“Come Monday…” is a weekly series that will involve a review of (or commentary about) websites, movies, documentaries, television shows, sports, music, and whatever else may tickle my fancy at the time. Be assured that these reviews will be generally positive, as in accordance to the Jimmy Buffett song “Come Monday.” This is subject to change, however. In fact, I would be most derelict in my duties to neglect going on a rant every once in a while. For rants promote change, and change can be good—right? Therefore, since good is generally considered as being a positive force in 99.3% of the parallel universes that I am aware of, even a rant could be considered as being something positive, and a genuine hissy-fit would be even better (so I’m told).
When we first saw advertisements for TNT’s new television series, [The Last Ship], my wife and I were not very enthusiastic. For the show was about the crew of a lone US Navy destroyer trying to protect one of the last surviving scientists, who could find a cure for a global pandemic that had caused the death of over 90% of the world’s population in a matter of weeks. In all fairness, there was no mention of zombies, but the premise seemed ripe for all sorts of ridiculous situations to us, and our quota for ridiculous situations was already well filled.
Oh, but curiosity got the best of me again. So, I recorded an episode for us to check out, and before it was over, we were both hoping that the earlier episodes we had missed were still available on On-Demand. Thankfully, those earlier episodes were still available, and now we wait in eager anticipation for a new one to air each Sunday night at 9 p.m. Central.
No, there have not been any ridiculous situations so far. My great lack of knowledge about modern naval weaponary may be quite telling, though. For I do find it somewhat hard to swallow that the ship’s 5-inch gun can be that accurate without laser-guidance. I mean, in one episode, it landed a shell in the southwest corner of a warehouse from several miles away in order to distract the bad guys when just the movement of the ship in the waves would cause accuracy to vary by several feet from second to second over that distance.
Another thing that greatly bothers me about the ship’s 5-inch gun has nothing to do with the show itself. For it has only one, and that is just the way our modern destoyers are designed. Yeah, that single gun can do more than a battery of older designs, which saves space for other things. That is, as long as that single gun is actually operational, and we all know that “stuff” happens. Okay, the ship has several other weapon systems, but that is beside the point from my perspective.
Getting back to the show, another thing bothering me is that the ship does not have a [SEAL] team, nor any Marines on-board. Although, it does have a US Navy Mountain Warfare team, which is actually a [US Marine] unit in real-life.
Speaking of SEAL tems, do you find it interesting that it is always SEAL Team Six being deployed to save the day? Does this mean that all of the other SEAL teams ain’t all that or is SEAL Team Six just the designated unit for press releases?
Anyway, the pluses certainly outweight the minuses on our books. Of course, we don’t know diddly about microbiology, which is another aspect to the show. Nonetheless, the crew of the USS Nathan Lane sure appears to do the US Navy proud, and I highly recommend you giving the show a good look-see.
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