Cast: Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra, Adam Baldwin
Release Date: Now Available On Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
The crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic kills off most of the earth’s population.
Based upon the novel by William Brinkley of the same name, ‘The Last Ship’ follows the crew aboard the Naval Destroyer Nathan James. Initially unaware of the true reasoning for their mission, the crew transports scientist Rachel Scott (Mitra) on an exploratory mission to the Arctic. Upon nearing their arrival back home months later, the crew discovers that Rachel was in fact trying to find a strain of a virus that has now eradicated the majority of the world’s population in the months that they were away. Now, unsure of whether anywhere is safe, the crew continues on at sea in the hopes that Rachel can somehow build a successful vaccine or cure aboard the ship before they dare to go back home, and unaware of their loved ones’ fates as a result of most communication being eradicated. Now they must fight for their lives and possibly even the entire human race as they struggle to find a cure as well as hold off enemy forces intent on acquiring the cure for their own benefit.
I was initially unsure of whether ‘The Last Ship’ would be a show that was of much interest to me, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself hooked and completely enthralled within the series in no time. The series concentrates on the characters and where they are in an emotional sense among the midst of this potentially world-ending chaos and it benefits tremendously from making the decision to focus on these characters first and foremost and the action secondhand. Those who enjoy some solid action (as I also do myself) can rest easy knowing that it definitely doesn’t have any shortage of intense and action-packed moments and things certainly get explosive and dangerous on a pretty regular basis.
For those who may not have yet had the pleasure of the series, I would highly recommend giving ‘The Last Ship’ a shot, it’s an extremely well done and highly entertaining show complimented by a talented and more than capable cast that is well worth the time to look into. Those who are already fans of the show will definitely want to make certain to pick up a copy of The Complete First Season on Blu-Ray to add to their collections. The Blu-Ray release delivers top notch high definition video and audio presentations in addition a solid collection of bonus content including Audio Commentaries on a number of episodes and more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) making it a definite must own.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Last Ship: The Complete First Season’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the first seasons episodes. The video presentation looks pretty great on all of the episodes, delivering a sharp, detailed presentation that is consistently clean and smooth, with no notable faults to be found within. Even the numerous action oriented sequences and those involving dark areas and explosive activity hold up impressively, never suffering any pixilation or other defects as a result of all the activity occurring on screen. Overall, these are top notch high definition video presentations that should easily keep fans of the series quite pleased while watching (or re-watching) the season.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all ten season one episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks hold up admirably themselves, delivering an active, discrete and on point audio presentation on each episode. All five available channels are regularly utilized to immerse the viewer with the series’ score, in addition to throwing numerous action-oriented auditory effects around the viewer during the more frenetic action-based sequences and never resulting in any dialogue that may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or distorted. Overall, these 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks hold up in nearly every possible way and also contribute notably to the overall enjoyment of the viewing experience.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘The Last Ship: The Complete First Season’ includes a nice collection of extras. Included on the release are Audio Commentary tracks on a number of select episodes from the season, along with ‘Inside the Episode’ mini-Featurette’s (running approximately 2-3 minutes apiece) for every episode that include Behind the Scenes footage and interviews/comments with members of the cast and crew. Also included on the release are a few additional short Featurette’s exploring different aspects of the series: ‘Making of The Last Ship’ (2 minutes), ‘The Last Ship Overview’ (5 minutes), ‘The Last Ship Details’ (6 minutes), ‘The Navy and the USS Halsey’ (5 minutes) and ‘Character Profiles’ for Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin (approximately 7 minutes altogether). We are also treated to the ‘2014 Comic-Con Panel’ for the show (52 minutes), and ‘Prequels: Origin of the Virus’ (approximately 11 minutes altogether) which features six short videos providing some insight into events occurring prior to where the series begins.