Once again it's all in a day's work for the crew of the USS Nathan James as they take on yet another challenge in their quest to save the world.
Shockingly, I only said the "F" word once.
And it didn't come until twenty minutes into the episode.
Is there a support group for people like me?
Now, in this episode, they discover that the hospital ship USNS Solace which left Norfolk two weeks prior heading South by Southeast and hadn't been seen or heard from since. Bridge to bridge comms have gone unanswered and when the ship is finally located, Chandler decides to board it and make it theirs.
Oh if it were only that easy.
First, a look at the episode in pictures...
|"Jealousy is a useless emotion."|
"I agree. I'm just sayin' all the girls are talking about the man from Down Under."
|"Just don't break her heart. I don't want to tangle with the big brother."|
|Burk was cute trying to teach Ravi about weapons. Yeah, but I think a female IDF soldier |
definitely has that covered!
|"These guys came out shooting. They think we have the cure."|
"They were going after the wrong ship."
|"Take us to General Quarters!"|
..and a little Slattery Face...
|Leave it to the woman to diffuse the bomb!|
|A tense situation.|
|This guy is starting to piss me off...|
|Meet the new guy...|
"Wolfman? I like it."
|"I like you guys, you're crazy."|
|The USS Nathan James welcomes aboard another Doctor. Specialty: Vaccine manufacturing and genetics.|
|"The Boss" |
Neils looked just a little bit worried in that last scene, didn't he?
Screw the haters, this was another solid episode. After a two-hour premiere that blew us away, followed by a slower-paced instrospective third episode which focused on a few of the individual crew members and the impact of the virus on their families, we needed to jump back into the action and fast. Things are about to take off!
And oh they did.
We've got a few new characters like IDF soldier Ravit, Australian badass Wolf and a new doctor. They're not just there to take up space, each of them has a specific purpose to the mission. It'll be interesting to see the dynamic the three add to the show. What will they add to the mission? Are they on the level? Are they who we think they are?
And speaking of "are people who we think they are?" what about Rachel's mentor from Yale? There's been a fair amount of build-up about his character in the last few episodes and Rachel's really looking forward to seeing him. I get the feeling though things will not be as they seem. Rachel hasn't seen Dr. Hunter in a very long time. I can't help but wonder what his role will be and if his involvement in all this takes some kind of sinister turn. If there's anything I've learned from this show it's trust no one...outside the Nathan James, that is.
Burk's crush on Ravi is adorable. He's always business and yet with Ravi he let his guard down. Burk is just adorable. Now he isn't the kind of guy to let his guard down around just anyone. He requires a tough woman, one who can go head-to-head with him, one who isn't phased by all that male ego and machismo. If anyone can handle Burk it's Ravi. Have you seen that girl in combat? Oh hell to the yeah! I wonder what's to come of this relationship?
And while we're on the subject of relationships (am I really going there?) in the first few episodes of Season 1 I was not happy with the revelation of a relationship between Foster and Green as I was concerned about how it would affect the show. I wanted a pure drama, I didn't want relationship crap to be thrown in the middle of it and detracting from the storyline.
That said, I am extremely pleased to say that the relationship between Foster and Green has not detracted from the show, it's actually added to it. The relationship isn't the sole focus of any given episode, it's in the background but from time to time we get a glimpse of significant parts of it without being bombarded with it. It's playing out slowly and very believably. The truth is that when you put men and women on a ship together, things are going to happen. If you're lucky it's not bad things like rape and sexual harassment. There are times fraternization leads to a real relationship. It's not such a bad thing unless it interferes with duty and that's one of the reasons it's not permitted. It was rocky early on with Foster and Green and Green's inability to do his job properly because of Foster but...they made it.
Okay so back to the real reason I brought up Foster and Green. We can't possibly discuss them without discussing that "exchange" that went down between them and then her flirting with Wolf. That was pure perfection. Sauntering on over to Wolf and saying hi, then looking back at Green. Oh Kara Foster, you may have your hair tied back in a tight bun and look all professional and shit in that uniform but you are just as badass as the rest of us girls. I thought it was hilarious that Green immediately thought Foster was jealous of Ravi and as it turned out she was making HIM jealous. Sometimes a man has to be put in his place!
I'd be remiss in my duties if I didn't bring up that part where Tex is running through the ship with the bomb and throws it overboard just in time. They just love to take a guy we really like and throw him into situation after situation where we think we're going to lose him...and then we don't. Listen, Johnny Pypes is off limits. He will remain on this show. The guy's a fan favorite. Tex is a beloved character and you just keep letting him get his ass in dangerous situations and then getting right back out again. Besides, eventually he needs to just lay a big wet one on Rachel because I think she's going to need it soon.
Anyway....let's skip a whole bunch of shit because I think the pictures pretty much tell the whole story. Let's talk about "The Boss". Who is "The Boss?" Is it Ned's brother? Is it someone else? Someone we know? My first thought was Ruskov but he's long dead. Or is he? I read a thousand or more tweets after his death stating that there was a chance he didn't die. Not altogether sure it makes sense to resurrect that character. But that look on Sorenson's face---that was a real live look of fear. What's he so afraid of? Or rather who?
Finally, this was a really good episode. The Last Ship never disappoints especially when it comes to gunfights and explosions. Solace had more than its share of just that and in the end it had me once again sitting on the edge of my seat, rooting for the good guys, shouting and throwing things.
It was as it has always been. And it was worth it!