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HBO Chernobyl miniseries discussion

Thought a thread for this miniseries would be good, as I've only seen discussion of the trailer up here. As of today (16th May) there are two episodes out, and a companion podcast for each (though I've not listened to these yet)
I just watched both back to back, and I'm blown away. This is some very well made television, and somehow manages to be simultaneously nightmarish, and fully gripping. That this is based on real events is all the more amazing to me, and after watching the revelation about the exploding water tanks in the second episode I'm astonished that the world is as unscathed by this disaster as it is.

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  1. [3]
    krg Link
    Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich is a must-read if the issues surrounding the disaster interest you. It's sad as hell.

    Chernobyl Prayer by Svetlana Alexievich is a must-read if the issues surrounding the disaster interest you. It's sad as hell.

    6 votes
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      bilbodwyer Link Parent
      Oh thanks! Added that to my "to read" pile

      Oh thanks! Added that to my "to read" pile

      1 vote
      1. krg Link Parent
        You might not be thanking me when you get to certain parts... T_T

        You might not be thanking me when you get to certain parts... T_T

        2 votes
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    Loire Link
    Not only is it real but it's still technically on going. The damaged reactor still exists, with something like 95% of its radioactive material still in place. The original sarcophagus was hastily...

    That this is based on real events is all the more amazing to me

    Not only is it real but it's still technically on going.

    The damaged reactor still exists, with something like 95% of its radioactive material still in place. The original sarcophagus was hastily erected and only designed to last 30 years, it's been 35. Fortunately a new containment shelter is nearing completion. This new shelter will allow for Ukraine (should they locate the finds) to finally begin dismantling the reactor.

    Almost four decades later and the legacy of Chernoby lives on.

    5 votes
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      Cosmos Link Parent
      A few scenes I still can't believe actually happened. The helicopter flying straight into the reactor cloud and crashing. The scenes from the fist episode from the bunker with the old man's...

      A few scenes I still can't believe actually happened. The helicopter flying straight into the reactor cloud and crashing. The scenes from the fist episode from the bunker with the old man's communist speech, and the guy talking about how this isn't a big deal before keeling over from radiation poisoning. And the suicide mission at the end of the second episode.

      3 votes
      1. Loire Link Parent
        The thing about radiation is that it is such a silent killer. I work with Cs-137 often (I believe that's the same material as what was at Chernobyl) and one story that goes around my industry is...

        The thing about radiation is that it is such a silent killer.

        I work with Cs-137 often (I believe that's the same material as what was at Chernobyl) and one story that goes around my industry is how the handlers accidentally left the source behind on a jobsite with run of the mill workers. One of those people thought it looked cool and pocketed it for a week. A couple of days later he is fatigued and nauseated. Sometime later his skin is sloughing off where he pocketed the source. He didn't feel a thing until the effects kicked in.

        In another industry that uses significantly stronger sources (neutron I believe) a rookie pulled a source and wrapped it around his neck to carry it. He had it around his neck for less than ten minutes and didn't feel a thing. By the end of the day his neck and shoulders were bubbling and sloughing. He eventually died due to acute exposure.

        The character in Chernobyl should have known better but when you are being willfully ignorant it's easy to think nothing is truly the matter with radiation. You just can't tell it's happening to you until it's too late.

        3 votes
  3. ras Link
    The end of episode two was one of the scariest things I've seen on television. It played right into several of my fears.

    The end of episode two was one of the scariest things I've seen on television. It played right into several of my fears.

    3 votes
  4. Cosmos Link
    What I love about this show it is not just about the disaster itself, but also the serious flaws with the communist government. It makes it clear that it wasn't just the disaster itself that made...

    What I love about this show it is not just about the disaster itself, but also the serious flaws with the communist government. It makes it clear that it wasn't just the disaster itself that made this disaster so devastating, but also the culture that led to terrible decision making in the aftermath.

    3 votes
  5. intuxikated Link
    I really enjoyed it so far. The darkish shade of the shots really does it for me. Although I enjoyed every scene, I felt like they are moving the story very slowly. Like, they are stretching out...

    I really enjoyed it so far. The darkish shade of the shots really does it for me. Although I enjoyed every scene, I felt like they are moving the story very slowly. Like, they are stretching out lot of incidents but it doesn't feel like it until we try to recap what happened in the last episode.
    Also, can anyone suggest similar movies/series which are based on disaster events?

    1 vote
  6. mrbig Link
    Time for some Pirate Bay to pay as much as they want for cable.

    Time for some Pirate Bay to pay as much as they want for cable.