It seems this war with Tavo has reached a turning point.
For that to happen, though, more people had to pay the ultimate price on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 8.
Rest in peace, Joe Meylan.
At least Admiral Meylan went down heroically, saving the President from Tavo's henchman, Octavio.
Meylan has been there on the periphery for the past three seasons. He never got his command back, but he did his duty without complaining. He did get kicked up to the Joint Chiefs in The Last Ship Season 5, playing an important role in the battle against Tavo's forces.
I suppose if someone at the highest ranks was going to be killed off, Meylan was a natural choice. Gen. DuFine could have been killed, but it wouldn't have had much impact, just like Gen. Kinkaid's death didn't.
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Tavo's forces being able to take South Command hostage was just another example of the U.S. leaders taking the Gran Columbian military too lightly.
From the beginning, Tavo has been employing guerrilla warfare and sneak attacks, which has been effective against a military that's become a slave to its technology.
The whole war was launched by a few lines of code entered in a cafe in Colombia back on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 1, do traditional methods must go out the window.
In fact, one of the few victories thus far came when Vulture Team blew up that important bridge in Panama on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 3, essentially using guerrilla tactics.
As would be expected following a sneak attack, the U.S. military and its allies have been mainly reacting rather than acting this far.
They've been a step behind, taking out essential pieces of weaponry but not making any advances south, holding steady at the Tropic of Cancer. They took control of Cuba on The Last Ship Season 5 Episode 7, only to discover the next attack was happening at their headquarters.
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This second assault on SouthCom was just as unexpected as the first, with Tavo's team more concerned with inflicting psychological damage on the nation than they were with gathering intel and destroying the structure and its personnel.
Vulture Team turned the tide by developing a plan to retake SouthCom by using Jeter and Clayton and a meager handful of available weapons and cleaning supplies. So more guerrilla tactics.
It was fascinating to see what Jeter could do in a hand-to-hand combat situation since he hadn't had much opportunity for that throughout the series. I was surprised that Clayton was able to hold his own and could follow the directions supplies by Vulture Team. Good for him.
Slattery was also crucial to the successful result, as he was able to get inside Kelsi's head and turn her a little bit. He planted that seed of doubt, and she supplied just enough distraction to allow Jeter and Clayton to begin their as..