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TV Review: The Pacific
TV Review: The Pacific
05/24/10 at 09:40 PM by Adrian Villagomez


The Pacific

Channel: HBO
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman
Release Dates: March 14, 2010 - May 16, 2010 (USA)

Every Sunday night beginning March 14th it was imperative for me to turn off my phone, turn on the TV, and tune into HBO. The reason for this obsession was the World War II action-drama The Pacific, a ten-part miniseries executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, and Gary Goetzman. Unlike their 2001 project Band of Brothers, The Pacific turns the attention away from the European battles and focuses on the Pacific theater of war. It tells the stories of young...[read more]
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10:27 PM on 05/24/10
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Great review. I'm most definitely going to pick up the memoirs Sledge and Leckie wrote. As I've said before, the show surpassed my expectations. The most impressive aspect for the show, for me, was the character arc of Sledge. That was just spectacular. I still want to see if it is one entire shot when he gets deployed onto land. I'm hoping Mazello lands an Emmy nomination (and hopefully a win) for his performance.

The finale has really stuck with me, most notably the scene where

Snafu is contemplating on saying goodbye to Sledge

Just thinking about that moment makes my eyes water.

I can't wait to pick this up on Blu-Ray. I already want to re-watch it.
11:15 PM on 05/24/10
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Great review. I'm most definitely going to pick up the memoirs Sledge and Leckie wrote. As I've said before, the show surpassed my expectations. The most impressive aspect for the show, for me, was the character arc of Sledge. That was just spectacular. I still want to see if it is one entire shot when he gets deployed onto land. I'm hoping Mazello lands an Emmy nomination (and hopefully a win) for his performance.

The finale has really stuck with me, most notably the scene where

Snafu is contemplating on saying goodbye to Sledge

Just thinking about that moment makes my eyes water.

I can't wait to pick this up on Blu-Ray. I already want to re-watch it.
I was very satisfied with the final episode. It added depth about the long-term effects of war, and it was another chance to see my favorite character Lucky. And yes, Snafu's lack of goodbye to Sledge was a poignant moment.
12:19 AM on 05/25/10
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Great review, I found pacific really lacking imo.

I LOVED band of brothers and own the dvd boxset but I haven't even bothered finishing all of the pacific, I think it's a lack of memorable characters, in band of brothers everyone was memorable and you knew all their names and I even shed a tear on the last episode during the baseball game, pacifiic is missing that for me.
12:33 AM on 05/25/10
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Great review, I found pacific really lacking imo.

I LOVED band of brothers and own the dvd boxset but I haven't even bothered finishing all of the pacific, I think it's a lack of memorable characters, in band of brothers everyone was memorable and you knew all their names and I even shed a tear on the last episode during the baseball game, pacifiic is missing that for me.
Most of the negative comments I've heard regarding The Pacific have come from people who compare it to Band of Brothers. Maybe Band of Brothers set the bar ridiculously high, or maybe those people are a bit too swayed by nostalgia and loyalty.

I haven't seen Band of Brothers yet (I will soon), but I love The Pacific. It has its flaws, but I absolutely connect with its characters and their trials.
12:51 AM on 05/25/10
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Great Review.
this series hits home with me because I am stationed with Marines and Sailors.
I'm a Corpsman, and we live, breath, and die right along with our Marines.
Marines only call two people when they get hurt. God and their Corpsman.
Thanks for the review, always a good read in your blogs.
02:59 AM on 05/25/10
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Its only real downfall is the supporting characters sometimes seem expendable. When they are out of sight of the main characters, the audience loses them as well.

i can agree, but for the most part i found myself thoroughly enjoying the supporting cast almost as much as the main. i mean, rami malek was extraordinary in his role. i can't even fathom sledge without snafu tbh. i also agree with what you said about basilone's arc. it's like, i truly appreciated what his story brought to the series, but somehow that didn't translate as deeply as sledge's and leckie's arcs ultimately did. on the other hand though, i liked that they were able to really capture how war affected all three of them so differently at the same time. sledges lackluster approach to life, leckie's appreciation of love and basilone's innate call to duty. all in all, all three were handled as carefully as i think they could be. good review btw. good review.
06:18 AM on 05/25/10
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great review. i absolutely loved snafu as a character. so well acted!
07:16 AM on 05/25/10
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great miniseries. have you heard anything about a release date yet?
thanks.
08:11 AM on 05/25/10
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I'm holding no nostalgia for band of brothers or any other movies when I write this. For me, big bangs and disturbing images are pretty essential in depictions of war BUT all too often did I feel thrusted into battle without much of care for any character. Not only did I feel the support cast were expendable, but also the main. The best moments were off the battlefield, probably most noted in episode 8 (I've yet to see the last episode) but these moments were cut short. Don't get me wrong, its a story that I'm glad was told, but I guess I haven't cared for the cast as I don't know who they are as people outside of the war, what they had and what they consequentlly lost. The whole thing exhausted me
09:35 AM on 05/25/10
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Great Review.
this series hits home with me because I am stationed with Marines and Sailors.
I'm a Corpsman, and we live, breath, and die right along with our Marines.
Marines only call two people when they get hurt. God and their Corpsman.
Thanks for the review, always a good read in your blogs.
Didn't realize you were a Corpsman. It's cool how Sailors and Marines are inherently linked.

Its only real downfall is the supporting characters sometimes seem expendable. When they are out of sight of the main characters, the audience loses them as well.

i can agree, but for the most part i found myself thoroughly enjoying the supporting cast almost as much as the main. i mean, rami malek was extraordinary in his role. i can't even fathom sledge without snafu tbh. i also agree with what you said about basilone's arc. it's like, i truly appreciated what his story brought to the series, but somehow that didn't translate as deeply as sledge's and leckie's arcs ultimately did. on the other hand though, i liked that they were able to really capture how war affected all three of them so differently at the same time. sledges lackluster approach to life, leckie's appreciation of love and basilone's innate call to duty. all in all, all three were handled as carefully as i think they could be. good review btw. good review.
Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed the supporting cast (especially Sledge), which is why I didn't like them disappearing on me.

I like that sentence I put in bold. Sums up the characters well.

great miniseries. have you heard anything about a release date yet?
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"The miniseries will not be available on DVD any earlier than the second half of the year." Early November is a good estimate.
11:20 AM on 05/25/10
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Really nice review.

Thought this line was really great:

"Itís a bitter lesson, and the audience is constantly reminded that even if one is lucky enough to survive life in hell, innocence is always a casualty."
04:57 PM on 05/30/10
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Good review. Loved the series. And yeah, as was mentioned earlier:

Snafu's exit in the show was done incredibly well. His lack of a farewell to Sledge, followed by him leaving the train and just walking away alone, was done amazingly. I remember somewhere in an interview with someone saying that the real life Snafu was a big loner, which really does fit the scene.


And the quote you put in the weekly recommendations post was one of my favorite. The way Snafu said it, and his face. I kept on rewinding it on my DVR for like, ten times, still laughing each time.
02:44 AM on 09/29/10
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