It was a different style of war guys, tons of down time smattered with crazy intense battles, followed by more downtime. Overall, things were much more “heady” maybe due to a much younger population of war-fighters (USMC NCO’s) given much more responsibility than the standard Army leg.
The Marines got their reputation for being professional anphibians during this war, and I think The Pacific is trying to chronicle that aspect of it.
The Army being in Europe was relateable (BoB) since some of the leadership was there in WWI, and the environment was similar to the US. The Marines in the Pacific were leaving ships and landing basically on another planet, fighting a force that didn’t have the same rules as say a Christian would. The Pacific theater didn’t have the romance or nostalgia that the Europe had.
Consider the 1st episode when the Marine was going through the personal effects of the dead Japanese soldier, looking at the photographs and the little doll that was in his kit. I could only imagine after looking at the the Marine was thinking “what the fuck are we dealing with?”
That being said I was a little bummed about the Melbourne R&R episode last week, but it was a part of the history of 1st Mardiv, and ultimately I’m glad it was discussed.
Remember too that The Pacific is following an actual unit with actual characters. SSGT Basilone was a real dude who (SPOILER!) ends up buying it in Iwo Jima. There’s a road in Camp Pendleton and an exit off the I-5 named after him. I gotta be honest, I’m dissapointed to read that everyone so far is wanting more blood and guts and action regarding a series that, in my mind, deserves a little more reverence than that.
Also, the dude playing Chesty Puller (I remember him from Shawshank Redemption) is playing the character really well. I was afraid we were going to see a Nick Nolte’esque (from Thin Red Line) attempt at middle aged bravado leading men to slaughter with this character, but so far I’m impressed with how Chesty is being portrayed.