The Pacific

Season 1 Episode 9

Okinawa

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 09, 2010 on HBO
7.4
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Sledge and the 1st Marine division battle in Okinawa for over a month when they are ordered to relieve another company to battle an extremely heavily defended Japanese position on the island. Civilians on the island cause many moral dilemmas and make things much more difficult for the marines.moreless

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    4.5
    And we have just one more installment left of The Pacific, the much ballyhooed mini-series by HBO; one that I just have not been a fan of.



    While I can talk about the lack of direction, or the irrational dialogue, or the scenes that drag on for too long, but instead I want to look at this issue from a different perspective.



    Any show should have a message that it sends its fans. A moral lesson, a great romance, something. When you watch The Pacific, what is the message? That war was tough and sometimes American soldiers were not the heroes we thought they were? You could have got that from the History Channel.moreless
  • Horrific and gripping, Okinawa brings the brutality of the Pacific War to the forefront in a way Saving Private Ryan and Band of Brothers never dared touch.

    10
    I'm sure you've guessed it by now, but there's one scene in tonight's episode burned into my mind and it's going to be a long, LONG time before it ever goes away: A woman pleading with the Marines of Sledge's company to take her baby, and revealing she's been wired by Japanese soldiers as a walking bomb. That the producers WENT there and followed through with the inevitable conclusion to this horror is bound to call up SOME sort of minor controversy in today's world of suicide bombers. But this WAS the war, and any treatment of Okinawa would be incomplete without the chaos of the native population trapped in the crossfire.



    The central theme to The Pacific has always been about the human cost--not just in lives lost, but the price paid by the survivors. For Sledge Peleliu was a descent into Hell. At Okinawa we see the emotional toll of the war nearly break him entirely, and it was only one small moment of compassion in which Sledge found redemption as he comforted a dying Okinawan woman in her final moments.



    Sledge was broken down by the months of hard combat on Peleliu and Okinawa, his innocence stripped away and in its place was left a killing machine. Sledge IS the series's proxy for the audience. In Leckie is the outside observer, while Bassilone was the career man doing his duty. But in Sledge was the true emotional center of the series, and watching his transformation from idealist to hardened killer was shocking.



    All that remains is to learn what pieces are left for him to pull back together.moreless
  • finally some character development!

    6.5
    Still have the same issues with this show (bad writing, bad acting, really bad directing) but I have to give this episode the credit of being the best so far (which actually is average tv). The scene inside the hut was really emotional and I finally felt the war horror after 8 episodes. Only that scene though. It is really weird how an episode that describes one of the most gruesome battles of WWII, still fails to deliver. We had a whole horror parade and they managed to make it soulless. Soulless. Soulless. I only give credits to the young gentleman that plays Sledge. And I still can't stand of the actor portraying Shafu like a stoned schizo. He is so overeacting, over exaggerating and over rolling his eyes that ruins every scene he is involved in. In other words acting is not to create a caricature. One more to go. I suspect it will deal with post-war trauma. I hope the Snafu dude won't be in the last one...moreless
  • I thought this episode was the best I saw to date. Continues the trend that the show has gotten better in the end. Real character growth and the fighting scenes actually had a point.moreless

    8.0
    I have given this series bad reviews, like others on here, and the is a real dichotomy in the reviews, a minority who love it and give them all "10" ratings, and the rest, like me, who think people are seeing through rose "Band of Brothers" colered glasses. Too much of the series has been either too dark fighting scenes we couldn't see and we never really got what the characters were about..why was Bellisone a hero? Why was he different? Why was Leckie so unhappy (besides the obvious)? However, I'm not a hater, and Okinawa was the best eisode of the bunch, so I give credit where it is due. The fighting was brutal and had a point as it actually tie into the story and the characters. It also for the first time had real character developement in it showed Sledge becoming completely decentized to violence in the battles before finding some part of his humanity in the hut with the native family.



    People might not like how it was done or the performances, but at least they showed the developement instead of just told us things were bad, which is a big improvement. I also liked how the battles were related to the plot for the first time.



    Unlike Bellisone, because of this episode, we can now at least relate to Sledge and his journey back from being a killing machine, which should make us care more in the finale. If we got the same insight into the other two characters as we did tonight with Sledge, perhaps the reviews on here might have been like Band of Brothers.moreless
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Freddie Joe Farnsworth

1st Lt. Thomas Stanley

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Bill Leyden

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