TV Chernobyl

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Mini Series On HBO. Anyone been watching? The end of episode two was very powerful.

I think most of us have a general idea about what happened but this so far seems a great telling of the event, if you can ignore the English speaking British accented Ukrainians.
 

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Such a good show. I’ve always been fascinated by Chernobyl but even so, the show is great just fantastic.

My parents-in-law lived under communist rule behind the iron curtain before escaping and I’ve watched the first couple of episodes with them, they are shocked at how accurate it is (they don’t even speak English but that doesn’t seem to bother them and take away from the reality of it as they weren’t Russian speakers either).
 

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Mini Series On HBO. Anyone been watching? The end of episode two was very powerful.

I think most of us have a general idea about what happened but this so far seems a great telling of the event, if you can ignore the English speaking British accented Ukrainians.
I agree the accents are a bit lame as expected.
I have seen episode one so far and have mixed feelings, does the 2nd episode pick up?
 
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Episode 2 is much better...BUT...I still am still going to be a bit of a snob and say that I have issues with it, it is far from perfect but still very enjoyable.

My main gripe is that can be a bit clumsy and heavy handed in its over dramatization, but maybe its just being really meta as a 1980s soviet era depiction.
Plus the old trope of ignorant and easily despised characters acting like jerks/not believing the good guy/expert gets a very thorough workout in this show. It's most likely what happened to some extent because communism and stuff but it's just a bit much for my taste.
 

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Plus the old trope of ignorant and easily despised characters acting like jerks/not believing the good guy/expert gets a very thorough workout in this show. It's most likely what happened to some extent because communism and stuff but it's just a bit much for my taste.
I reckon they’ve done this absolutely perfectly, not just with how it was realistic to how communism really was (I’ve watched this with my in-laws who escaped from behind the iron curtain and say it is scarily accurate) but how the character like the Stellan Skarsgård one does in fact believe the experts after awhile.

He wasn’t just the stereotypical non-believer that we see in so many shows like you point out, rather he had an incredibly tough outer exterior borne of someone that worked themselves pretty much to the top of a brutal bureaucracy. But, relatively quickly, he see the truth and saw through the spin and acted brutally to punish those he deemed to have been responsible. I love the nuance they give to the characters.

I think more than anything, this series gives an amazingly accurate view into what communism was really like for the people, the bureaucrats, the undoubtedly talented academics etc. and how all of the above mesh with ideology. You see how difficult it was to talk plainly and loaded words were. It’s pretty terrifying.

Yes, it would have been better in Russian/Ukrainian but I think it simply came down to the creators wanting known quantities with their actors and wanting the most talented ones they could get.
 
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