As many have criticised this series for not being as "good" as band of brothers. I can see where they come from. Band of Brothers certainly has more action, more characters and was generally much faster paced, and definately focused on action above anything else.
Many people expecting to see another Band of Brothers will be dissapointed in some aspects. However, The Pacific never set out to be another BoB. Were BoB was based on a book, designed for entertainment, The Pacific was based on the memoirs and records of three individual marines, written both whilst fighting and after the war.
The Pacific focuses on the horrors of war, the psychological strain on three marines fighting the Japanese in some of the worst conditions in WW2. It tells the story of these 3 men brilliantly, the character development of these characters is fantastic, and by the end you really will understand why they made their choices and what it must have been like.
If you are fascinated by anything WW2, you won't want to miss out on this. As with anything done by Speilberg and Hanks, its core is its harsh realism and unrelenting psychological strain on the characters.
This box set, especially Blu-ray (I watched it in high-def and it looked brilliant) would have certainly got my 5-stars if it wasn't for one specific episode letting the series down. Every episode is fantastic, many give back ground to the characters, and the last episode when people say goodbye gives the viewer closure and finishes the series nicely. The writers understood that some battles were so big, they needed to give much more than a single episode to each one. (Pelilu for example took 2 and a bit episodes, fantastic). Despite all of this, the one let down was episode 8 - Iwo Jima. One of the most horrific battles for the marines, the only battle in the pacific theatre of war where US casualties outweighed Japanese, and it got 15 minutes at the end of an episode reminiscent of Pearl harbor.
But don't let this put you off, the series is breath-taking. It looks fantastic, the story is gripping (and true), action amazing and acting top notch from everyone. Enjoy.