HBO’s Chernobyl

S and I started watching the mini-series, Chernobyl, last night. We finished it this afternoon. The first episode is one of the most horrifying things I’ve seen in a very very long time. The show is good, and it might be the only thing I’ve landed up binge watching in 2019.

Episode one deals with events happening immediately after the Chernobyl explosion — it contains a lot of body horror (radiation and its effects), and also something that could maybe be named institutional or systemic horror: when the various systems (cultural, legal, managerial, institutional, etc) work together to worsen everything, the the sense of horror / terror / fear that can come out of that.

The trailer for HBO’s Chernobyl

It’s only five episodes, so easy to binge 😋.