The majority of us have probably already seen or at least heard of the HBO series, Chernobyl. The show was acclaimed by critics and scored a rating of 9.7 stars out of 10 on IMDB, making it the highest-rated TV show on the platform. Many view the series as a TV masterpiece, which was loosely based on Voices of Chernobyl, a book written by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich. In addition to this, people who have lived in the former Soviet Union are praising the creators of Chernobyl for putting enough effort to recreate the chain of events and the environment itself as accurately as possible. Recently, a video essayist Thomas Flight made a fascinating video that does a side by side comparison of the footage from the series with the real videos that were captured during the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster. Scroll down below to see the screenshots from real as well as fictional footage and don't forget to vote for the best of then and now!

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Maria Ines Molina
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1 year ago

Great casting!

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The Chernobyl disaster was a devastating nuclear plant accident that occurred on April 26, 1986 at the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the city of Pripyat in the north of Ukraine (then - Ukrainian SSR).

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Vernice Aure
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1 year ago

Wow, cloning..

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Nazim Gabéche
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1 year ago

it really happened !

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Vernice Aure
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1 year ago

The reality was much more messy and chaotic.

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To this date, Chernobyl is the biggest nuclear accident to have occurred, or as others put it - the worst man-made accident. The true cost of it is still unknown. Many people were affected directly, but even more of them - indirectly.

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Jon Streefkerk
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1 year ago

It seems radiation gave the robot an extra pair of wheels.

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Parmeisan
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1 year ago

It's interesting that most of these have such attention to detail to make everything exactly the same, but this one is stark in its difference. I wonder why they left the mask off? I can think of a few reasons, but none of them seem worth it to me.

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earringnut
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1 year ago

Scary how little protection he's wearing.

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Agnes Jekyll
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1 year ago

Peter Jennings still looks like that

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In the HBO series, one of the central characters is Ulana Khomyuk, the scientist from the Belarusian Institute for Nuclear Energy. However, Ulana is fictional, but was based on any scientists that were trying to unravel the real truth behind the Chernobyl disaster. However, it certainly wouldn't be odd to have a woman nuclear scientist in the Soviet Union even at that time as the USSR had an impressive record of training women for STEM roles.

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Candace
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1 year ago

okay but that scene was shot BRILLIANTLY

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Eric Mac Fadden
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1 year ago

LET ME PUSH THEM ALL!

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Andrea Delden
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1 year ago

Are any of these workers still alive?

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Cody Eriksen
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1 year ago

This dude! The job to tell them, 'Hey, Thanks for putting your lives at risk because of incompetence,' had to mess with him.

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Cody Eriksen
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1 year ago

90 Seconds...

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moeless
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1 year ago

This whole comparison thing is pretty unnecessary.

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Interestingly enough, one of the most realistic depictions in the show was an elderly Bolshevik Zharkov. Although fictional, Zharkov perfectly conveys the Soviet politics and ideology. Moments after the disaster, he is encouraging his comrades to not spread "misinformation," which basically means that no one should tell anything to the public. "No one leaves. And cut the phone lines. Contain the spread of misinformation," he says in the show.

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Ralph Burton
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1 year ago

Very close to reality

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

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the got the color of the flag...

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Michiel nospam
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1 year ago

Sad and moving to think that even such a small detail as how far the water got was significant for those living through it. They might have wished for those glorious jets...

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James Floyd
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1 year ago

I still can't believe that is Stellan Skarsgård. Bill Anderson from Mamma Mia. Father to abusive Perry from BLL and Penniwise the clown.

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B Tris Balkauskas
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1 year ago

This is an amazing book about Chernobyl. https://smile.amazon.co.uk/Chernobyl-Prayer-Chronicle-Penguin-Classics/dp/0241270537/ref=sr_1_4?crid=124PBW4D8RJL2&keywords=chernobyl+book&qid=1560717629&s=gateway&sprefix=chernob%2Caps%2C238&sr=8-4

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Natalie Utko
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So sad that most people believed in this show like it is documentary. So little to do with reality though

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