I wrote this commentary on the eighth episode of "THE PACIFIC":
"THE PACIFIC" (Episode Eight) Commentary
This latest episode of "THE PACIFIC" managed to affect me in a very emotional way. To my great surprise. And I find this amazing. After all, I knew what it was about – namely John Basilone’s return to active duty, along with his courtship and marriage to fellow Marine, Sergeant Lena Riggi. And I knew how it would end. Yet, Episode Eight had a great emotional impact upon me.
In a nutshell, the episode began with a glimpse of Eugene Sledge and his fellow 5th Regiment Marines at Pavuvu,...
Last mwaka marked the premiere of the 10-part miniseries, "THE PACIFIC"; which is produced kwa Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman.
The miniseries focused upon the lives and experiences of three U.S. Marines who fought in the Pacific Theater - writer Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), war hero John Basilone (Jon Seda) and professor/writer Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazello).
This first episode featured the three men's reaction to the attack upon Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Basilone is already a one-year veteran of the Marines around this time, as he...
I wrote this commentary on the tenth and final episode of "THE PACIFIC":
"THE PACIFIC" (Episode Ten) Commentary
Well. After two months au so, "THE PACIFIC" ended. Finally. I could discuss the entire miniseries, but this is about Episode Ten. The full review will have to wait for another article.
Episode Ten focused upon our three main characters – Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge and John Basilone – returning nyumbani after the war in the Pacific Theater. au perhaps I should say two characters, considering that Basilone was killed on Iwo Jima in Episode Eight. This allowed his story to be shown from...
I wrote this commentary on the seventh episode of "THE PACIFIC":
"THE PACIFIC” (Episode Seven) Commentary
In Episode Seven, "THE PACIFIC" finally ended its three-part focus on the Battle of Peleliu. This particular one centered on Eugene Sledge (Joseph Mazzello) and his experiences with the 5th Marines regiment in the hills of Peleliu Island in October 1944.
The episode began with a montage featuring Sledge and the 5th Marines battling it out against the Japanese Army for a period of time – a first for the miniseries – until their return to the airfield for a brief respite. There, Sledge...
I wrote this commentary on the sixth episode of "THE PACIFIC":
"THE PACIFIC" (Episode Six) Commentary
Before the first episode of "THE PACIFIC" first aired, the producers had pointed out that the miniseries’ centerpiece would focus upon the Battle of Peleliu. Fought between September and November 1944, the battle is considered controversial amongst war historians. Many U.S. Marines had been decimated in a campaign that historians now view as unnecessary, because of the island's questionable strategic value and the very high death toll. In fact, Peleliu had the highest casualty rate of any...
I wrote this commentary on the fifth episode of "THE PACIFIC":
"THE PACIFIC" (Episode Five) Commentary
Episode Five began with war hero John Basilone in the middle of a war bond drive with Hollywood actress, Virginia Grey. Everything seemed to be hunky-dory with the Marine. Many servicemen seemed recognize his face on sight. And the good sergeant is also enjoying zaidi passionate moments with the actress. This brief scene into the life of Basilone also featured his reunion with his younger brother George, already a Marine sergeant. The younger Basilone tried to express hope that he would be able...
I wrote this commentary on the fourth episode of "THE PACIFIC":
"THE PACIFIC" (Episode Four) Commentary
When I first saw the featurettes about "THE PACIFIC" on HBO, I noticed that the filmmakers and screenwriters had made a big deal about the miniseries’ ninth episode, which featured the battle on Okinawa. From what I had gathered, this particular episode might serve as the miniseries’ darkest. Then I saw Episode Four, which featured the U.S. Marines First Division’s experiences during the Battle of Cape Gloucester. And I realized that I had been wrong.
Following their evacuation from Guadalcanal in January 1943, members of the U.S. Marines First Division enjoyed a respite in Melbourne, Australia. There, characters like Bob Leckie and Sidney Phillips enjoyed romances with local Australian girls. John Basilone enjoyed a period of heavy drinking and dodging the MPs before receiving his Medal of Honor for his late October actions on Guadalcanal.
Unlike 2001’s "BAND OF BROTHERS", this third episode of "THE PACIFIC" featured the very first one that did not include any combat. Instead, the First Division...
Episode Two of HBO’s "THE PACIFIC" continued the saga of the U.S. Marines during the Guadalcanal campaign. Episode One focused mainly on Robert Leckie’s combat experiences during the campaign. This latest episode centered on the combat experiences of Sergeant John Basilone and his fellow comrades from the 7th Marines regiment.
By the time I had finished watching Episode Two, I found myself battling a tension headache. And it was all due to action sequences featured in this episode. Granted, I also found the battle scenes in Episode One rather tense,...