Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Last Ship: Cry Havoc

"Cheers, asshole!"

Does anyone besides me think XO Slattery should pen Hallmark cards?


Okay, let's just cut to the chase.



The crew of the Nathan James is tired. And pissed off. And rightly so. They've had just about enough nonsense from the immunes and y boys. Thankfully Chandler finally decided enough is enough.


"This. Ends. Now."
Hell. To. The. FUCKING YES! YES! AND MORE YES!

I mean how long do we have to deal with these crazy psychotic mother fuckers? Heh, as we saw, not long.


Do you remember in the early days of Season one, like oh, the very first episode, when I was not pleased with the idea of throwing romance onboard a US Navy warship? I was so afraid that a shipboard romance would detract from the real drama. Thankfully it did not happen. Actually the way the Foster-Green relationship has played out is very....normal...at least for their situation. I am so happy that they chose to take the route they did and avoided too much focus on Foster & Green. I like these two and I think overplayed might've turned into a disaster. They didn't. It didn't. And we're all thankful because of it.

Now, this scene...yeah a little cheesy but really great. We never see  them interact much but the few scenes they've had together have been great.

Travis and Marissa are great together and their characters are beloved. I ask myself why I like their characters so much considering how cynical I was in the beginning. It's because Foster isn't some sappy, teary, lovestruck woman. She clearly knows how to do her job and does it well. She is all business, all the time, never for a moment losing focus. And yet, there are moments when we see her vulnerability, her fears, she never lets those feelings rule her. IMO her character is a fine representative of a woman aboard a US Navy warship. Foster is played by Marissa in a way that you can't help but root for her each and every time.

As to Green's character, yeah he's a nice looking guy but when I see him I don't see that, I see his humanity. Green is truly likeable and you root for him. He's tough but not overly macho and he's not an asshole. Not. At. All. And for me that's huge. In a day and age where male characters like him would normally be portrayed as some hotshot hero but thankfully that's not this character at all. Green isn't a gun-toting warrior here (well he is but you know what I mean) and he isn't spending his time trying to shield his girlfriend from danger (though he'd like to sometimes, she wouldn't have it even if he wanted to!) and he is a genuine human being. He cares. There's never been a time I've thought of his character as an asshole. Never. A scene comes to mind....remember back when that fucker Niels was handing out Teddy Bears to children? That look on Green's face...that could've been his child. He's going to be a father and that's changed him. No doubt, for the better.




Moving on...

Thank you to the powers that be for FINALLY getting Slattery off that ship! On behalf of an entire fandom.....  

"IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME!"

Slattery kicks ass, especially in combat and speaking for the ENTIRE fandom (again!), he needs more time on-screen kicking said ass. As great as Chandler at this, there's something even more raw and awesome about seeing Slattery slay the fucking foe. It's like Slattery lacks this filter that Chandler has. Probably because Slattery is a cop at heart and he's seen the most digusting, vile, morbid pieces of shit that humanity has to offer...and then some. So that has only served to prepare him for what he's dealing with now.

And now I have to address this amazing scene between Adam Baldwin and Eric Dane. These guys work so well together. Both are extremely hard-working and passionate about their roles in this show. And for that we thank them. Their scenes together are always top-notch. I mean who of us did not shed a tear (oh come on you know you did!) during that great moment between our two fearless leaders. That "Commander."  "Commander." scene --- I was proud and teary-eyed at the same time. I love the outpouring of mutual respect and admiration Slattery and Chandler have for one another. It's indicative of the type of relationship Adam and Eric have offscreen. They work. And for that we are damn glad. 




There were so many great moments in this episode but my favorite involved them firing on the Achilles. The Nathan James was preparing to fire its five-inch on the sub hoping like hell it could save itself (not likely without help but fortunately someone wrote the "help" into the script!) and suddenly the sub gets hit by a missile from....the rocket launcher! That shot of Slattery firing that thing followed by the Nathan James firing its last on the sub, and then the two take turns. I GOT GOOSEBUMPS! I had to watch that scene twice!!! It was so perfectly choreographed! Great editing! It was so sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!





"...If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, 
maybe you can hire the A-Team."

The new "A-Team" with one missing component of course---Burk. These guys. Really, I wish they could ride in my car with me on the way to work in the morning. I'd have no problems getting through that shitty ass traffic. Who doesn't love these guys?




I just adored this moment between Michener and Rachel. What a genuine exchange between them. For a moment I was like "awww", weren't you? I just thought it was great. And Michener...I was right about him all along. He is the good guy. I am just so damn proud of our little POTUS! Yes, I was a little skeptic, a weeeee bit, but who of us wasn't? I just really hope we keep Mark Moses around awhile, he's so great in this role. Actually I would secretly love for him to don a flak jacket and an AR-15 for a few moments in just one episode and just go to town. PLEASE! Gotta give the new Pres some street cred, right?  



All in all, this was (once again!) an amazing episode. I went back and forth between holding my breath and screaming. You know what I'm talking about don't you? Waiting in anticipation while Chandler and Ramsey attempted to predict each other's next move followed by the (inevitable) "HOLY SHIT!" when all hell broke loose. This show has been doing this since the pilot episode in season one. We're not surprised, but we're lovin' every minute of it.

The Last Ship has never disappointed its fans. I asked myself after the pilot "What's next? What could you possibly write about that  could stretch an entire season?" and then we got it. After the season one finale I asked, "Okay where could they possibly go in Season two? I mean how much more is there?" and we got it. Now, I could sit here and ask, "Okay so what's left for season three?" but I won't because it's a stupid question.  I'm not even going to predict because I'll be wrong, and so will you. So instead I'm just going to sit back and wait for the inevitable greatness that Kane & co. are going to come up with. Because they will. 

The Last Ship is, without a doubt, one of the best shows on television. A lot of people might dismiss it because it's a military drama but that's bullshit. Yes, this is a drama about a U.S. Naval warship but...geez it goes so far beyond that. There's so much more depth to it. It's well-written and action packed. And they've not written themselves into a corner, there's so many places to go in regards to the characters and the journey.

I can't wait for the finale. It's going to be epic!

I've nothing to add except this.....



 O, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth,
That I am meek and gentle with these butchers!
Thou art the ruins of the noblest man
That ever lived in the tide of times.
Woe to the hand that shed this costly blood!
Over thy wounds now do I prophesy,--
Which, like dumb mouths, do ope their ruby lips,
To beg the voice and utterance of my tongue--
A curse shall light upon the limbs of men;
Domestic fury and fierce civil strife
Shall cumber all the parts of Italy;
Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter'd with the hands of war;
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds:
And Caesar's spirit, ranging for revenge,
With Ate by his side come hot from hell,
Shall in these confines with a monarch's voice
Cry 'Havoc,' and let slip the dogs of war;
That this foul deed shall smell above the earth
With carrion men, groaning for burial.  

William Shakespeare
Julius Caesar, Act 3, Scene 1, line 273

4 comments:

  1. Anonymous9/04/2015

    the xo had some of his best lines in this ep... "oh tommy... what are you gonna do?"... "here's the plan boys: win!"... can't wait for sunday night's season finale...

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  2. Agreed! Cmdr. Slattery needs more off ship ass kicking time!

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  3. "Okay where could they possibly go in Season two?" that's what i said! but this season has been amazing. it really is 1 of the best shows on tv. more people should be watching it. i was so glad to hear the captain say no, this ends today! & when they took out the sub, i couldn't be more excited. yes, the Foster & Green storyline has been handled really well. it's been a little like too much captain kirk so it was time that the XO got some action.

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