|The Last Ship|
|Based on||The Last Ship|
by William Brinkley
|Theme music composer||Steve Jablonsky|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||56 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||720p (HDTV)|
|Original release||June 22, 2014 –|
November 11, 2018
The Last Ship is an American action-drama television series, loosely based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William Brinkley. The series premiered on TNT on June 22, 2014 and concluded after five seasons on November 11, 2018.
After a global viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world's population, the crew (consisting of 218 people) of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), must try to find a cure, stop the virus, and save humanity.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||June 22, 2014||August 24, 2014|
|2||13||June 21, 2015||September 6, 2015|
|3||13||May 30, 2016||September 11, 2016|
|4||10||August 20, 2017||October 8, 2017|
|5||10||September 9, 2018||November 11, 2018|
- Eric Dane as Commander, later Captain, and finally Admiral Tom Chandler, the former Commanding Officer of USS Nathan James and Chief of Naval Operations, and instructor at the United States Naval Academy.
- Rhona Mitra as Dr. Rachel Scott, a paleo-microbiologist who created the cure for the virus. She was killed in the second-season finale after successfully curing the Red Flu (seasons 1–2).
- Adam Baldwin as Commander, later Captain, and finally Admiral Mike Slattery, the former Executive Officer and later Commanding Officer of Nathan James and Chief of Naval Operations. Originally from Chicago, he previously served as a homicide detective with the Chicago Police Department. Slattery's son was killed by the virus, and as of Season 4, his wife Christine (Ele Keats) and his daughters were still MIA.
- Charles Parnell as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Russell "Russ" Jeter, who previously served as Nathan James's senior enlisted sailor and unofficial chaplain.
- Travis Van Winkle as Lieutenant Daniel Joshua "Danny" Green, leader of the Naval Mountain Warfare Special Forces Unit aboard Nathan James. In Season 5, Danny was a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team.
- Marissa Neitling as Commander Kara Green (née Foster), who started the series as a Combat Information Center Officer on Nathan James before being promoted to Tactical Action Officer after the death of LCDR Barker. During Season 3, Kara worked in St. Louis as Deputy Chief of Staff to President Michener. In Season 4, she returned to duty onboard Nathan James as the Tactical Action Officer. In Season 5, she became Commanding Officer of Nathan James.
- Christina Elmore as Lieutenant Commander Alisha Granderson, an Officer of the Deck on Nathan James. In Season 5, she is serving at Naval Station Mayport under Admiral Meylan. In season 5, episode 4, she is stabbed to death by her girlfriend, who is revealed to be a spy for Gran Colombia.
- John Pyper-Ferguson as Ken "Tex" Nolan, a private security/military contractor and former U.S. Army Special Forces soldier who joined the crew at Guantanamo Bay. In the season 2 finale, he tracked down his daughter, but learned that his ex-wife was killed by looters. In the third-season finale Tex was killed stopping Allison Shaw (recurring seasons 1 & 3; starring season 2; guest season 5).
- Jocko Sims as Commander Carlton Burk, head of Nathan James visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) teams. In Season 5, he is promoted to Executive Officer of Nathan James (recurring season 1; starring season 2–5).
- Kevin Michael Martin as Chief Gunner's Mate Eric Miller, a member of the ship's VBSS teams who has worked his way up the enlisted ranks (recurring seasons 1–2, starring season 3–5).
- Bren Foster as Chief Petty Officer Wolf "Wolf-Man" Taylor, a member of the Royal Australian Navy CDT 3 (Special Forces) attached to the US Navy Special Warfare Joint Operations Training Program. In Season 5, Wolf is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team (recurring season 2, starring season 3–5).
- Bridget Regan as Sasha Cooper, a former Navy Intelligence Officer now operating under diplomatic cover in China for the newly reformed US government who was once romantically involved with Tom Chandler. In Season 5, Sasha is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team (season 3–5).
- LaMonica Garrett as Lieutenant Commander Cameron Burk, the brother of CDR Carlton Burk and the Tactical Actions Officer of the USS Nathan James in Season 3. In Season 4, LCDR Burk is wounded in action during an attack on Naval Station Rota, Spain which took him off active duty (main season 3, guest seasons 4–5).
- Fay Masterson as Captain Andrea Garnett, Commanding Officer of the USS Jeffrey Michener. CAPT Garnett previously served as Chief Engineer and later Executive Officer of the Nathan James. Early in season 5, Captain Garnett is fatally wounded in the surprise aerial attack on Fleet Week by paramilitary forces of Gran Colombia.
- Emerson Brooks as Admiral Joseph Meylan, former commanding officer of USS Hayward, who joins Nathan James after his ship was severely damaged by the Chinese Navy. He briefly takes command of Nathan James ordered by the St. Louis White House (secretly under control of Allison Shaw) to place Captain Chandler under arrest. In Season 4 he replaces Andrea Garnett as the Executive Officer of USS Nathan James under Captain Mike Slattery. In Season 5, he is assigned to Naval Station Mayport as a flag officer (recurring season 3–4, starring season 5).
- Jodie Turner-Smith as Sergeant Azima Kandie, she served in the Kenyan Navy for two years, she is part of the VBSS teams on Nathan James during season 4. In Season 5, Azima is a member of Delta Team, a four-man covert action team (recurring season 4, starring season 5).
Development and production
In July 2012, TNT ordered a pilot episode for a potential series based on William Brinkley's novel The Last Ship (1988). Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane wrote the pilot script, and Jonathan Mostow directed the pilot. It was filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard USS Russell (DDG-59), USS Halsey and USS Dewey, which stands in for the show's fictional USS Nathan James, and the museum ship USS Iowa located in San Pedro.
On July 18, 2014, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode second season. The second season started airing on June 21, 2015. On August 11, 2015, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode third season, stated to premiere June 12, 2016. The season 3 premiere was postponed following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting because the episode also included a mass shooting in a nightclub.
On July 31, 2016, The Last Ship was renewed for a 10-episode fourth season, which premiered on August 20, 2017. On September 8, 2016, TNT renewed the series for a 10-episode fifth and final season, which was filmed immediately after season four and premiered on September 9, 2018. The final episode aired on November 11, 2018.
The series was produced by Channel Road Productions and Platinum Dunes, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Steinberg, and Kane. All seasons of The Last Ship were shot at The Culver Studios, in Culver City, CA with their last season ending around late 2018.
On Metacritic, the first season has an average score of 60 out of 100 based on 22 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Rotten Tomatoes gives the show 65%, with an average rating of 6/10 based on 29 reviews, as of October 2015. The website consensus states: "Movie-sized action sequences and a pretty cast provide smooth sailing for The Last Ship, though it's not anything that hasn't been seen before."
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