The Last Ship (2014–2018)
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Phase Six 

CO CDR Tom Chandler and his crew find themselves in a whole new world when the ship's scientist passenger, Dr. Rachel Scott, reveals that the entire planet is in their hands.


Jonathan Mostow


Hank Steinberg (created by), Steven Kane (created by) | 5 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Dane ... CO CDR Tom Chandler
Rhona Mitra ... Dr. Rachel Scott
Adam Baldwin ... XO Mike Slattery
Charles Parnell ... CMC Jeter
Sam Spruell ... Quincy
Travis Van Winkle ... Lt. Danny Green
Marissa Neitling ... Lt. Kara Foster
Christina Elmore ... Lt. Alisha Granderson
Tracy Middendorf ... Darien Chandler
Grace Kaufman ... Ashley Chandler
Aidan Sussman ... Sam Chandler
Andy T. Tran Andy T. Tran ... Lt. Andy Chung
Chris Sheffield ... Comms Officer Will Mason
Kevin Phillips ... Francis 'Frank' Benz
Darren O'Hare ... Lt. Siegle


Battle ship captain CO commander Tom Chandler courteously accommodates zoologist Dr. Rachel Scott's wishes to research birds in the Arctic while his crew engages incommunicado in war games. When his patience is exhausted, a satellite call to the White House has his return order overruled by the Pentagon, the top-secret research is national security priority. Then a Russian force attacks her last and successful sample hunt, but is fought-off. Chandler orders a hasty return home, but finally learns the world is in the grip of an unprecedented pandemic which wiped out most of humanity. It started from Egypt but spreads over all continents, wiping out all demographic, economic and political order. They attempt to bring the bird virus sample, the only hope to develop a vaccine, to a US lab, but the disease already rendered the entire country lawless, hence too unsafe, so Scott must improvise in the primitive lab aboard. Written by KGF Vissers

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22 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The term "Bravo Zulu" or "BZ" originates from the days of nautical flag signaling, when the flag combination "BZ" was shown it was to convey the message of "well done". In modern naval vernacular it is used as a common spoken short-hand way of telling someone they have performed a task especially well. See more »


The CGI helicopters that attack the USS Nathan James are CH-53 Super Stallions and Eurocopter A-Stars. Neither type is used by the Russian military, although the CGI models do have Russian markings. The CH-53 is a heavy transport helicopter used by the US Marines. The A-Star is operated by several smaller militaries and many civilian users. The Russians would most likely use Mi-17, Mi-26, Ka-29, or Ka-60 transports in place of the CH-53s and Mi-24, Mi-28, or Ka-52 gunships in place of the A-Star. See more »


XO Mike Slattery: We haul ass from here, we can make it back for the Series.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: You don't really think the Cubs are still in it.
XO Mike Slattery: It's the weakest division in baseball. We were six games up when we left.
CO CDR Tom Chandler: Yeah, that was June. And they're the Cubs.
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"The Last Ship Theme'
Written by James S. Levine & Jim Dooley
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An OK beginning
20 November 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"Phase Six", the first episode of "The Last Ship" does a good job in introducing the characters that will be the backbone of the show, especially Rhona Mitra's doctor Scott, Eric Dane's Captain Chandler, and Adam Baldwin's Slattery, even if the last one doesn't have much to do in the episode (a shame, Baldwin being always great). It also introduces the premise in an easy to understand manner: a new virus, lots of people dead, no more US government, not really much else known of what is happening, Russia taken by some shady characters.

Sadly, the delivery is just OK. Too many things happen in this pilot and the pace and rhythm suffer from it, as it goes for silly action more than for dread and tension (the attack by random "bad people" is laughable). That undermines an interesting, even if not very original, premise: end-of-the-world scenario where the characters are on a ship, instead than on firm ground.

Nonetheless, as an introduction to this sci-fi/action premise, it is acceptable enough. Future episodes will tell more about the show's prospects.

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