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So finally got around to watching and finishing The Pacific. I'll get the obvious comment out the wa straight away: Not as good as Band of Brothers.

Now lets be honest though, it never was going to be. I knew this before i started watching it, yet somehow it was all i could think about as i watched it, to the point where i wish i could have seen it before i saw Band of Brothers.

It just didn't have the same feel as BoB, i barely knew who any of the characters were, where as in BoB i reckon by the second episode i already had a pretty good base of who was who, looking out for Malarky, Garnea, Buck etc in every episode. But The Pacific flitted between the three main characters so much to the point where i felt you just couldn't get connected or attatched to any of the additional cast. Sledges squadmate Snafu was probably the only one i could properly remember the name of and really begin to like and invest in(despite how much of a dick he was at times).

Every time a character died, i would genuniely struggle to think of who he was, what position he occupied etc. Unlike Bob where pretty much any named character that died i could remember, would feel that twinge of sadness at their loss and so on.

Visually though it was beautiful, i did enjoy Sledges transformation into the much more cold Sledgehammer we had by the end. I quite liked Leckie aswell, though he seemed to spend the majority of the series out of combat, now of course this is what happened in real life, but i can't help that feel that they should have picked someone else to follow isntead. Though that seemed to be one of the themes of the Pacific, showing the downtimes of the war aswell as the battles, which i just didn't really enjoy all that much, in the end it just felt like the show lacked pace.

I've promptly put Band of Brothers back on.

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Got this on DVD but never got around to watch it, I guess I'll have to give it a go at some point.
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Got it on the Tevo, but I originally watched it on Sky after they showed BoB, so i couldn't really stop comparing the two. When I get leave, i intend to sit down with it, but the one thing I couldn't forget was just how fucking grey everything was.

They all looked the same, they all acted the same, they all spoke the same, their attitude was grey, their behaviour was grey, the background was grey.

It seemed very flat and fucking boring.

Damien Lewis on the otherhand brought some brilliant colour to it. Not only was their something more interesting than a monotone to see (thanks to both the leafy green, and his bright orange target head), but he actually had a character. David Schwimmer as well. Loved to hate him. He played a demick, but he played it well.

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Two thoughts:

1. I hated The Pacific it didn't have the same emotional appeal as BoB first did, which is a shame, because I've actually enjoyed the Pacific Theatre of operations more as I've grown up, than the European battles we all kind of know by heart now.

The show lost me in the third episode when they docked in Australia and basically .... their brains out with the locals. I'm sure it happened ... to an extent lol ... but the show completely missed its emotional mark for me. "Oh I'm so traumatized but I want to love and be at peace". Again, I'm not saying the emotion was wrong, but its delivery was flat, which wasn't helped by poor casting and acting.


2. Recently rewatched BoB and apart from the first episode with David Schwimmer, the show isn't as good as I thought it was.

The characters in this show are admittedly much, much better than alot of others, and you really get a feel for each one (Damien Lewis in particular) but there is something about it which just reeks of U.S triumphantism, "Yeah we are awesome, we beat the whole German army!!!".

The fact is, and nearly all WW2 books emphasis this, posting on the Western Front was considered like leave for German servicemen.

Yes their were more attacks by planes, but the Eastern will always be where the war was one and lost.

There now needs to be a BoB for both the Soviets AND the Germans.

We are all grown up enough now that we can understand that not all Germans were evil, alot of them genuinely believed their country was in danger, or followed order just like other soldiers.

I'm not excusing their crimes, but Germans aren't inherently evil and deserve to at least have their stories told too.


Sorry if that seemed like a rant lol.
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Soviets and Germans?

No. Seeing some 3rd generation 1/16th polish immigrant to the US putting on an accent of a Russian he got from Sean Connery in Red October while packing off shots from his MosinNagant? No thanks.

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