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Just watched the first episode, very good so far.

One thing that struck me, was all the citizens hanging out watching it burn. That was 1986. Not far from where I lived was the San Onofre nuke power plant. I guarantee that myself, or anyone I knew at the time, would pack everyone you can in a car and head north or south if there was a visible fire at the plant. NO WAY we're hanging around. The indoctrination and absolute belief in the government was really staggering over there. Those poor people never had a clue.
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The second episode is even better, as the actual qualified nuclear physicists and engineers (rather than the idiot Soviet apparatchik bureaucrats) begin to learn what happened during the night.

As we see them realizing the full implication of the accident, the sense of impending apocalypse is absolutely spine-chilling, while the doomed firefighters and technicians at the Chernobyl complex get to witness something not many humans have ever seen: an out-of-control core fuel meltdown in progress, "close-up and personal."

That unforgettable scene at the end of the first episode really stuck with me: we see happy young kids hurrying into their school early next morning, while dead birds drop from the sky, obviously having flown close to the radioactive smoke plume. Absolutely haunting.
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Not that this particular show would benefit much from a 4K treatment but as it is currently available in 4K from NOW TV(Sky) it makes me wish HBO would get off the pot and start providing some 4K programming on their own network.
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Not that this particular show would benefit much from a 4K treatment but as it is currently available in 4K from NOW TV(Sky) it makes me wish HBO would get off the pot and start providing some 4K programming on their own network.


Maybe they are holding off for the WarnerMedia streaming service at this point. It would be nice to get some past/current shows in 4K HDR10/DV.
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For me Chernobyl fully qualifies as must see TV.
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The second episode of this series, as said is, Excellent! Very gripping tv, as the scale of the disaster sinks in.
Very gripping indeed. Sounds like that was pretty damn close to a global catastrophe. I liked how they describe the radiation as bullets. Good cast too. I really like the guy who plays Boris. Certain angles he looks like Robert Mitchum.
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Very gripping indeed. Sounds like that was pretty damn close to a global catastrophe. I liked how they describe the radiation as bullets. Good cast too. I really like the guy who plays Boris. Certain angles he looks like Robert Mitchum.
Stellan Skarsgård is a very accomplished actor.
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And some people wonder why I'm not fully behind nuclear energy (fission division, at least) as a "clean energy" solution to the climate crisis.
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This is the best mini-series I have watched in many years. Truly remarkable TV. I am on the edge of my seat throughout, so well done.
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For me Chernobyl fully qualifies as must see TV.
Me too! I went online to purchase "Midnight in Chernobyl", the book by Adam Higginbotham, as it is referenced in the HBO podcast by the director. I've been reading it so I'll know more about the background of the characters, and it is really more fascinating than I thought it would be. There is also a book called "Chernobyl 01:23:40: The Incredible True Story of the World's Worst Nuclear Disaster" that is a free Kindle book, if you have Kindle Unlimited. The free one is not quite as polished, but it is still a very entertaining read.
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For me, the show has just been edge of the seat riveting, so far .. there should be some Awards forthcoming ..

the unlikely partnership of Jared Harris / Valery Legasov and Stellan Skarsgård / Boris Shcherbina is top notch ..

And those Miners are some tough, tough dudes ..

Kudos .. I was drawn toward doing additional research on the disaster ..
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Yes, this is some very excellent TV and I'd be surprised if there weren't some awards coming.


From Collider,

Emily Watson on Why HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Is a Cautionary Tale for Our Times
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Not to worry. Everything there will be fine again in about 20,000 years.
It's actually a great wildlife refuge. There was a great episode of Nature on a few years ago about it and how the wildlife is thriving in the absence of people in what otherwise would be very inhabitable and arable land.
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I believe I have seen a video of a guy fishing in a pond/lake near there before. Kinda messed up fish. "Not safe for pregnant women or children". If you middle aged guys want to eat them, feel free.
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D'oh!
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Those miners! Loved the head miner in charge, the army guy steps forward and he was just like, "Was someone talking to you?" good stuff.


When they were describing what would have happened if they had not purged the water, wow, we were on the verge of a seriously major catastrophe on a global scale. Scary stuff and made even more so because it is real.
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This could be the best television ever made.

