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SEVENTY EIGHT

TV show addicts know what it is to binge watch seasons of your favorite show, But to watch a new series a difficult emotional moment, where you worry about getting too invested into the story in the sheer fear that the series may not be renewed. With such thoughts in my mind I watched the first few episodes of THE LAST SHIP and I haven’t stopped watching since the last weekend.

The basic premise of the series is that after a global viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world’s population, the crew of US Navy destroyer called USS Nathan James has the scientists and a lab and a mission to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity.

The surprise element of the series is the fact that although the premise is simple the story spins itself brilliantly and the plot thickens. Each episode leaves the viewer on the edge of their seat and till you have watched the next episode you are in agony of ignorance about the fate of the characters. Strangely the character sketches are pretty thin hence the attachment does not form with any particular character. In hindsight probably that is a good thing. The story is the real hero of the series and pulls you forward without the need for the viewer to be too invested into the plots and sub plots. Initially the viewer may wonder how this series will complete 12 episodes in a season at the pace in which the story is told however, we are mildly surprised when interesting sub plots are launched. However, one also realises that the hopelessness is replaced with more practical and realistic problems which are encountered by the crew and captain of the USS Nathan James.

The character of Captain Tom Chandler is played by Eric Dane. Does any one rememeber Mcsteamy from Grey’s Anatomy? If you do, you should watch this series where I realized that McSteamy can act too and can be an eyefull even in the standard issue blue uniform of US Navy.

What I found interesting about the handling of the story and the characters is the fact, the plot doesn’t let the viewer get too attached with any character, every episode someone or the other is killed off. The series does not shy away from killing of important characters. It is tad bit difficult to write about this series without giving out spoilers. But I can say this is one of the best series in a long time.

This show is from the TNT network and Michael Bay is the Executive Producer for it. In fact, the series has a rating of above 7 on IMDB and TV.com.

The intense drama of the show and high speed action keeps the viewer hooked episode after episode and I am just dying to get back to it as I type this. The series started in 2014 and has run successfully for 2 seasons. The third season is expected in the second half of 2016. I am already excited about it.

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