ByJerry Graffam, writer at Creators.co

Years ago, TNT used the tagline: "We know drama." Well, having just watched last night's season 2 premiere of The Last Ship; I'm gonna go out on a limb and saw that the network studio has pretty much nailed the action-drama genre. The build-up for Season 2 of last summer's best and most talked about new television show has been building steam for months and fans were delighted to have the season open with a two hour premiere that was bold, edge-of-your-seat-exciting, and gut-wrenching.

For those not in the know, having created a vaccine to the devastating epidemic that ravished much of the earth's population, the USS Nathan James makes contact with a group of survivors in Baltimore, led by Amy Chandler, who purports to be the remaining tie to the U.S. Government. Upon reaching land, the representatives of the ship are greeted with open arms. Meanwhile, Captain Chandler goes in search of his family and comes face to face with a horror, which amounts to nothing less than genocide. With new knowledge of Granderson's plan of 'disease control,' Chandler is unable to reach and warn the remaining crew, who is subsequently boarded and taken hostage by Granderson's troops.

To little surprise, Season 2 picks up in seemingly the same scene as where we left off nine months ago. The crew of the Destroyer Nathan James is being held at gunpoint while the Captain Chandler, Chief Jeter, Lt. Burk, and Lt. Greene - fresh off the realization that Granderson has been powering Baltimore with the bodies of its' own sick citizens - regroup in the city to prepare to take down Granderson.

To be honest, when I read the summary of what was to transpire in just the first two episodes of the season, (The 2-hour premiere encompassed episodes 1 & 2) I was a little bit skeptical. I mean take down Granderson and retake the Nathan James all in the span of 82 minutes? Knowing the complex landscape of the show's settings, one could have easily expected such aspirations to be played out over half the season, but some well-crafted writing and fairly short scenes had the viewers on the cusp of sever mini-cliffhangers.

Let's face it, there was a lot that could have gone wrong for our heroes and I think TNT took a bit of risk in packing so much plot into just two episodes. And while even the most cynical among us knew that the the good guys' plans would prevail, that didn't keep any of us off the edge of our seats, with our jaws often dropped in awe. Yes, they did show bodies being dumped from a conveyor belt and it was hard not to have an emotional reaction to those scenes, but thankfully the writers opted to add a touch of comic relief when Lt. Green answers a call from Granderson, who is of course furious at the power outage, and in perhaps the only light moment of the episode, tells Granderson where she can pucker up and kiss!

So then what about Dr. Rachel Scott, Tex, and Quincy? Well, not surprisingly, Tex hadn't so much as travelled a couple city blocks before learning the fate of his compadres and soon makes his way back to AVOCET headquarters to try and help his friends. As for Rachel? Come on, did we really think that the one person with the capability of creating and synthesizing the cure was going to be in any danger so early in the season? Perhaps not, and while she found herself on the edge of peril for most of the premiere, we were introduced to a new Dr. Rachel Scott. Perhaps seeing the devastation from the virus so close at hand softened her up a bit, but whatever the reason, the viewers are introduced to a woman that isn't just out to create a cure, but more so, she is a woman that seems to be more in touch with actual humanity. And speaking of redemption, after being captured by Granderson's men and held in the bridge of the Nathan James, Quincy is faced with a gut-wrenching choice - does he give Granderson's men the primordial strain they so desperately crave and save his family from execution or does the old spiteful Quincy again turn his back on his family? In what was the first try gut-wrenching scenes of young season, Quincy vows Granderson will never find the cure, snubs his nose at them, and takes the pressure off his abdominal wound - allowing blood to drain from his body as he bled out, a hero.

So regardless of what you are doing this coming Sunday at 9:00 EST, tune into TNT and don't forget to give a shout out to our men and women in uniform - they're real everyday heroes.

So regardless of what you are doing this coming Sunday at 9:00 EST, tune into TNT and don't forget to give a shout out to our men and women in uniform - they're real everyday heroes.

So then what about Dr. Rachel Scott, Tex, and Quincy? Well, not surprisingly, Tex hadn't so much as travelled a couple city blocks before learning the fate of his compadres and soon makes his way back to AVOCET headquarters to try and help his friends. As for Rachel? Come on, did we really think that the one person with the capability of creating and synthesizing the cure was going to be in any danger so early in the season? Perhaps not, and while she found herself on the edge of peril for most of the premiere, we were introduced to a new Dr. Rachel Scott. Perhaps seeing the devastation from the virus so close at hand softened her up a bit, but whatever the reason, the viewers are introduced to a woman that isn't just out to create a cure, but more so, she is a woman that seems to be more in touch with actual humanity. And speaking of redemption, after being captured by Granderson's men and held in the bridge of the Nathan James, Quincy is faced with a gut-wrenching choice - does he give Granderson's men the primordial strain they so desperately crave and save his family from execution or does the old spiteful Quincy again turn his back on his family? In what was the first try gut-wrenching scenes of young season, Quincy vows Granderson will never find the cure, snubs his nose at them, and takes the pressure off his abdominal wound - allowing blood to drain from his body as he bled out, a hero.

And while the restrictions of this blog kept me from delving into the happenings of all the crew, including Foster, Jeter, and Slattery, you can rest assured that upon completion of next weeks episode, I'll provide an update where each has a prominent role in my review.,

So regardless of what you are doing this coming Sunday at 9:00 EST, tune into TNT and don't forget to give a shout out to our men and women in uniform - they're real everyday heroes.

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