From: Florahduh, yea that state.
I stopped watching after I missed a pair of episodes in a row..waiting for the June DVD release now to finish..but I finished the Audiobook in the car(I have a 2hr communte daily, since Pop Radio sucks, and my local NPR station nixed classical music, I listen to books)
I think it the lack of unit cohesion that makes me like Pacific less than other WWII series, Band, Piece of Cake, All the King's Men(WWI), Dark Blue World, or even Enemy at the Door and Island at War, have a better feel of Cohesion than Pacific.
I mean two of the main characters, Sledge and Sid. Do not serve together really, the both serves AS mortar men, but in the book they are in contact while on the bivac island before Pelileu's invasion, with As Sledge came into the theater after failing the V-12 program and Sid going to the States first to Florida then to the V-12 program.
The Book also doesn't follow Leckie, but does add a Marine Officer captured in the Phillipeans, becomes a POW, escapes, becomes a guerrila fighter, finally gets back with the Marines, and goes back into Combat. The other change is following a USN Dive Bomber pilot.
I guess the sinew that connects all the characters is the buildup/invasion of Pelileu since all 5 in the book have some kind of connection to that campaign, weak connections but it's all I can see for any.
A story focused on a single squad/company would have been better, but I don't think many units fought in the PTO from 1942-1945 that were not on board a ship or squadron. The USAAF in China would have made a hella better film in my opinion.