YMMV / The Pacific

  • Awesome Music: The opening credits, as scored by Hans Zimmer; hell, the whole score's a Crowning Music of Awesome.
  • Creepy Awesome: Snafu bullies newcomers, pries golden teeth out of dead Japanese soldiers' mouths and amuses himself by throwing pebbles into their blown-open heads. It's unnerving as hell, but fascinating to watch.
  • Do Not Do This Cool Thing: The show generally manages to keep this to a minimum, at the very least. Everything is so brutal, so muddy and shitty, and just so goddamned miserable that it is in no way glorious or jingoistic. The only real exception are scenes involving John Basilone, and, well, the guy was inspiring to his own in in real life, so it's hard for him to not come across as completely amazing. Even he gets unceremoniously cut down at the end of episode 8, though, to the horror of just about everyone, his men included.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Snafu is probably the character most beloved by the fandom.
    • Gunney Haney, helped by being a borderline out of his mind badass. It starts with the scene of him yelling at the sky when the rain squall he was using as a shower comes to a sudden end before he was finished, and just keeps building from there.
      Haney: "Woof!"
  • Ho Yay: Sledge and his best friend Sidney Phillips. The homoerotic subtext between these two "best friends" is just too obvious to ignore. Their reunion in Part 5 makes it more blatant
    • Sledge/Snafu seems to be popular in fandom as well. The fact Snafu seems to have no concept of personal space when it comes to Eugene just adds fuel to the fire
      • Hello, the oh-so-wonderful scene with the letter about Sledge's dog stands out.
      • Snafu's fixation on Sledge in general, though it comes off as a bit one-sided.
    • Strangely enough, Ack-Ack/Hillybilly. They have such little screen time together, yet a good part of the fandom still ships them.
      • Probably has something to do with the fact that every time they're on screen they're together, and Ack-Ack's seemingly heartbroken reaction to Hillbilly's death.
    • Leckie/Hoosier has a solid fanbase as well, mostly because of Leckie's (sarcastic) declaration of wanting Hoosier to be his date if they ever have a fancy dress ball on the island, and Hoosier's amiable response.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Japanese killing and using civilians in combat on Okinawa.
  • Nausea Fuel: Goes without saying.
  • One-Scene Wonder: He's only in a few episodes, but Gary Sweet as the Gunny is a pure comedy/badassery package every second he's on screen.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The nurse Phyllis would become best known as Rikki Chadwick.
  • Spiritual Licensee: To the Pacific Campaign of Call of Duty: World at War, since both take place in mostly the same locations.
  • Tear Jerker: See here.


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