Band Of Brothers is an iconic series. It has great action, compelling story arcs, and, most importantly, all-American characters fighting a morally justified war. Yes, bad things happen, and it isn't all sunshine, but the prevailing sentiment of the show can perhaps best be described as "inspired."As in: It often inspires people to contact their nearest U.S. Army recruiter.
The Pacific, on the other hand, has no such effect. Quite the opposite, really. Which is why it's a more important and all around better series. Just hear me out.
A intense new TV show focuses on the rehabilitation of veterans after their time in the military has ended — and not in the way you think. I’m talking about Homecoming, a new Amazon Prime series based on a podcast by Gimlet Media that is akin to an episode of Black Mirror, but on mixture of Xanax and anabolic steroids.
Back in the hazy Vietnam War days of 1968, Marine Sgt. Chuck Taliano was only a month away from snagging his DD-214, capping off his five-year enlistment. Three of his five years were spent as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, a piece of real estate referred to as a ‘blot on creation’ by the Marine Corps Association.
In the dead of night in September 2012, a U.S. Marine Corps outpost in Afghanistan awoke to the sound of gunfire and explosions. Taliban fighters had infiltrated Camp Bastion and were destroying high-value AV-8B Harrier Jump Jets sitting on the tarmac. The squadron commander of Marine Attack Squadron 211, deployed to Bastionin support of ground operations in Afghanistan, ran towards the sounds of chaos with only a pistol, organizing Marines to repel the attack before he was fatally wounded.
Insurgency: Modern Infantry Combat began as a modification for Half-Life 2 that would take the engine of the game that powers the multiplayer behemoth Counter-Strike, one of the worlds top first-person shooter video games, and turn it into something a bit more realistic and hardcore for the military simulation loving masses. Eventually, this total conversion evolved into the stand-alone game Insurgency, which was released in 2014.