Sunday, August 09, 2015

The Last Ship: Uneasy Lies the Head

I could just sum up the entire episode with the ending
but that would be boring wouldn't it?

Not yet ready for primetime.

"You ready to meet the crew?"
"What exactly is expected of me? Am I to make battle decisions?"
"You'll be consulted on relevant matters, anything that falls under the executive branch or anything
pertaining to national security Which, given the circumstances, touches about everything."

Who ya gonna call? Yep, Jeter!

"He's not ready - Not yet, at least."
"He's come a long way in a short time, Sir."
"And I want you to get him the rest of the way there. Be his guide, his preacher, his father, his friend -
Whatever he needs."

"Aye, Sir."

"Bernie Cowley, culinary specialist second class. I'm happy to prepare anything for you."
"Gosh, um, I don't know. What did you have for lunch?"
"Oh, you don't want my diet, Mr. President. Nothing but grilled 
vegetables as of yet. But for you, name it."
"Well, uh, let me see."
"Uh I got prime rib, chicken cordon bleu."
"Well, it, uh, it all sounds so so very good. I just I don't know where to start."

If anyone can have a "come to Jesus" meeting with POTUS, it's Jeter.

"I'm walking around a ship full of 20-year-olds who know exactly what they're doing at all times,
on a mission to save a country that's barely recognizable."
"And me, Mr. President, I can't figure out what to eat for lunch."
"Leaders aren't born. They're made. And we all believe in you, Sir. Just give yourself time."

This guy...and his grilled cheese sandwich! Can he run in 2016?

"I may drop by the combat center to watch for myself, if, uh, that's all right."
"Of course, Mr. President. "Anything else, Sir?"
"The intel you found at the White House I'd like you to bring it to me, along with
any debriefs related to the immunes."

"Absolutely, Mr. President."

Time for a plan!  
"This is good work but if we're gonna win this war, we need a plan."

Ravit can hold her own.
"All right, sweetheart, what's the worst you ever seen?"
"You call me "sweetheart" again, I'll make you eat that pathetic pair of nines you're holding."
"I was stationed in the west bank for three years, another two in Gaza. Thought I'd seen everything, then this pandemic broke out and I thought, maybe now we have this common enemy. We even have this cure that we want to give to people. Maybe, just maybe, we'll stop killing each other. But nothing's changed. It's all the same."

Aww dad do I have to???

"I know he's a snake, but if he can help, you have to talk to him."


"What about Anthrax, you know? It's strong enough to survive for decades in any environment."
"One epidemic at a time, Niels."

OHNOHEDIDNT! Niels insults Rachel's choice in men. 
"Never got around to changing the screen saver? He is a handsome fellow, no?
Doesn't really seem like your type, though. Not much going on upstairs. I suspect that you tired of him quickly. You see, I remember this about you. Dr. Rachel Scott, always the smartest person in the room,the unstoppable force in search of her immovable object. Am I right?"

Thinking he's about to get lucky. Oh Niels you have no idea.

"Do you ever get lonely?"
"God, I know my situation isn't nearly as difficult, but There are sometimes on this ship, well,
no one who understands me and this unsolvable puzzle and now, being so close to the very mind that created it. Perhaps you were right. Perhaps my immovable object is closer than I thought."

 But Rachel's like "I don't thinks so fuckbrain."

Hell hath no fury. 

"The gene would be liberated, and the virus would explode out of your lungs and into the rest of your body, and, well (she says with a chuckle) there's just so much of it."

Ahhhh....where to begin?

The highlights of this episode were definitely the scenes with Michener and Niels/Rachel. With all due respect, the kids felt a bit like filler so I'm skipping that completely. Though perhaps it was important for us to see how the impact of the virus has affected them, I just didn't "feel it" in this episode.  

Early on I laughed when Chandler convinced Rachel to talk to Niels. If I'm Rachel, the moment I found out that scum-sucking bastard was on board the ship, I'm plotting revenge on his grotesque rogue malingering feeble-minded amalgamation of loathsome repulsiveness ass. Now I get that Chandler wanted Rachel to suck it up solely for the purpose of getting answers out of him but seriously....he killed five billion people, including her friend and mentor. 

Who could've possibly thought this would end well for Niels?

Oh Niels, Niels, fucking egotistical maniacal narcissistic Niels. You're ego is so fucking huge that you honestly thought you had a shot with Rachel? Oh hell, she probably could've handled that you're a complete asshole but it's just a wee bit difficult to get past the fact that YOU KILLED FIVE BILLION PEOPLE! 

Rachel is generally peaceful and private but she's held her anger for a long time. She doesn't talk much about herself and we've often wondered what goes on inside her head. As a scientist she's very focused...solely on the task at hand--the science. It's what makes her the best in her field and what makes her suck at relationships. 

When she killed Niels, it was cold. It was calculated. It was extreme. It was beautiful. It wasn't like her at all, she's a woman who saves lives, not takes them. But she'd hit her breaking point. This act done in such a calm and rational manner shows us a side of Rachel we did not know existed--her human side. And a human being can only hold that kind of rage for so long. I just wonder how she'll feel the morning after. 

Also, who am I going to hate now that Niels is gone? 

I guess there's always the Ramseys but they aren't nearly enough fun to hate!

