HBO: Chernobyl - May 6th 2019

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It’s crazy how those guys who operated the plant were going to meetings after receiving fatal or near fatal doses of radiation.
 

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Enjoyed the first episode, but I feel like it wouldn't be too much to ask for at least an attempt at a vague, generic Eastern European accent.
I was thinking the same. Below is the creator of the show’s explanation...

The actors in Chernobyl do not speak with a Russian accent, a conscious choice made by the shows creator Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck.
The Russian language is intentionally included in each episode with no subtitles and the actors speak with their native accents.
Speaking to press in London, including Express.co.uk, Mazin explained: “If we make it in a different language, we are narrowing it to people that speak that language and we don’t, so right off the bat there is a bit of a disconnect there and we felt that not only did we not want to get performances and performers we could connect with and so move them through the story together.
“Even talking about accents we didn’t want to mess around with any of that either really and just to speak in a way that felt natural to you because, in the end, the language should disappear.
“It is why we will occasionally use Russian in the show and hope in a way it just disappears. There is no translation for the poem at the beginning of episode two, but you kind of get a sense of it in the strangest way.
“There is no translation for what the woman is saying during the evacuation but you kind of a have a sense it. And that is what we are trying to do, to create as little friction as possible between our audience and the material.”
 

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I was thinking the same. Below is the creator of the show’s explanation...

The actors in Chernobyl do not speak with a Russian accent, a conscious choice made by the shows creator Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck.
The Russian language is intentionally included in each episode with no subtitles and the actors speak with their native accents.
Speaking to press in London, including Express.co.uk, Mazin explained: “If we make it in a different language, we are narrowing it to people that speak that language and we don’t, so right off the bat there is a bit of a disconnect there and we felt that not only did we not want to get performances and performers we could connect with and so move them through the story together.
“Even talking about accents we didn’t want to mess around with any of that either really and just to speak in a way that felt natural to you because, in the end, the language should disappear.
“It is why we will occasionally use Russian in the show and hope in a way it just disappears. There is no translation for the poem at the beginning of episode two, but you kind of get a sense of it in the strangest way.
“There is no translation for what the woman is saying during the evacuation but you kind of a have a sense it. And that is what we are trying to do, to create as little friction as possible between our audience and the material.”
What a lot of shit.

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I was thinking the same. Below is the creator of the show’s explanation...

The actors in Chernobyl do not speak with a Russian accent, a conscious choice made by the shows creator Craig Mazin and director Johan Renck.
The Russian language is intentionally included in each episode with no subtitles and the actors speak with their native accents.
Speaking to press in London, including Express.co.uk, Mazin explained: “If we make it in a different language, we are narrowing it to people that speak that language and we don’t, so right off the bat there is a bit of a disconnect there and we felt that not only did we not want to get performances and performers we could connect with and so move them through the story together.
“Even talking about accents we didn’t want to mess around with any of that either really and just to speak in a way that felt natural to you because, in the end, the language should disappear.
“It is why we will occasionally use Russian in the show and hope in a way it just disappears. There is no translation for the poem at the beginning of episode two, but you kind of get a sense of it in the strangest way.
“There is no translation for what the woman is saying during the evacuation but you kind of a have a sense it. And that is what we are trying to do, to create as little friction as possible between our audience and the material.”
The occasional accent slip would take me out of the show a lot more than what's happening at the moment.

"Cor blimey, the reactor is blown!"
"Nah, bruv. Alexiy is delusional, innit."
 

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I don't mind the lack of fake Russian accents. If anything that would have freaked me out. With them speaking English with their own accents it's as if you're a native Russian speaker.

Them speaking fake Russian accents would throw me off if anything. Why the fuck are these Russians speaking English?

Then again I prefer watching stuff in it's native language with subtitles vs watching dubbed shit.

Think I'm still traumatized by a bad bootleg version of Blackhawk down that was dubbed in Korean. Seeing Tom Sizemore screaming in Korean is disconcerting.
 

