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Have you all seen the new Chernobyl show on HBO? Second episode just came out this week and it is riveting!
Great acting. An incredible situation that's historically very accurate.
They start the show out following perhaps what a cheaper show would use as the climax of the story arc: the explosion of the Chernobyl reactor core. The whole show is about what happened next.
Is it pure grim or is there a sliver of hope or happiness? I don't know if I can handle a show that's just pure depression and despair.
- The protagonists are the whistleblowers trying to tell the government that this is a highly dangerous situation. The hope is that ppl take them srslysarahfailin
- But it's so rooted in the state hierarchy and obedience within it. The denial and immediate discounting of serious shit is pretty wild.mg33
- Interesting. I might have to watch this one alone. For me, HBO can practically do no wrong. :)monospaced
- I am about 45min in and it is really good. The level of denial is incredible. Wish I had the HBO app on my phone since work is so slow.lemmy_k
Watching it and pretty riveted by it. I've seen some people complain about it being British actors speaking English, but does anyone really want to watch that in Russian with subtitles?
If the show is pretty accurate, holy hell the denial they were in from the outset. It was the first major nuclear accident anywhere in the world though, right?
It's just full of dread and so eerie.
I generally like it because how the show is not about cheap spectacle, having kind of a hard time with the character setting though.
Their dialogue and attitude and sensibilites feel very western, not at all how 1980s russians would talk, interact and look at the world.
Not as a simple language thing necessarily, more like that the characters feel like are built from outsider, western perspective. This is irritaing at times, makes the thing feel unrealistic, fake.
- There is a podcast about the show that goes into their process and how they tried to be realistic, and even had to change some approaches given feedbackwordssssss
- that they werent being authentic.wordssssss
- well that's great I guess, but still far off from the actual cultureshoes
Heh, just started watching last night, VERY good show.
watched the first 2 episodes at the weekend.
Once you get over the fact that they're speaking in quite clipped, middle-class English accents, the acting, sets, wardrobe, cinematography etc are spot-on. Genuinely felt like you were witnessing a terrible event in 80s Ukraine. And the sound was great. Like being trapped inside a foghorn.
Hope it keeps up - have read a couple of reviews that says it unravels a bit.
Almost want to keep my HBO subscription for this.
The way the second episode ends was terrifying I thought. Those poor, dumb bastards!
- The bureaucratic allegiance to state hierarchy (if I'm saying that the right way) was as gripping as the tragedy itself.mg33
- And I'm interested to know if some of the politicians opinions were based more in Russian superiority (ex: impossible that a Russian reactor could explode)mg33
- Or if they were just preemptively in denial to cover their own asses as things went higher up the chain of command.mg33
- The 2nd episode started to me make me feel physically sick. It's great.PhanLo
- Makes me sick and nervous. Love it!adrok
It's pure horror. Folk melting while walking around. Proper nightmare fuel.
The show is as historically accurate as Santa Clause visiting baby Jesus in Bethlehem.
A Hollywood show about a disaster in the USSR, brought to you by the guy who made Hangover 2. Must be very accurate, objective and unbiased...gtfo
As someone who lived in the area affected by Chernobyl I am afraid to watch it.
- I think the area is much bigger. 4 women in our street got Thyroid cancer, including my mother. Its a typical radiactive pollution cancer. We'll see over ->tank02
- 30 years if there was spike of stats. I live in Belgium by the way. My theory is Germany, Belgium and Holland where also affected by the nucleair windstank02
- hells yea. Excellent work. So gruesome.dopepope
- Watching on my train ride homemg33
- mg33 you’ve been warnedRamanisky2
- This! I was shouting at my TV. I couldn't believe when she put his blistery purple hand on her belly. HOLY FUCKsarahfailin
- Holy fuck indeed, that episode was heavy duty. The ignorance of the people higher up the chain and the cover up is where a lot of the real horror is.PhanLo
- UUUUUGH, is this viewable anywhere other than HBOGo or whatever??elahon
- also that woman's hair. 80's + Russia = ¿sarahfailin
This exchange O_O
Shcherbina: “What does the Radiation do to them precisely?”
Legasov: “Ionizing radiation tears the cellular structure apart. The skin blisters, turns red, then black. This is followed by a latency period. The immediate effects subside & the patient appears to be recovering...Healthy even. But they aren’t. This usually only lasts a day or 2...”
Legasov: “Then the cellular damage begins to manifest. The bone marrow dies, the immune system fails, the organs & soft tissue begin to decompose.
The arteries & veins spill open like sieves, to the point where you can’t even administer morphine for the pain, which is...unimaginable. And then 3 days to 3 weeks, you are dead. That is what will happen to those boys.”