Chernobyl – “Nuclear”

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world’s worst man-made catastrophes.

Review

That Nomad Shad – The Chernobyl disaster was and still remains one of the worst nuclear disasters in human history. HBO’s Chernobyl does an excellent job of showing us the true horror behind this event. The show balances the horrors of radiation, the political propaganda of the cold war, and the human ingenuity that averted further disaster.

Chernobyl’s greatest strength lies in its excellent writing. It’s an insightful investigation of the political climate of the time, analyzing the failings of Communist Russia in a vain attempt to save face. On the other hand, we see the sheer willpower of the Russian collective to neutralize a nuclear holocaust. This builds a compelling narrative of human sacrifice.

The show excels at emphasizing the tense situation at hand. From the opening moments of the show, it’s a race against time to counteract the spread of radiation, an invisible threat that spreads death to everything it touches. This provides for some of the most harrowing television I have seen in recent history.

The lack of Russian accents is the only thing I can truly fault the show on. This does break the immersion and makes the show feel a bit inauthentic. It’s not a major quarrel but it can be irksome.

Chernobyl is not to be missed at any expense. It’s a harrowing example of human failing and fortitude, and the must-watch miniseries of 2019.

9.5/10


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