Television Review Band of Brothers Starring: Damian Lewis, Donnie Wahlberg, Ron Livingston, Scott Grimes, Frank John Hughes, Neal McDonough, Matthew Settle, Shane Taylor, Michael Cudlitz, David Schwimmer Directors: David Frankel, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, Mikael Salomon, Tony To Writers: Erik Bork, E. Max Frye, Tom Hanks, Erik Jendresen, Bruce C. McKenna, John Orloff, Graham Yost On: HBO Time: Sunday at 9 p.m. Rating: TVMA
Based on Stephen E. Ambrose's book of the same title, "Band of Brothers" explores each stop by the Army's top-notch Easy Company, from its training in Georgia and its first paratrooping mission on D- day to the surreal ending of its journey, a few years and many lives later, at Hitler's Eagle's Nest fortress. Torn apart by injuries and deaths, bolstered by replacements, then torn again, Easy soldiers on through massacres in Holland, cold and desperate nights in the woods of Bastogne, and high tensions at Hagenau, where it must take enemy prisoners to satisfy a commander's ego. Occasionally, the pace of the miniseries slows, to convey the quieter - but no less harrowing - periods in a soldier's day. It feels like forever as the fear-filled men of Easy sit waiting in the belly of a plane, right before their D- day jump.