The Last Ship

The Last Ship

In the navy, yes, you can sail the seven seas
In the navy, yes, you can put your mind at ease
In the navy, come on people, fall an’ make a stand
In the navy, in the navy, can’t you see we need a hand
—The Village People

All of the beautiful people have enlisted and are serving on the Nathan James. They all have high tech jobs and a beautiful ship to play on. They’ve been at sea, sequestered in radio silence, in the artic. Decoyed on a mission for which no one was briefed. In their absence a pandemic, no the pandemic, has struck with a mortality of 99%. It turns out that their real mission was to help create a vaccine. Now it is all on them, because they are all that is left, they are the last ship.

This Michael Bay production, like all of his work, delivers lots of action. It is well packaged and easy to follow. A 2014 debut put it ahead of its time. If it had waited, it could have been prophetic. Now, it is without a flock after a five year run. First, serialized on TNT, I can now binge it on Hulu. I’ve only just begun to stream it, but I think that I am already hooked. It has a lot to offer. It is relevant with its pandemic. There is of course the action, but I think it is the sea that calls the most. A good sea yarn is hard to resist, especially one with such depth.

The parallels between this series’ fictional plague and the real one that we are now enduring are remarkable, people’s panic, the shortages, the false hope of false cures. It has it all. Even the stop-start, two steps forward, one step back development of a vaccine seems eerily prescient. This week we received some much welcomed news on the vaccine front. Pfizer announced some initial results purporting that their vaccines is 90% effective. This is fantastic news. It is the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. Hope has been rejuvenated. Closer to home, it has been a week since Anne worked the polls. Today, she took a rapid Covid test and she is not infected. We have quarantined from each other, but now they are advising us to go another week. What was the point of the test? I really want to get off this boat.

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