I have, quite obviously, never been to war, nor served my country in any significant way (but hey, if the Army ever opens a Water Park, I’d love to run it). If there is an overriding theme to the Pacific, it is (to steal the cliché) that War is Hell, and unless you have been there you’ll never, ever understand.
I have to disagree with Sebastian’s comment last week. I agree with what Tom Hanks told Stephen Colbert (linked video is US only, I believe). The difference between here and Band of Brothers is that, with the latter, I wonder what it would have been like to be a part of that team. After watching the Pacific, I know that there’s no way in hell I’d ever want to go through what they did.
Sledge finally gets into the war, and provides an interesting counter to the men that we have been following. He had two very telling conversations, first with Phillips, and later with Leckie, that contrasted well the difference between the veteran and replacements. (The Gunny made the same point with the new lieutenant at the firing range a bit more bluntly.)
I really liked that last exchange between Sledge and his old friend. One couldn’t comprehend what was to come, and the other couldn’t put to words what he’d been through. I hope we explore their friendship more when they have both been in the fight. It will be interesting to see if they can maintain it.
Leckie and Sledge’s conversation was based around the much-asked question: How can God exist in a world with war? Sledge’s answers weren’t enough for Leckie, or me for that matter. I don’t care what you say about free will, it is hard to reconcile a benevolent God with the atrocities these men went through.
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