The Pacific follows the lives of a U.S Marine Corps squad during the campaign within the Pacific against the Japanese Empire during WW2. Made by the creators of Band of Brothers, it follows a similar line of thought to outline the hardships of the common man during war. The Pacific is in parts a fast paced war series that can be enjoyed by action lovers whilst containing a more sensitive side when projecting the relationships (brotherhood) of Marines on the battlefield. Where The Pacific takes a new direction from its "older brother" is in its depiction of the lives of soldiers who were picked to return home to increase the sales of war bonds. In doing this it also depicts the life cycle of returned soldiers from initial joy to the eventual feeling of regret and to a certain extent shame felt by soldiers wanting to return to the war in service of either their comrades or nation. Written by
"The Pacific" had lots of potential but was disappointing in the end.....
This miniseries just fell flat. And no, I'm not comparing it to "Band of Brothers".
The character development is piecemeal at best. There is no depth at all. From time to time you don't hear from central characters like Sledge or Basilone. Bob Leckie's character was poorly written and James Badge Dale wasn't that great at portraying it.
The plot is unmotivated and it doesn't flow. There's also too much filler. I could have cared less about their downtime in Australia. Also, typical Hollywood plot treatment by adding the corny love stories. That's why historical works like "Gods and Generals", "Pearl Harbor", "Windtalkers", etc flop more than anything. Too many love story subplots.
They should have cut the series length in half (or made a long TV movie) and focused on John Basilone's exploits. Cut Leckie and Sledge's stories out. This miniseries didn't do their written works any justice anyway. Personally, If HBO's next move was to have a Pacific oriented WWII miniseries to complement "Band of Brothers", they should have honed in on the Japanese point of view (sort of like what Clint Eastwood did with "Flags of our Fathers" and "Letters from Iwo Jima") or the actual naval battles/campaigns of the Pacific.
The battle sequences are OK. Nothing special.
As for those who think its unfair to compare it to "Band of Brothers", HBO gives you really no choice given the way they advertised the whole thing.
"The Pacific" had boatloads of potential but fell very short. I only watched the very last episodes just to kill time before "Treme".
19 of 31 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?