Pacific Heat is a Australian adult animated sitcom co-created by Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, and Tom Gleisner. The series is a Working Dog production for Foxtel's The Comedy Channel, it premiered on The Comedy Channel on November 27, 2016 and on Netflix worldwide in December.
In a sun-drenched paradise where sun and surf meet soaring crime rates, the police undercover special unit known as Pacific Heat tackles everyone from petty crooks to international drug cartels.
Why It Sucks
- To get the elephant out of the room, the show's concept basically copies some elements of Archer with both series having similar concepts involving police and espionage.
- Unlike Archer, the stereotypes aren't done well with the villains with a fine example being in "Countdown to Death" where every Russian is represented as a terrorist and even in "The Science of Death" that shows a tasteless stereotype that Germans are fat, blonde, and obsessed with science.
- Adding insult to injury, one episode has a Japanese crime boss that says "Same geographic economic zone!" making a reference to the infamous fact about Japanese wealth.
- Speaking of villains, they are among the worst written characters in the series since they have the exact same personality, are all corrupt, wanting money, and wanting destruction.
- The voice acting is just abysmal since most of the character have stereotypical accents that make them sound out of place for some characters with the biggest offender being Veronica, who talks in a forced Southern Australian accent and to make matters worse, the voices don't sync up with the mouths anyway.
- Awful attempts at humour which consist of sexist jokes that mostly centre on the aring and macho idiocy trope on the characters.
- The art style and animation are absolutely horrendous even by Australian animation standards. This is most evident when it comes to the reused animation sequences, overuse of moving camera, and mouths that barely open while talking. Adding insult to the injury is that the character designs have no depth, effort, detail or colour shading and they look like they were lazily traced over the footage of a real person, making them less expressive.
- Almost all of the characters are very unlikable and uninteresting. The main character, Todd, is by far one of the worst characters in the entire series since he is stupid to everyone and seemingly doesn't know how to work as a federal agent since he only cares about drinking.
- Kwong is completely useless in the show. The only time she ever serves a purpose is just hacking.
- Unnecessary filler scenes like Maddie and Veronica doing belly dances in "The Face of Terror".
- The pacing is way too quick, and it sounds like everything is happening at once instead of having slow continuity. Even when the characters are speaking it's very hard to understand what either of them are saying and most of the time, it's basically just them finishing each other's sentences.
- The title itself sounds very weak and unoriginal, and doesn't even fit with the actual theme of the series.
- The series ended off on a cliffhanger without any continuation at all: the last episode ends with all the characters freeing a Japanese crime boss just because of a rare sword, and then the chef mentions that they have to hunt another criminal, but the show ends right here, as Foxtel cancelled the series after only one season.
- The theme song is pretty good.
- The backgrounds are very well-detailed and are much better than the series' actual animation.
Pacific Heat received negative reviews from both audiences and critics, who criticised the show's similarities with Archer, humour, voice acting, writing and animation. The series holds a 17% audiences score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and a mixed reception of 5.8/10 on IMDb.
- The series was originally advertised as a "Netflix Original". However, in early November 2020, it was announced that the series will be leaving the service sometime in December as they do not own the intellectual property rights to the show. The series left Netflix in December 2020, with The Comedy Channel shutting down in the same year.
- So far, it is Working Dog Productions' only animated series.