Pacific Not So Swell
It was watched by 3.1 million viewers, which was surprisingly modest given the publicity surrounding the launch of the World War II miniseries — and only a third of the audience that tuned in for the 2001 premiere of its HBO stablemate, Band of Brothers.
One of the 10-episode epic’s biggest flag-wavers, The Hollywood Reporter, called it “a fair start” but speculated HBO would have to be “somewhat disappointed” with the debut of its biggest production yet.
Critics largely gave it the thumbs-up, with raves from Time (“a brutal but eloquent story that’s finally less about how men fight and die than what happens to them when they fight and survive”), USA Today (“the best war movie ever made for TV”), the New York Times (“never less than spellbinding”) and the Wall Street Journal (“even those who know already that the Pacific theater was like no other in the war may be shocked by the harrowing combat re-created here”).
More subdued were The New Yorker (“a series with such an overarching title ought to have more to it than the movements of boots on the ground”) and the Washington Post (“a very good miniseries that fails to arrive at a coherent, artistic sensibility“).
TV One will launch The Pacific early next month and expect the Blu-ray to bow here in August, in time for a Father’s Day promotion, which is the strategy HBO is pursuing in the US, where Father’s Day is commemorated in June.