Based on the novel The Last Ship written in 1988 by William Brinkley.
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In July 2012, the American cable television network TNT ordered a pilot episode of a series based on the novel. The series is produced by Platinum Dunes Partners with Michael Bay, Hank Steinberg, and Steven Kane serving as executive producers. Steinberg and Kane wrote the pilot script, and Jonathan Mostow directed the pilot. The adaptation varies significantly from the original novel. In addition to being set in the early part of the first half of the 21st century, the world wide devastation of mankind is the result of a pandemic for which the crew must find a cure and not the result of nuclear warfare between superpowers.
The pilot was filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard the USS Halsey (DDG-97), which is standing in for the show's fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151). The former Atlantic liner RMS Queen Mary, now berthed at Long Beach, was also to be used extensively.[not in citation given] The show stars Adam Baldwin, Rhona Mitra, Michaela McManus, Charles Parnell, Sam Spruell, Travis Van Winkle and Christina Elmore. Eric Dane plays the commanding officer of the USS Nathan James, Commander Tom Chandler.
In May 2013, TNT ordered 10 episodes of The Last Ship, set to air in June 2014. So far, the show has been filmed at a number of locations across San Diego including aboard the USS Halsey (DDG-97) and the USS Dewey (DDG-105), which stands in for the show's fictional USS Nathan James (DDG-151).
The USS Iowa museum ship was used in filming to represent a Russian ship.
I just finished watching the first thee episodes:In May 2013, the cable network TNT placed a 10-episode order for the series. The series premiered on June 22, 2014, at 9:00 pm EDT.
On July 18, 2014, The Last Ship was renewed for a 13-episode second season.
Season 1 episode 1: Pilot - Phase Six - June 22, 2014
Season 1 episode 2: Welcome to Gitmo - June 29, 2014
Season 1 episode 3: Dead Reckoning - July 6, 2014
I waited for a couple of episodes to air so I could binge watch a bit as a reviewer had said the show was a bit slow and plodding until episode 3. Really? The started off well and with a sense of urgency and seemed to be quite intense and you don't have to wait until episode 3 to feel any excitement. It is interesting to note that the novel and TV series are quite different. Still any type of show like this shows how fragile the economy is as any type of global issues do impact everyone. The show does take a poke as some common stereotypes especially of the terrorists held at Gitmo. The world has fallen apart and still they can't get past their fanaticism. Some of the writing and commercials do feel as if it is a big ad for the US Navy. Then episode 3 adds the crazy mouse eating scientist. I did find it a bit odd that world governments where so paranoid that they were telling their scientists not to share research in the search of a cure. Considering viruses don't care about borders or politics this seemed incredibly dumb and short sighted. But considering current events in the Ukraine and how Putin is helping to create chaos in that region of the world maybe we shouldn't be surprised at some of the stupidity of the characters in the series. Then to learn that someone genetically altered the original virus to use as a biological weapon? Is that really possible considering the time frame of the CDC doctor taking samples in Egypt and then next we see her in the Arctic?