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After producing the successful miniseries Band of Brothers in 2001, Steven

Spielberg and Tom Hanks knew that they were not finished with World War II. They
had just portrayed the European theater of war from the perspective of the grunts –
the same thing could and should be done with the Pacific. In the end of Band of
Brothers, some of the soldiers shipped out to the Pacific after winning the war in
Europe, but Spielberg and Hanks found new veterans to base their new miniseries
on. Facing high expectations, The Pacific lived up to its promise.

We follow a group of men who have been stationed with the 1st Marine Division.
Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale) is a young writer who enlists the day after Pearl
Harbor. Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello) wished to join the Marines on the same
day as his friend Sidney Phillips (Ashton Holmes), but couldn’t because of a heart
murmur; in the fall of 1942, he is finally able to begin military training and ends up
in the same division as Sidney in December of that year. Sergeant John Basilone (Jon
Seda) was already in the Army at the outbreak of the war and was shipped to the
Pacific after transferring to the Marines in 1940. The first major battle fought by the
1st Marine Division is the one at Guadalcanal where Basilone does such a fine job of
holding the lines against a Japanese assault that he is awarded a Medal of Honor.
After the battle, Basilone is ordered to return to the U.S. to participate in a war bond
tour, even though he would have preferred to stay with the troops; the other
survivors of Guadalcanal arrive in Melbourne for some rest and relaxation. Their
time in the war is far from over though; the subsequent battles of Peleliu, Iwo Jima
and Okinawa will strain not only their physical health, but their sanity and moral
compass as well.

Overwhelmingly raw battle sequences
The structure of this miniseries is similar to that of Band of Brothers the characters
are based on real-life people and their accounts of what took place in the Pacific
theater. Every episode begins with veterans commenting on what we’re about to
see. The look and feel of the project has a cinematic quality, with overwhelmingly
raw battle sequences. Band of Brothers shifted looks as the troops moved through
France and Germany; hamlets, fields, forests and snowy mountains provided the
backdrop. In The Pacific, few things change; the sun is either burning or giving way
to torrential rain, mosquitos torment the troops and blood is spilled on sandy
beaches and in leafy jungles. Heartbreakingly beautiful, the lack of variation in this
place nevertheless becomes another obstacle to the soldiers, almost like a
punishing symbol for the determination of the Japanese who made sure the war
dragged on for another four months after Germany’s surrender. The expected
themes of inhumanity are present throughout the show, as well as thoughts
regarding courage. As in Band of Brothers, it takes time before one invests

the final part also shows in a sensitive way the challenge of adapting to life after the unspeakable horrors of the war. but the story of how Basilone met his wife-to-be is movingly portrayed in the eighth episode. the titles are accompanied by an irresistibly ponderous theme by Hans Zimmer. Those who get a kick out of the majestic treatment that we all know goes hand in glove with a Spielberg/Hanks production budgeted at $150 million will love the opening titles.emotionally in the characters (the technical qualities of the battles tend to get in the way). . Gorgeously designed as a battlefield sketch where the charcoal resembles the black sand of Iwo Jima.