NSR: The Pacifc

I love Band of Brothers but after seeing it air 1000x on HBO, A&E and the History Channel I'm kind of in the mood for a new take on an old war. Luckily HBO has seen fit to satiate my appetite for throwback military drama by getting the BoB crew together again for The Pacific, a 10-part mini-series that begins airing this Sunday.

With an oeuvre that includes bangers like Six Feet Under, True Blood, Big Love, The Sopranos, and the aforementioned Band of Brothers I honestly don't know why any channel other than whoever is showing the NFL and Family Guy even bothers to air on Sundays. I'm sorry y'all but Cold Case and Undercover Boss just can't compete.


andrés said...

wow, SF, i wonder how you'd feel if you happened to be a jap or any other asian person who americans can't seem to care to differentiate from them. my grandfather and his whole family were murdered by "japs" when they occupied the philippines and my grandmother barely escaped with my dad inside her womb. yet when i'm born in this country, people don't care that i'm neither a jap nor a chink. i'm just one of those overachieving invading asians.

maybe the show will mix things up as the scene with the platoon leader hints at, but i seriously doubt it. how many times can you say jap in a preview? i think this is just another sorry excuse for 60% of people in America to continue longing for the "old" days when America was "great".

Anonymous said...

Andrés-- I say wait and see. From what I have read of this series, it's not at all jingoistic-- it shows the horrors of the fight and how both sides, Japanese and American, were dehumanized by it. As for the use of "Jap", well, unfortunately that's what people said back then. It would be something of a lie to have everyone in 1942 speaking in politically correct language.

SF- don't forget Deadwood and The Wire, my two favorite HBO shows so far!

SF said...

Never got into Deadwood. As for The Wire, they call people "nigger" too much for my taste so in that respect I can respect Andres finding something like The Pacific tough to watch at times, although I may not wholly agree with what he is saying; lord knows I find the rare scene in a WWII flick that involves black folks dredges up a lot of emotion. (My great-grandfather George Broussard, a Creole man from rural Louisiana, served but was relegated to mess duties from what have told even though he was crack shot who had been hunting for his dinner from a young age.)

As for the "old days when America was great" I think we still are great and always have been but unfortunately for all types of people --Asian, black, female, gay, Irish, Catholic, Muslim etc,-- we have historically always found a way to treat them/us as something less than American. It's an embarrassment and disgusting for sure, but for better or for worse it's us.