HBO’s The Pacific: Look For The Blinding Light, Says Writer Bruce McKenna

by | April 11, 2010 at 7:11 PM | HBO, The Pacific, TV News

Writer Bruce McKenna talks about episode 5 of the HBO series, 'The Pacific.'  (HBO)

Writer Bruce McKenna talks about episode 5 of the HBO series, 'The Pacific.' (HBO)

The acclaimed, 10-part HBO series ‘The Pacific’ continues to unfold its powerful and poignant story of the the human toll of war.

This week, in episode five, war hero John Basilone does his bit for Uncle Sam on the homefront while Robert Leckie and the others engage in a new and savage front after landing at Peleliu island.

Fancast.com asked ‘The Pacific’ co-executive producer and head writer Bruce C. McKenna to provide his take on key moments as the epic series unfolds.

Here’s what McKenna said when we asked him what viewers should watch for tonight’s episode, airing on HBO at 9 PM:

The key moment? It’s the landing on Peleliu. The landing is just so holy s**t. As a writer, I love the moment. In the script, I wrote it exactly as you see it: the bow, the ramp goes down, it opens up, and onscreen there’s a massive over-exposure to white – a blinding white. Then it resolves itself and we go to war. That moment is a visual metaphor for the entire series. Being blinded by by war, and then going into it. I get the chills every time I see that scene.

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