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I wanted to mention my reaction to the second episode of Chernobyl before it came up in the forums here last night, but I was so struck by it I will anyway. I don't think I've ever felt such an impact from any media before this, whether it be a movie, TV show, or book. This was always described as a disaster that could have been far worse, but I was never aware of just how close it came to destroying such a huge chunk of the world. It is truly staggering. The two sides of human nature this exemplifies is also quite striking: The abject incompetence of some of those in charge denying the severity of the problem juxtaposed with the mind-boggling heroism of those who were willing to risk certain death to contain the catastrophe is amazing. Must-see TV indeed.

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12. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2019, 11:17 RedEye9
 
Editing fail, you get the point

As for the flashlights dying, that was either done for artistic license or the intense radiation cooked their batteries/innards. The geiger counters kept working because they're designed to function in hot environs.

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11. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2019, 11:16 RedEye9
 
[quote="Cutter"May 16, 2019,10:58"25394uestions about Chernobyl, secret text ahead containing minor spoilers.

Why did the helicopter crash anyway? When you see the blade snap off? Was it the heat from the plume or the radiation? Same thing with the guys in the basement at the end when their flashlights fail.

And the show is currently 9.6 on IMDB and that's completely accurate. It's so well done all around. Just an amazing production.

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10. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2019, 10:58 Cutter
 
Questions about Chernobyl, secret text ahead containing minor spoilers.

Why did the helicopter crash anyway? When you see the blade snap off? Was it the heat from the plume or the radiation? Same thing with the guys in the basement at the end when their flashlights fail.

And the show is currently 9.6 on IMDB and that's completely accurate. It's so well done all around. Just an amazing production.
 
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9. Re: Chernobyl May 16, 2019, 10:55 Cutter
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 16, 2019, 10:27:
Mr. Tact wrote on May 16, 2019, 09:57:
Unfortunately, the US currently has little room to scold anyone about having incompetence at the higher levels of government...

And that has absolutely no bearing on the content of the show.

Yeah because Three Mile Island was never a problem or anything.
 
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8. Re: Chernobyl May 16, 2019, 10:48 Verno
 
Chernobyl is yet another stellar fucking production from HBO, truly haunting.  
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7. Re: Out of the Blue May 16, 2019, 10:45 WaltC
 
As with any "based on true events" television or movie, I think it pays to remember that a certain amount of dramatic license is taken with the facts, timelines, persons involved, etc...;) Probably wouldn't be so riveting otherwise! The one fact I hazily recall from the disaster is that the Chernobyl reactor was of a type and design that both Europe and the US rejected as fundamentally flawed.

The Russians got the Soyuz booster rockets right--but had to fundamentally change their reactor designs--which has been done in the aftermath of Chernobyl. When it's done right, nuclear power is bullet-proof safe. It already supplies most of the power to the EU.

 
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6. Re: Chernobyl May 16, 2019, 10:35 Mr. Tact
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 16, 2019, 10:27:
Mr. Tact wrote on May 16, 2019, 09:57:
Unfortunately, the US currently has little room to scold anyone about having incompetence at the higher levels of government...

And that has absolutely no bearing on the content of the show.
That's true.
 



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5. Re: Chernobyl May 16, 2019, 10:27 Burrito of Peace
 
Mr. Tact wrote on May 16, 2019, 09:57:
Unfortunately, the US currently has little room to scold anyone about having incompetence at the higher levels of government...

And that has absolutely no bearing on the content of the show.
 
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4. Re: Handstand Workout. In case you are not feeling inadequate. May 16, 2019, 10:11 Bill Borre
 
If it had destroyed a huge chunk of the word that might not have been too bad as people talk too much anyway.  
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3. Re: Handstand Workout. In case you are not feeling inadequate. May 16, 2019, 09:59 Mr. Tact
 
Crazy.  



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2. Re: Chernobyl May 16, 2019, 09:57 Mr. Tact
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on May 16, 2019, 09:52:
The scene in the helicopter with Jarred Harris and Stellan Skaarsgard is a perfect example of how incompetent and blame averse the higher ups in the Communist part were.
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1. Chernobyl May 16, 2019, 09:52 Burrito of Peace
 
I have to agree with you, Blue. I was not aware of the nearly global catastrophic events that could have unfolded had the right people not fought against the incompetence of their superiors and took the actions they did to contain the radiation.

The scene in the helicopter with Jarred Harris and Stellan Skaarsgard is a perfect example of how incompetent and blame averse the higher ups in the Communist part were.

It is an amazing show and one I would highly recommend to anyone.
 
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