[WARNING – This review contains SPOILERS.]
The Last Ship has entered its final half of the third season, where it is very normal for a TV show to begin revealing and shedding light on the mysteries it has built up thus far. The Last Ship is certainly no exception and with two episodes – “Into the Dark” and “Sea Change” – brings massive and huge changes to The Last Ship universe. With the kidnapping of the sailors from the Nathan James resolved, season 3 turns to solving the main mystery of just who tried to kill Captain Chandler (Eric Dane) in the first episode.
These two episodes showcase two main stories: the first being the Nathan James trying to evade the four Chines warships that are pursuing them, while also trying to figure out just why the Red Flu killed everyone in Japan despite them having the cure. The second storyline follows the events transpiring in the capital of the United States, as the regional leaders try and undercut the power of President Michener (Mark Moses). The Nathan James discovers that someone has created a synthetic compound that makes people resistant to the cure, meaning that the Red Flu will kill them even if they already have the cure in their system.
The compound has also been turned into a weaponized gas that can be sprayed over vast areas and missiles containing the agent are being smuggled out of China. Turns out, President Peng (Fernando Chien) is responsible for these missiles and is planning some kind of genocide.
Another massive change comes in the death of President Michener, who apparently commits suicide after the media reveals his involvement with the Immunes and that he let the Red Flu run wild by allowing his infected son into a protected stadium. But what seems cut and dry becomes murkier when the new President (John Cothran) is sworn in and joins forces with the regional leaders to dismantle President Michener’s policies, leaving it somewhat unclear whether or not President Michener really killed himself or was murdered.
This second half of The Last Ship season 3 is proving to be even more exciting than the first, and the stakes have indeed never been higher than there are now – what with worldwide genocide being threatened and the United States ready to tear itself apart. Season 3 has also proven to be way more mysterious than previous seasons, and even with eight episodes down, viewers are still unsure who the real good guys and bad guys are. Is Peng working alone? Or is there someone pulling the strings yet to be revealed?