Chernobyl (HBO miniseries)

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Good series, the British accents threw me off on a bit at first but once you get used to it its rather good.
 

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Slightly ot.

I had a work colleague who overheard me talk about this wonderful series. He asked me if it's on Netflix, I said nope it's an HBO production. I said he will have to source it via the high seas.

Another colleague chimed in & said it's on Showmax, that's when I remembered it will be showed on Showmax from July 1st. Informed colleague A & he said he will wait till the 1st July & watch it on Showmax.
 

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Johnny-come-lately.

Watched the first episode. I would've liked it if they expanded on the test that lead to the disaster, but then again starting with the explosion off in the distance really set the tempo and puts you as the viewer in the position of trying to figure out what is going on like so many of the characters.

The part where they refused to believe the nuclear engineer and sent him on to the roof to check the reactor...Damn. The minute they sent the soldier/guard in to ''escort'' him he knew he was dead either way.
 

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Johnny-come-lately.

Watched the first episode. I would've liked it if they expanded on the test that lead to the disaster, but then again starting with the explosion off in the distance really set the tempo and puts you as the viewer in the position of trying to figure out what is going on like so many of the characters.

The part where they refused to believe the nuclear engineer and sent him on to the roof to check the reactor...Damn. That guy knew he was dead either way. The minute they sent the soldier/guard in to ''escort'' him he knew he was dead either way.
Keep watching.
 

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Johnny-come-lately.

Watched the first episode. I would've liked it if they expanded on the test that lead to the disaster, but then again starting with the explosion off in the distance really set the tempo and puts you as the viewer in the position of trying to figure out what is going on like so many of the characters.

The part where they refused to believe the nuclear engineer and sent him on to the roof to check the reactor...Damn. The minute they sent the soldier/guard in to ''escort'' him he knew he was dead either way.
Keep watching.
yeah just keep watching, and also watch the few minutes after the credits for the "directors" cut
 

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they explain some cool things, for example, Ulana Khomyuk wasnt a real person, but is a composite character
Found that out when I did some digging while watching the first couple of episodes, because I admittedly didn't know much about the disaster.
 

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Episode 4 with its focus on the liquidators was intense viewing. I never fully appreciated the amount of human sacrifice that was required to prevent an even worse scenario.

The score is also mindblowing.
 

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Had this Standard Bank ad on YouTube this morning. Made me cringe hard because it reminds me of Chernobyl
 

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Slightly ot.

I had a work colleague who overheard me talk about this wonderful series. He asked me if it's on Netflix, I said nope it's an HBO production. I said he will have to source it via the high seas.

Another colleague chimed in & said it's on Showmax, that's when I remembered it will be showed on Showmax from July 1st. Informed colleague A & he said he will wait till the 1st July & watch it on Showmax.
Yup.. and this is why production companies need to be careful. The push for many subscription services will lead to Somali Pirates heading out to sea again. Showmax is in a sweat spot vs HBO shows.. and part of the reason I have a sub.. I suspect hbo pulling the plug in 2020 when they launch their new service.
 

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Just finished this series.

Quite good!

I know it's a dramatisation of the event, so I didn't worry too much about whether it was all true. But I enjoyed it because it was gritty, straight-forward and told the story quite well. They did a good job of bringing the scale of the disaster through to you, through the stories of individuals involved, without preaching any sort of political or moral agenda to you, which is unusual these days.

The thoughts that I was left with were:

The bravery by many ordinary people, who did what they could, however little, even when some knew they would die horribly. I'm not sure how much of that was true, but it showed a side of the story which I had not thought about before.

Politics in a socialist state is at least as dangerous as a badly designed, and badly operated nuclear reactor. The way people were not told about the dangers, crucial information was deemed secret etc. How underlings felt that they could not question or refuse their superiors even when ordered to do obviously dangerous/incorrect things. How middle managers were reluctant to give bad news to their superiors. How the scale of the disaster was minimised and reports of damage and loss diminished. How design faults were buried and classified etc. This all either added quite significantly to the scale of the disaster - or so it seemed to me.

I know a lot of people are anti-nuclear power, but even after watching this, I still think it's one of the best options for the power hungry world. But the series did show the dangers of what can go wrong - which is horrific! The planet cannot afford any more Chernobyls, that's for sure. I also think one thing we do not want in SA, is Russian built reactors! The series explains why, quite well IMO.

There have been a few other nuclear accidents before and after, but never an operator/design induced run-away explosion of the actual reactor core. That's as bad as it gets for nuclear power.

Definitely worth watching if you haven't already!
 

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The other night I pondered by my self that they were responsible for setting in motion the greatest ever threat to humanity but they were also responsible for eliminating it.
 

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The other night I pondered by my self that they were responsible for setting in motion the greatest ever threat to humanity but they were also responsible for eliminating it.
I asked myself a similar question.

Would a western nation have been able to handle something like this? And the reason why I ask this is because the Soviets - especially the decision makers - clearly didn't think twice when it came to expending lives. The same was true of the Second World War when they just fed men and women - often ill-equipped and ill-prepared - in to the meat grinder to try and halt the Germans. They would've known full well that many of the people involved in cleanup operations (Liquidators) were being given death sentences or having their lives cut short and they just plowed ahead without a second thought.

This is best summed up in the scene where Valery Legasov asks a superior if he has the permission to kill 3 people by sending them in to the submerged pump room.
 
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I asked myself a similar question.

Would a western nation have been able to handle something like this? And the reason why I ask this is because the Soviets - especially the decision makers - clearly didn't think twice when it came to expending lives. The same was true of the Second World War when they just fed men and women - often ill-equipped and ill-prepared - in to the meat grinder to try and halt the Germans. They would've known full well that many of the people involved in cleanup operations (Liquidators) were being given death sentences or having their lives cut short and they just plowed ahead without a second thought.

This is best summed up in the scene where Valery Legasov asks a superior if he has the permission to kill 3 people by sending them in to the submerged pump room.
It's a good question that, although it may not be popular soviet communism so far as I can tell had the people's best interest at heart, but the people as a whole and they seemed to understand that a lot of pain and suffering must be had for the good of the entire state.

Remember the old man in the meeting from the first episode where he said seal off the city no one leaves and cut the phone lines to contain the spread of misinformation. I kind of agree with that as things would have turned into chaos very quickly if the public were made aware of what was going on, even worse if the press got hold of it and made it 100 times worse as the press does.

Instead,everything was handled very calmly orderly and proficiently with relatively few casualties, everyone listened to what they were told, they packed things for a couple of days and they got on the busses without any fuss, imagine trying to do that with Americans or even with us.
 
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