TNT’s The Last Ship We’ll Get There TV Show Review. The Last Ship: Season 1, Episode 4: We’ll Get There shows this series trying to make a concerted effort to be multi-faceted. Yet again, it doesn’t succeed.
Fresh off its escape from Gitmo, the USS Nathan James sets sail again as Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) works tirelessly to find a cure for the virus that is decimating the worlds population. Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) feels confident after outwitting a Russian enemy the previous week, narrowly escaping with minimal damage to his own vessel. Well, the damage isn’t as minimal as first assumed. At least one week away from land in any direction, the USS Nathan James’ engines and generators begin to fail. With that comes the ships inability to filter water for safe consumption. Not only that, but without power Dr. Scott’s samples will become to warm, and therefore ruined.
We’ll Get There gives us a glimpse at Chandler’s home life before he left for this perilous mission, and it paints a familiar picture. The world is sunny, his children are small and don’t want him to leave, and he offers them comforting advice to get them through the months he’s gone. There’s nothing original about this backstory, but at least The Last Ship is trying a little. We also finally get to hear more from Adam Baldwin’s Officer Mike Slattery, who hasn’t had much significance since the first episode.
The strength of The Last Ship lies in its ability to think like a military commander. When it presents its characters with seemingly impossible odds to overcome, it is genuinely interesting to see how these various characters are going to come up with a solution. Nothing is obvious, so it remains a sincere mystery until each plan is put into action. I particularly enjoyed the clever solution enacted in order to save Dr. Scott’s samples. I especially liked that the idea did not come from Captain Chandler. It’s very important that more characters be allowed to be stars of certain episodes. If Chandler’s characterization is going to remain this thin, it’s actually in The Last Ship’s best interest to jump around as often as possible.
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