The Pacific was so uninteresting I never finished the series. Band of Brothers was THE best series/movies on WWII.
I saw the outstanding "Band of Brothers." I did not see "The Pacific." "Band of Brothers" was a very personalized account of Easy Company's experience in WWII. I'm guessing from your response that "The Pacific" not as much so.
Other great documentaries and war movies such as the Ken Burns documentary on WWII and movies like Blackhawk Down highly personalized the presentation.
In fact one of my picks on a very short list of best and favorite films was Gettysburg, (the movie), where they highly personalized the participants, (all real characters no composites), and the three day battle experience plus they used literally thousands of civil war re-enactors and filmed on the preserved actual locations maintained as they were in 1863.
Don't take just my opinion. Take an opinion of a former Soviet person who looks at war movies a bit different than we do. Soviet Union was invaded, occupied, and touched almost everyone alive at the time. They have one of the best movie machines out in the world. And yet...
And yet, when my wife skeptically started watching Band of Brothers, she was emotionally involved. She was in to it as no American *I* know was.
After 100s of Soviet War movies (and a few were amazing and fantastic), she called Band of Brothers, THE best war depiction, war documentary, emotional aspect, and just overall the way it was done.
I never thought she would take an American depiction but here we are.
We tried watching The Pacific, we got in to 4th episode and dropped it. It was bad.
Although many of my fellow citizens might disagree my favorite scene in “Band of Brothers” is where the Wehrmacht Army General asks for permission after the surrender to address his men that are in the care of Easy Company.
Up until that time, Easy Company viewed their enemy as just that and thought little of them as fellow humans. Then as the General makes his comments they echo exactly what the Americans had experienced. The Americans understand the truth and profoundness of the General’s remarks revolving around the tragedy and horrors of war but especially relate to the comment that “We found in each other a bond that exists only in combat.”
First off I read the entire article. Secondly, I am as I write this into the seventh of the ten episodes of the Pacific. Thirdly, in the write up all the author really states is how IHO "The Pacific" is different, not better. He's right it is different, and he is mostly right in the differences he points out. Thusly, one cannot really say one is better than the other as they do not cover the same subject from the same perspective.
Though I still have three episodes left for "The Pacific" I can without any qualification that I enjoyed "Band of Brothers" much more and its broader scope plus the original material that it was based upon as compared to the material for "The Pacific."
It should be noted that FWIW on IMDB "Band of Brothers" was rated by viewers as the 2nd best TV show of all time.
Finished "The Pacific" that told a story that needed to be told. The fighting in the Pacific was extremely more brutal as far as combat and the environment in which the battles took place. All war or battles are brutal but there are degrees. The war in the Pacific exceeds any other modern war. The enemy fought to the death, no surrender, and they took no prisoners as we started our offensive against them. There is also subtly told the issue that except for those that had loved ones and friends fighting in the Pacific that the country and its citizens tended in relative terms to focus on the war in Europe and not give as much attention to the the war in the Pacific.
Well said Arc... With all those posts. Pacific -- for me -- WAS different. I wasn't a fan of that different vs Band of Brothers. Band of Brothers brought something else to the American table like we've not seen before (Sorry, Saving Private Ryan wasn't better, as some may think it was [also a movie vs a series]).