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The Last Ship “Long Day’s Journey” 

The Last Ship “Long Day’s Journey”
Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT
Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT
Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT

We’re not back to square one, exactly, but with the labs destroyed, Dr. Scott has to figure out how to create the cure – again.

On The Last Ship, “Long Day’s Journey,” she works to do exactly that.

Dr. Hunter, who was Dr. Scott’s mentor, had been working on a way to make the cure more accessible, and recorded himself telling Dr. Scott his plan as his lab was under attack. The cure needs to be in a powder form, so it can be spread over large areas.

I really cannot be more thankful that we’re spared seeing Dr. Hunter killed only moments later. Instead, the camera drops, we hear him being attacked, and then… a gunshot.

Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT
Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT

There’s no time for Dr. Scott to grieve, but the crew heads to Florida in hopes of stopping these men once and for all. That, and Chandler feels the need for some revenge.

It’s rare that we see flaws in Chandler, actually, so it’s a nice change of pace to see him take his eyes off the ball and focus on vengeance than on their original mission. I mean, you can’t blame him, but it’s a nice change of pace — and he gets called out on it by both the Master Chief and Dr. Scott.

Still, Dr. Scott is just emotional enough (and that’s an overstatement) to want a little vengeance herself.

Dr. Scott: When you find the people who did this, Captain, kill them.

Chandler takes a team to search for Sean and his men, and they find themselves changing into civilian clothing and boarding a bus full of brainwashed immunes on their way to see Sean speak. These people have been convinced that they’ve been “chosen” and have become a part of an incredibly dangerous cult.

Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT
Photo Credit: Doug Hyun/TNT

Chandler and the team blend in, and it’s there that they learn more about Sean’s plan. There’s a senator there (played by Mark Moses, who is in basically everything) who is 12th in line to become president. But, it turns out that all eleven people ahead of them have died, making him the next President of The United States. And from the looks of it, he’s in the palm of Sean’s hand.

It makes sense that what we keep seeing now that the crew has returned home, is that new leaders keep arising. It’s something that society needs in order to function and in order to feel safe. It also wouldn’t be a post-apocalyptic drama if those leaders weren’t complete opportunists.

The good news? Dr. Scott gets inspiration for how to create the cure in a powdered form during what is one of my favorite scenes in this episode. Bacon brings her dinner, and in describing the dish, he says exactly what Dr. Scott needs to hear as he explains how to make the roux. The answer is cornstarch.

Now if only she can create the cure before anything else goes wrong…

Other Thoughts:

  • Neils says he met kind people who gave him sweet tea. A little cliché for the south? Yes. Completely true of the south? You bet. (I’m a southern gal!)
  • There’s a small moment when Slattery talks about his son – saying he knew everything about animals and dinosaurs. Despite such big episode and a big cast, it stands out as an emotional scene.

What did you think of this episode of The Last Ship? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

The Last Ship airs Sundays at 9/8c on TNT.

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