Chernobyl (2019, TV Miniseries) May 25, 2020May 25, 2020 This is a thread to discuss on the HBO miniseries on the Chernobyl disaster.
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Here’s my original post in the TV thread:
Also, I’ve been listening a podcast with the writer, Craig Mazin. I like these podcasts because they do cover what was true and what was not true in the series.
Speaking of which Masha Gessen, in the New Yorker has a rather scathy criticism of what the series of got wrong. (I’ve only listened to two podcasts, but so I’m not sure if Mazin addresses her criticisms.)
I think her criticisms are valid. They mostly deal with the way the story creates heroes and villains in a way that is both dramatic and clear-cut. For her, the disaster was not caused by a few bad individuals, but the entire Soviet system. And she doesn’t like the way the hero-scientists speak to higher-ups, and the way they solve the mystery. (Read: Too Hollyood.) Again, I think these are valid.
But while watching this, I think I understood that the scientists likely didn’t talk this way or solve the mystery in the way that it was depicted. It felt like a device to make the series more dramatic and entertaining. To me, the truths that were important to me: the science behind hwo it happened and that the system, built on lies, was really a big reason for the disaster. I think those truths came through the series.