Chernobyl dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history. The miniseries focuses on the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in the Ukrainian SSR (Soviet Union) in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the stories of those people who helped and died in tackling the disaster, and the Soviet cover up.
So before watching this show I was kinda expecting it to be like Chernobyl Diaries. It wasn’t - but it was still pretty entertaining nonetheless. At the same time this show was painfully difficult to watch. Many of the characters are stupidly negligent. People are constantly touching radioactive material like it was their magnet. Oh a radioactive pipe? Gotta touch it with my hands. Radioactive person? I’ve got to huge them. Radioactive debris? Let’s dance under it like it was snow.
Also, there was a part where they were literally sending over six different men to the center of a nuclear explosion.... just to CONFIRM what was there.....even though the first guy had already done it. There were other parts that were horrifyingly cringy. The lack of trust in authority becomes abundantly clear throughout the series. They also did a pretty good job making socialism look like a horrible and inefficient nightmare - if shitting on government policy is your thing :)