‘The Last Ship’ season 3, episode 5 review: Did Chandler escape a minefield?

Chandler -Don’t you love episodes of TV that have both literal and metaphorical interpretations? This is what we had with “The Last Ship” and its Sunday night episode entitled “Minefield.”

For Chandler, the mission was simply: Try to keep everyone safe, while also doing what he could to preserve victory. It took tough decisions on his part, but as a whole, we’d say that he emerged from this situation successful. He’s closer to Takehaya than he was ever before, but at the same time, you did see a more human side to him during this journey. One of the bigger risks he made revolved around him protecting Sasha, which allowed her to be more aware of his feelings for ever.

So if you were waiting for a Chandler – Sasha kiss on the show, you had it tonight. It made sense that the character moved on eventually, and given the high-stress nature of this job, it’s not surprising that the time was now.

Through this episode, Chandler wasn’t the only person in hot water, as President Michener was being heavily criticized by the government and the American people. First, it was his foreign policy that allowed the Nathan James to be in such a delicate position. Then, it was some of his domestic decisions on finance and the rebuilding effort. It took a bailout to keep some particularly unfortunate information to come to light. Michener is a man with some skill, but it does look at times like he is in over his head. Chandler’s efforts helped to spare him from a major crises at home.

This episode proved itself to be very entertaining in the end, but we also would not say it sailed higher than any this season so far. Its moments were important, but it is almost a stepping stone to larger things down the road. Grade: B.

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