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    Chernobyl

    Anyone been watching the miniseries on Sky Atlantic or HBO?

    I just started it, 2 episodes in, what a show, the horror of it all is captured very well and there are so may scenes that are shot based on famous pictures.

    Thoroughly enjoying it!!!
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    Re: Chernobyl

    Heard a lot of good things about it.
    Is it like a documentary or a dramatisation of the events?
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    Re: Chernobyl

    Quote Originally Posted by Arnizipal View Post
    Heard a lot of good things about it.
    Is it like a documentary or a dramatisation of the events?
    Dramatisation, quite well acted
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    Re: Chernobyl

    Read an article on it today. Seems it was rather needlessly dramatised as well :-/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnizipal View Post
    Read an article on it today. Seems it was rather needlessly dramatised as well :-/
    Watched the whole show. Pretty good entertainment, but they got a lot of stuff wrong to boost the drama factor.

    Chief among them was the deadliness of the radiation and what it looks like when you get hit with it.

    No, it doesn't make you bleed, or your skin turn bright red or you morph into something from a Star Trek episode. Sometimes it kills you, sometimes it doesn't, and no one is really super sure where those lines are because we've only been studying it for a short while.

    So the "Bridge of Death" is an unprovable urban legend, but if you go to the site, it's on their tour list.

    Actually, I think that's how a lot of bits crept in - the Ukrainian tourism bureau saw this is a way to promote Westerners (with lots of money!) to visit the site. Tours are up more than 40 percent since the show aired, so it's a win.

    But it is good TV, just kind of depressing.
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    Re: Chernobyl

    I though radiation could turn your skin red (as it's somewhat the same as sunburn).
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    Re: Chernobyl

    Quote Originally Posted by Arnizipal View Post
    I though radiation could turn your skin red (as it's somewhat the same as sunburn).
    Well yes, that's what sunburn is.

    But when you are exposed to the sun, you know it. You can feel it. Same as with other sources of intense heat. You can even get a "tan" from them if it's intense enough.

    The firefighters had to face both lots of radiation and intense heat, but all the bleeding and morphing into aliens stuff was just to use up the f/x budget.

    What makes radiation scary is that you don't see those kinds of obvious effects and the consequences tend to be years in the making as cancer rates increase. The flip side of that is that it isn't as immediately lethal as black lung or a chemical spill.

    Also, nuclear reactors can't turn into atomic bombs. Impossible. They can explode do to other factors, in which case they are "dirty bombs" that spread radioactive material, but the notion that Reactor Four would go up in a giant mushroom cloud was pure fantasy.

    Since most of the show didn't dwell on this stuff, I didn't mind so much.
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