Top 10 HBO's Chernobyl Moments That Impress
Just like the catastrophic event itself, HBO's 'Chernobyl' l is something we won't forget for a very long time. Both memorable and phenomenal, 'Chernobyl' is a recount of the sad occurrence that took place in USSR. It's a five-part miniseries that details the event of the most significant nuclear disaster in history. It's currently the highest rated TV series on IMDB.
The series was created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. The making of the movie, the cast, the acting, everything is at one hundred percent! If you haven't seen the series, get to it first before you read this article as this includes some spoilers. Don't say we didn't warn you. Below is a recount of 10 unforgettable scenes on the 'Chernobyl.'
10. ANATOLY SITNIKOV WAS NOT TAKEN SERIOUSLY
Even If you had no idea of what happened at the Chernobyl incidence before watching, you must have known how grave the catastrophe was. This makes watching the series quite disheartening as we witness the higher powers deny that something catastrophic had happened. All through the first episode, physicist Anatoly Sitnikov continued to affirm that something had happened.
However, when he tried to tell Bryukhanov, Fomin, and Dyatlov that there had been an explosion, he was ousted as a fool. He was asked, "Are you stupid?". Despite the death of Dyatlov after he vomited and fainted, Fomin and Bryukhanov still turned a blind eye to what was exactly right in front of them. Even when they asked Sitnikov to go check the roof, he still went despite knowing that he was going to die doing so.
9. THE PROPAGANDA TO DOWNPLAY THE BLAST
Despite how disastrous the aftermath of the explosion was, the Soviet Union tried their best to clean up and play down the damages that occurred. This was obvious when the robot that was brought from Germany to the Chernobyl site to help clean up broke down. A furious Boris Shcherbina soon made calls to the Soviet Union, raging about how they lied to the Germans about the enormity of the occurrence. Shcherbina said:
"I told the Germans that the highest detected levels of radiation are 2000 mSv/hr. I gave them the propaganda number."
He broke down emotionally, and that revealed how far he had come from the politician who simply took orders to a man who began to see the adverse effects of giving the wrong propaganda.
8. THE KILLING OF PUPPIES
Although citizens were removed from the Exclusion Zone, the pets were not so lucky. In one of the show's episode, three soldiers were sent to Chernobyl to kill dogs that had been affected by radiation. It was an unappealing job to the three soldiers, most especially, Pavel. It was so bad that when he injured a puppy, he froze.
His superior had to intervene and finish the job and told him not to let the dogs suffer. Pavel later encountered a litter of puppies and most likely, their mother also and his leader knew he couldn't handle it. He had to step in and make the killing off camera. However, this didn't lessen the weight of the actions.
7. THE COW MILKING SCENE
As people were being evacuated, a babushka refused to leave her house and cow. She continued milking the cow even though the soldier tried to convince her that it is for her benefit. She said,
'My parents died. Two of my sisters died. They told the rest of us to leave. No.'
The older woman had gone through a lot of things that took her loved ones from her, from the Russian revolution to the Berlin wall; the Chernobyl occurrence was the last stroke. Unfortunately, the soldier still went ahead to get rid of the milk and kill the cow.
6. THE HOSPITAL SCENE
A Moscow hospital saw gory things following the accident. Ulana Khomyuk had to talk to senior engineer Leonid Toptunov and night shift supervisor, Aleksandr Akimov to get information about what happened after they pressed the shutdown button while they were on their deathbeds. She could not fathom how the reactor could have exploded, but she definitely believed the dying men in front of her.
The information revealed to her was unbelievable, and this made her frustrated to find Lyudmilla Ignatenko who was pregnant, touching her husband with no form of protection. Ulana dragged her out of there. Ulana Khomyuk was hell-bent on exposing the truth before she was KGB spies captured her.
5. THE COAL MINERS WHO WENT TO CHERNOBYL
When it occurred that the reactor fuel might get to the groundwater, Mikhail Shchadov tried to get the help of some coal miners to help in digging a tunnel for a heat exchanger. Even though they were just miners, they still wouldn't budge without question unlike other characters in the movie which followed orders strictly.
Mikhail Shchadov had to tell them that they were going to Chernobyl to which they retorted that they "dig up coals not bodies." Though it isn't part of their job, the miners felt compelled to do it. At the tunnel, they had to remove their clothes because of heat and the absence of a fan. The lead miner knew that this might not bode well for him and his miners, but he persisted either way.
4. THE UNSETTLING HELICOPTERS SUB-PLOT
For such a short movie, the quality is impressive. This scene must have been one of the most complicated to shoot. In a bid to stop the fire at Chernobyl, Valery Legasov puts forth the idea of dropping sand and boron from helicopters. However, the helicopters were warned not to get too close to the explosion.
Unfortunately, one of the helicopters disobeyed orders and exploded. Standing below and afar off, Legasov and Shcherbina felt helpless. In reality, that happened but six months later than portrayed in the movie. Regardless, they did recount the scene correctly.
3. DRAIN THE WATER; IT MUST BE DONE
The final scenes of the second episode are scarier than some horror movies. To guide against a steam explosion, Alexei Ananenko, Valeri Bezpalov, and Boris Baranov offered to drain the water at the basement of Chernobyl, even though they knew that it might endanger their lives.
The following scenes were shot with absolutely no dialogue. Just sounds to communicate their claustrophobia, fear, and terror that is entirely normal, given the circumstances. The scenes were quite disturbing as the men were in partial darkness.
2. THE EXPLOSION
The last episode of the show depicts the courtroom drama that reminisces to when the reactor blew up. While on trial with Bryukhanov and Fomin, Dyatlov insists he wasn't present when the reactor blew. It was so apparent that he was lying. Legasov disclosed how Dyatlov ordered the key that started an emergency shutdown. Despite the fact that we all know the reactor blew up, we weren't prepared for the suspense that occurred in the flashback. This alone is proof of how mind-blowing this series is.
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1. THE 90 SECONDS ON THE ROOF
If we need to pick a scene to say how horrifying the Chernobyl explosion was, it'd be this scene. Almost four thousand liquidators were called to clear the roof of graphite after the German robot couldn't. They only had 90 seconds each, and one young man was seen getting tired with each graphite he carried. He stumbled, and when he got inside, he noticed he had a tear on the boot. Although it doesn't sound like much harm, in Chernobyl, every single little thing matters and that small mistake could cost him his life.
The series 'Chernobyl' was indeed a nerve-racking and surreal recount of the nuclear disaster. Now you have known the crucial moments of the series, which scene touched you the most? Share this article with a friend today and leave us comments in the comment section.