of the crew to regain control of the ship.
The episode has put Tom and Kara in though spots where they each had to make the hard call in order to preserve what is left of the America that people stands by. Allison and her people are proving to be quite the worthy opponents for our team and now Tom and Kara must take the fight to them both at home and at sea. A lot of things are set in motion and it will definitely leave some big ramifications for the rest of the season.
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