Today I want to talk about a limited series that garnered a lot of attention back in 2019. The HBO show Chernobyl is based on real events, diving into what happened in 1986. It’s always both diffcult to pull something like that off, so let’s see how it turned out this time!
The Plot (according to RT):
Brave men and women act heroically to mitigate catastrophic damage when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffers a nuclear accident on April 26, 1986.
Damn, this was really intense. You can tell immediately why Chernobyl won so many awards. The cast was chosen expertly and each and every one of the performaces hid hard. Coupled with the writing capitalizing on real life events that were so tragic, this will hit you right in the feels.
The cinematography is also on-point with many scenes that don’t just look impressive but will burn themselves into your brain. They really captured the right vibe and many moments will give you chills.
While I appreciate almost everything about the show, from the writing, over the cast to the cinematography – I also have some criticism. I think the thing that irritated me the most were the accents. Just about everybody speaks with a variety of American or British accents (which is naturally also due to the fact that most actors and actresses cast where from there). Somehow I wish they had given us authetic accents, but then again when I consider how Russian and other Eastern Europe accents are often butchered I am also glad they didn’t. I remember one particular scenes where for a moment a character struck me as a British insurance broker when he actually was a member of the party. It was 100% the accent that threw me off.
A bigger problems come not with what you see on the show but with the effects this had IRL. I watched this series with a friend who had to see it for a course at university, so they discussed it a fair bit there. Which also resulted in my discussing it with my friend afterwards and learning a lot of the stuff mentioned in the course. One of the things you don’t usually here about the show is how it affected the people depicted. There are several people who are still alive. One of the women ended up having to move from her apartment after her *real name* was incorporated on the show and it became easy for people to find her.
The show Chernobyl itself was incredible and impressed me a lot. It’s extremely well-made and I have barely and criticism about the episodes themselves. It’s more the real world implications that came with the show that irritated me a fair bit.
Did you watch the season? Let me know in the comments what you think!