With a potential cure in their grasp, Dr. Scott asks for human volunteer's to test her formula that was successful on a monkey. However, will this be the answer she is looking for, or will it put the volunteers' lives in jeopardy?

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After the last batch of vaccine trials on monkeys was successful, it's time for six human Guinea pigs. After Tex and officer give the example, many crewmen volunteer. Danny is disqualified due to his recent sickness, but his girlfriend Kara is among the six (un)Lucky ones, like Miller. Several symptoms could mean the sickness wins, but the lack of consistency leaves Scott hope for another explanation, even after one death. Quincy's idea to administer immune Bertrise's plasma proves her right, the key is Niels's human gene, for which the Original strain provides a Trojan horse. Danny learns that Kara is expecting his healthy, immune baby. Captain Chandler's family meanwhile struggles at home, his father to constructs a radio, his sister to find provisions while contagion spreads. Written by KGF Vissers

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CMC Jeter: [standing over Cossetti's dead body] The ceremony will be at 0900. We'll have seven gunners and the ensigns at half-mast. It'll be a hero's farewell.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: He wanted to redeem himself. He never had to. He gave his life for mine.
CMC Jeter: He gave his life for the mission. And now we're free to finish it.
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Saving the day
30 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

A slow one for "The Last Ship" before season one's finale. We get some time on firm ground (oh, here is Titus Welliver to play his characteristically shady and dangerous characters), and then most of the time back on the ship, where they will try the vaccine. Are the six guinea pigs going to survive the trials? Is it all going to run smoothly?

You know as well as I do that the answer is a rotund no.

Sadly, the episode is quite slow and drags a little bit. It is clear that it is trying to raise the tension, make us suffer for everyone involved, but it would have been better if we had known and cared for the characters better. And the plot developments are not very original either.

On top of that we get two conversations that reek a little bit. First, we get the customary: "why don't you have children, dr. Scott?, you are a woman" one, but a little bit before we have a surrealistic dialogue between Chandler and Quincy where they do an amazing job in objectifying and commodifying two human beings, Kelly and Ava (as if Chandler would have left behind two people that were kidnapped in the Russian ship; but the show does a 'great job' in transforming them into just 'Quincy's wife and daughter' and not their own entities). The problem with this scene is that the delivery and dialogue is so off that it comes all wrong.

All in all, "Trials" is another misstep in this first season, but the worst criticism is that it is slow.


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