Monday, September 07, 2015

The Last Ship: A More Perfect Union


It began as just another peaceful day in a post apocalyptic America...



 And then this happened...

The Fandom. 
Forty minutes into the finale.




The Fandom.
Fifty minutes into the finale.



So yeah, that happened.
Why?
Why?
Do you even have to ask?

Because it was so damn good.


Hope!
Nice...throwing in Tex's daughter and Jeter's in-laws into that scene. 
I didn't notice it until I watched the second time to do the recap! Ha! You got me!!!


"I'm sorry for the onions."
Oh Miller, you're adorbs! Don't ever change!


I don't know about you guys but in a fight between McDowell & POTUS, 
I'm definitely going with POTUS. 
I know which side my bread is buttered on.
Not to mention I'd love a cushy Cabinet position :)



 "I will try and reach you back on this frequency once I know what the situation is there.
Until then, I need you to stand by and wait to hear from me, okay?"


Uh oh. Major FUBAR!


Which resulted in...
I counted 36 people. 
Thirty-six.



Though he tried to make it right...
And seriously...could you stay mad at this guy?


Meanwhile....
You made Tex cry!
Unacceptable. 
But they were tears of happiness, so that's okay.
That said...I'm pretty certain 100% of the fandom loves Tex.


That's a piss-poor salute.
If only we'd known what this dumbass was planning.
By the way, have you ever searched "dumbass" in the Urban dictionary?
Treat yourself.


Big.
Bad.
Wolf.


I was screaming and tweeting simultaneously during this scene!!!!
Is that...Tweaming? Screeting? 


Don't even ask me how long it took me to screencap this. Just enjoy it. I know I did!


Chief of Naval Operations? 
Chandler? In an office?
Not for long! 



Fallen comrades...
Benzo
Chung
Maya
Smith
Bercham
 Barker
Cossetti
Cody
Bivas
R.I.P.


Tex wearing Garnett's cover.
And they're singing.
DID YOU HEAR ME?
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, THEY'RE SINGING.
And they're so friggin' drunk.
And it's great isn't it?



These two make a great team, don't ya think?



It was all going good. People were telling stories, getting engaged, drinking, singing, having a blast and then this wanker (for lack of a better term and many thanks to my Brit friends for introducing me to THAT term!) reappeared and then...

YOU SHOT RACHEL!!!
YOU BASTARD!!!

So there we were, the entire fandom reveling in the greatness of the episode. A cure spread, a POTUS sworn-in, our crew dressed in their Service Dress Blues and Crackerjacks drinking, singing, toasting and generally having a great time. And then BAM! We were all left with our mouths collectively hanging open in an equally collective...

WHAT THE FUCK JUST HAPPENED?

I yelled at my TV.
I cursed.
I threw my remote.
It was as it has always been.
And it was perfect.

What an amazing end to an amazing season.

I felt an immense sense of pride and relief when the USS Nathan James pulled into the port of St. Louis to a crowd of thousands. I love the idea of St. Louis as the new Capitol. It's the heartland, the gateway from east to west and it's got the mighty Mississippi to protect it. I thought that was a brilliant move!

The celebrations at the end were a lot of fun and also very heartfelt. We said goodbye to some beloved Nathan James crew we lost in both seasons. We watched Green "propose" to Foster, we saw Jeter, so tortured still about the death of his wife and daughters years ago, finally be forgiven and embraced by his in-laws. We watched the POTUS take charge and lead. It was a beautiful thing!

The episode was highly emotional and necessary, because this has been quite a journey (for us all!). This crew has sacrificed so much. and it was time they saw the fruits of their labors even if it's just for a short time.

This finale gave us a chance to enjoy the victory that came at great sacrifice while also opening new doors and laying the foundation for next season. Speaking of...what's next? Good question but I'm not making any predictions. I said in the penultimate episode recap I wasn't going to speculate what could happen next season. There's just no way to even begin and besides, you know showrunners, they always do everything opposite of what you think they're going to do! So far Steven Kane and Hank Steinberg have gotten it right so I'm just going with the flow.

By the way, before I end this, just want to give a shout out to Steven & Hank for the great Shakespeare references throughout the season. Well-played sirs!

Kudos to the cast, crew and fans for making this yet another memorable season!



Until next summer!

Fair Winds and Following Seas

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