DVD Review: The Last Ship: The Complete Fourth Season

The Last Ship is based on the 1988 novel of the same name by William BrinkleyThe fight to save mankind aboard The Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James continues with an all-star cast including Eric DaneBridget Regan and Adam BaldwinThe Last Ship season four also stars Charles Parnell, Travis Van Winkle, Marissa Neitling, Christina Elmore, Jocko Sims, Bren Foster and Kevin Michael Martin. The series is produced by Turner’s Studio T in association with Platinum Dunes, whose partners – blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form – serve as executive producers. Co-creators Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane also serve as executive producers, along with director Paul Holahan. Kane serves as showrunner for seasons four and five, having previously served alongside Steinberg for the first three seasons.

Season four of The Last Ship follows Tom Chandler (Dane) after he’s given up his heroic titles and responsibilities and sought solace –  and anonymity – with his family in a small fishing village in Greece. Meanwhile, Captain Slattery (Baldwin) and the crew of Nathan James have discovered that the virus has “jumped kingdoms” and now infects the world’s food crops, bringing humanity to the brink of global famine. As the ship traverses the Mediterranean in search of a solution that can save the world’s food supply, Chandler encounters his own enemies in Greece. His “hero’s journey” becomes a modern day retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey.

Tom Chandler has left his ship and crew while he deals with the personal tragedy that he suffered last season. Needless to say, he’s given up and MIA while he tries to sort things out and get it together. What happens is, the crew of the Nathan James finds out that the “Red Rust” virus is now killing off all crops and vegetation so it becomes a race against time to try and stop it. The race also includes the last of some seeds that haven’t been infected by the toxic virus and everybody wants to get their hands on them – including some Greeks that have some ulterior motives at play.

It takes a few episodes before Tom and his crew are finally reunited by this deadly common cause and this is also where Dr. Vellick (Peter Weller) is introduced into the mix. He’s a brilliantly mad scientist who comes up with an entirely new plant life that will be able to save the human race. There’s also some terrifying side effects because anyone who eats from these plants sort of has their emotions turned off – morphing them into uncaring drones. Chandler and his loyal crew go up against the Greeks and Dr. Vellick and in the end they once against save the world from this latest sinister threat.

The packaging comes with a slipcase. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes season four details, credits, specs and list of special features. Inside is a keepcase that houses three DVD discs that feature some matching artwork. There’s also a flyer that includes episode listing and synopsis along with some images. Inserting each disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Last Ship: The Complete Fourth Season was another intense and well executed entry for this action-packed, character driven series. The writing and characters are what continues to drive this epic series and keep it interesting in all aspecs. The cast does a great job with their characters with the main focus staying on Tom Chandler and his fight to save what’s left of the civilized world from the sinister forces that threaten it. This season took place in the Mediterranean and borrowed the concept from Homer’s The Odyssey and gave the epic story and present day upgrade. It also dealt with personal forgiveness and self redemption that a few of the main characters had to go through. There’s also some fantastic action scenes in the entire series that continue on through the fourth season and it’s all a mixture of well choreographed stunts and impressive visual effects. All in all, I’d put this season right there with the epic first and I’m looking forward to the fifth and final season of this epic series. The Last Ship: The Complete Fourth Season is now available on a 3-disc DVD set and is worth checking out. 

Distributor: Turner Home Video

Run Time: 3 Discs / 10 Episodes / 440 Minutes

  1. In Medias Res
  2. The Pillars of Hercules
  3. Bread and Circuses
  4. Nostos
  5. Allegiance
  6. Tempest
  7. Feast
  8. Lazaretto
  9. Detect, Deceive, Destroy
  10. Endgame

Rated: TV-14

DVD Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and French

Special Features: The extras include an exclusive 13-minute documentary taking a look at how season four of the series follows Homer’s The Odyssey with Vincent Farenga, Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at University of Southern California, as well as an interview with Steven Kane, showrunner, executive producer and co-creator of the series. The DVD also includes character featurettes and “Inside Season 4” with behind-the-scenes content. 

  • Exclusive 13-Minute Documentary (12:34)
  • Behind-the-Scenes Look at Season Four (17:55)


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