The Pacific: Season 1, Episode 1

Guadalcanal/Leckie (14 Mar. 2010)

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Veteran Sergeant John Basilone ships out soon after Pearl Harbor for Guadalcanal while other young enlistees are sent to boot camp.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
PFC Eugene Sledge (as Joe Mazzello)
Tom Budge ...
Linda Cropper ...
Vera Keller


Directly following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Seargent John Basilone ships out to fight the enemy somewhere in the Pacific, and a young journalist called Robert Leckie enlists in the Marine Corps. Sidney Phillips ships off to boot camp after saying farewell to his friend Eugene Sledge, who cannot go with him due to a heart murmur. Eight months later, Phillips and Leckie, having completed boot camp are sent to secure a airfield on Guadalcanal, and to help defend it against counterattack. Written by David Fuller

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The quote Leckie recites, "Without a sign, his sword the brave man draws, and asks no omen, but his country's cause.", while he and his fellow Marines eat before landing on Guadalcanal, is from the ancient Greek poet Homer. See more »


The map in the briefing room clearly shows Iceland as being Nazi occupied territory. Iceland was never occupied by the Nazis. Furthermore, although Iceland stayed neutral, it allowed Britain to garrison troops on it to prevent any possible invasion. See more »


PFC Robert Leckie: [Writing a letter to Vera Keller] Dear Vera, it seems a lifetime since we met outside Saint Mary's. This great undertaking for God and country has landed us in a tropical paradise, somewhere in what Jack London refers to as "those terrible Solomons." It is a garden of Eden. The jungle holds both beauty and terror in its depths, most terrible of which is man. We have met the enemy and have learned nothing more about him. I have, however, learned some things about myself. There are things men can ...
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Very good start
20 March 2010 | by (Lithuania) – See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

I've been waiting for this show from the first time i heard that creators of "Band of Brothers" are making this. And, i can say now, i'ts been worth waiting. First episode is very good. It's not a masterpiece, it's nothing we haven't see before, but it's a very good first episode of (hopfuly) great mini series. Acting, directing is good

  • no surprise, when S.Spielberg is ex-producer. Watching the first

episode, i start thinking about "The Thin red line", but it's a totally different (no surprise here). So far so good.Can't wait for next episode.

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