But it actually sounds like they cut a lot of the fascinating stuff out. One of the producers or whatever after the 2nd episode said that they had to condense a lot of the real-life scientists who worked on solving the problem (who had their families threatened, etc) into one fictional character. Now that would have been much more interesting, showing the scientists having work on it despite the backlash. That actually makes the show feel much more watered down.
But I'm 3 episodes in and it's really good never-the-less.
I like Michael Schellenberger as he's pro nuclear and understands that renewable energy simply doesn't have the energy density to replace fossil fuels alone. That being said, he's amended that article several times after being pointed out that he was factually wrong about several things.
First he argued that the helicopter was shown as crashing because of radiation when you clearly see it hitting the crane. The warning from Legasov wasn't that the radiation would destroy the helicopter's electronics but merely that the radiation would be fatal to the crew. The only thing the show got wrong about the crash was the timing because it didn't happen when they were putting out the fire. It happened when they were dropping off a remote control clean up robot
He's also factually wrong about contaminated people being a risk to others.
Vladimir Shashenok was so contaminated with radiation after being trapped in radioactive water that the man who carried him out ended up with a radiation burn in the shape of Shashenok's arm on his back.
His main gripe seems to be that he thinks the show is damaging to the reputation of the nuclear industry and will turn public opinion even more against investment in nuclear power than already exists and he seems to be overreacting to it.
This isn't even a reasonable takeaway for a viewer to have if they paid attention. The show has very little to say about whether nuclear energy is good or bad, thankfully the show is much deeper than that.
I take the point of the article in that the show may be exaggerating some of the effects of radiation, but he also seems to be too easily dismissing the potential dangers of it.
And after finishing the show... goddamn, the last episode is the reason they made this series. Yeah, I tend to agree that even if there are some inaccuracies or exaggerations about the radiation, it doesn't matter all that much because it wasn't the point of the show at all.
2 episodes in and this series is ****ing heartbreaking
__________________ "Happiness is a lie. Life is horror. The light is always dying all across the universe. The last star will flicker out someday, when it does, all that remains is shadow. And I will be its king!"'-Amahl Farouk
Iím going to begin this miniseries this weekend on my day off. I know Iím late to the party, but better late than never.
As someone who works with radioactive isotopes as a career, I feel like I owe it to myself to watch this five episode series.
Iíve read more than a few articles and books about what is the most expensive, dangerous, and fundamentally stupidest f*ck up in human history, but Iím positive this story will bring me into a new light.
Itís astounding. Pripyat, Ukraine wonít be habitable again for more than 50,000 years because of particulate radiation. Just imagine if more emphasis on safety and engineering had been implemented.
I have recurring nightmares about ionizing radiation because I know what it can do to you if you donít respect it. This series should be a mandatory safety viewing for all radiographers like me.