Tuesday, June 04, 2019

HBO's Chernobyl finale

I won’t have time to watch all episodes of “Chernobyl” (created by Craig Mazin, directed by Johan Renck) right now, but I did watch the finale, “Vichnaya Pamyat”

The finale seems to summarize the entire series, showing the corruption, self-reinforcing, that led to confusion in the control room the night of the “test”.  Much of the episode is shown as a trial, particularly of Legasov (Jared Harris), who winds up “sentenced” to keeping his job with nothingness, the Soviet equivalent of deplatforming.

The men are shown resulting for the night shift in a clothes changing room, much like in the military. 

The epilogue shows many scenes of the destruction with statistics of cancer cases and deaths. Many people were “conscripted” into the cleanup and many of those died of radiation poisoning. Many people who volunteered, who sometimes may have been old people with less life expectancy, also died.  Fukushima in Japan has a similar problem.

The closing credits maintain that the Chernobyl accident were the real cause of the breakup of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.

Here are some comments by IGN, and Indiewire.
I had a friend in NYC back in 1976 through the “Understanding” group who was fanatic about opposing nuclear power and wanted to drive a van around the country for that purpose.

Wiki attribution:  By Tim Porter - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link  An increasing portion of Wikipedia illustrations are jif files and I don't know if Blogger can import them. 

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