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Hey Benson, despite the fact that Michael Bay is involved with this, I think he simply produced. Its actually enjoyable so far!

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So did anyone else watch this new show tonight? I'm watching it right now and surprisingly its pretty good.

Yes sir, I watched it. I will say that I found it better than expected, but with shows like this I'm not that optimistic about it's life-expectancy. Even if it is on TNT vs. Fox or NBC.

Hopefully I'm wrong as I'd like to see the story complete.

-b.

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Watched it as well. Thought it was pretty good. There were some things that had me shaking my head a little, but hey it's TV... :rolleyes:

I'll keep watching until the B.S Factor gets too much to brush aside.

Thom

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Finally had a chance to watch this. Interesting show and premise, the military hardware porn was awesome. Some crits:

Why are russians flying CH-53s and US civilian Helos? Would it have been so hard to replace the CG models with those of actual russian hardware?

Using the Queen Marie as a model cruise ship, sorry boys, but she is an old liner and they look nothing like that inside.

The EMP should not have shut the whole ship down, but MIGHT have knocked out or played merry hell with the external electronics, tripping breakers, blowing transorbs and fuses. That MIGHT have overloaded the power system forcing a generator shut down, nothing major.


Also, if that cruise ship was over the horizon from the nuke, that would have protected it from the EMP. The proximity to the nuke is what could have shut the destroyer down.

Why a destroyer? If something that big was going down, why not a carrier, too much EMCon, too hard to conceal the flight ops?

Filming aboard actual Arleigh Burke classes, I would have expected use on the Spruance class the navy uses as its self defense test ship up at Port Hueneme, and careful editting.

The ship should try and link up with a carrier if at all possible, Unrep and transfer the lab if the ship is safe, lets face it a carrier has a nuclear reactor and the ability to purify water. Then, and I hate to say this, push the jets off the ship and start a farm in the hanger. Worst case scenario, you can ride out the infection until it kills everyone on land then inoculate the crew, go ashore and repopulate.

Overall, I liked it and will continue to watch.

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SPOILAGE!!

Pretty much most of what I was having trouble with too. Plus, the Captain leaving the ship in an extended time of crisis? Much less putting his own life on the line in order to restart the ship..? What was he doing in the engine room anyway..? He has a crew to oversee these things while he commands all from the Big Chair.

As for them choosing a destroyer and not a carrier, I can see that as our carriers are pretty much followed wherever they go. If they want secrecy to safeguard the hunt for the vaccine the best thing is a small operation that can hide within an extended weapons test mission. Plus, the Doctor stated that their mission - at first - had low priority. They wouldn't be tossing a carrier task group around the globe on what - at the time - was a simple scare.

Of course, after the Government discovers how bad the situation really is it is then far too late. If eighty percent of the population is already infected and dying then more than likely most of the military is within that eighty percent, especially onsidering all the travel they do anyway. The best thing they could do would be to find as many Navy ships as possible - before they founder - and stockpile as much hardware as possible at a hidden location. They're going to run out of missiles and bullets and shells real quick, especially if any warlord with a ship or plane is going to try to fight them for the cure.

And is it just me - or does anyone else feel a mutiny coming on..?

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The one glaring question that kept nagging at me while watching the premier, other than the little WTFs like the Russian choppers -- what's this, Iron Eagle 3, or Top Gun? --, is why choose a surface ship at all for a covert virology mission disguised as a weapons test and training exercise requiring radio silence protocols? Why not use a nuclear submarine, attack or boomer, maybe a Seawolf class, to perform the mission? It would've been the logical choice to deal with any contingencies, including an uncontrollable pandemic... what with the self-contained/self-sustaining, nuclear powered, environment and all. I suppose the need for a quarantine lab aboard ship necessitates something larger than any sub in the US, or even NATO, inventory.

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Only real problem for me was the Captain NOT knowing the real mission - that NEVER happens.

Other then that I let the rest slide since it is good drama so far.

EDIT - only thing that bugged me that was even under no emissions the ship would still have received transmissions.

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Just finished watching the second episode of this series and so far I am liking it, I kept waiting for the "cheese ball effect" to kick in, but so far they are playing it fairly serious. Looking forward to the next one!

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Almost feel bad, I forgot about this show in a week.

Watched an 1/2 hour of Dark of the Moon on TNT or something before catching the premier of The Leftovers (which was rather emotionally brutal).

-b.

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I think it's still doing okay. I still have a problem with the Captain leaving the ship at the drop of a hat though. Somehow he considers himself expendable and his XO, who in private and not so private has stated his doubt about the 'mission,' will for some reason continue said mission if the captain is killed on one of his jaunts...

And...

SPOILAGE

... why are they still tied to the pier with a 'friendly' inbound..? All they had was a sexy English accent on the radio and the call sign of a known British ship. For being the last US Navy ship in the dying world, they can sometimes act all fat and happy...

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I watched the first episode and it reminds me of The Last Resort which had a somewhat more tense directing and acting. The only thing that keeps me glued to The Last Ship is Rhona Mitra :wub:

Mmmm...Rhona Mitra. I remember first seeing her in Hollow man with a bit of a wardrobe malfunction... :ph34r:

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Michael Bay's THE LAST SHIP Series

The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth's population.

After a global pandemic kills or sickens possibly over 50% of the world's population, the crew (consisting of 217 men and women) of a lone unaffected U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, the fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151), must try to find a cure and stop the virus in order to save humanity.

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I was watching the show and the episode I saw last night was a stinker (enough of a stinker that I'm not watching it any longer). Captain AND First Officer go miles inland looking for monkeys for testing, don't appear to take any marines along and then end up beating the feces out of a bunch of bad guys. Between that and the episode where they just took someones word that they were a friendly ship without even lifting a finger to double check I've had enough.

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