Chernobyl - HBO
Updated: Apr 23, 2020
How many times would I be willing to rewatch Chernobyl? 23.
First things first, I said in an earlier blog that I only want to use pictures that I've taken myself to give my site a more personal feel...but at this moment, I cannot help myself. I mean come on, just look at this picture. Right? So if you don't know, this is a still from HBO's 2019 limited-series, Chernobyl.
Chernobyl won Best Limited Series/Mini-Series at both the Golden Globes and at the Emmys. The series is based on the true story of the "explosion" at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Russia in the 1980s. It follows the hidden history behind this disaster. Here's the logline just to convince you to watch it:
"Brave men and women act heroically to mitigate catastrophic damage when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant suffers a nuclear accident on April 26, 1986."
Anyway, I've been hearing about how phenomenal the series is (and I've never denied it), but I just never got around to watching it. I did, though, download the five teleplays of it so I could read it when I had some free time...And now...I'm writing this particular post because I read it...And I loved it. I can't explain enough how breathtakingly brilliant Chernobyl was written. Craig Mazin everybody. Craig Mazin.
Basically, Chernobyl follows three major protagonists (Valery Legasov, Boris Shcherbina, and Ulana Khomyuk). All real people. What I think is particularly impressive about the series is how graphic, dramatic, and hard-to-watch it is. Typically, it seems as though these heavy aspects of a series that is based-on-a-true-story are fictional and are exaggerated for audience entertainment, but I was shocked and crestfallen to learn that most of what we see in HBO's limited series is hauntingly accurate. Mazin's voice throughout the narrative was clear and did not hold back at all. There are so many specific details that I want to explain here, but trust me, it's better if you take it in for the first time yourself.
I cannot recommend Chernobyl enough. Honestly. You know, who would think that a television drama about a nuclear power plant in 1980s Soviet-Russia would be so appealing, but it is. I confidently believe that it appeals to ALL age groups, genders, all that. It's dramatic, thrilling, suspenseful, engaging, perfect. Truly, I think that everyone needs to watch or read this series at some time. Read it or watch it, it'll be equally enjoyable.