Michael Bay’s ‘The Last Ship’ is BAYSPLOSIVE!


At this year’s WonderCon, we got a chance to check out Michael Bay’s new upcoming series called The Last Ship. Not only did we get a look at the pilot episode, but also spoke with the producers (Steven Kane, Hank Steinberg) as well as some of the cast (Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle). The story itself is based off of the novel of the same name by William Brinkley.

The basis of the show is that there is a global epidemic that basically wipes out the majority of the world’s population. A U.S. Navy destroyer called the U.S.S. Nathan James narrowly misses the plague that everyone else has fallen to. Not only is the crew among the last survivors on Earth, but they also have a scientist on board that might be mankind’s last hope of finding a cure.

Being a Michael Bay production, the show has all of the elements that is characteristic of his works: lot’s of action, an immersive score to keep you enthralled, and of course “baysplosions” (Michael Bay explosions). The cast isn’t too shabby either with stars like Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck), Eric Dane (Grey’s Anatomy), Rhona Mitra (Nip/Tuck), Charles Parnell (Pariah), Travis Van Winkle (Transformers) and more.

So there’s a fairly good plot, a pretty good cast and a lot of other elements that are great. But how is the show? It’s really good to say the least. Like many TV shows, the first episode usually involves with a lot of plot and character building, as well as backstory. But this show decided to focus more on driving the plot forward with a brief touch on characters. I like that, as you have an entire season (hopefully) to build and get to know characters.

The episode picks up at a fast pace, but not too much to where you get lost, it’s just right. Nothing feels too short or too long, everything is just enough to keep you wanting to see what happens next. From what we see in the pilot, the show has some great potential. It doesn’t feel like a generic show, there’s a lot of substance to it. It also leaves you with some questions like who else is left out there and where did this epidemic come from.

Needless to say, all your questions will be answered starting on June 22, when The Last Ship airs on TNT at 9pm ET/PT.



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