I do not know how or where to start this rant.
At first, The Last Ship looks cool.
A post- apocalyptic pandemic scenario and a US Navy guided missile destroyer.
Straight of I get a Battlestar Galactica feel. A hint of old school sci-fi, like with real sets and everything.
In addition, there is a present and an imminent danger.
Not in a far future. Furthermore, it is on our earth. No parallel worlds. No aliens.
Oh Gosh, I am getting my hopes up!
Not 12 minutes into the episode, the Russians attack.
Ah, I see.
A nostalgic nudge to 80’s and 90’s action movies with American number one favorite enemy Russia. I am cool with that.
From there on EVERYTHING about this show goes horribly wrong.
Half way through episode 2 I am getting increasingly uncomfortable as our heroes searches Guantanamo Bay for supplies.
Freed because of the virus, Al-Qaida prisoners rule this playground hell-bent on killing everyone although the virus is killing everybody anyway.
So not to be confused with our heroes, Al-Qaida is dressed in their standardized uniform complete with orange neckties, afghan turbans and beards.
It is as if they never left the Afghan mountains.
They are even accompanied by an exotic soundtrack.
Do the US and their military need a pat on the shoulder?
Here represented by the Navy. The finest of the whitest. Yeah, I am talking about their iconic white ceremonial uniform.
Is their reputation THAT tarnished?
‘Cause in my mouth this tastes awfully like propaganda.
Russia is the enemy throughout the season. Thank goodness, we have evolved though!
Our hero captain speaks Russian.
In addition to reading books.
About Russian military captains.
However, there is no Russia anymore. Only forces operating on their own authority according to what is left of the US Government holding out in a bunker underground, hanging on the US of A is still standing strong!
Although it is in shambles.
Just like Russia.
But in control.
The ongoing threat by the Russians and the one from the Al-Qaida is only the beginning.
Meet El Toro. The drug lord type living it easy in the Nicaraguan jungle he calls his own.
He molests young girls, preferably right before they hit puberty. He is surrounded by jungle music with sounds of monkeys and bongo drums.
So to best get that jungle vibe.
Still not convinced this show is crap?
Every military person on board is understandably American. Therefore, we need an intelligent alibi.
Thankfully, the scientists guesting the destroyer are British. The man is however a traitor.
He does not speak much in the beginning. When he does, it is with the Russians. Therefore, you accept his stone cold nature without blinking while the female scientist runs around all emotional.
To top it off, he has red hair and bad acne scars across his face for goodness sake!
Of course, he is bad.
I mean British.
To complete this work of crap, the Asian-American engineering guy does not stop reading while eating and one of the two Afro-American guys you get to know, is the first to die. On an away mission of all things.