Chernobyl Review


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Good Morning Lovelies, 

Many of us will know about the horrors of the Chernobyl disaster that happened in 1986. Many of us will know how gripping the new Sky drama based on it is. Many of us who haven’t seen it really need to! Out on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally today, the five-episode mini-series created and written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck, starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson, has become critically acclaimed and it is rightly deserved.

On the 26th April, the 1980s saw a disaster that should never have happened when the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukrainian SSR exploded. Releasing deadly radioactive matter all over Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine, as well as across Europe, the world was changed forever. Yet, still, much of what happened and how the incident occurred has been kept hidden. In the new series, the true story is brought to light, as those who thought to save those around them and the sad millions who suffered from it share their stories, which have been used to make up the show. 

Having been named by many as being unmissable, it is easy to see why. From the quiet moments that make up the first few moments of the series, there is an undeniable sense of horror and intrigue. Each element caught on camera has been placed there to show audiences something. Every piece of the script has been thought about in a delicate way that lends to the story and the way in which those affected told their own tales.

When watching, you can’t help but be affected. Even up until the last episode, which goes back 12 hours before the disaster to show the beauty of the country so badly affected by the disaster. The families. The workers. The people who were going about their day in blissful quietness. Witnessing how the disaster might have been stopped is something that will frustrate and bring sadness to many. Two feelings that will be felt throughout.

It is a show that will cause controversy, yet it is instantly a classic. A cult watch that will keep audiences watching. Whether they knew about the horror or not, they will want to find out what happened. They will want to know the part people played and these stories that have made up this show will tell it well for years to come.

As many of us seek real-life dramas now, this is topping them all. Never has a show brought so much disaster and horror in such a powerful manner. Chernobyl has made it very hard for any other real-life trauma to be made into a TV show and when award season comes around again, it is certain to win several. If you haven’t watched it yet, you must!

5 Stars

Joey X

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