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Anyone see the 2nd episode? End scene was tense and claustrophobic. Brave men.
 

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I don't mind the lack of fake Russian accents. If anything that would have freaked me out. With them speaking English with their own accents it's as if you're a native Russian speaker.

Them speaking fake Russian accents would throw me off if anything. Why the fuck are these Russians speaking English?

Then again I prefer watching stuff in it's native language with subtitles vs watching dubbed shit.

Think I'm still traumatized by a bad bootleg version of Blackhawk down that was dubbed in Korean. Seeing Tom Sizemore screaming in Korean is disconcerting.
This. You get a perfect start of a show and ppl. still get sensitive and complain. I don't remember all the fuss about actors not performing Hamlet in Middle Ages Danish accent no one can understand. :lol:

The point is not the accent, it's capturing the essence of a character. Some fake-ass made-up English / local-dialect-Russian crossover accent would hardly give justice to the figures, most of them did not live to be recorded and leave evidence of accents anyway.

Really, really good show so far, but I may just wait out and watch the rest in one sitting. The atmosphere radiates all too well to split it up in weekly doses.
 
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Anyone see the 2nd episode? End scene was tense and claustrophobic. Brave men.
Yeah, that was nuts. I read a novel about Chernobyl, called "Chernobyl", funnily enough. It's a fictionalised account and it's hitting much the same beats as the series so far. The three men slogging through the water under the reactor was insane. Obviously necessary, but it was basically a radioactive slurry pit at that stage and there was no way for them to survive it.
 
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Yolo Swaggins

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The Soviets tried to hide/play down the disaster until a radioactive cloud was picked up on a radar in sweeden or switzerland about 3 days after IIRC. People were just going about life nearby
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This. You get a perfect start of a show and ppl. still get sensitive and complain. I don't remember all the fuss about actors not performing Hamlet in Middle Ages Danish accent no one can understand. :lol:

The point is not the accent, it's capturing the essence of a character. Some fake-ass made-up English / local-dialect-Russian crossover accent would hardly give justice to the figures, most of them did not live to be recorded and leave evidence of accents anyway.

Really, really good show so far, but I may just wait out and watch the rest in one sitting. The atmosphere radiates all too well to split it up in weekly doses.
Yes, the atmosphere was radiating.
 
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Yeah, that was nuts. I read a novel about Chernobyl, called "Chernobyl", funnily enough. It's a fictionalised account and it's hitting much the same beats as the series so far. The three men slogging through the water under the reactor was insane. Obviously necessary, but it was basically a radioactive slurry pit at that stage and there was no way for them to survive it.
They actually did survive that. Might've been a little dramatized in the series.
 
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They actually did survive that. Might've been a little dramatized in the series.
Them entering the water was the final scene of the show, so they may well show them surviving later on in the series. The novel I read was published in the late 80s, so obviously that was long before their survival was widely known.
 
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Them entering the water was the final scene of the show, so they may well show them surviving later on in the series. The novel I read was published in the late 80s, so obviously that was long before their survival was widely known.
We'll see what they choose to do in the series. It seems to be about 60/40 nonfiction vs. fiction.
 
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I'm impressed at the production quality and authenticity of the locations, people etc.

Oh, and I was living in Germany when the place went up.

It's been a pleasure folks.:sad2
 
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The last episode was a real pick me up.

Hopefully, they decide not to include the firefighter's wife having a deformed baby.
 
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Jesus christ that was grim. Like sloth from Seven turned up to 11.

That miner crew chief is one of my new favourite characters though.
The crew chief is great. The mullet and mustache are a nice touch.

I was pretty sure the firefighter was going to survive. They pulled the rug on my expectations pretty swiftly after making it appear that he was doing okay
 

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Another superb episode. It's slow torture on the audience and I guess I'm coming to terms with the weekly dose. The KGB scene gave me the chills and they still managed to sneak some humor into it.
 
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