Do you think that if Albert could put the Genie back in the bottle he'd do it?

His biggest mistake he ever made.

Einstein's greatest role in the invention of the atomic bomb was signing a letter to President Franklin Roosevelt urging that the bomb be built. The splitting of the uranium atom in Germany in December 1938 plus continued German aggression led some physicists to fear that Germany might be working on an atomic bomb
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I'll definitely echo the praise as well. Loving the Jared Harris/Stellan Skarsgard combo. Also, the mining crew is fantastic. The scene where the bureaucrat is trying to tell them they have to come help out is great. "Now you look like the minister of coal."

I was 6 years old when this happened, and I really have no memories of it. But knowing how bad it COULD have been is just utterly horrific. Even more recently, the story of what happened at the Fukushima site after the tsunami is certainly relevant. Three Mile Island was a warning for sure. Even more recently I saw a story about a site in the Marshall Islands (previous nuclear bomb test site for the US government) that was capped off from above that may now be leaking radioactive waste into the Pacific from below. This stuff is scary.
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Wow, another excellent episode. I kept thinking that eventually it was going to get to a filler episode or two but everything is still ratcheted up. Can't say it enough, what an excellent mini-series, kudos to the show's creators for knocking this out of the pocket.

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Wow, another excellent episode. I kept thinking that eventually it was going to get to a filler episode or two but everything is still ratcheted up. Can't say it enough, what an excellent mini-series, kudos to the show's creators for knocking this out of the pocket.


With only 5 episodes (next week is finale I think) not much room for filler the trial next week should be interesting, but knowing what we saw episode one I think I know (I haven’t looked it up) what will happen.
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It is sorta making up for the Game of Thrones final season, and has been a great way for me to feel like paying my HBO Now bill a little longer.

It has been both a learning and horrifying experience for me, watching this. Thrilling and extremely entertaining as well. Top notch for sure.
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Absolutely amazing series from both a factual & dramatic standpoint.

As a believer in safe nuclear energy, it's useful to understand that Chernobyl was, by far, the most poorly designed nuclear reactor ever made with some of the most poorly trained personnel. Not a good combination by any measure.
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It's actually a great wildlife refuge. There was a great episode of Nature on a few years ago about it and how the wildlife is thriving in the absence of people in what otherwise would be very inhabitable and arable land.
I saw that too as well as reading some material on it. It was something that no scientist ever predicted. It was a relatively short period of time before wildlife thrived.
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I saw that too as well as reading some material on it. It was something that no scientist ever predicted. It was a relatively short period of time before wildlife thrived.


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***Amazing, sad, scary and realistic series if there ever was one. And Stellan Skarsgård is an incredible actor. I can't think of anything he's been in that I didn't like his performance.
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What's really scary is that I didn't know how serious this accident was and what the ramifications could have been. Riveting TV that is a "must see," IMHO.
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What's really scary is that I didn't know how serious this accident was and what the ramifications could have been. Riveting TV that is a "must see," IMHO.
I'm 74 and watched it on the news as it unfolded, yet still never realized just how bad it was ..
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I'm 74 and watched it on the news as it unfolded, yet still never realized just how bad it was ..
Nor did they, and when they did they did the best they could to hide it.
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Nor did they, and when they did they did the best they could to hide it.
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I saw that too as well as reading some material on it. It was something that no scientist ever predicted. It was a relatively short period of time before wildlife thrived.
Yeah, it turns out that the wolves and many other species can withstand a small number of them having issues due to the radiation, and evolution actually happens really quickly in a situation like that to become relatively resistant to it. And prime, high quality land with no humans for miles plus roads and structures for the animals to travel on is a fantastic combination.
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Yeah, it turns out that the wolves and many other species can withstand a small number of them having issues due to the radiation, and evolution actually happens really quickly in a situation like that to become relatively resistant to it. And prime, high quality land with no humans for miles plus roads and structures for the animals to travel on is a fantastic combination.
Resistant to persistent radiation, constantly bombarding your cellular DNA and causing an abnormal number of mutations? I'm not sure evolution works like that.

That said, the return of wildlife to that area is remarkable. They need to do long term studies on the health of that wildlife, but I'm not sure how scientists can do that without endangering themselves.
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