HBO's Chernobyl |OT| Do you taste something metallic?

Wrexis

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Nov 4, 2017
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Created by Craig Mazin
Written by Craig Mazin
Directed by Johan Renck

Jared Harris as Valery Legasov
Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina
Emily Watson as Ulyana Khomyuk

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Episode 1: 1:23:45
06 May 2019

Episode 2: Please Remain Calm
13 May 2019

Episode 3: Open Wide, O Earth
20 May 2019

Episode 4: The Happiness of All Mankind
27 May 2019

Episode 5: Vichnaya Pamyat
03 June 2019

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Wrexis

Wrexis

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Nov 4, 2017
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Episode 1 aired last night. Fantastic piece of work. The only thing more scary than the radiation was the bureaucracy.
 

Loxley

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Oct 25, 2017
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First episode was great, I'm hooked. Also, cross-posting from the other thread, but here's a link to the companion podcast for the show. Craig Mazin, the show's creator, goes into good detail about how and why he wanted to make the show as well as some other interesting bits of info about the real incident and how the show depicts the events as they unfold.

 

Werd

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Oct 28, 2017
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Thought episode one was excellent as well. It had me reading wikis on the event/nuclear power in general for hours.
 
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Wrexis

Wrexis

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Nov 4, 2017
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Which is telling.

Scary to think the brass was literally standing next to the smouldering wreckage with their fingers in their ears going 'this isn't happening, nothing to see here.'
What got me was

They're still arguing with the guy they sent up to the roof at the end of the episode, even though his face is pretty much falling off.
 

Tugatrix

The Fallen
Oct 26, 2017
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Really well done production, the cheer dread of the situation is very well recreated. That denial of what others seen in top levels is so typical and maddening.
 

Ryuelli

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Oct 26, 2017
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The fact that the guy who wrote Scary Movie 3 & 4 (which, admittedly, are guilty pleasures of mine. Especially 3) wrote something as good as this (based on the 1st episode) is pretty awesome. Good for him.
 

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Avenger
Oct 25, 2017
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I really dug how the plant manager showed an intelligent person rationalizing things to fit their preferred reality, regardless of what was actually happening.
 

Tugatrix

The Fallen
Oct 26, 2017
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after the thechnician shows up with a radiation tan the plant manager still screams with the guy, so enfuriating
 

Loxley

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Oct 25, 2017
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Just a warning, many of the reviews out there spoil the events of the remaining episodes. Yeah, it's history so its technically hard to "spoil" it in the traditional sense, but if you're ignorant to the history of how the rest of the events play out and want to be surprised, I'd avoid them.

Apparently episode 4 is when:

They send a soldier out to shoot all of the abandoned dogs in Pripyat and dump'em into a mass grave :(
 

Switch Back 9

Avenger
Oct 27, 2017
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Looks amazing but my girlfriend is from the Ukraine and will likely spend the initial watching complaining about British actors and/or terrible Russian/Ukie accents.
 

Avis

The Fallen
Oct 25, 2017
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Awesome first episode, glad this got an OT. Man, I can't stop thinking about it at work. Gonna be a long week.
 

Loxley

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Oct 25, 2017
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Rewatching the episode, this may very well be the most haunting moment for me - the actual phone call to the Chernobyl dispatch + fire brigade after the explosion happened.

 

Olaf

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Oct 27, 2017
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How many people actaully died at the plant as they were checking out the plant for what whappened? Wiki says only one man died immediately from radiation, but didn't a lot more die in this episode?
 

BLEEN

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Oct 27, 2017
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How many people actaully died at the plant as they were checking out the plant for what whappened? Wiki says only one man died immediately from radiation, but didn't a lot more die in this episode?
It can take days, months, years. It's horrifying. The ones who were closest to the radioactive material get it the worst. Like that one guy who picked it up but he could live for a long while after that, relatively speaking.
 

beelzebozo

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Oct 26, 2017
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jared harris is one of the best living actors. this and The Terror establish him as the go-to guy to bring intense gravitas to your limited series.
 

shaneo632

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Oct 29, 2017
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Essex, UK
Found the English accents a bit jarring but otherwise this was really great. Really strong direction/performances/cinematography. Even the CGI was great and that's usually an area even HBO isn't very consistent (looking at you, GOT and your awful dragon-riding effects).
 

Anton Sugar

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Oct 27, 2017
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Haha yeah, Mazin was the guy who dished on college Cruz.

This show is fantastic so far--I really hope it continues. Listening to the podcast, it feels like we're in good hands.

It's also the kind of show that makes you realize how stupid spoiler culture can be. We know most of these guys aren't making it out alive and the show was still tense as hell.
 

berzeli

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Oct 25, 2017
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Incredible first episode, and fittingly bleak (even if the bird dropping dead behind the kids was a bit much).

But I'm at a loss. I'm not sure which factoid is funnier that Craig Mazin was, as pointed out by cheeseholidays Ted Cruz' college roommate or that Johan Renck, the director, had a moderately successful music career in the 90s