This episode showed improvement and the last half of the series is definately an improvement over the muddled first half.
As this series was supposed to be about three characters, Bellisone, Sledge and Leckie, we see one of the stories end tonight as Bellisone gets killed on Iwo Jima.
Out of all the chracters on the show, we knew him the least. As I mentioned in my other reviews, he was barely in most episodes, and really only had two out episodes about him, including this one.
What did we learn about him? He had a good upbringing and a nice family, was a womanizer for a couple of years taking advantage of his fame, then decided to get back to basics and be a marine. He was well liked and famous, and the recruits were impressed. (I liked that..it felt more period-correct, there was no cynics like in war movies today, its practically a trope in modern movies about the army, the group mouthing off about their leader until seeing how good he is..etc..)
However, the romance was very rushed and it felt they were ticking things off from a checklist. They also never really showed us what made Bellisone the man he was..what made him do heroic things, what made him different from Leckie and Sledge who are very disenchanted..is it the circumstance or was it something about him?