Review: HBO’s “Chernobyl”


Samuel Jacob

On May 6, 2019, HBO released “Chernobyl,” a show that reflects upon the tragedy in the 1980s, when a nuclear power plant malfunctioned in the city of Pripyat, Russia.  A survivor of the horrific event described the show as “depicted in a very powerful way, as a global catastrophe that absorbed huge numbers of people. Also, emotions and mood at that time are shown quite precisely, both among the personnel and the authorities.”

“Chernobyl” is nominated for multiple Emmy Awards and has been praised for its accurate depictions of the event. The effects of the disaster, even after 30 years, are clear. The disaster at Chernobyl was caused by a lack of organization and misuse of nuclear power.

The explosion of the Chernobyl power plant was caused by reactor Number 4, which was on very low power, therefore a shutoff of power was initiated. Despite this emergency shutoff, the nuclear reaction inside became unstable and there was an explosion.

Given that Russia endured a nuclear event, what does Chernobyl look like now? With the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people, the city of Pripyat has become inhabitable for humans.

Still, it has become a safe haven and community for animals. With the inhabitability of Pripyat, it has become a safe haven and community for animals, largely due to the fact that remaining structures and buildings act as shelter.

Some people who live in Chernobyl have been there for decades because their parents stayed after the explosion, despite being instructed otherwise.

“Chernobyl” exemplifies what nuclear power can do to humanity. Thirty years after an apocalyptic event, life in Chernobyl today has found a way.