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TV Review: THE LAST SHIP: Season 3, Episode 8: Sea Change [TNT]

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The Last Ship Sea Change Review. The Last Ship: Season 3, Episode 8: Sea Change saw the aftermath of last week’s episode with the apparent suicide of President Michener (Mark Moses). His untimely death was unfortunate as America lost its leader as he was under great pressure from the media and the public. Michener’s death also brought on despair for some as the country’s allies start betraying each other in this time of crisis. His death may not bring the same emotional impact as the other deaths on the show, but it does change the course of the season moving forward. It was especially tough for White House staff member Kara (Marissa Neitling) as she tries to move on after finding her leader’s body on his deathbed.

After the power shifts over to a new president, Kara starts to realize that some of Michener’s supporters are starting to change his policies that were set in place for the American survivors. Kara was shocked to know that even Chief of Staff Allison Shaw (Elizabeth Rohm) agreed that Michener’s policies aren’t working and is in need of a change. After revealing that she had a relationship with Michener prior to his death, it seems that her discovery of his past actions is clouding her judgment and causing her to question his programs.

With Vice President Howard Oliver (John Cothran) sworn in as the next President, he seems to be easily taking the word of the regional leaders. The new leader also wants to disregard over Michener’s rules and policies after listening to what the regional leaders had to say. As we have so many powers in play at the White House, it looks like there will be trouble for the American people as President Oliver, Allison, and the rest of the council are looking to overlook Michener’s procedures and looking out for themselves.

Out at sea, Tom Chandler (Eric Dane), Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin), and the rest of the Nathan James are trying to uncover the intention of the Chinese to stop shipment of the virus. It appears that the crew have fully trusted pirate Takehaya (Hiroyuki Sanada) after all he’s done to them because he was pushed to do so in order to protect his people and his family.

Tom checks in with Doc Rios (Maximiliano Hernandez) as he discovers some of Dr. Scott’s research papers on the ship dealing with the cure. Rios finds out that the blood in Takehaya and his wife’s bodies is different from the files, meaning that the virus may have mutated. After hearing this, Tom worries that perhaps the rest of the crew may have the infection after staying in contact with Takehaya. However, Rios informs Tom that the crew is actually immune to the mutation. Despite the sigh of relief, there’s still the problem with the virus spreading over Asia.

The good news is that the problem at hand does unite Tom and Takehaya in their quest to stop President Peng (Fernando Chen) from using the cure to his benefit. The two men manage to locate Takehaya’s accomplice Wu Ming (Allen Theosky Rowe) at the city of Shanzhai where it has been bombed. After questioning Ming, Tom and the team find out that President Peng is using missiles to make sure that the cure doesn’t work. His actions are a betrayal to his allies, making sure that the people who get the cure will die in the process. It makes matters worse when Tom sees Peng’s betrayal right through his eyes after televising his sorrow over Michener’s death on screen. This causes Tom to lose his patience when it comes to stopping Peng, but Mike and Sasha (Bridget Regan) attempt to stop him from making any rash decision.

‘Sea Change’ definitely brought in a lot of changes from both sides as the White House contends with a new leader while the Chinese plan on taking out the Asian region from getting the cure. It seems that both Tom and Kara are two of the dominating forces who are focused on keeping their country safe. The strategies that these two are taking, including forming and breaking some alliances, will be something worth exploring for the remainder of the season.

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Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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