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Old 06-04-2019, 12:14 PM   #1
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The new HBO series Chernobyl

Anyone watched the HBO series Chernobyl? I'm pretty impressed. I was a teenager during that time and couldn't believe how realistic the Soviet milieu in the movie was. The only thing missing was the Russian language. The actors, too, seemed pretty realistic and didn't give off many U.S. vibes

Of course it's not a documentary, so one cannot expect that the events would be depicted with 100% accuracy. But they're close enough to the real thing, for a TV series.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:22 PM   #2
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The actors, too, seemed pretty realistic and didn't give off many U.S. vibes
Aren't most of them British?

I've only watched up to episode 3 so far, but I am enjoying it (although it's a bit harrowing in parts).
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:26 PM   #3
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Anyone watched the HBO series Chernobyl? I'm pretty impressed. I was a teenager during that time and couldn't believe how realistic the Soviet milieu in the movie was. The only thing missing was the Russian language. The actors, too, seemed pretty realistic and didn't give off many U.S. vibes

Of course it's not a documentary, so one cannot expect that the events would be depicted with 100% accuracy. But they're close enough to the real thing, for a TV series.
I don't have HBO, so I haven't seen it. Unlike most historical events that occurred three decades ago or more, Chernobyl is still an active event. So they shouldn't run out of interesting topics for episodes any time soon. I've seen a lot of documentaries on Chernobyl, and there is plenty of subject matter available for such a series. Hopefully they do a good job with it rather than just turn it into a soap opera type of show.
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Aren't most of them British?
Ah... perhaps so, haven't checked.
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Old 06-04-2019, 12:33 PM   #5
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I don't have HBO, so I haven't seen it. Unlike most historical events that occurred three decades ago or more, Chernobyl is still an active event. So they shouldn't run out of interesting topics for episodes any time soon. I've seen a lot of documentaries on Chernobyl, and there is plenty of subject matter available for such a series. Hopefully they do a good job with it rather than just turn it into a soap opera type of show.
No, it isn't a soap opera at all. The firefighter and his pregnant wife (the only romantic bit in the series) are actually real historical characters, at least according to the Wikipedia.

It's a miniseries, there are only 5 episodes. So it's not going to drag endlessly on either.
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I've just started the third episode and I'm enjoying it, although that isn't the right word. The story gives me almost a claustrophobic and helpless feeling. But it's well made.

I was 5 years old at the time of the incident, I can only vaguely remember it. I know there was some anxiety because my mother was pregnant with my sister and it hadn't been an easy pregnancy to start with. One detail I can remember is that my parents were talking about how we couldn't eat spinach at the time. Weird how you can remember such random things.
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I've just started the third episode and I'm enjoying it, although that isn't the right word. The story gives me almost a claustrophobic and helpless feeling. But it's well made.
Yes, exactly. That's what I liked about it, that they didn't try to make a thriller or action flick or (God forbid) a romance, but stuck pretty close to the real events. Some reviewers complained it was boring. I can't understand how anyone can be bored while watching it, unless they expected another Titanic movie or something of the sort.

I totally get that it's not everyone's cup of tea, but boring? Really.
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Yes, exactly. That's what I liked about it, that they didn't try to make a thriller or action flick or (God forbid) a romance, but stuck pretty close to the real events. Some reviewers complained it was boring. I can't understand how anyone can be bored while watching it, unless they expected another Titanic movie or something of the sort.

I totally get that it's not everyone's cup of tea, but boring? Really.
I think that if it had been fiction, then perhaps it could have been seen as boring to a certain extent. For me (4 episodes in) what makes it really riveting is the fact that it is a true story. That makes it infinitely more chilling in my opinion.
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I think that if it had been fiction, then perhaps it could have been seen as boring to a certain extent. For me (4 episodes in) what makes it really riveting is the fact that it is a true story. That makes it infinitely more chilling in my opinion.
Oh, I agree. For pure fiction you need something quite different, because your viewers' expectations are different. What amazes me is that for some people there's apparently no difference at all between a true story and a fictional one.
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What amazes me is that for some people there's apparently no difference at all between a true story and a fictional one.
Some folks seem to beleive GoT is factual.

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