Hell was an ocean away.
Show plot: A 10-part mini-series from the creators of “Band of Brothers” telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America’s battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.
Episode plot: After four months of combat on Guadalcanal, the 1st Marine Division is relieved and the men are transported to Melbourne, Australia. Shocked and befuddled by the heroes’ welcome they receive, the men soon find that they are in something akin to paradise with plenty to eat, drink and an endless number of beautiful women to keep them company. Sid Phillips meets a young girl, Gwen, whose grandfather makes sure he understands the rules of behavior when it comes to his granddaughter. Bob Lechie meets Stella Karamanlis on a tram and is soon taken in by her family who see in him the son they never had. Bob and Stella are soon lovers but the war and the never-ending pall of death casts a shadow on their relationship. John Basilone is awarded the Medal of Honor and soon realizes that he can no longer act like he did before. He also has to leave his men when he’s asked to return to the US to help sell War Bonds.
|Joseph Mazzello||•||Eugene B. Sledge|
|James Badge Dale||•||PFC Robert Leckie|
|Jon Seda||•||Sgt. John Basilone|
|Ashton Holmes||•||PFC Sidney Phillips|
|Josh Helman||•||PFC Lew ‘Chuckler’ Juergens|
|Tom Hanks||•||The Narrator|
Gwen – Isabel’s Character
In “The pacific” Isabel starres as Gwen. Gwen is is the love interest for Private Sid Phillips played by US heart-throb Ashton Holmes (A History Of Violence). She is a beautiful Australian girl swept off her feet by a hunky Marine during his leave period on the Australian coast.
Trivia – Movie Trivia, Character trivia and more.
- Isabel only appeared in episode 3: Melbourne.
- “I feel so grateful (for the role). I am really ready for it.” was what Isabel told Confidential after being casted as Gwen.
- The series was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks
- Episode 3 got 2 Emmy nominations in 2010, Both for costumes.
- The show aired over 10 episodes, each lasting about 1 hour.
I’m less impressed with the story of Sid falling in love with Gwen (played by Isabel Lucas, who was that female Decepticon in Transformers 2, and is much, much better here for obvious reasons). I liked the early, meet-cute scenes with her grandpa in tow, as he tried to preserve her honor, but the episode felt like it lost so much track of the two that the final scene where the ship is pulling away from Melbourne and Sid is looking out over the sea of faces with a sad expression failed to land as well as the shots of Leckie doing the same. For one thing, Lucas and Ashton Holmes didn’t have as good of chemistry as Van der Boom and James Badge Dale, and the episode relied too much on this young fella getting initiated into the ways of love (a fairly tired cliche) and instantly falling for the girl to make the whole thing feel earned. A complete review of Episode 3 at Avclub.com
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