If you wanted to see an episode of “The Last Ship” with a huge ending, you went to the right place Sunday night. While there were moments in this hour that admittedly frustrated us (the time with the kids felt like a distraction), you cannot deny that the Rachel / Niels stuff at the very end was both shocking and appropriate given this rugged world these characters lived in.
What Rachel did here in taking his life, seemingly for the sake of furthering along her own research, is not something she would have done back in the early days of the show. This was emblematic of a harder side of her, one that has clearly been through some terrible stuff and has figured out that she needs to figure out some new ways to survive and move forward. The thing that makes us worry a little bit about her character’s future is that given her history with Niels, there may have been a part of her that subconsciously enjoyed doing this at the same time. She had plenty of reasons not to like him, but was this as a way to die a little harsh?
Elsewhere in this episode we started to get more of a sense that Michener could be a compelling leader, and that is going to be useful for what is to come. The goal now for Chandler and company has to be a way to establish unity, and to make sure that nobody allows the Immunes to take over completely.
Of course, it’s hard to discuss too much else when we are still trying to get that Rachel ending out of our head… Episode Grade: B.
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