‘The Last Ship’ Returns



The Last Ship was a surprise hit for the TNT network last summer and now the sci-fi adventure series’ first season is out on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in advance of its second season premiere on Sunday, June 21st at 9pm/8pm central.

Based on William Brinkley’s bestselling novel, the series tells the story of the crew of the USS Nathan James, a Navy ship spared infection after a viral pandemic wipes out over 80% of the world’s population. Scientists on board the ship have developed a vaccine that might save what’s left of the human race, but they’ve got to survive military engagements and conspiracies to get that vaccine into mass production.

Season One ended with a cliffhanger, one that will hopefully be resolved in the 10-episode Season Two. We’ve got a video clip from the Blu-ray bonus features in which cast members Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin talk about the inspiration and guidance they’ve received from the real US Navy.

The Last Ship has one of those near-future science fiction plots that requires at least some connection to contemporary reality and the show tries to portray a version of the Navy that looks a lot like real life. Of course, once a virus wipes out most of the world population, all bets are off and imagination can take over.

Like most TNT shows, The Last Ship doesn’t require as much devotion or concentration as HBO or AMC shows demand from viewers. It’s not exactly lightweight, but it’s not going to require you to join a viewers cult like the ones inspired by Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead.  Check it out.


  • Rivrat 1970

    Good for TNT. No “loss of confidence” in this CO. And, I am not cringing at all the gaffs which are found in other previous series…….”JAG” a woman JAG running across the wires to the LSO during flight ops, “a grossly non-current in-type or flight medical” Rob flying a Tomcat with a night arrest. “Remember dad, it’s just a movie.”

    My all time favorite—a WWII war bonds drive on the end of a Navsta San Diego pier in a ’80s filming and two modern Japanese destroyers sailing out with their huge parade Rising Sun flags (ensigns) on their fantails in direct line of sight. Couldn’t have timed it better even if planned.

  • ironV

    Hmmm. The poster features the control tower of an IOWA class battleship.