'The Pacific,' episode two review: 'You're heroes back home'

One aspect of The Pacific that many of you Commenters pointed out after my review last week was that this new HBO series lacks a core group of friends trying to survive World War II, the way Band of Brothers did. We like to shape real life into a comfortable, or at least familiar, narrative, and The Pacific denies us this comfort. Does that make it inferior to, or less satisfying than, Band of Brothers?

With eight more hours to go, it's too early to make that call, but this week's excellent episode brought together, however briefly, two key figures. Jon Seda's Sgt. John Basilone and his 7th Marine division arrived on Guadalcanal to provide reinforcement for James Badge Dale's PFC Robert Leckie and his 1st Marines. This episode set up a plot line that's going to become a major part of The Pacific: Basilone's heroic actions which end up (minor spoiler alert) earning him the Medal of Honor.

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