If one of my friends said that, that would be my reaction. If someone else said that, I’ll forgive them and let it pass. Possibly.
Okay, so The Pacific was made on a larger scale featuring a wider storyline arc so it looks more refined and spectacular, but to me personally, it wasn’t as beautiful as Band of Brothers. Perhaps I’m a little biased as I watched Band of Brothers before The Pacific and also read the book, but when I was watching Part 1 of The Pacific, it should have grabbed me but it didn’t. Band of Brothers grabbed me the first time I caught it on television, not knowing what the hell I was watching.
Watching the actors in Band of Brothers, you can see the real friendship and chemistry flow out onto the screen whereas in The Pacific, I saw none of that - just an assortment of actors thrown together.
I do love the grittiness of The Pacific, the scenes and special effects and the music, and I must admit that there were a few iconic scenes, but overall, at the the end of the day, I will always pick Band of Brothers over The Pacific. Perhaps, if they had more scenes featuring them training, or actually bonding before combat or scenes focusing on the friendships as well, I might actually care about the characters. The only character I probably cared for was Eugene.
If I had to sum up a reason why I love Band of Brothers more than The Pacific, is probably the sense of brotherhood, or family even. With Band of Brothers, the story flowed and there was time to build up characterisation, where as in The Pacific, this did not happen (well, not as first). I found the pace in The Pacific much slower and then at other times, just all over the place.
That’s just my opinion anyway. Both are spectacular in their own right, but for something with more focus on the characters rather than the mental aspect (the effects of the war on the men and all those explosions and blood), I’d go for BoB. I’m sure fans of The Pacific and Band of Brothers can learn to play nice with each other ;p.
P.S. Hang tough!