Just because Tom Hanks is a moron. HBO's The Pacific is amazing. I loved Band of Brothers, but I think this might be better. It's really cool to see Chesty Puller personified (I'd be scared if I were the actor portraying him...knowing the love and adulation every member -past and present- of the USMC has for him).
It is disappointing that Hanks paid homage to the WWII veterans by producing these mini-series, but then denigrated their service by reducing it to an act of government sanctioned racism.
In case you missed it last week:
"Back in World War II, we viewed the Japanese as 'yellow, slant-eyed dogs' that believed in different gods," he told the magazine. "They were out to kill us because our way of living was different. We, in turn, wanted to annihilate them because they were different. Does that sound familiar, by any chance, to what's going on today?"
"'The Pacific' is coming out now, where it represents a war that was of racism and terror. And where it seemed as though the only way to complete one of these battles on one of these small specks of rock in the middle of nowhere was to - I’m sorry - kill them all. And, um, does that sound familiar to what we might be going through today? So it's-- is there anything new under the sun? It seems as if history keeps repeating itself." (source)
I read that ratings were down after Hanks made the asinine remarks, but I'm here to advocate for the series. It's really good. The second episode actually made my chest get tight physically. I can't even fathom the reality of being in firefights like those...
And, for a less conventional recommendation from me:
Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals (also on HBO) -I've actually watched it twice...