A few years ago, Regal theaters began running an ad campaign before the previews in which film scenes were shown on the big screen before shrinking to the size of a TV or computer monitor where, not surprisingly given the context, they looked absurd. "Go big or go home" was the tag line as the smaller screen exploded.
With "The Last Ship,"
"The Last Ship" goes as big as it gets: Naval destroyer stationed in the Arctic and filled to the brim with all manner of hard-to-miss types, including and especially square-jawed Cmdr. Tom Chandler (
Fortunately, Scott may have the seeds of a cure; unfortunately, the world is now in full-blown post-apocalypse mode.
The crew is large enough to sustain casualties while showcasing all the various personalities necessary to create emotional connection in between all the groovy battle scenes, international showdowns and internal disagreements. All of which allows the commander to exert his leading-man charisma.
Of which he has plenty. Dane, best known for his role as Dr. McSteamy on
Mitra too has possibility, mixing supersmart with superhot, while the rest of the cast honorably hit their marks.
Still, "The Last Ship" seems determined to put concept before character, which is a much bigger problem on television than it is on film. As similarly ambitious shows like "The Walking Dead" and
Which could be a problem. Pyrotechnics and nationalistic triumph over stereotypical foes (the Russians are, not surprisingly, at it again) will take you only so far. "The Last Ship" may indeed deliver the cure, but for it to survive, audiences need to care.
'The Last Ship'
When: 9 p.m. Sunday