I've been a bit disappointed thus far, given the potential of the series from its directors. There has been a real lack of character development and there has been no real strong focus or introduction to John Basilone, one of the most important figures in the battle for the Pacific and one of the most infamous Marines of all time. There are some very revealing scenes that depict the actions and events at an incredible visual level, but the lack of narration really leaves the viewer confused.
If you don't know, John Basilone and his unit held off a force of over 3000 Japanese soldiers, and the key thing to note is that he had lost all but two men in his unit but continued to repel the Japanese and retrieve ammunition. He would also play a pivotal role in the future battle of Iwo Jima.
I do appreciate the role that Eugene Sledge (the kid with the heart murmer who's father wont let him join) plays because he does make a large contribution to the history of the war in the future. There has been a much more of a connection with him, in terms of those wishing to joining the military but unable to.
The action has been great, and the battle sequences very intense but I hope the story connects audiences a lot more with the individual Marines that served in those historical battles, rather than focusing on the battles themselves. Anyone could watch History channel and learn the details of those battles any time. The show just needs a stronger narration.