3 Big Questions…
That lead to more questions.
Last Week’s Questions Answered
Now that we have allies, can we trust them? Mexico – yes! Ole! Cuba – no. Booooooo.
What’s going on with Danny Green? Still don’t know, but remember that part last week when I said he wasn’t doing anything suicidal? Running into a minefield after Wolf during a gunfight probably qualifies as suicidal. I know he shot -some- mines. But it’s a minefield. The whole point is that they’re hidden!
Is Tom Chandler OK? Admiral Tom showed some impatience, and a little more aggression than usual, but he followed the advice of his officers and backed down. We got a couple more of those “fugue” moments, but overall, Tom held up just fine.
This Week’s Questions
Where the HECK did the bad guys get an Iowa Class Battleship?
As of today, only FOUR Iowa class battleships remain afloat: Missouri, Iowa, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Both Missouri and Iowa sit at anchor in basically the Pacific Ocean. I point this out because while not impossible, the effort it would take to bring either ship from Hawaii or San Francisco into the Gulf of Mexico would be pretty noticeable (especially if the bad guys used the Panama Canal). New Jersey lives offshore of Camden, New Jersey, while Wisconsin is currently at the Nauticus Maritime Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. You know, where the freaking Navy has been operating from for the whole show! I think everyone on-board would have thought of the Wisconsin right away if she came up missing one day. Really -any- battleship, which all four currently act as museums, going missing would cause quite a fuss and probably stand out in the heroes’ minds.
In my first article, I mentioned how awesome it would be for Chandler to ride up, King of the World-style on the bow of a battleship to save the day. Well, I wasn’t that descriptive, but I hope that’s how you imagined it when I wrote it. Anyway, some wires must have gotten crossed between my desires and the writers. Right ship, wrong side. Anyway, when I posted my flight of fancy regarding Tom getting a battleship operational and in the fight, I figured the US Navy with all its resources would -maybe- pull it off (using TV logic). This scenario, first stealing an Iowa class battleship (assuming in this TV world none were ever sold to a South American country for some reason), moving it to the bad guys’ “friendly” waters, and then refitting it, makes for a very dangerous adversary. But a -little- unbelievable in the execution. Since I like the show, I’m going to give it a chance to explain this in some way, but right now, I’m a little amazed at the audacity of this twist.
What is Kelsie’s connection to Tavo’s movement?
Last week, we learned the power (or at least the guiding hand) behind Tavo’s throne probably lies with his wife. This week, we saw everything Tavo yelled at his general about came from his wife’s desire to kill Tom Chandler. It was a little nuts watching Tavo this week, actually. It was like he didn’t even understand the symbolic importance of killing Chandler, but he really wanted his wife to quit nagging him about it.
Why do I bring up Mrs. Tavo? Somehow, I bet Kelsie (she’s listed as Ashley’s girlfriend on IMDB, so I’m guessing on spelling) is tied to Conchita (Tavo’s wife). I can’t really quantify it. Just a gut instinct saying that Kelsie reports to and is loyal to Conchita, rather than Tavo. Beyond some personal connection to Tavo or Conchita, I can only go with the standard reasons for sympathizing with the enemy here. Maybe she was raised in South America, or maybe one of her parents originated in South America…
People in Kelsie’s role (potential homegrown terrorist) don’t even necessarily need a reason that the rest of us would accept as sane. But then again, this is TV and that’s not very dramatic. She’s got to be connected to somebody.
What happens when Nathan James puts in for repairs?
Look, everybody. A living legend, another admiral, and a captain all currently crew the Nathan James. They split up their duties pretty well so far, but we did get a little stepping-on of toes this last episode between Tom and Kara. It’s awesome to see most of the old crew out there, beating back the enemy; I know it is. But I don’t think it can last, at least not all on the same ship. We know the president will try and get Tom to stay ashore (at least I think he will). We also know that Kara’s command of the James was only meant for a short tour for civilians and then turned over to someone else. This makes potential reassignment for either one of them very possible once they put in.
Any and all of them feel most effective at sea, but I’d argue that having them all together limits the potential of that effectiveness. I realize lousy communications and a lack of available ships presents a serious hurdle, but I think The Last Ship will need another ship she can trust out there with her. If we find even one more operational ship available during Nathan James’ repairs, I bet one of our top three officers takes that ship while the other two saddle up with the James again. If we find the cupboard bare, then, barring injury or compromised mental status, all three head back out to sea, stepping all over each other toes until the end of the series.
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