HBO's The Pacific premieres tonight. It's an exciting prospect for fans of Band of Brothers (2001). I missed that one during its original run. It wasn't until one of its frequent marathon runs on the History Channel last year that I caught a glimpse. I finally finished the remainder of the series last week during HBO's encore run leading up to tonight's premiere.
Alan Sepinwall, TV critic for the New Jersey Star-Ledger (and one of my favorite daily reads for YEARS over at his blog, What's Alan Watching?), spoke to writer Bruce McKenna about the show on Friday:
Not long after HBO’s Band of Brothers debuted in 2001, Band writer Bruce McKenna was sharing a beer with Bill Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose story was depicted in the landmark miniseries. McKenna told the former paratrooper that he couldn’t believe what Guarnere and his Easy Company mates went through as they made their way across Europe.I don't plan on making the same mistake twice. The Pacific is definitly on the program tonight. Do any readers plan on watching it? Would you be interested in reviews of each episode?
"Bill said, ‘You think we had it rough? You should talk to those boys who served in the Pacific,’" McKenna recalls.
That quote was at one point going to lead off The Pacific, a Band companion miniseries nearly a decade in the making. And it remains the guiding principal followed by McKenna, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and the rest of the team behind the new $250 million production.
"This is Band of Brothers goes to hell," says McKenna.
Let me know, and consider this an open thread for discussion about Band of Brothers or The Pacific.