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This review is from: The Pacific - Complete HBO Series (Tin Box Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)
I was really anticipating The Pacific after having thoroughly enjoyed Band of Brothers (BoB). Over the 10 episodes I felt you really got to know the characters. No so with the Pacific. I found it disjointed with no one character being in the series from whoa to go. Unlike BoB it failed to really flow jumping from Bob Leckie to Sledgehammer with Basildone thrown in for good measure - the story just failed to really flow.
In BoB you saw Easy Company grow from training to the D-Day Jumps to the freezing cold of Bastonne to the taking of Hitler's fortress in the sky. With the Pacific you have a different island just about each episide with a snapshot of what happenened during that campaign. This meant that getting to know the characters as a group just didn't happen and I have to say after about 4 episodes I strugled to work out who the main characters were and how they all fitted together. By the end the 2 main characters shine through as Leckie and Sledge, who during the series actually have nothing to do with each other, so in effect it is 2 series about the same theatre of war with the first half devoted to Leckie (who then disappears from about episode 6) and the second half devoted to Sledge.
As a series its OK and watchable. The scenes are a little more gory (obviously enhanced for HD), but really because you don't know the characters you don't get the same attachment to them and have the same feeling when they are hurt or die (Basildone aside) as you did in BoB, and hence there is less tension in watching it. For me that's a shame, because the Pacific campaign was a pivotal theatre in WW2 and the part the US forces played in that theatre was immence. For me, Letters from Iwo Jiwa was a much better and more sucinct rendition of the campaign and though told from a Japanese perspective you had more attachement to the characters in that movie than you did in this.