TNT’s The Last Ship Friendly Fire TV Show Review. The Last Ship: Season 2, Episode 10: Friendly Fire faced some tough calls as the Nathan James was under investigation after the death of Neils Sorensen (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) from last week’s episode. Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) had to face the consequences for her actions involved in Neils’ death with the whole dynamic between her and the crew has drastically changed. On top of that, Sean Ramsey (Brian O’Byrne) made his move on the crew and now the Nathan James is put on a rough spot with multiple enemies on their backs.
The action scenes on the ship during ‘Friendly Fire’ actually served a purpose rather than just for show. Blowing up the armada was a good part of the plot, and the crew was in a distinctive position from where they all started after the fight. The heavy action this season weren’t particular strong plot wise, but the explosions an firefights in this episode worked out in regards to the story.
We learned a lot about Rachel during the episode, especially with the flashback sequences that helped explain what motivates her. However, the flashbacks didn’t really fit with the tone of the show, so perhaps a few lines about Rachel’s past could’ve sufficed. It was good to see her upbringing since we don’t know much about where she gets her motivation.
Rachel has some tough times ahead of her as she has lost of all trust from Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane). With Rachel in confinement, we can expect Chandler and the rest of the crew can make her life miserable. If the rules weren’t so enforced on the ship, we could’ve seen some of the crew take her side. Even if Rachel wasn’t popular among her peers, everyone pretty much hated Neils. It seemed like Tex Nolan (John Pyper-Ferguson) was supportive of Rachel’s actions, acknowledging all she has done to keep the crew and the rest of the world alive.
With Rachel in confinement for the rest of her time on the ship, she will have to face the ramifications of her actions. She may have done the world a great service in killing the man responsible for the virus, killing a person is crossing a line you can never come back from. Chandler had to remind Rachel that there are rules on the ship for a reason.
Despite most of the episode focusing on Neils’ death, the crew was also starting to prep for their arrival in New Orleans. Chandler and the Nathan James were trying to decipher the messages that the Immunes were sending out through cell phones via Bluetooth. The Immunes’ method in sending messages was pure genius. Even if cell phones don’t get reception during an apocalypse, they can still be used to send text messages through Bluetooth like walkie-talkies.
Once the Nathan James arrives at New Orleans, Sean Ramsey was right there about to set a trap for them. What started out as a firefight turned into a propaganda scheme. By killing civilians on the mainland, Ramsey then puts a video out for the world to see showing what looks like the Nathan James attacking it’s own people. Ramsey may be crazy with his beliefs, but he is a mastermind when it comes to eliminating his enemies. With the video out to most of the country, the Nathan James has a lot to answer for their actions. The crew now has to deal with civilians on top of fighting off the Immunes.
‘Friendly Fire’ was an episode that raised the stakes for the Nathan James as things start to look bad for them. With most of America hating them, the ship’s mission in saving the world will be much more difficult. It will be interesting to see how Chandler and his team get out of an impossible situation like this because now they must regain America’s trust while also stopping the Immunes from killing any more civilians.
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