HBO’s Chernobyl is a gripping five part miniseries based on the events that occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant on the night of April 26, 1986. The series begins on the night of the explosion, and details the aftermath of the events that took place following the explosion. Jared Harris stars as Valery Legasov, a prominent Soviet chemist who played a critical role as chief of the commission investigating the Chernobyl disaster.
HBO did an absolutely phenomenal job in all aspects of Chernobyl. The series really made you feel the intensity and fear of a situation that was completely unprecedented. They did a great job of showing both the physical disaster that the radiation was causing, as well as the emotional burden of those who lost loved ones due to radiation poisoning. Some of the scenes showing those who experienced severe radiation poisoning were absolutely terrifying. It was almost hard to believe this was something that really happened, since the disaster seemed like straight out of a movie. I thought Jared Harris turned in an incredible acting performance portraying Professor Legasov, who was the main hero of the story.
The first three episodes kept you on the edge of your seat the entire time while hundreds of men fought to prevent a global nuclear disaster. The last two episodes did a great job explaining both the scientific events and human decisions that actually caused the disaster. It was really fascinating listening to the detailed version of what happened hour by hour and second by second once the Chernobyl commission was able to figure out everything that happened. The series did a great job of answering every single question that pops into your head throughout the series. They spend the end of the last episode giving you all of the facts on the aftermath of Chernobyl and where things stand today.
Overall, this is one of the best TV series I’ve seen probably since Breaking Bad. Chernobyl is an all around terrifying but gripping masterpiece of the events that occurred on the night of April 26, 1986.
Rotten Tomatoes: 95%
My Rating: 9.8/10
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