Ok, just finished “The Last Ship” Season 3.
The issue it had with seemingly randomly killing off women to motivate the men evened out a bit- men died to do this, and not just the crew. I’d still call overreliance on this trope a negative, but it did lessen somewhat. And that lessenening allowed for what the show does well to shine.
Some of my hopes with where Chandlers arc would go were realized, at least partially. He’s not a divine archetype of perfection- he didn’t just make a few tactical errors convenient to the plot this season. Seasons 4 and 5 are where we’ll have to see the payoff on this. A good direction is set up at least.
Don’t expect a particularly balanced view of the military- this is the military at its best(likely why they get so much help from the real US Navy). So much so that in the real military of any nation, you’d never see this. It is nice, though, as an ideal to aspire to even if in reality it would always be a bit out of reach. There is a place for highly realistic shades of grey(and a few do make it into this show), but there’s also a place for more pure heroism in our stories and it’s a pity that such stories have been pushed so far out of our cultural consciousness.
I do hope to see it explicitly noted that an Australian has been crucial to saving America. Several times now. And something on the immunes that have to exist in other countries- especially Japan. If the 5% rate mentioned earlier holds, there should be somewhere north of 6 million Japanese Immunes. And after this season, holy shit will they be PISSED(watch the season if you want to know why, or maybe I’ll write a more spoilery review behind a cut).
The cliffhanger was much less pronounced than earlier seasons. Not a cliffhanger ending so much as leaving a few story threads they can pick up in later seasons. Hell, this could have served as a series finale if they hadn’t gotten the S4 pickup.
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The Last Ship Season 3 DVD on Amazon