It is hard for me to watch The Pacific and not compare it to Band of Brothers, which I loved. In Band of Brothers, we got to know all the men of Easy Company, you came to care about them and their fates. The Pacific chose to follow three men through WW II, Bob Leckie, Eugene Sledge and John Basilone. Because of this, you don’t really get to know the other men. I can’t tell you the names of anyone who served with Leckie or Basilone, other than Sidney Phillips. You can’t miss Snafu, who is serving with Sledge, he is too deranged, but I don’t know any of the others. I know that The Pacific is based on the memoirs of Leckie and Sledge, but it would be nice to see the point of view of the other men.
Joseph Mazzello gives an excellent portrayal of Sledge, especially as we watch him struggle to keep his humanity with all the brutality around him. He went from a boy to a hardened soldier and it hasn’t always been pleasant to watch. Knowing that what you are watching is true, makes it very hard to watch at times. I almost turned my head from the scene with the dying Japanese woman. If Sledge was going to kill her, I didn’t want to see it. A part of my brain thought it would be a mercy, but then Sledge showed me true mercy and comforted the woman until she passed.
Looking forward to the last episode next week. I have avoided spoilers, so it will be interesting to see who is still alive today.