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Media => Television & Radio => Topic started by: Nicky on January 03, 2020, 12:16:43 PM

Title: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Nicky on January 03, 2020, 12:16:43 PM
Have been binge watching this.  Watched all five episodes thru twice in order.  But have watched the first two, and final, episodes by themselves again multiple times too.

Simply put....stunning and captivating.  One of cable TV's best short mini-series ever.  You're actually left wanting more after watching it thru, wishing that it was a yearly series instead of a one off, five episode series.  Just very, very well made. 
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Mailman on January 05, 2020, 01:26:15 PM
Great show.  Best thing on television in 2019.
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: hs on January 06, 2020, 01:07:48 PM
Excellent show. Agreed on probably the best series in 2019. Amazing and shocking to me on all the attempts of Russia to cover up and hide actually what happened. Millions of people probably died because of how the information was covered up because Russia didnít want it getting out

The episode where they went around shooting animals was heartbreaking to me
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Nicky on January 06, 2020, 07:57:14 PM
Agree HS, the dogs being shot were rough scenes to watch.  But also a reality most people never once thought about (animals carrying radiation). 

Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: yepper on January 07, 2020, 12:40:23 PM
do not have access to HBO but received a book about same by Andrew Leatherbarrow for Christmas.

just started it but the list of accidents prior to Chernobyl is scary. Seems the Soviets had one very similar before with the same type of reactor.

should be a good read. 
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Nicky on January 07, 2020, 05:15:46 PM
"Chernobyl" wins the Golden Globe for best mini series.  Well deserved. 
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Mailman on January 07, 2020, 05:33:43 PM
Always looking for a word to come up with this series and I always end up with 'unnerving'.
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: hs on January 08, 2020, 04:43:53 AM
Always looking for a word to come up with this series and I always end up with 'unnerving'.

Disturbing would be a good word also. Makes you wonder what other things countries and governments cover up that the people don't know about
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Nicky on January 08, 2020, 09:10:21 AM
Always looking for a word to come up with this series and I always end up with 'unnerving'.

Disturbing would be a good word also. Makes you wonder what other things countries and governments cover up that the people don't know about

What's really crazy is if you go to YouTube and search 'Chernobyl breaking news" you'll get news reports from CNN, CBS, ABC, etc...from April 28 or 29.  The explosion happened on April 26.  So it was kept hidden from the world for a couple days until Sweden, Norway and Denmark started getting ultra high radiation readings in their own atmosphere from the wind currents.
Title: Re: HBO's Chernobyl
Post by: Tiger4Lyfe on January 24, 2020, 08:01:33 AM
do not have access to HBO but received a book about same by Andrew Leatherbarrow for Christmas.

just started it but the list of accidents prior to Chernobyl is scary. Seems the Soviets had one very similar before with the same type of reactor.

should be a good read.

Kyshtym Disaster, 1957

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyshtym_disaster

They also had a bad spill of radioactive   water in 1982 into the Arctic Ocean near Murmansk

There are a lot of areas in old USSR that are uninhabitable because of the Soviets experimenting with biological, chemical, and nuclear agents. Especially in Kazakhstan. They would test weapons/agents and watch the local population to see how it affected them without ever telling them. They set up poison laboratories and tested on gulag inmates.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semipalatinsk_Test_Site

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_laboratory_of_the_Soviet_secret_services

It's hard for us to comprehend the Soviet/Russian's  lack of value on human life, it goes back to Tsarist times when they were all serfs, if Chernobyl happened here it likely would of been worse because sending the "liquidators" or "biological robots" to clean up chunks of uranium up off the roof  would never happen in the USA. They sent them out there knowing they would all either be dead or suffering from cancer not long afterwards. Between 1986 and 87 they sent over 500,000 men onto the roof, 60,000 are dead now, 175,000 are still suffering from their service and are listed as disabled, almost everyone who was on that roof in 1986 right after the explosion  is either dead or  has had a battle with cancer.