Monday, May 17, 2010

The Pacific

The HBO series The Pacific concluded tonight. (You can catch it in an encore marathon on Memorial Day weekend.) All in all I enjoyed it. It was different than the previous World War II series Band of Brothers produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, but it wasn’t supposed to be the same. Band of Brothers was about a paratroop company (Easy Company of the 506 PIR) in Europe from D-Day to the end of the war in Europe. The Pacific told about three individuals — John Basilone, Eugene Sledge, and Robert Leckie — who did not have any connection other than they fought in the Pacific and saw some horrific battles.

What it came down to was they were two different wars; therefore two different stories. But I felt as if I knew these men and what the war did to them, and that was the point of both stories. And both did a fine service to them and history.