After a long, arduous journey, The Pacific comes to an end with an episode that takes a big step back from the combat and focuses on life after the war. In many ways, this sudden return to normalcy is just as shocking for the viewer as it is for the marines we've followed through all this chaos and death. After the horrors of Part Nine, it felt odd to abandon combat completely and return to a slow-paced drama.
The tone of this finale is set right from the beginning when the story jumps back stateside to visit the wounded troops. The big announcement comes across - the Japanese have surrendered. The war is over. The news arrives suddenly, and there is no portrayal of the momentous detonations of the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as you might expect from a WWII story set in the Pacific. Our story was always told from the perspective of the marines we've followed, and since they weren't there, there's little commentary on the nuclear solution that brought an end to the war. While this makes perfect sense, I admit I did find it a little disappointing.
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