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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Waqitos
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1 year ago

OMFG

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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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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

wow they picked the right person for this

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Nazim Gabéche
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1 year ago

it really happened !

NotMe
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1 year ago

Only different time (it happened 6 months after the explosion) and it fell because it hit a crane, not becasue of malfunction caused by radiation or anything, like the show seemed to imply.

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Gina LittleNut
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1 year ago

Yes - the show does imply it's from radiation, and downplays the part where the chopper hit the cable - but it does clearly show the helicopter hitting a cable. I'm OK with a little bit of "Editorial Liberty" on this one - there were conditions and threats that needed to be communicated to the viewer - and this was a good way of making the point.

Sue Frayne
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1 year ago

So naive those poor people😭then the cover up of the amount of radiation too I was horrified.

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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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Gina LittleNut
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1 year ago

The second crime here is the failure of what's left of the USSR to fully acknowledge the rest of the deaths from their accident. They acknowledge something like 38 - and that's it. How many, if any, of the hundreds who did their "time" on the roof are still alive today? How many Firefighters? The 'bridge people' are all gone... And of the survivors - how many are fighting cancers?

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DancingToMyself
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1 year ago

Haunting

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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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Gina LittleNut
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1 year ago

but why? What was the purpose?

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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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PapillonOne
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1 year ago

Natalie Utko surely you are a troll.... while it isn't a documentary, the writer and producers did their best to show the realities of the situation most everyone found themselves in during the years long aftermath of this MAN MADE RUSSIAN disaster. It is sad that it didn't take it as far as it could have and showed what that aftermath entailed in the lives of the citizens who were unlucky to be anywhere close to that reactor!! a great deal of the truth of the aftermath was not provided as in what happened to not just the soldiers, miners and liquidators but also to the entire population of Kiev whose 3 million citizens were either not informed or forced (if they knew or suspected) to take part in a huge holiday labor parade thereby getting even more exposure to high levels of radiation as the wind had shifted and a radiation cloud appeared over the city with some of the highest levels of radiation there were!! ...

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