The Pacific

Season 1 Episode 1

Guadalcanal/Leckie

8
Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 2010 on HBO
7.2
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Directly following the attack on Pearl Harbor, Seargent John Basilone ships out to fight the enemy somewhere in the Pacific, and a young journalist called Robert Leckie enlists in the Marine Corps. Sidney Phillips ships off to boot camp after saying farewell to his friend Eugene Sledge, who cannot go with him due to a heart murmur. Eight months later, Phillips and Leckie, having completed boot camp are sent to secure a airfield on Guadalcanal, and to help defend it against counterattack.moreless

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  • A little rushed and fast-paced, but a good start for a sure to be excellent miniseries

    8.0
    Guadalcanal/Leckie starts with a short historical introduction by Tom Hanks, then the opening credits. After all this, we are quickly introduced to the main characters. Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale, 24) has recently enlisted in the Marines, John Basilone (Jon Seda, Homicide: Life on the Street), an ex-army man has decided to shift to the Marines and Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello, Jurassic Park) is unable to go because of a heart murmur, and he says goodbye to his best friend Sidney Phillips (Ashton Holmes, Smart People) who has recently became a Marine and is in Leckie's unit.



    The episode introduces it's characters quickly then we are taken to Guadalcanal, where Leckie's outfit lands and begins an arduous march through the jungle, where the battle begins...



    Guadalcanal/Leckie is in no means perfect. It has its problems. The pacing and cutting is a little rushed and there isn't enough time to really introduce the characters. However, it is still a very good episode and when the battle begins, this is when you know that this series is going to be excellent. The action is fast, quick and brutal.



    As for the cast, Seda and Mazzello don't get much screen time so its hard to judge them so far, but they give solid performances. Badge Dale is very good as Leckie. He stands out in his company, as whilst everyone else is talking about killing Japs and how it's going to be a "turkey shoot," he becomes the cynical soldier, tired of cruelty and war. It's a cliched character, but Badge Dale pulls it off well.



    So, despite the problems with the first episode, it is still a very good pilot episode and has given me high hopes for the series.moreless
  • Band of Brothers you are not

    5.5
    The Pacific, HBO's big followup to Band of Brothers, proves to be the Robin Lopez to that show's Brook Lopez. The Pacific is not even of the same quality as Generation Kill of two years ago. For a show that has a budget of 250 million, 25 million an episode, this was not the quality you would expect given that kind of money being put into it and the producers behind it.



    The characters lack the depth the Band of Brothers had, and the action scenes also fail in comparison.



    I was insanely amped for this mini-series, and I think it may get better over time, but this pilot was a disappointment.moreless
  • It was all over the place, really.

    5.0
    Pilot episodes are never any good, and this was no exception. It wasn't BAD, but it wasn't good either.



    I admit I went back and forth a bit with what I thought of the interviews in the beginning. At first I thought it was a great way to tie it in with "Band of Brothers". Then I thought it just felt cheap and unoriginal to do it in this show too. Then I went back to liking it when it occurred to me that these soldiers should get to tell their story too. But it did leave me feeling kind of ambivalent when the actual episode started.



    Unlike BoB, "the Pacific" didn't suffer from the usual war depiction problem of having a million characters who aren't properly presented, making it hard to keep track. There was only really one character we were supposed to focus on from what I gathered, and also the kid from "Jurassic Park", but he was featured so little that I didn't get invested in his storyline. And I didn't recognise his friend as being on the island until he read that letter towards the end.



    That being said, it's a little unclear what they are trying to tell us with this episode. There are a lot of cuts, leaps in time (if they announced at some point that eight-or-so months had passed then I missed it) and it felt a bit like they couldn't decide what they wanted this episode to focus on. Many of the scenes felt like they had been cut short. Something happens, we're supposed to react, but before we have a chance we've cut to a different scene a few days later and something else is going on.



    What they did best in this episode was the brutal scene with the Japanese soldier they decide to play with. It was heartwrenchingly cruel and very difficult to watch, but at least it made me feel something.



    Since this was the first episode I am holding off judgment on the show as a whole. First episodes are rarely any good, it takes a while to establish characters and storylines.moreless
  • :)

    9.0
    Robert Leckie and the 1st Marines land on Guadalcanal and take part in the Battle of the Tenaru. So I have never really watched any show like this. All of my brothers are into this type of show due to Band of Brothers and well them being boys got to love the war and stuff. So I thought I would give it a go because I know I would hear all about it. So shockingly I enjoyed it, I thought the show would be okay, but it was totally fun to watch. I thought the storyline was really interesting. I can't really remember the name of the characters sadly, I don't know if thats a good thing or not, but I guess I will get to know them when the show goes on. I thought the characters that we did get to see were pretty interesting to watch. I liked the main guy, well I think he was the main guy, I think his name was Robert. I liked the opening with Tom Hanks narrating, i thought that was a nice little add. I thought the action scenes where pretty awesome, they looked real. Well, all in all a great start to a show I thought I would never really like.moreless
Henry Nixon

Henry Nixon

Lt Hugh 'Ivy League' Corrigan

Guest Star

Jon Seda

Jon Seda

John 'Manila' Basilone

Guest Star

Tom Budge

Tom Budge

PFC Ronnie Gibson

Guest Star

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

Narrator

Recurring Role

Josh Helman

Josh Helman

Pfc. Lew 'Chuckler' Juergens

Recurring Role

Ashton Holmes

Ashton Holmes

Pfc. Sidney Phillips

Recurring Role

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