SpoilerTV - TV Spoilers

The Last Ship - Dead Reckoning - Review: "Don't Mess with the Navy"

The third episode of TNT's “The Last Ship” pitted the U.S. Navy against the Russians. The Navy ultimately won that battle after outsmarting their enemies. The episode also revealed why scientist Quincy was helping the Russians. It seems his motives weren’t as nefarious as they first appeared.

Sam Spruell, the actor who plays Quincy, was a standout this week. As we saw Quincy hold up Rachel Scott at gunpoint and then threaten multiple Navy members with the virus, he looked panicked and frantic. His facial expressions showed a nervous, scared character who was facing a huge dilemma. Once we learned that he was doing all this because his family was being held hostage by the Russians, Spruell’s performance left me sympathetic to Quincy’s cause, even while he was putting a lot of people in danger. You could tell how much was at stake for the character. You could see that he didn’t want to hurt people but he had so much on the line that his behavior was unpredictable.

I particularly liked the scene when the captain goes to visit Quincy in handcuffs at the end of the episode after he has been caught and the Navy has successfully thwarted the Russians. Quincy has an attitude of resignation as he asks the captain, “So that’s it then? They are dead? You killed my family?” At this point I felt bad for him, knowing that his wife and daughter were still on board with the Russians – and the Russian admiral was very creepy with his wife.

I expected the captain to be sympathetic, too, but instead he was mad. He responds to Quincy’s calm question by yelling at him, “No, you killed your family. You killed them and two of my best men the minute you took off with Ruscov.”

When Quincy yells back, “I had no choice,” you understand what he is saying. But the captain doesn’t let up.

“You always have a choice,” he responds angrily. Then Quincy asks him what he would’ve done in the same situation and Capt. Chandler gives no answer. Instead, he leaves the room and becomes distraught in the hallway. Though he doesn’t agree with his actions, he clearly understands Quincy’s motivations.

I also enjoyed the Navy ploy to fake out the Russians and move the destroyer without being seen. This was probably the most interesting part of the episode for me. It was fun to see them pull off a sneak attack. While Lts. Green and Foster were pretending to be Quincy and Dr. Scott in a small boat with explosives, the captain had decided to turn off all sonar and radar to avoid Russian detection as the destroyer secretly moved through a shallow area of water with reef. It was fun to see the ship firing torpedoes to blast through the coral and then barely squeezing through the narrow spot. (I loved the sound effects of scraping metal.)

The game of chicken was also interesting when the captain first met the Russian admiral face to face. The captain really has no fear. He doesn’t ever seem to back down from a challenge. At this point you didn’t know what Quincy was up to and you didn’t trust the admiral. And rightly so. I was surprised when the admiral shot his own man just to make a point.

As a whole, I still think the show could be much better. Parts of the episode bored me but other parts were exciting. Unfortunately this week I felt they lost the great team dynamic they had going in the last episode. And I still don’t love a lot of the writing and acting. There are some good moments but for the most part I feel the main characters are too one-dimensional. It is now the third episode into the season and I feel like we should be learning a lot more about them than we are. Granted, you are getting a feel for how they act under pressure so at least we’re seeing that. But I’d like more. For me, the show isn’t picking up as much steam as I’d like.

One of my favorite characters, Lt. Danny Green, also had a cheesy scene in “Dead Reckoning.” Though I liked the idea of him backing down on the mission out of fear for his girlfriend, the execution was a little shaky. The scene where he told Lt. Foster he loved her just didn’t work for me. I’ve never heard anyone say in the same breath, “I love you. Just stay away from me.” I understood the intention behind it but it was just too strange.

I am liking the character of Foster, though. I enjoyed seeing how excited she was to be granted an important part of the mission to stop the Russians. And I had to laugh at how she responded when the captain asked her if she could handle a rifle. “I can knock the nipples off a chicken from 1,000 yards,” she said. Great quip.

The end of “Dead Reckoning” introduced a new character, another scientist working in a lab on board the Russian ship. I wasn’t quite sure what to think of this odd man. His lab was a mess. His mice were running free. Even the Russian admiral looked at him like he was a wacko. As he looked closely at the mouse in his hand, the camera focused on his breath to end the episode. Had he just figured out something important? Did he plan to eat the mouse? Hopefully we will learn more in episode four.

What did you think of "Dead Reckoning?" Who are your favorite characters? Is the series improving each week? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

About the Author - Tonya Papanikolas
Tonya Papanikolas is a freelance journalist who loves covering entertainment and television. She spent more than 10 years as a broadcast news anchor and reporter. Now she does everything from hosting to writing. She especially loves writing TV articles and reviews for SpoilerTV.

Get Email Alerts

About The SpoilerTV Daily Newsreel

Every day 100's of items are submitted to us and we don't always have the time to make separate posts for the news and/or there is so much that it would quickly push all other items off the homepage.

So a result we've come up with the idea of the Newsreel, which will feature smaller shows and news items as they happen.

There will be a new Newsreel each day, and as news is added we will update the post and and push it back to the top of the site so that you can see that new items have been added. A tweet of the item will also be sent to our @SpoilerTV account.

New Items will be listed at the top of the article.

This will allow us to provide more news on more shows in a much more timely fashion
About Movie News Roundup

Rather that creating lots of new posts as new info is released and fragmenting the commentary, we thought it would be a good idea for the upcoming major movies to create a single post for each major movies that will collate all the info as it's posted.

New items will be added to the top of the list as well as the post being re-posted back to the top of the homepage when a new item is added. We will additionally send out a fresh tweet alerting you of the new information.

This will allow you to bookmark this page so that you can return to it whenever you like. It will also help consolidate all the discussion on this movie in a central place and make it less likely that you'll miss some key information.

Here at SpoilerTV we allow you to personalize your experience by allowing you to customize various items on the site. Close the popup to save your changes

Background Colour Picker
Enter the HEX Code of the colour you would like to use as a background. To get a HEX code goto the colour picker and pick your color then paste in the # number including the # at the front. eg #000000 is black #ffffff is white

Thumbnail Type
Rounded Sharp Circle
Square None Grid3 Grid2 Card
Theme Color
Light (Default)
Unread Indicator
Unread Off (Default)
Unread On

Full or Minimal
Full (Default)
Banner Selector
All you need to do is to put a link to your banner in the box below and press the Click Button. (For best results your image should be 1090px wide and 200px high.). We have more banners in our Banner Gallery here.

Enter the URL of your Image or pick from one below