HBO’s Chernobyl review: A captivating, bleak portrait of the biggest nuclear catastrophe in history

The Soviet Union in 1986, the year Chernobyl disaster occurred, was a dying empire. Sooner or later that debt is paid.”
Chernobyl streams on Hotstar. It starts gloomy and gets gloomier as it continues. For while the demons in Chernobyl may be more routine — human incompetence, institutional rot, an oppressive, insecure government and so on, they are actually real unlike ghosts, vampires and such. There is a sequence when a German-made robot is remotely manoeuvred to clear the plant’s roof and it instantly “dies” before it even starts the job. Let me end this review with my favourite quote from the series, a haunting dialogue: “Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. This trio is talented enough to elevate any material, let alone Chernobyl. He once said that the Chernobyl disaster “even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later.”

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Chernobyl has a menacingly gripping narration and writing. The Soviet authorities did not want the world to know the details of the disaster for, they believed, it would signify incompetence on their part. At one point it threatened the lives of millions through airborne radiation and potential contamination of the ground water. As Shcherbina warns Legasov, “These men work in the dark. He is the protagonist of the series. Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, a one-party, communist state that Vladimir Lenin had built, agrees. The official position of the state, Boris tells Legasov at one point, is that global nuclear catastrophe is not possible in the Soviet Union. They see everything.”
The containment efforts at Chernobyl and Pripyat. He puts forward a bleak, subhuman term for those assigned to do the job — biorobots. Emily Watson’s character Ulana Khomyuk embodied many scientists “who who worked fearlessly and put themselves in a lot of danger to help solve the situation.”
In a way, Chernobyl is a real-life horror story — more frightening than any scary movie or show you will see. (The containment here is of two kinds. Advertising

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was an RBMK type reactor near Pripyat in Soviet Ukraine (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic) whose very core exploded (something which was not thought possible) because of several unforeseen reasons and resulted in dispersal of large amounts of radioactive material in the area. The first was the containment of information. But he uses his clout with the Council of Ministers’ deputy chairman Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) to send a lot of people to their certain death in the containment efforts. Jared Harris, probably one of the most underrated actors working today, plays a nuclear physicist Valery Legasov. The never-ending race to compete with much more economically developed US and ill-advised Afghan invasion had weakened it to its core. And they make for far more ruthless and efficient killers. There is a blasé leader of miners who immediately grasps what this minor government official standing before him wants them to do but does not have the courage to admit upfront — to die so others can live. Unless one is sadistic, one cannot derive fun from this show. The second containment, of course, was the control of disaster’s spread — the pivot on which the series revolves.)
Chernobyl was thus at least one of the primary causes of the end of Cold War and radical restructuring of the world order in which the United States emerged as the only superpower. He was not being malevolent towards them. He was just urging Shcherbina to order the men to basically go in close proximity of dangerously high amount of radiation so that the poison of Chernobyl would not spread and kill many more. It was only a matter of time before it ceased to exist. It is then Legasov suggests sending men to do a task that was too dangerous for a machine. The Chernobyl incident was the first of its kind on the planet and its containment required an unprecedented amount of resources that beggared an already bankrupt nation. 0
Comment(s) The myth had to be perpetuated so the empire could go on. It is difficult to hide anything from men who have toiled hard their whole lives in most adverse conditions on earth. It is not as though he did not realise the gravity of what he was saying. The aftereffects of the disaster were felt as far as Norway. It never lets the attention of the viewer waver, and it does that not by breathless pace but subtly outlining the enormity of what we are witnessing. The acting by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson is reliably top-notch. Chernobyl is high-quality television, but it is by no means entertaining. Advertising

Further ahead, there arises a need of miners to excavate a tunnel.