|Written by:||Hank Steinberg|
|Directed by:||Jack Bender|
|Running time:||41 minutes|
|Original airdate:||June 21, 2015|
|Nielsen rating:||18-49 rating:|
"Unreal City" Is the first episode of the second season of "The Last Ship."
Tom has found his family but he is stranded on land while the Nathan James has been taken over by Amy Granderson’s troopers. The crew is rounded up and corralled down below decks while Mike and Kara desperately try to keep Quincy alive on the bridge. O’Connor manages to escape overboard and Doc Rios is able to hide the primordial strain of the virus before being captured. But those are the only successes – the Nathan James is fully under control of Granderson’s people. Several sailors are killed indiscriminately and it’s all Garentt can do to keep everyone calm so they can form a plan.
Tom’s making his own plans on land. After leaving his family in the care of the Master Chief he takes Danny and Burk to the power plant so they can shut down Olympia’s operations. After stealing a truck loaded with bodies they sneak their way in and pretty easily take control of the whole operation. They even come across a resistance member who offers to take them to the warlord Thorwald. They don’t turn off the power yet, though. They were waiting for the right moment to surprise Granderson and move in to rescue Elizabeth Scott and secure Granderson’s lab for mass production of the virus.
Unfortunately, Rachel isn’t having much luck talking Granderson down from her crazy. The best she can do is convince her to let her distribute the vaccine she has on hand to some of the people on the streets. It’s meant to be a goodwill gesture but really it just lets Elizabeth save a handful of people. She doesn’t have nearly enough vaccine for everyone but she at least learns from a doctor that accompanies her that not everyone shares in Granderson’s philosophy. There are some good people in Baltimore.
Unfortunately there aren’t enough of them in Granderson’s group to make a difference.
So the Nathan James is effectively on their own. Luckily O’Connor finds his way on board again and manages to sabotage the thermostats to make things uncomfortable for everyone on board. This gives Garnett an opportunity to get everyone moved into the mess hall and for a couple other guys to slip away to the armory.
Quincy, sadly, doesn’t make it. After his wife is brought to use as leverage against him he decides to reopen his bullet wounds and let himself bleed to death to protect everyone on board and to protect the primordial strain. Shortly after, Granderson’s people realize that Kara’s unborn child could hold the information they need so they take her to land and lock up Mike… who promptly escapes through a secret hatch.
Tex is back in the action, too. He mets a street kid who tells him what’s really going on in Baltimore. Instead of leaving, he finds his way back into Granderson’s complex and gets himself assigned as security which works out great because he’s able to get to Elizabeth. As they are leaving, though, they realize that Kara has been brought there and that she and her child are at risk so they go to try and rescue her. Granderson is distracted at the time by her daughter, Alisha, who refuses to give into her mother’s crazy. Her mother just shakes her head, confident she’ll eventually come around
Tom and the others meet with Thorwald, who has a plan for getting to Granderson. When the moment is right, they have Danny back at the power plant turn off the lights and they blow through the basement of Granderson’s compound. Alisha takes advantage of the opportunity to escape her mother but eventually gets shot by one of her mother’s own troopers. At least the black out gives Kara a chance to get free and she’s helped to escape by Burk and Elizabeth.
Meanwhile, on the Nathan James, Granderson’s people are spread thin and many are ordered to the power plant to take on Danny who is distracting them there. This gives the folks in the mess hall a chance to cut through their bonds and the boys in the armory to come in and free them all. Re-armed, the crew manages to retake the ship with the help of Mike, who has made his way to the comms room and is supporting their efforts from there by turning lights on and off and other little things. It’s so cute to see how proud he is of his people.
Unfortunately, things aren’t going so well for Tom’s family through all this. Sam has a bad reaction to the vaccine and the Master Chief has to go find a pharmacy with medication. Ashley is freaking out at the possibility of losing yet another family member. But the Master Chief comes through. Unfortunately he is seen by some kid who gives him away to Granderson’s people in exchange for food. Luckily these two experienced military men are able to fend them off. The Master Chief then goes to extract Danny from the power plant and join the fight at Granderson’s compound while Tom’s father takes the kids to safety.
In the end, they manage to take Granderson’s compound but the victory comes at a price.
The Police force surrounds the crew gathered on the flight deck, and kills the crew in the CIC who attempt to resist.
- Eric Dane as Commander (CO) Tom Chandler
- Rhona Mitra as Dr. Rachel Scott
- Adam Baldwin as Commander (XO) Mike Slattery
- Charles Parnell as Command Master Chief Russ Jeter
- Travis Van Winkle as Lieutenant Danny Green
- Marissa Neitling as Lieutenant Kara Foster
- Christina Elmore as Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Alisha Granderson
- Jocko Sims as Lieutenant Carlton Burk
- John Pyper-Ferguson as Tex Nolan
Special Guest StarEdit
- Maximiliano Hernandez as Chief Hospital Corpsman Rios
- Titus Welliver as Andrew Thorwald
- Ness Bautista as Master-at-Arms Third Class Javier Cruz
- Derk Cheetwood as State Trooper Lieutenant Pete Norris
- Alice Coulthard as Kelly Tophet
- Michael Curran-Dorsano as Lieutenant Juan "Gator" Meija
- Paul James as Gas Turbine System Technician Third Class Michael O'Connor
- Grace Kaufman as Ashley Chandler
- Fay Masterson as Lieutenant Commander Andrea Garnett
- Kevin Michael Martin as Seaman Eric Miller
- Chris Sheffield as Ensign (Communications Officer) Will Mason
- Sam Spruell as Dr. Quincy Tophet
- Aidan Sussman as Sam Chandler
- Andy T. Tran as Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Andy Chung
- Hope Olaide Wilson as Bertrise
- Bill Smitrovich as Jed Chandler
- Nicholas Alexander as Avocet Guard
- Justin Alston as Inside Man
- Carlos Arellano as Guard 2
- Giovanni Bejarano as Guard 1
- Beau Berglund as Guard 3
- Melissa Bickerton as Greeter
- Dante Brown as Kid
- Nicole J. Butler as Medic 1
- Brent Chase as Trooper Hutchins
- Tahlena Chikami as Teenaged Girl
- Ben Cho as Carl Nishioka
- Marcus Choi as Dr. Hamada
- Fred Cross as Michael Neustadter
- Jennifer Del Rosario as Teacher
- Josh Drennen as Malone
- Mcabe Gregg as Drug Dealer
- Maggie Gwin as Lt. Landau
- Jamison Haase as TAO Barker
- Amen Igbinosun as Bernie "Bacon" Cowley
- Jonny Lee as Father
- Jade Pettyjohn as Ava Tophet
- Jacob Ramirez as Sick Child
- Teresa Ruiz as Mother
- Nathan Sutton as McGregor
- Danny Vasquez as Sailor 1
- Haim Shtruma as Violinist
- Erik Aude as State Trooper Vasquez
- Ricardo J. Chacon as Granderson's Guard 1
- Kiff Vandenheuvel as State Trooper Crawford
Episode Deaths Edit
- Production error: Alisha Granderson is shown wearing full lieutenant bars when her promotion actually happens two episodes later.