- Alternative Character Interpretation: The common one is that Peter is actually a lesbian trying to convince Wendy that she's a boy. And Captain Hook is dumb enough to fall for it.
- Base-Breaking Character: Christopher Walken in the 2014 live show. People are pretty well split between his being terrible, or the best reason to watch. Or both.
- Fridge Logic: So Hook's actual last name is Hook? That's awfully convenient, isn't it?
- Just Here for Godzilla: Many tuned into the December 2014 TV adaptation either to see Christopher Walken (and his dancing skills). Alternately, many were upset at Pan for casting a white actress as Tiger Lily, and tuned in to support NBC's choice to make her Native American, and the song she sings in her language accurate to real Native American culture.
- Memetic Mutation:
- Narm: The 2014 live film asking the viewers to save Tinkerbell via Twitter. At least they didn't go so far as having Peter actually say it, but that hashtag pulls you right out of the moment. Fortunately but unsurprisingly, home video prints don't include such a caption.
- Never Live It Down: Allison Williams preemptively lecturing people about "hate watching" the 2014 live show. Many resented feeling like they were being told they needed her permission to snark at it, with predictable results.
- Sophomore Slump: Among NBC's first three musicals of The New '10s (The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz), Peter Pan received by far the worst premiere night ratingsnote , and also became the only one of the three to receive zero Emmy Awards.
- Special Effect Failure: The HD cameras used for the 2014 performance made it rather hard to hide the actors' wires, and sometimes even the overhead lighting.
- Values Dissonance: A ceremony the Indians hold for Peter consists mainly of singing gibberish meant to sound like a native language. Averted with the December 2014 live-action TV adaption, which not only specifically cast a Native American actress as Tiger Lily, but replaced the gibberish with actual Native American dialogue, in an effort to be more respectful. For some, this was not a substantial-enough change.
- WTH, Casting Agency?:
- Many observers' reaction to the decision to cast Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, since Walken looks nothing like the character out of makeup.
- Another main criticism was that Alison Williams looks too feminine for the role, looking more like a Tomboy or Butch Lesbian than a boy.
- Many of the same people who disagree with Walken being cast as Hook are in agreement that Christian Borle would have been a much better choice, both because he was already playing Mr. Darling, a role typically double-cast with Hook, and he was already a Tony Award winner with much more experience in live theatre. Not to mention that the aforementioned Tony Award was for playing (a younger version of) Captain Hook.
YMMV / Peter Pan (1954)