Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane) and his crew were close to celebrating victory until they realised all wasn’t what it seemed when they arrived at a government facility in Baltimore in the season one finale of The Last Ship.
If you haven’t seen the first season of The Last Ship and don’t want any spoilers please stop reading now. If you want to know what we are hoping for from the show’s second season, keep reading to find out.
The first season of The Last Ship unravelled its story fairly slowly over its 10 episodes and hooked enough viewers to get a second season. The first season just finished in the UK and viewers discovered that Amy Granderson (Alfre Woodard), the vice-chair of the US President’s Defense Policy Board, was killing people infected with the virus and using their bodies to power the city of Baltimore.
As the season drew to a close Chandler reunited with his family and found out his wife had died, Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) found out Granderson’s true plans after she gave her and her team the vaccine, and Granderson’s troops captured the Nathan James.
Thinking ahead to season 2 we list out the Top 10 things we want to see when the show returns next summer.
1. A more even pace. During the first season The Last Ship struggled to find its feet a little bit and was a fairly uneven journey for viewers. When the show hit its stride, which it definitely did by the last two episodes, it was a thrilling popcorn action drama that had us absolutely hooked. We would like to see season 2 with a zappier pace filled with plenty of action.
2. Chandler and his crew to take back the Nathan James. Things were looking bleak for the Nathan James in the season one finale when the Maryland State Troopers took over the ship and seriously injured Quincy (Sam Spruell). We want the main storyline to be Chandler getting back on the ship with his family and Rachel and taking it back.
3. Quincy to survive. Sure the Englishman made plenty of mistakes in season 1 but can you blame him when the Russians had his family captive? Now he’s (mostly) redeemed himself we don’t want him to die! Quincy is still on the road to redemption in our eyes so we want to see him fight back and prove his worth on the ship.
4. Rachel to escape from Granderson. In the finale Rachel was at the mercy of the evil politician and now she’s proven the vaccine works we doubt she’ll be getting free any time soon. Trapped with Granderson’s daughter Alisha (Christina Elmore) who was shocked to discover her mother is evil, Rachel at least has an ally to help her get away.
5. More rounded supporting characters. One of the main issues we had with The Last Ship’s first season is the lack of decent supporting characters. Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and Danny Green (Travis Van Winkle) in particular were under-written and not given all that much to do. With such strong actors amongst the cast we want them to be further explored.
6. Thorwald (Titus Welliver) to join forces with Chandler. Hands up who thought Thorwald was evil when he was first introduced on screen? We loved how the show pulled a number on us and reversed our expectations. Thorwald could be the key to bringing down Granderson.
7. Find out what really happened to Chandler’s wife. Ok so we know he was told by his father that Darien (Tracy Middendorf) died from the virus but we didn’t actually see her die on screen did we? That makes us think that she could still be alive somewhere (plus Middendorf is a great actress and it would be a shame to waste her talents in such a small role).
8. Rachel and Tex (John Pyper-Ferguson) to explore their budding romance. We can’t have been the only ones pleased with that kiss! Tex has been flirting with Rachel since he met her and she definitely has feelings for him. We want a bit of time given to their romance in season 2. Maybe Tex will be Rachel’s knight in shining armour?
9. Kara (Marissa Neitling) and Danny’s baby to bring them closer together. The relationship between these two characters wasn’t really explored in the first season with the exception of some throwaway moments and dialogue. We’re hoping that now Kara is pregnant, and survived Rachel’s trial, that we’ll seen more interaction and growth between her and Danny.
10. More action! We’re sure you’ll agree that The Last Ship was at its best when the action was ramped up. The second season gives plenty of scope for that to really up the ante as Chandler tries to get his ship back. We want fights, explosions and plenty of gunfire.
The Last Ship will return to TNT and Sky 1 HD in summer 2015.