I've watched the first 2 installments of "Pacific" and I'm not in awe of it the way I was with "Band of Brothers." I just think that the sub-plots are too compartmentalized and lack a common story thread, and that makes it more challenging for the viewer.
That said, the battle scenes have graphically displayed Japanese atrocities along with the reluctance of US Marines to take prisoners. So while I think Tom Hanks is all wet with his emphasis on racial animosity, I think that the story does not suffer from it. If Tom would just shut his mouth & quit displaying his 21st Century sensibilities I might be able to enjoy "The Pacific" a tiny bit more.
I have watched part of one episode of The Pacific just to find out if a coworker’s interpretation of one scene was accurate - she stated that several soldiers onboard a ship before the Guadal Canal invasion were talking about not knowing why they were fighting the Japanese. I guess the idea was to depict U.S. soldiers as not believing in the mission in the Pacific. I’m not sure I’d agree with the woman’s interpretation - but who knows for sure.
I won’t watch any more episodes of The Pacific since Hanks came out with his racial comments regarding WWII. In my view he has urinated on the graves of all the U.S. soldiers who died in WWII, and all those who survived (not to mention those who died or were wounded on Dec 7, 1941). If these people would perform their art and keep their mouths shut they’d make a lot more money.