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Chernobyl

Imagine causing an entire town to literally be wiped right off the map! Now imagine all the ways in which TV producers and movie execs will profit off of it… it’s enough to make your mind explode! All bad jokes aside, Chernobyl premiered May 6th, 2019 on HBO & it’s really making waves. But is it the good, boogey-boarding kind of waves, or should we be on the look out for a tsunami next?

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  1. A few of these people stand out in the story. Some have remarkable insight: Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) is a chemist who, in this retelling, is one of the first people to realize that the core of the nuclear reactor itself has exploded, when he reads a report that chunks of a black shiny mineral are littered around the site. The material is graphite—used to slow the speed of fast neutrons to allow for nuclear fission—and was only present inside the reactor core. Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson), a nuclear physicist working hundreds of miles from Chernobyl, figures out what has happened when some equipment in her distant lab registers extra radiation. (Legasov is a historical character; Khomyuk is a composite character, who, Mazin says, is intended to represent many of the scientists who took risks to work at Chernobyl after the explosion.)

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