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How many?

How many?

The last month and a half has been a particularly busy one for me, and as a result, I’ve fallen behind in my reviews of all the shows I’ve been covering, save for The Walking Dead. This happens about three times a year (the nature of teaching at a semester-based college – is there any other kind?), and while I’ve usually been able to catch up, some semesters take longer than others (in fact, as I was going through my notes this morning, I realized that I haven’t actually written up a review for one episode of Game of Thrones from last season – talk about overdue!). The good news (for me) is that I’ve been mostly keeping up on the viewing – it’s just the actual writing that needs to be done.

Just a few notes to help me catch up...

Just a few notes to help me catch up…

Over the next month or so, I’m going to be doing my best to catch up on my reviews, one show at a time, until I’m back up-to-date on all counts. This will mean that there will be “new” reviews being posted that are actually of old shows. You’re welcome to read them, but I understand if you don’t – they’re there more or less because I want to have complete seasons posted for when, eventually, I begin to archive posts on this blog.

So please bear with me for a bit longer – I will be catching up on all the shows I review. I’ll be beginning with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which is having a strong second season so far; doing Z Nation next, which is a show I love to hate; following that with Forever which, while not as strong as Agents, is still a fun little procedural with a twist; moving on to Gotham, which has been getting progressively better as it grows; and finishing off with old reviews from the summer that I simply never got to (for The Leftovers and The Last Ship). I’ve also been taking notes on Constantine, as I had high hopes for it – unfortunately, it’s never quite lived up to those hopes, and looks as though it might be cancelled shortly – I may or may not get to those notes last.

And as always: thanks for reading!

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Episode: 103
Airdate: July 6, 2014
Directed by: Jack Bender
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Written by: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Steven Kane (created and written for television by), Hank Steinberg (created by)

Two episodes in, and I was just about ready to throw in the towel on this one. Does the third episode do anything different? Does it do enough to get me to come back for more? Click through after the break to find out!

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Last Ship Season 1, Episode 3 “Dead Reckoning” will include minor spoilers and plot points.>>
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This is just a quick note to let anyone who is looking for these reviews know that they’ll be up in the next two days – I’m in the midst of mid-term essay grading, and work must needs come first! Come back later tonight or Tuesday (or apparently Thursday or Friday…) for my take on this weekend’s episodes.

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Episode: 102
Airdate: June 29, 2014
Directed by: Jack Bender
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Written by: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Josh Schaer (written for television by), Hank Steinberg (written for television by)

You need to expect, when watching a show about a Navy destroyer, that you’re going to get a certain amount of jingoism. But when the constantly reiterated theme of the show is the breakdown of command hierarchies, and the beginning of a new world that, in CO Commodore Tom Chandler [Eric Dane]’s words, has “no good guys and no bad guys,” you wouldn’t be far amiss to expect that maybe, just perhaps, the cheer-leading might get tempered down a bit. But so far, two episodes into The Last Ship, it appears that the writers and actors can’t quite figure out what they want this show to be.

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Last Ship Season 1, Episode 2 “Welcome to Gitmo” will include minor spoilers and plot points.>>
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Episode: 101
Airdate: June 22, 2014
Directed by: Jonathon Mostow
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Written by: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Steven Kane (written for television by), Hank Steinberg (written for television by)

The premiere of The Last Ship came tonight, just under two years after the series was announced, and just over a year since TNT ordered a trial ten-episode run. There wasn’t a lot of hype leading into tonight’s episode, but TNT has been slowly building buzz, releasing promotional videos over the last couple of months, with more in the past few weeks. The show has a powerhouse production company in its corner – Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes – and an experienced cast of actors. So, how well did the pilot episode do?

<<Spoiler Alert: This review of The Last Ship Season 1, Episode 1 “Phase Six” will include minor spoilers and plot points.>>
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At A Glance:

Title: The Last Ship
Premiere: June 22, 2014
Channel: TNT (USA) 9:00PM, Space (Canada) 9:00PM EST/ 6:00PM PST
Production Company: Platinum Dunes
Showrunner: Hank Steinberg
Executive Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Steven Kane, Jonathan Mostow, Hank Steinberg
Producers: Tony Mark, Todd Arnow, Ellen Stafford (Associate Producer)
Writers: William Brinkley (based on the novel by), Steven Kane (written for television by, 3 episodes), Hank Steinberg (written for television by, 3 episodes), Cameron Welsh (written for television by, 1 episode)
Starring: Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin

The Last Ship is a TNT summer series (airing concurrently on Space Channel in Canada), beginning this weekend and set for a ten episode run. It is based loosely on the 1988 novel of the same name, by William Brinkley. The show follows a group of US Navy sailors aboard the USS Nathan James (DDG-151), a fictional class-name destroyer. With them are two paleomicrobioligists, which turns out to be a boon (or is it?): while they’ve been out of radio contact on a remote mission, most of the rest of the world has been dying off from a mysterious illness. With their resources and expertise, the Nathan James may be humanity’s last hope for survival.
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