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shuke33
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HBO mini series The Pacific

How does it compare to Band Of Brothers? Worth watching?


diat150
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
its ok, but not as good as band of brothers.


dallastiger55
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
It's very good. Wife and I actually liked it just as much as BoB


Both are excellent


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adavis
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
Very good, but not even close to BOB.


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Jim Rockford
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
It's good. I thought BoB was better, but others might disagree. BoB had more continuity. The Pacific fused several storylines into one narrative.


KingRanch
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
Equally awesome but I'm biased. My grandfather fought in the pacific and was at Guadalcanal, Australia, and many other locations mentioned.


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prostyleoffensetime
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
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BoB had more continuity. The Pacific fused several storylines into one narrative.


This. I think BoB is a little better, but I do love how The Pacific didn't try to copy the BoB model by sticking with one company throughout the war. Actually, my favorite parts of The Pacific weren't the war parts, but the episode where they are stationed in Australia and the final episode. I enjoyed seeing a bit of soldier life that wasn't just about combat.


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tigerfan in bamaland
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
BOB is a great story, but as a Marine, I liked The Pacific better. The book "With The Old Breed." by Eugene Sledge is one of the best first hand accounts of war I have ever read.

The Pacific was by far the worst of the two theaters.



Ellunchboxo
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
It's based off of 3 different books, so it jumps around a bit but I thoroughly enjoyed it.


BottomlandBrew
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
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How does it compare to Band Of Brothers?


Here's where people mess up. You shouldn't compare the two. If you do you will be let down. Watch it as it's own thing.

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Worth watching?


Very much so. The later episodes are a mindfrick. I had nightmares for a few nights after watching them.


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Methuselah
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
My opinion:

I think The Pacific suffered from trying to tie 3 pretty different narratives together. I understand why they did it (I don't think any one unit fought in all the island campaigns in the way that the unit in BoB fought in so many European battles). But I think it hurt the series.

I love both the Leicke book and the Sledge book. But they are very different in tone and perspective and the melding of them was kind of forced. Still, I think they might have pulled off including these two if done just right. But the Basilone story was a whole other kind of story altogether.

I think they might have been able to do a stand alone Basilone movie or short series and MAYBE a joint Sledge/Leicke series if handled just right.

Like I said, my opinion only.

If you like to read at all, I'd recomend the Leicke and Sledge books over watching the series.


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Billy Mays
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
The Pacific is more of a character study.

To each his own, both are good, but I found BoB to be more entertaining.


shutterspeed
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
It's not even close to BOB. But you will grow to appreciate the characters and their real-life stories.


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VolsMissthe90s
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
Not as good as Band of Brothers. But that might also have to do with the fact that it was in the Pacific which doesn't get as much attention as the European Theatre. Much more gory then BoB. Looking forward to Masters of the Air.


VolsMissthe90s
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
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The Pacific was by far the worst of the two theaters.


I agree with this but unfortunately people overlook the Pacific war in favor of the war with Hitler in Europe.


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The Eric
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
BOB is better.

The Pacific is good.


The theme song from The Pacific is better.


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RollTide1987
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
The Pacific would have been much better had they just followed one character and kept it at that. Of the three, I found Sledge's story to be the most compelling. Here you have an innocent young boy who wants so badly to go to war but an ambiguous heart condition and overbearing parents keep him away from the fight for a while. When he finally enlists, as he is about to leave for boot camp, his father tells him exactly why he was so reluctant to give his blessing to join up and fight. He was afraid his youngest son would have his soul torn out and that the man who left would not be the man who returned. Tragically…this is exactly what happened to the young Sledge.

They should have kept the focus on him through boot camp, showing us how this boy transformed himself into a man. We should have stayed with his company for the duration of the miniseries and watched his relationship develop with the cajun Snafu. We should have seen more of his rapport with his company commander, Ack-Ack. Had we seen that the death of Ack-Ack on Peleliu would have been far more powerful and emotional.

We should have stayed with Sledge all throughout so as to better see his transition from innocence into cold-blooded killer. That would have made his return home all the more powerful as the very thing his father feared came to pass. Sledge was forever scarred by his experiences. Gone was the bright innocence of Eugene Sledge from episode one. In that boy's place now stood a broken and disillusioned man. A man whose soul had been ripped apart by a year and a half of war, a man who questioned religion and questioned his place in the world.

It could have been the ultimate anti-war miniseries but alas they watered it down with three stories instead of focusing in on just one.
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TigerintheNO
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
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The Pacific is more of a character study. To each his own, both are good, but I found BoB to be more entertaining.


that's what I was going to post


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StraightCashHomey21
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
i loved it


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Tigris
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re: HBO mini series The Pacific
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It's based off of 3 different books, so it jumps around a bit but I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Yep, and all the books are well worth reading and combined are better than the mini series.


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