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Started by djsuggz on May 7, 2019 10:45:44 PM
Chernobyl

Anyone watching this?

I watched the first one tonight. Essentially the night and the morning following the incident. Softness and brutality, mixed with cruelty and heroism. Powerful images... intense stuff. Be interesting to see it develop into the doomed venture that was hiding the worst of it all, which presaged the collapse of the USSR as the decade ended.

Impressive capture of the era and the scenes at the power plant, and Pripyat. Filmed in Lithuania, I believe?

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Pinkgum - 07 May 2019 23:15:53 (#1 of 188)

I am planning on watching it, will report back when I have caught up.

Verdigris - 07 May 2019 23:17:11 (#2 of 188)

Which channel?

Pinkgum - 07 May 2019 23:20:17 (#3 of 188)

I'm having to arrange viewing via a mate with sky, hbo I think.

Verdigris - 07 May 2019 23:21:32 (#4 of 188)

Ah. No Sky here.

StakludKar - 08 May 2019 09:15:07 (#5 of 188)

My sky viewing card is messed up and it's a literal nightmare trying to get a new one but I really want to watch this.

Hoping it turns up on Pick TV or somewhere soon

djsuggz - 08 May 2019 10:12:17 (#6 of 188)

I hope so too - it really was quite gripping. I hope they can keep it up.

The sense of men working on in an environment where they knew they had acknowledged were already effectively dead or dying made one go quite cold, at times. But that's what happened - I read about it at the excellent Chernobyl Museum in Kiev, some years ago.

moto748 - 08 May 2019 14:12:38 (#7 of 188)

I don't think I could bear to watch. I'm pretty squeamish about RL stuff.

I don't know if 'squeamish' is the word.'Uncomfortable' might be better.

djsuggz - 08 May 2019 14:27:47 (#8 of 188)

It is discomforting, for sure. But shows signs of being great telly, even if, initially at least, the subject matter is difficult. You might be touched by the selfless behaviour of some of those that gave their lives to bring the situation under some control, even once it dawned on them how horrific the conditions were that they were working in. If some of the actions taken had not been taken, there may very well have been a full nuclear meltdown, which would have killed everyone within the area - 50-100,00 people.

browserbutton - 08 May 2019 19:53:51 (#9 of 188)

A YouTube vlogger visits Chernobyl and meets some people* who never left.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIC73xZPLgU

*Skip to 13:17 to meet Igor.

CarlosFandango - 08 May 2019 20:00:45 (#10 of 188)

Discomfiting, Shirley.

HouseOfLametta - 08 May 2019 20:09:24 (#11 of 188)

Igor’s mum!

MorrisMitchener - 09 May 2019 13:09:54 (#12 of 188)

Seemed pretty good, the first ep. Is it really such a great idea to have everyone blabbing on about Dmitri and Boris and whoever in English accents? Perhaps it's considered silly these days to have people doing old fashions Raah-shan eec-cents but I'm kind of more comfortable with that.

popstar7 - 16 May 2019 11:27:00 (#13 of 188)

Watched the first two over the last couple of nights and it really is very good. Some classic disaster movie tropes (see below) but rather than lazy writing, it seems to be more or less what actually happened. Beautifully - if that's the word - shot and directed and we'll-scripted/acted.

I'm kind of shocked how little I understood about the worst case scenario despite being seventeen at the time it happened. The scientist explaining to the Politburo what would happen in 48 hours if they didn't stop the uranium leaking into the tanks was jaw-dropping.

https://youtu.be/rNdrgjjsHsM

djsuggz - 16 May 2019 12:11:05 (#14 of 188)

Terrifying, eh?

I'm a little younger than you, but I can still recall the scale of things sort of 'emerging'. They talked about it at school. I

If they hadn't done what they did, so very bravely, it would have been the biggest disaster humanity had ever and would ever experience, short of rendering ourselves extinct. Glad you are enjoying it, if, again, that's the word. It feels real - it feels like they are walking around in poison. The scene when the Scientist puts the politician down in his chair by telling him they now have five years left - wow.

machiavelli - 16 May 2019 12:22:48 (#15 of 188)

Why do you have to wear lead underpants in Ukraine? If you don't, Chernobyl drop off.

TheExcession - 16 May 2019 14:03:20 (#16 of 188)

I think the Chernobyl disaster is one of the those things where I'm glad that most people didn't know about the worst case scenario at the time. Can you imagine the hysteria and general terror if that kind of knowledge had been widespread?

Bribaba - 16 May 2019 14:17:43 (#17 of 188)

Terrific show. The English accents are disconcerting at first, but as the enormity of the tragedy becomes apparent they blend into the background.

popstar7 - 16 May 2019 14:24:17 (#18 of 188)

I loved the scene with the workers:

Scientist: It's perfectly safe for you to go in and we'll give you a big old pay rise if you do it.

Workers: Fuck off, is it safe. All the firemen are dead.

Moscow bruiser: Alright. You'll be dead in a week. But we're Russians. Thousand years of sacrifice in our veins. This is what we do.

Workers: OK, I'm in.

ThreeFlewOver - 16 May 2019 16:13:16 (#19 of 188)

#15 - fallout, ffs.

phantlers - 18 May 2019 15:15:08 (#20 of 188)

Breathtaking stuff. Some real heroism and some outright cowardice.

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