HBO’s ‘The Pacific’: Writer Bruce C. McKenna Picks His Favorite Scene

'The Pacific' starts it's epic 10-episode run on HBO.  (HBO)

'The Pacific' starts it's epic 10-episode run on HBO. (HBO)

The epic 10-part miniseries, ‘The Pacific,’ has won approval from TV critics, enough to declare its debut tonight on HBO a genuine TV event. “Overall, The Pacific is crafted and acted with such loving devotion that it’s hard to find fault with its sincerity and sentimental forays,” wrote Margaret Ryan in the Chicago Tribune. TV Guide called it “magnificent,” and Hal Boedeker, writing in the Orlando Sentinel, said, “Once you sign on, you have to see what happened to these men–the sign of expert storytelling.” asked ‘The Pacific’ co-executive producer and primary writer Bruce C. McKenna to suggest a special moment that viewers should watch for in each of the 10 episodes. We will run his thoughts each week. Here is what he said about tonight’s first installment (which he wrote):

“I think the thing to watch for in episode one is Basilone’s first eyeball to eyeball kill. It is one thing to fire a machine gun in the dark at some vague shapes, it’s another thing to kill a man with a pistol across a 20 yard body of water. And when you see that happen in this episode, well, that’s – that’s when you know this ain’t ‘Band of Brothers’. And that’s a moment, and it’s a great moment for his character. He suddenly realizes the moral responsibility he has to take another life. And it destroys him. He is destroyed by that moment.”

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