Chernobyl - Sky/HBO mini-series

Discussion in 'books, films, TV, radio & writing' started by smmudge, May 9, 2019.

  1. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Anyone watch the first episode of this? I love cold war nuclear stuff. Think I've got a metallic taste in my mouth now...

    Spoiler: a reactor core explodes!
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  2. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    I watched about half of it but didn't really get into it. The English accents jarred with me a bit too. I've resolved to wait until it's all available then try to binge it.
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  3. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. I am just waiting for the next tomato..

    Not watched yet.
    Though this is why I never wear Russian Y-fronts!
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  4. flypanam

    flypanam Agrocultured and shitesayer

    is it more sky than HBO or more HBO than Sky? Sky's dramatic output is pure shite. Which would be a shame as it could be an excellent drama.
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  5. moochedit

    moochedit Mr Mooched It

    Seen the adverts. Is it any good?
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  6. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Hmm i don't really know what characterises HBO or Sky so I'm not sure. But I enjoyed it (ok like i said not hard with this kind of stuff). However I enjoyed the realistic elements, for instance I think the control room looks like the real thing. I like that they kept all the technical stuff in, you kind of have to go with it a bit and not try to understand too much and it works. The performances are very good imo.
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  7. Rosemary Jest

    Rosemary Jest Wrong and Unstable

    I thought this was a film, but now I know it's a series I'll watch it. Is it an episode a week?
  8. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    It’s not one of those documentary + dramatised account hybrids where they mix up footage real people’s interviews with a dramatised narrative played by actors is it? I can’t stand those...
  9. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    No it's just a drama. They had a ten second audio clip of a real emergency call from the time but that's it.

    5x 1 hour episodes. I think I saw a couple of trailers beforehand but didn't do it justice imo.
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  10. pesh

    pesh Well-Known Member

    Cheers for the heads up, will give it a try... the BBC dramatisation Surviving Disaster with Adrian Edmondson of all people playing the lead investigator is worth checking out as well...
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  11. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    The first episode is wonderful. It's got a huge sense of creeping horror, and should make you angry too.
  12. telbert

    telbert Do you like sponge?

    Watched ep1 tonight. Hooded Claw is bang on with the creeping horror description. Really good, quite dark without trying to be iykwim.
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  13. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    Episode 2 continues the excellent work. And probably not the ideal thing to watch just before bedtime.
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  14. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

    Shit. Just watched the first one. Really good. Poor fuckers.
  15. Ming

    Ming Massive prawns

  16. Pac man

    Pac man Banned Banned

    Watched episode 1, won't be watching anymore.
  17. Epona

    Epona Down with battered parsnips

    I watched episode 1 earlier, utterly horrific - will watch the rest.
  18. Oula

    Oula Well-Known Member

    This was amazing. Edmondson was a revelation. I had forgotten the title of it so thank you.
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  19. T & P

    T & P |-o-| (-o-) |-o-|

    I checked the first episode and it was pretty good. Not sure the other half was so enthused by it, but then the subject matter is grim. Will check further episodes.
  20. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Does the second episode have lots of surprise vomitting? Hate seeing people vomit, even fake vomit.
  21. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    Not compared to episode one, no. The scope moves a bit outward from the immediate disaster site for a lot of the episode.
  22. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Ok good. Other half is on nights so we're saving it for the weekend (and the daytime lol).
  23. Scaggs

    Scaggs following seagulls

    Finding this fascinating, the hierarchies of the soviet state institutions mainly. Don't know how realistic it is but it feels real. The volunteers who had to drain the water tanks and the relationship between the scientist and the government official were particularly striking. I can't imagine US or even UK workers agreeing to do that, knowing their chances survival . I'm interested to read more about Chernobyl now.
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  24. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. I am just waiting for the next tomato..

    I thought the first two episodes were okay, but I await the episode 3, to see if the cliffhanger at the conclusion of E2 is true to life or whether artistic license is used.
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  25. cybershot

    cybershot Well-Known Member

    95% on the tomatometer! Looks like I need to get involved!
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  26. wayward bob

    wayward bob i ate all your bees

    i've been failing to find a decent rip of this, will wait until there's a whole series to binge. but it did lead me to this doc which is astonishing, i hadn't a single clue about the scale of the impact/operation.

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  27. Sprocket.

    Sprocket. I am just waiting for the next tomato..

    Heroes true heroes they saved Europe.
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  28. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    I've been watching it, so many firefighters and miners gave their lives so that many more would live. It's harrowing stuff but very detailed. The relationships in communist Russia are particularly interesting, especially the woman nuclear physicist who established what happened.
  29. smmudge

    smmudge Sissy that walk!

    Still loving it. I didn't know about what they had to deal with after it exploded either, and how much they actually managed to divert further doom! Pretty impressive really, guess we're quite lucky. But why can't the fire fighter's wife just do what she's told!!!

    The nuclear physicist is one of the few characters who isn't real, but based on a number of scientists I think who independently figured out what was going on, and probably the other impending disasters after the initial explosion.
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  30. TheHoodedClaw

    TheHoodedClaw acknowledging ur soup leg

    She's a proxy for a whole bunch of scientists who were involved in the discovery, mitigation, investigation etc. That makes sense dramatically, and Emily Watson is nailing the part. They all are I think - an extremely able cast.

    Amid all the continuing grimdark, the reaction of the miners to the First Secretary for Coal, or whatever he was, was genuinely funny.

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