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Jun 23, 2019 13:46:15

Chernobyl

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Brandon Wilson

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I have finished the HBO miniseries Chernobyl. It is not a large feat as it is only five episodes. Let's just say it's the feel-bad hit of the summer.

I was nine years old when the Chernobyl disaster happened, but I do not have any memory of hearing about it at the time. I'm sure it was in the papers and on the news, but I was a kid who was not concerned with such matters. 

Having limited knowledge about the disaster, I found this miniseries to be equal parts historically-informative and excellent storytelling. The acting is brilliant. The cinematography is true to the time period and haunting in many ways. 

It is interesting to see the depiction of the inner workings of the former Soviet Union. It seems to be an overall theme and outright indictment by the filmmakers that the pride of keeping up appearances and hiding or altering the truth at all costs set the stage for this disaster.

In reading about the aftermath of the disaster, I was surprised to discover that they offer guided tours of the "Exclusion Zone" for people who have not had enough radiation exposure. I am fine with learning about this event and part of the world from a safe distance.

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    @brandonwilson - Totally agree with your assessment of the awesome show. An Uber driver recommended that I watched it when I complained that there is nothing worth watching anymore. Although some scenes can be scary and grousome - I was glued to the screen. It is very well done.
    I hope that it is based on the truth. There is a lot of chatter that it is propaganda against the Soviet Union. But it looks very believable.

    Keni avatar Keni | Jun 24, 2019 15:57:41
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    @brandonwilson Thanks for sharing, it was in my viewing list and I am bumping it up to the top of it. I have been getting very good reviews from colleagues and friends on this for the past week.

    Santhosh Guru avatar Santhosh Guru | Jun 24, 2019 07:51:09
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    @brandonwilson

    What was happening in 'your world' at the time? As in like what were you most obsessed with and hearing about on TV at that time?

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 24, 2019 00:19:30
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      @abrahamKim As a nine-year-old I'm sure it was Tom and Jerry and Woody Woodpecker.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Jun 24, 2019 07:51:08
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      @brandonwilson

      wow. Those three characters seem so out of date now. When I was nine I think the biggest things were... Brittany Spears and NSYNC

      Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 24, 2019 20:54:23
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