The same team that brought us 2004’s Band of Brothers re-assembled to create one of the most historically accurate and masterfully planned mini-series in the history of television: The Pacific.
It’s not even merely a creation; it’s, in fact a marvelous recreation.
This epic mini-series tracks the true stories of 3 U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie, Eugene Sledge, and John Basilone across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theatre in the midst of World War II.
The entire series would evolve on a few years’ setting – from their first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal to the bloody battle that occurred in Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and then more.
The series has wonderfully depicted all three stages of a soldier’s life as it should be portrayed: the calm before the storm, the actual war, and its aftermath. A soldier’s chronicle, after all, doesn’t begin and end in the battlefield alone.
Expect a feeling of honor, nobility, tragedy, guilt, anger, and all other things humane – the same way these vested heroes felt back in the 1940s.
FHM was one of the few who got to witness the birth of the biggest spectacle in HBO series’ history. In a fantastic display of demonstration, we were lucky enough to see how the The Pacific catapulted from a simple memoir to become a massive and most expensive series HBO ever made, with a USD $200 million production.
The Pacific stars James Badge Dale, Joe Mazzello and Jon Seda, as the three main characters whose lives would intertwine at one point or another.
With a compelling enough story and a one-of-a-kind war story treatment, it’s not hard to confuse The Pacific with other HBO war series like Band of Brothers and Generation Kill. But a few episodes of this action-drama flick are enough to do itself justice and steer away from the same old soldier formula.
The series, by the way, is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, and Gray Goetzman, which means this one will not fall short on war expectations.
Like we’ve said, it seems HBO has got some serious genius going on here, and this series could very well be their next great hope. That is, after the success of fellow originals like The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, and Hung.
The Pacific premieres with a 2 episodes back-to-back on April 3, 9pm on HBO. New episodes also air every Saturday at 9pm.
Watch the trailer of The Pacific below:
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