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

Oct 27, 2017
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Dear God. I'm afraid to ask for pictures just out of morbid curiosity
i'm definitely not posting pictures but if you're really curious this description from that big chernobyl imgur post that i think was linked in here covers it accurately i believe and is so gruesome i'm hiding it behind a spoiler tag out of courtesy
Once exposed, nausea and vomiting will begin almost immediately, and within a short space of time your tongue and eyes will swell, followed by the rest of your body. You’ll feel weakened, as if the strength has been drained from you. If you’ve received a high dose of direct exposure - as in this scenario - your skin will blanche dark red within moments, a phenomenon often called nuclear sunburn. An hour or two after exposure, you’ll gain a pounding headache, a fever and diarrhoea, after which you’ll go into shock and pass out.
After this initial bout of symptoms, there’s often a latent period during which you’ll start to feel like you’re recovering. The nausea will recede, along with some swelling, though other symptoms will remain. This latent period varies in duration from case to case, and of course it depends on the dose, but it can last a few days. It’s cruel because it gives you hope, only to then get much, much worse. The vomiting and diarrhoea will return, along with delirium. An unstoppable, excruciating pain seethes through your body, from the skin down to your bones, and you’ll bleed from your nose, mouth and rectum. Your hair will fall out; your skin will tear easily, crack and blister, and then slowly turn black.
Your bones will rot, forever destroying your ability to create new blood cells. As you near the end, your immune system will completely collapse, your lungs, heart and other internal organs will begin to disintegrate, and you’ll cough them up. Your skin will eventually break down entirely, all but guaranteeing infection. One man from Chernobyl reported that when he stood up his skin slipped down off his leg like a sock. At high doses, radiation will change the very fabric of your DNA, turning you quite literally into a person other than the one you were before. And then you’ll die, in agony.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Jesus man, mad props to the makeup team on this show - those guys in the hospital looked fucking horrifying. I legitimately had to turn away from the screen when they showed Ignatenko, and I'm never squeamish when it comes to blood and gore in film.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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After the clusterfuck that GOT turned into I refuse to allow some of you to take my love for this show with your “ Well, actuaaaally” comments , don’t put that evil on me
ehh i appreciate people chiming in with the corrections - i'm unlikely to read up much more on the subject, and i'd rather have someone clarify what actually happened than be stuck with any inaccurate misconceptions. i don't think pointing out inaccuracies necessarily needs to detract from the overall quality or one's enjoyment of something that takes creative liberties with non-fictional material. for example The Social Network is far from a totally accurate portrayal of it's subject, but it's a fantastic movie nonetheless.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Miners doing about their business while their dongs are flailing about.

Also the hospital scenes we're working tough to watch. I don't know what I would have done. I probably would have chosen suicide before all the deterioration set it. Was euthanasia an option in USSR? Jeez. Poor souls.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Ep. 3 of the podcast is up:

Can’t wait to listen tomorrow, this has been such a great companion piece of content.

The previews for the next few episodes looked fucking insane. I actually said “what the fuck” at some of the clips in there. Seems like this episode was designed as a “breather” in between more insanity, despite how tense and dreadful it still was.

This show is the best thing on TV in 2019.
 
Nov 7, 2017
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Miners doing about their business while their dongs are flailing about.

Also the hospital scenes we're working tough to watch. I don't know what I would have done. I probably would have chosen suicide before all the deterioration set it. Was euthanasia an option in USSR? Jeez. Poor souls.
Yeah I was thinking that too. I definitely would have preferred to just end it. :/
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I really want to know why it blew up now. It cant just be incompetence, but im sure that was a huge factor. I feel like there was some sort of design flaw or something.
In truth there are several events that led up to the meltdown, the part specifically alluded to in the episode regarding the shutdown button, was that the control rods for the reactor were tipped with graphite, which caused the reactor to increase the amount of energy and heat that was released. Basically imagine if you were driving a car and when you hit the break the car actually sped up before it began to slowdown.
 
Oct 29, 2017
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This miner chief is great. Always pleasant to see that a show can portrait any sort of profession as having intelligent individuals. TV almost feels weird when there is an unusual amount of smart people.
 
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Oct 28, 2017
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Oof they do a good job in those burn depictions. Seeing that liquefactive necrosis and that edematous skin is truly something else. Cant imagine the pain - especially since there is no hope cause their very DNA had been destroyed beyond repair.

For those who are interested - this is Hisashi's DNA karyotype [the Japanese Technician who experienced the highest amount of radiation (I think?) to live (for like 80 days or so)]
Its supposed to look like this:
As you can see...the DNA is fragmented beyond any reasonable repair mechanisms (which can repair strand breaks)
I can't imagine the pain and the edema sets in. God damn man.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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In truth there are several events that led up to the meltdown, the part specifically alluded to in the episode regarding the shutdown button, was that the control rods for the reactor were tipped with graphite, which caused the reactor to increase the amount of energy and heat that was released. Basically imagine if you were driving a car and when you hit the break the car actually sped up before it began to slowdown.
There's more to it than that, though who knows how deeply the show will go into it. The combination of the reactor design with the very low power test they were trying to run that evening put the reactor into a very unstable state. The insertion of the graphite tipped control rods ignited an already deteriorating situation.