Chernobyl (HBO Mini Series)

Chernobyl (HBO Mini Series)

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El stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Drclarke said:
El stovey said:
No spoilers please!
Sorry but I am going to have to spoil it.

The reactor catches fire, there is a bloody Big Bang and lots of destruction.
It’s ok I’ve seen the first episode. Quite liked the way it went bang. Kind of really bad but people weren’t sure what had happened.

It’s very nicely filmed and really captures that grey bleak 80s soviet era radioactive look.

B17NNS

18,506 posts

211 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Sounds interesting. I enjoy this kind of thing. Was lucky enough to visit Pripyat a few years ago. I don’t have HBO. I’ll ahem try to find it.

poing

8,743 posts

164 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Watched it earlier on download and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. I'm going to pretend I didn't study physics at university and just try and enjoy it. That enjoyment does appear to involve shouting "get everyone the fk out of there you arrogant fkwits" but people enjoy shouting at sport so I'll give it a go.

jimmythingy

212 posts

26 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Struggling with the non Russian accents, I'm sure i heard a Yorkshire accent from one of the firemen.

El stovey

37,944 posts

227 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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jimmythingy said:
Struggling with the non Russian accents, I'm sure i heard a Yorkshire accent from one of the firemen.
They seem to be using regional accents to show the salt of the earth ness of the workers?

Perhaps so we can imagine it’s happening to normal people like in Sheffield or something?

FredClogs

14,041 posts

125 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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El stovey said:
jimmythingy said:
Struggling with the non Russian accents, I'm sure i heard a Yorkshire accent from one of the firemen.
They seem to be using regional accents to show the salt of the earth ness of the workers?
Lennins USSR had a mixture of languages and accents, the project at Chernobyl was not a Ukrainian one, so any attempt at a generic "Russian" one would be as innacurate as it would be an insult.


slipstream 1985

8,425 posts

143 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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Im sure I have already seen it all on youtube a while ago. it is very good though and worth watching it all. The accents thing just thiink of it like klingons speaking english in star trek. makes it more enjoyable.

The Hypno-Toad

10,574 posts

169 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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I have just finished reading a book about the disaster and this brings everything into sharp focus. It’s difficult to realise now how close we came to something very, very serious indeed.

Truly a hell on earth.

Nickp82

2,535 posts

57 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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FredClogs said:
Lennins USSR had a mixture of languages and accents, the project at Chernobyl was not a Ukrainian one, so any attempt at a generic "Russian" one would be as innacurate as it would be an insult.
Yup, quite happy to be spared 40 or so attempts at Russian accent.
I enjoyed the first episode and looking forward to the rest of the series.

Steve vRS

4,088 posts

205 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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The Hypno-Toad said:
I have just finished reading a book about the disaster and this brings everything into sharp focus. It’s difficult to realise now how close we came to something very, very serious indeed.

Truly a hell on earth.
I’ve read elsewhere, and it was shown tonight, that the two men who went under the reactor and opened the cooling water manual isolation valves averted the meltdown. I believe they died.

Pesty

42,655 posts

220 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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llewop said:
I hadn't, but just watched it. It seemed okay - can't really comment on the accuracy of the operational differences of opinion in the control room, the issues with the reactor itself and lack of training/understanding of its quirks was there. The fisherman side-story seemed odd and unnecessary. Looking at the official data they do not appear to be amongst the deaths, if their doses according to wiki are about right (somewhere in the region of LD50) then that is almost surprising.

I would imagine the new series will be similar but with more time to develop the identities and perhaps more of the aftermath which seemed a bit rushed.

To clarify the 'expert on board' {my expertise is in radiation safety, not reactor operation, so whilst I have done courses on reactors, operating them is not my specific knowledge. Been doing it over 30 years so would like to think I have got the hang of it by now. I spent 4+ years working at Chernobyl on the New Safe Confinement project, which has just completed final commissioning}.
Thanks very interesting.


Id heard the fisherman story long ago before seeing that.

It’s the operation differences that interest me. Similar how co pilots won’t challenge pilots, surgeons etc etc. And mistakes happen.

Must finish reading that book I started years ago.

Always been fascinated by nuclear accidents. The demon core etc, how such a clever man can do things in such a dangerous way. Sl-1 as well.

Radiation scares me a lot more than it should.

Edited by Pesty on Tuesday 7th May 23:16

FourWheelDrift

81,958 posts

248 months

Tuesday 7th May 2019
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They didn't mess around before the explosion occured, I remember watching the Seconds from Disaster episode and they had loads of pre-incident build up of the mess that caused it. Although of course this is about the incident and aftermath in greater detail.

Roon205

90 posts

40 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Watched episode 1 last night and really enjoyed it!

What scares the most is the attitude being portrayed by the big wigs it’s ok don’t worry believe in the soviet ideal.

An ideal that is still very apparent in regimes around the globe now!

sgtBerbatov

2,597 posts

45 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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I don't have access to HBO, or Sky Atlantic (which I think is the UK channel showing it?), but I'd like to know how it compares to the hour long drama the BBC did a few years ago? If I can remember correctly it was around 2003/2004 and Ade Edmondson was the main character in it.

Dr Doofenshmirtz

12,725 posts

164 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Watched it last night - truly epic and frightening. Those Men who opened the cooling valve thingies are true heros in every sense of the word. Knowing you're on a one way mission, but about to save the world from something much much worse!

nickwilcock

1,510 posts

211 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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I watched it last night on Sky Atlantic and thought that it was pretty good.

But the rather 'grimy' picture quality and some 'mumblephonic' dialogue spoiled it a bit - I only have a legacy Sky non-HD receiver and RGB connection to the TV, so maybe that was the problem?

RicksAlfas

10,989 posts

208 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Really enjoyed that. I especially liked the bit where the head honcho (with the gravelly voice) said "we have contacted the local office, who have contacted the deputy state office, who have contacted the deputy regional office, who have contacted the deputy national office....." and on it went. I can imagine that's what it's like working for a UK council or the NHS. biggrin

nickwilcock said:
But the rather 'grimy' picture quality and some 'mumblephonic' dialogue spoiled it a bit - I only have a legacy Sky non-HD receiver and RGB connection to the TV, so maybe that was the problem?
It was intentionally filmed in 80s Sovietovision to portray the grimness of it.

Edited by RicksAlfas on Wednesday 8th May 13:32

GetCarter

27,615 posts

243 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Well worth a watch I thought. Hopefully it will continue so.

CustardOnChips

1,371 posts

26 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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I thought it was brilliant. Not having generic Russian accents worked for me. It seems to allow the actors to focus on their performance.

Terminator X

10,756 posts

168 months

Wednesday 8th May 2019
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Watched it last night, very good. Why did they all seem to be adamant though that the reactor could not blow up?

TX.