When it comes to television shows, sometimes, one of the biggest storytelling challenges that it has to face is to try to make the new season organic, exciting and fresh, while giving its characters good story arcs that allow them to develop. When a television show accomplishes that, combined with all the other elements that make that show what it is, then viewers and fans will definitely come back for more.
As of late, I have been watching shows that really tickle my fancy and are well done, even though they might not be the most mainstream shows on television today, such as “The Last Ship”, which is already five episodes into its third season.
For the uninitiated, “The Last Ship” tells the story of the USS Nathan James, and its crew, headed by Captain Tom Chandler (Eric Dane), who ends up being the only hope the world has after a deadly epidemic hits the world.
WARNING: This article might contain some mild spoilers.
With this show, many might be put off initially by the fact that this is a Michael Bay produced series, but it makes sense that is produced by him as the execution of all the action sequences in this naval drama, is high tier (from the explosions, naval confrontations, hand to hand combat sequences and Go-Pro point of view sequences), and always has stakes high enough that I end up, quite literally, at the edge of my seat.
And this is not just some run of the mill post-apocalyptic action show with a deadly virus, as this season illustrates as it begins to push boundaries and delves a lot into local and international politics.
Initially, I was a little bit skeptical coming into the third season because of the plot points that have been resolved in the second season, and as I began to wonder where it would go from there. However, as I always remind myself when it comes to shows, I always have to trust the writers and showrunners, especially if it is a show that I love, and I was not disappointed at all.
I have also discovered that I have ended up deeply investing in particular characters in the show, and I am liking how each one of the main characters are evolving, despite all of the action involved. The actors in this series are all great, and at moments when the Nathan James itself is in trouble, the transition into the palpable worry and anxiety that everyone feels, and how they work together as a team and as an ensemble, is seamless and smooth.
It has also given me a new perspective when it comes to the Navy, as, for some strange reason, I have always been drawn to ships and boats as a child more than I liked airplanes and cars.
This season pushes its limits and envelope by not only bringing the main characters to the waters of Asia, but some situations eerily hit close to home, especially with what is happening in the world today– minus a deadly virus threatening to wipe out humanity.
Before, I used to avoid stories that deal with deadly viruses, but with SyFy’s “12 Monkeys” and TNT’s “The Last Ship”, I took a gamble that has definitely not been a disappointment.
This is a show that, for me, has a good balance of action, story, and character development, enough to make me trust the showrunners and writers; and which makes me look forward to it every summer.