Summer has always been the season for Hollywood to bring out its biggest spectacles, giving audiences larger-than-life experiences that can’t be replicated anywhere else. And that’s exactly what TNT has done with The Last Ship, bringing the tentpole action movie to the small screen, and sacrificing nothing by doing so. This is a series about a Navy crew working with a doctor to find a cure to stop a massive virus from killing everyone on the planet, and they’ll do anything and everything to see this improvised mission through. And that mission calls for an extreme amount of firepower, explosives and all-around badassery. Who needs myriad sideplots bogging things down? Here are five reasons why the tension-filled The Last Ship is blockbuster television and could be the best new show of the summer.

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Of all the director stereotypes that exist, few are more exact than “Michael Bay likes explosions,” and The Last Ship is a fine example of that stereotype at work. Even though Bay’s role is as executive producer, he got together with TNT very early on in creating this modern adaptation of William Brinkley’s 1988 novel, and also worked very closely with the Navy and the actors on set to make this project feel as genuine as possible. Bay's fingerprints are all over The Last Ship, and it’s in the best way possible.

The characters that writer Hank Steinberg has scripted here – Commander Tom Chandler (Eric Dane), XO Mike Slattery (Adam Baldwin) and Dr. Rachel Scott (Rhona Mitra) – aren’t asinine like Transformers characters or ego-driven demi-gods like the Bad Boys duo; these are real people dealing with an impossible situation. They are living in a Michael Bay-scaled universe where gigantic guns are shooting helicopters out of the sky, and it’s all just as gloriously big and blockbuster-y as a feature, but with none of the weird aftertaste that a Bay movie can leave one with. It’s not the kind of series that makes it to TV often, and action fans will hopefully be impressed.

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