Hi TV Boffins
It doesn't happen too often these days but shows worth binge-watching do still happen, you just need to know where to look. HBO sends us on a ride to Ukraine, during the times of the Soviet Union. Since the Russians ruined the elections with their Facebook campaigns and bots I think the show comes as a fitting clap back. Pretty sure Putin isn't too pleased about Americans making a show about Eastern European incompetence and lies.
Nor could they be too appeased about portraying Russians and Ukrainians with a posh English accent either lol, they didn't even bother because well who can take Russian accents seriously? I know I can't, Mr Bond!
So let's dive into this one, shall we? We have lots to cover
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What is Chernobyl about?
In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic becomes one of the world's worst man-made disaster and the damage from will continue for years to come. This is a biopic on the events leading up the fatal explosion that claimed way more than the reported 31 lives lost.
What I thought of Chernobyl?
From the first episode, I was already hooked, the set design, the clothing and the overall the cinematic quality was top notch, I guess HBO shows not needing CGI dragon costs can really help the budget being spent on quality visuals! I found myself captivated by many of the scenes, while not visual spectaculars they draw you in with a sense of realism you don't often get with TV series these days.
The writing wasn't brilliant but it was great, but it is consistent and I'm sure it was a little jazzed up for entertainment purposes but never outlandish! Each actor did an amazing job at portraying each character and their feelings, which ultimately, led to an even greater ambience. When the show ended, I was in Chernobyl! I felt like I was contaminated by radiation.
My rating for Chernobyl
The show does an amazing job of immersing you in the life and times of those involved in the Chernobyl disaster. It's not all about the science but the geopolitical nature of the times, the effects of displacing 1000s of people, a government cover-up and so much more. Made all the juicier when you know that this is based on a true story.
I really enjoyed the series and I would have to give it 9 control rods out of 10
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