Like I was with Band of Brothers, I have fallen in love with this HBO miniseries. I must say though that The Pacific has a very different tone compared to that of Band of Brothers. In Band of Brothers, I felt like the story was more associated with the camaraderie and connection that was present within the 101st Airborne Division during the European Theater of Operations. The Pacific, however, has a much heavier tone. It seems to be a commentary on the psychological and physical tolls war take on soldiers of the US Marine Corps. Not to say that Band of Brothers didn’t touch on the subject, because it did, but I wonder if that the fact that we are now in two wars, which we weren’t in during Band of Brothers, has affected the directorial direction of the miniseries compared to ten years ago. Either way, the show is still great.
This week, Eugene Sledge finally joined up with the 1st Marine Division after boot camp. It reminded me of “The Replacements” episode on Band of Brothers in that there was that bit of division between the veterans of earlier battles and soldiers fresh from training. It also really highlighted the fear and insanity of the battlefield and the breaking of that division in the heat of battle. The battle that allowed for this unity was the Battle of Peleliu. Based on the introduction narrated by Tom Hanks and the veteran interviews, Peleliu was a vicious battle during the war where many many soldiers died and were wounded, and the conditions of the camp were just as demoralizing as the battlefield.
First, I will lead with the fact that this is the best ensemble cast on television right now. Every single member of the principle cast plays off of each other so well that it makes the show. If you think about it, it isn’t nearly as far fetched as shows like Grey’s Anatomy and they aren’t as crazy as many other popular shows on television because in reality, this show is basically following the lives of a large California family. Granted, they are a quite wealthy and connected family, but family none-the-less.
In this episode, we finally get to find out what Dennis York has on the family. To tell you the truth, I didn’t find it that shocking or appauling. It ended up being that Kevin accidentally paralyzed a kid in 1986 during a fight at Ojai foods and the Walker family has been paying them off ever since. Kevin doesn’t take it well, however.
The more entertaining part of the episode came in the “Thelma & Louise” mission run by Nora and Holly. It was hilarious watching Holly try to find information on Narrow Lake in York’s hotel room while Nora distracted him downstairs. And even more hilarious to see Nora and Holly steal York’s car! But the crowning glory was to first see them walk in on Justin and Rebecca, who eloped in the episode by the way, as they consumate their marriage and then get arrested. On a side note, Kitty goes in for her first check up after her cancer treatment, and it is good news; she is in remission.
The episode ends with Kevin realizing that “Narrow Lake” is an anogram for “Nora Walker.” Does this mean that there is nothing to the extensive search Nora and Holly have been on for a secret parcel of land? I hope not!
I am beginning to realize that is very difficult to drill down into the details of this episode, so I will be very high-level. Teams went from Malaysia to Singapore for this leg of the race. Teams had to find the Amazing Race Asia hose, Allan Wu, learn a complicated drum routine, sell ice cream sandwiches, fly down a zip line and fun up a winding ramp to get to the pit stop this week. Dan & Jordon won a Fast Forward after climbing from one observation car to another on the world’s largest ferris wheel, the Singapore Flyer, and came in first this week.
And after being U-turned by Brent and Caite, the “lesbians” Carol and Brandy were eliminated when they checked into the pit stop last.