Ravit is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I wasn't sure if her addition to the cast would fit but it does. She adds as fresh a dimension as Tex did when he came onboard. Ravit proves that she is one of the guys and can definitely hold her own. She's a woman of steel, somewhat emotionally untouchable but her shell is cracking a bit and we get to see her sense of humor and her softness. She has seen so much death and destruction throughout her life but it doesn't mean she's immune to its effects. As we saw from her interaction with Burk, she hurts too. She's seen too much, she's angry and bitter. And rightly so. 

Charles Parnell's CMC Russ Jeter reminds me of my good Vince, retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. Vince is a man of strong faith, loved and respected by all who know him. He's rational and calm and a source of inspiration for many. Well Jeter is that kind of man too. Most have no idea about his troubled past, but his natural leadership, his calmness and rationale earn him a great deal of respect among the crew and especially Slattery and Chandler, who count on Jeter to be their liaison with the crew, not to mention keep up the spirits and morale of all aboard. It's a big job but Jeter does it effortlessly. One can only wonder how it affects him inside when he takes on the troubles of others and the burden of helping them get through their own tough times. His latest to help mold Jeffrey Michener into a person of strength, courage, and determination. We know Michener has these qualities, we saw them in that brief clip of his confirmation hearings. He just needs to find it again and with Jeter's help, he will.

Umm...excuse me but did anyone else scream "FUCK YEAH!" when Michener said "We need a plan."? I mean that was a beautiful moment, people!

He's come a long way hasn't he? I mean the poor guy couldn't even figure out what to eat! 

At first we didn't like him because he was a mindless puppet of the Ramsey regime. Then we wondered if he'd "man up" when taken aboard the Nathan James. It was a little embarrassing seeing the most powerful man in the world scramble for the safety of his indoctrination video when he was left alone in the previous episode followed by what we thought was the coward's way out when he attempted suicide. The man we thought was weak, really isn't, it's just his enormous burden of guilt took over as we discovered in the form of an Emmy-worthy, gut-wrenching, tear jerking (admit it men, you cried too!) confession.  Who of us wasn't proud of him at the end of the previous episode when he decided to move forward? Michener isn't just a beacon of hope for America, he's a beacon of hope for the entire world. 

That's a pretty big responsibility.

Now Chandler's trust of Michener has been chastised by some reviewers because he hasn't told the crew of the Nathan James any specific details about the Immunes yet. Well, either Michener was privy to inside information or he wasn't. If he was, he's playing a hell of a game here because nobody suspects and surely if anyone did surely it'd be Slattery. It's also entirely possibly Michener wasn't privy to details. I mean it wouldn't be good strategy for the Ramsey brothers to let him in on everything, not just yet anyway, or maybe not at all. Guys like the Ramsey brothers like control and they're not likely to just hand it over to anyone. The more people you let into the loop, the more chances someone will let something slip and the plan for world domination will fail. 

While I was initially skeptical about Michener and wondered if he isn't still brainwashed and playing them, I'm going with my gut here and stating emphatically for the record, I think he's the real deal.

In conclusion, this was a pretty good episode. The performances by Mark Moses, Rhona Mitra and Ebon Moss-Bachrach were fabulous. I expected nothing less.

That final scene with Rachel & Niels was so perfectly orchestrated. I knew something was coming, I mean there was no way you could put those two in a room together and something NOT happen, but damn I did not expect that. It was perfect---Niels dying from the cure to the virus that, through him, killed so many, and all the while Rachel remained cool, calm, collected, and with a chuckle--maintaining her composure while routinely securing her lab rats, taking off her gloves, and not a single hint of what was coming until BAM!  

And then we have Michener, overcoming his fears to be the man everyone thinks he can be. Like Jeter said, leaders are are not born, they are made, and right now we are seeing the making of a real leader and not just leader of America but of the entire world. Sure it might seem a little cheesy this whole America as a beacon of hope, right? 

Maybe...but it works!

How many thousands of my poorest subjects
Are at this hour asleep! O sleep, O gentle sleep,
Nature's soft nurse, how have I frightened thee, 
That thou no more will weigh my eyelids down,
And steep my senses in forgetfulness?
Why rather, sleep, liest thou in smoky cribs,
Upon uneasy pallets stretching thee,
And hush'd with buzzing night-flies to thy slumber, 
Than in the perfum'd chambers of the great,
Under the canopies of costly state,
And lull'd with sound of sweetest melody?
O thou dull god, why liest thou with the vile
In loathsome beds, and leav'st the kingly couch 
A watch-case or a common 'larum-bell?
Wilt thou upon the high and giddy mast
Seal up the ship-boy's eyes, and rock his brains
In cradle of the rude imperious surge,
And in the visitation of the winds, 
Who take the ruffian billows by the top,
Curling their monstrous heads, and hanging them
With deafing clamour in the slippery clouds,
That with the hurly death itself awakes?
Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose 
To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude;
And in the calmest and most stillest night,
With all appliances and means to boot,
Deny it to a king? Then, happy low, lie down!
Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.  

William Shakespeare 
Henry IV, Part II, Act III, Scene I


  1. Niels is really dumb to think that dr scott might be interested in him, but he has been shown to not be good at social cues on the show so it was believable. it was a great scene. & dr. scott is now someone who you don't want to mess with. i don't like the idea of Duck phillips ordering the captain around, hopefully they will drop off the potus & he will give orders through video or something.

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