The third season of “The Last Ship” has provided a tremendous source of drama so far, but we tend to prefer our drama when it doesn’t come with characters being killed off. Unfortunately, that happened at the end of Sunday night’s new episode “Dog Day,” which did prove itself to be an extremely dangerous affair as Chandler and company tried their best to stop Takehaya and get the remainder of his crew back.
Unfortunately, the issue is that in the process of his rescue mission, there were multiple characters who didn’t make it. Cruz was one of them.
This departure further accentuates above all else the shocking nature of this series at present, given that this is the second episode in the season to confirm the end of a major character. (The premiere made it clear that Rachel Scott was actually dead, something we surely hoped was not the case going into the season.) Cruz has been around for the vast majority of the show, and he’s certainly not someone we wanted to see go just yet.
It would be one thing if his death came with a reassurance that all of this was over; unfortunately, that’s not quite the case. Slattery now has some new concerns about who kidnapped the crew, and whether or not this could have been something organized by higher-ups in the government. The Chinese Secret Service’s role in the rescue mission of course does raise extra questions, but for now we don’t quite have answers.
When it comes to everything from the scenery to the action to the writing of this hour, the one thing we do know for certain is that this installment was all sorts of shocking … let alone crazy. We haven’t seen one quite like it this season, and we’re rather nervous about what this show could do next. Grade: B+.
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