Where We Left Off
Before we talk about The Last Ship 404 (entitled Nostos), I think we should review what happened when last we left our heroes. I for one thought the creators would tease out and delay the inevitable meetup between Chandler (Eric Dane) and his former shipmates. Turns out we could only go three episodes before Tom’s mission to right wrongs and the Nathan James’ mission to save the world would cross paths. Things got complicated when Lucia refused to play the part of damsel in distress and stabbed Captain Slattery (Adam Baldwin). Throw in Tom losing his anonymity and a small island with two large, angry gangs hunting our U.S. Navy superteam and you’re all caught up.
The Bad Guys
First, we have Giorgio and his seemingly endless supply of Greeks. We learned quite a bit more about their organization this week. Anyone who thought they recognized the fist taping guy last week should have looked him up. There’s no way this show hires Peter Weller for some bit part. No, he plays Dr. Paul Vellek. Remember when I called Giorgio (Jackson Rathbone) a middle manager? Turns out his dad, Dr. Vellek, might hold him in even lower regard. While Giorgio and Lucia manage gofer jobs and tribute collection, Dr. Vellek and an unnamed, preferred son toil away in a secret lab, working with plants. Somehow, Dr. Vellek not only controls all of whatever it was Giorgio was doing, but also this lab, some kind of effort to work with the seeds everyone wants, and at least one Greek fighting ship. Busy guy or megalomaniac?
Omar won’t take getting shot in the back lying down (get it?). Although he’s no longer this season’s big-bad (that honor goes to Dr. Vellek), he’s just become a huge wildcard. Assuming he survives, I bet he becomes a rogue element that, although he has no love for the US Navy, may work with them if it means Giorgio will get killed. Look out for more Omar after the usual TV gunshot wound recovery period. One episode should do it.
Could anyone show more toughness? What resolve! What happens now?!? First things first though. Mike Slattery, your captain of the USS Nathan James probably shouldn’t have participated in last episodes away mission. What’s done is done though, and he got beat up and stabbed for his trouble. No time for learning lessons because eluding two gangs of miscreants becomes Mike’s only reason for being.
Along the way to the church tower, Mike stumbles into a cabin with well-meaning woman inside. Although she meant only to ease his pain, she actually introduced him to an addictive and easy to find drug – Nostos. You remember the stuff Lucia drank before her evening of wonder with Tom? Or maybe the stuff that left Greek people just laying around looking at the sun? Same stuff. I wonder if Mike’s bathed-in-white visions Mike had more to do with the Nostos or the fact he was bleeding out. What do you think?
Still, she didn’t deserve to die at the end of Omar’s scimitar.
Everyone Trying to Find Mike
Everyone wants the CO back, including one Tom Chandler. We have just about every shipmate handy with a gun on the island trying to stay one step ahead of Omar and Giorgio’s combined goon squad. Mike hides too well – even his teammates can’t figure out where he is until he signals the James.
How’d you like the subtle tension on Tom’s team? Fletcher felt obviously threatened by Tom’s presence. Maybe the affection I thought Sasha showed toward Fletcher is more mutual than first imagined. What do you do when the girl you’re interested in also happens to have some kind of history with mankind’s savior? Let’s look at what Fletcher did: disagreed openly with Tom in front of the team. And then Green shut that down and went along with Tom’s plan. OUCH. Nice try, Fletcher. That doesn’t mean Sasha welcomed Tom back into the fold with open arms either. She acted pretty annoyed with Tom, but for a ship’s captain, the guy is very good in a gunfight. Personally, I think Tom moved past Sasha when he left the Navy. Her presence will tempt him, but ultimately his nice, Greek girlfriend Cali waits back home, taking care of his kids. For the love of God, Tom, be cool to her.
Back on the Ship
Meanwhile, XO Captain Joe Meylan (Emerson Brooks) kept everyone back on the Nathan James safe and sound, but not for a lack of the enemy’s interest in the opposite. When Kara came up with the plan to fake out the Greek missile, did it seem a little phony to you? Turns out the NULKA is the real deal and in use by the US Navy today (but it’s still very new). Pretty cool trick and the James lives on to fight another day. I bet we can’t steer clear of that ship forever though…
Dr. Vellek’s power extends all the way to what remains of the Greek navy. Do you remember Stavros from the second episode? Turns out he commands a Greek warship that looks like the Greek version of the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer we know so well. I’ll say command, but whatever passes for the Greek navy at this point in no way resembles how the Nathan James runs. For one thing, Lucia, an obvious civilian walks onto the bridge without Stavros even knowing she was on board. Then, Stavros follows her commands to the best of his meager abilities. When I say Stavros, I mean Stavros. Unlike the James where the CO issues orders and subordinates follow them, Stavros ran everything from directing the ship to firing its various missiles. Good luck with that system after things settle down back on the James. (What’s Greek for ‘dead meat’?)
Does Mike survive? If so, could he now have an addiction to the ‘nostos’ he got in the woman’s cabin? He really liked the hallucinations he had during his flight from the bad guys.
Even if Mike comes out OK, there’s no reason it would happen as soon as next week. Normally, the XO would fill in as acting captain. Tom’s presence will confuse things. In their hearts, this crew knows they will follow Tom Chandler anywhere… but many will think he quit on them. By quitting, he took himself out of the game and doesn’t get to just step back in. Then you have consider Tom’s side. He didn’t return Jeter’s salute. I believe he honestly had no idea what to do in that moment. Prediction: Meylan takes command, Chandler stays on board. Tom starts doing his hero thing and eventually, Meylan will have to go down for some reason. Reluctantly, Tom will take the captain’s seat to get his friends back home. Or maybe he just goes home to his kids.
What do you think?
Miller: “What are we supposed to call him?”
Green: “I’d stick with Captain.”
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