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One of my favorite 2016 TV Shows is The Last Ship. It features a world with a devastating viral outbreak that has decimated much of the world. As a last ditch effort, a US Navy ship the USS Nathan James, her crew, and a lone scientist are sailing the world searching for the cure to save society. Unlike other sci-fi related shows and movies, everything about The Last Ship is more or less real. No aliens, no zombies, and no super weapons. Instead, it's a 100% patriotic TV show featuring the US Navy. And since a large majority of the show is aboard a Navy ship, there's a large strategic aspect on outsmarting the opponents and challenges.
The Last Ship vs Similar Movies and TV Shows
How do you know if you might be a fan of The Last Ship? Below are a handful of movies and TV shows that in the past I have enjoyed and have some resemblance to The Last Ship.
- The movie Outbreak most closely mirrors the plot of The Last Ship. Both feature viral outbreaks, the US Military, and the search for a cure.
- The Last Resort was a short-lived TV Show that features the naval strategies of a US Submarine, but under different circumstances... no viral outbreak.
- There's some resemblance in regards to the society rebuilding aspect of The Walking Dead, without all the gore, zombies, and brutal killings.
- Battlestar Galactica has a very strategic command theme, with the major difference being the ocean ships vs spaceships.
The Last Ship is on-going, in the middle of Season 3. Where some TV show waiver in their ability to keep me interested, the plot continues to keep me interested in the wake of an outbreak.