Chernobyl is a historical drama TV miniseries created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. The series is a co-production between the American cable network HBO and the British television network Sky. The first episode was shown in both the United States and the United Kingdom on May 6, 2019. The series depicts the Chornobyl nuclear disaster that occurred in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in April 1986. The series will have in total five episodes.
The agency describes the Nuclear Power Plant and reactors it had, mentioning that "certain aspects of the design contributed to the Chernobyl disaster, and there were calls for the reactors to be decommissioned."
It is also explained about the aftermath of the accident with the total of 31 firemen and plant workers dying. A report by the World Health Organization estimated that 600,000 people within the Soviet Union were exposed to high levels of radiation, and of those, 4,000 would die. Anatoly Dyatlov and the director of the Chernobyl plant, Viktor Bryukhanov, were sentenced to ten years each in prison for their roles in the disaster.
The people stepped up to contain the disaster came to be called the "Liquidators." The article lists categories of people who are the "Liquidators."
Mashable agency notes that there is no way to prepare yourself for what awaits for you in the series and even "knowing how this story ends does not in any way lessen the terror of watching it unfold in real time."
The author tries to analyze why Chernobyl is so fearsome and states that "there are several contributing factors – recency, realism, hindsight, hubris. The men in power deal in denial and deception; their worst fear is not widespread and gruesome death, but humiliation for them and their nation... If nothing else, you go into Chernobyl knowing the answer to its central thematic question: "What is the cost of lies?" In this case, it is the steepest cost of human life."
One of the episode's most chilling moments, according to the article, is a wordless scene of children dancing and playing in snowy ash raining down from the expanding cloud above their home. Some of the most outlandish and ironic moments are drawn from actual fact, such as firemen dousing the flame in water and one of them touching a piece of exposed graphite with his bare hands.
The author mentions that in Ukrainian, the word 'chornobyl' means 'wormwood', the bitter-tasting plant.
But, wormwood is also the name given to a devastating star, or meteorite, in the Book of Revelation: "A great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water - the name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter."
So there you have it, if you want it, the bleak poetry in the name of the town where the world's worst nuclear disaster took place 33 years ago; nature turned bitter, an apocalyptic catastrophe, death from the fusion found in stars.
Here are some reactions on the Chernobyl series in the media. Igor Bobic, a reporter at HuffPost, wrote in Twitter:
So I watched the HBO series on Chernobyl tonight and as a result I’ve been stuck in a radioactive rabbit hole for hours reading the very, very technical Wikipedia page on the causes of the disaster— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) 8 мая 2019 г.
Also, I’m now a nuclear engineer AMA
Journalist Charles Arthur shared his openinion in Twitter:
“Chernobyl” is great TV, but the reality of the radiation risk if you weren’t a firefighter, nuclear worker or other person too close to the explosion isn’t what you might expect. pic.twitter.com/4wPlNU32KH— Charles Arthur (@charlesarthur) 7 мая 2019 г.
Britain's Got Talent winner 2016 Richard Jones wrote: