Chernobyl – Episode 5 ‘Vichnaya Pamyat’ – Discussion Thread

Chernobyl - Episode 5 'Vichnaya Pamyat' - Discussion Thread 4

Chernobyl – Episode 5 ‘Vichnaya Pamyat’ – Discussion Thread




  1. The explanations were explained great and the acting and music really made it is a superb finish to a fantastic series.

  2. I’m glad that they kept the point by point breakdown of how things went to Hell until the finale. Mirrors the the experience of the people who had no idea what was happening the night of, and the scientists piecing together the elements afterwards.

    Also, that shot of the fuel rods jumping up and down was terrifying. Those things weighed over 700 pounds. To think that there’s that much force underneath them *before* those two big explosions.

    I also appreciate the ending, giving some horrific and depressing updates about some things, while also debunking some of the other myths about Chernobyl. It’s good to see a dedication to truth in general, not just unveiling the secrets and lies of the Soviet Union.

    Honestly, this is one of the best series I’ve ever seen. Just finished the final episode, and I’m about to put on episode one to marathon the whole thing.

  3. “Why worry about something that isn’t going to happen? Oh, that’s perfect. They should put that on our money.”
    That’s the kind of burn you don’t get from 3.6 Roentgen.

  4. Unbelievable work of television, honestly. As great as all of it was, the ending credit sequence may be the best thing in the entire series. Absolutely haunting.

  5. I think my favourite line in the episode was when Legasov says to Boris, “They hear me but they listen to you.” Then later when the judge tries to end the trial early and Legasov is being ignored, it’s Boris who basically commands them to listen to him. Without him the truth would never have been told.

  6. “Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later that debt is paid.”- Holy s**t that might be one of the best lines I’ve ever heard in TV or movies.

  7. This entire series was great, but this particular episode was just incredible. One of the best hours of television I’ve ever seen.

  8. I could feel this overwhelming sense of dread, and vicarious fear, for the 2 men in the control room feeling trapped into doing something they knew was dangerous.

  9. Dyatlov is a piece of s**t.

    Here is a good explanation of Xenon poisoning if you would like to know more.

  10. Most of the finale of this show was explaining how a nuclear reactor works by using PowerPoint_beta, and I was moved, angered, astonished, and heartbroken several times. Also I now know how a nuclear reactor worked (in the USSR).

    Forget about expensive, cheap thrill CGI–this show was amazing for it’s stranger than fiction, true depiction, of a real event that happened to real humans. Hats off, Craig Maizen and the cast. Take a f**king bow that was amazing.

  11. The series kept giving all the way through. No weaknesses. Perfect pace. Just the right finish.

    Keep your HBO subscriptions comrades.

    Dicks out for Legasov.

  12. Only five episodes and IMO it’s up there with Season 4 of The Wire or Season 2 of The West Wing, as some of the greatest television ever produced. Just remarkable.

    I hope everybody involved gets all the plaudits they deserve and that they find future projects deserving of their talent.

    I’ll also add the obligatory suggestion that anybody who liked the show listen to the companion Podcast, which acts as a great jumping off point for further reading.

  13. The shot of Legasov standing up and walking to the podium to give his testimony was amazing. The camera movement made me feel his anxiety, and fear perfectly. This is without a doubt some of the best television ever made.

  14. Was anyone else slightly proud of Boris who, in the second episode needed nuclear fission explained to him, was able to explain a good portion of what exactly happened that night? It’s astonishing how much character development they managed to fit into 5 episodes

  15. So short yet so amazing, really glad I decided to watch. One of the best shows I’ve seen in such a long time, not sure how HBO can keep this streak of amazing shows up

  16. The shot of Legasov walking up to the podium to begin his testimony… That’s how I feel every time I gotta give a presentation. There was so much tension in this episode provided we already know Legasov’s ultimate fate. Now off to listen to the last episode of the Chernobyl podcast!

  17. One thing I love about this episode is I can recommend it as a standalone episode to people I don’t think could handle the intensity of the overall series, such as my parents.

    This episode is an amazing and self contained courtroom drama as we see the facts laid out with reenactments of what happened that night.

  18. The best thing I’ve ever seen come to life on television. To bring it back so perfectly full circle was so satisfying. Every scene moved me, terrified me and from a precision in television making context – continuously amazed me.

  19. The Soviet Union seemed to have a frightening atmosphere that consisted of avoiding accountability and seeking out scapegoats amongst the vulnerable.

  20. There honestly could not be a more relevant show for today’s society. Lies, deception and corruption have run amok in this new era of human society, the “post-truth” era. Chernobyl is a terrifying real-world example of what happens when the debt of lies must be paid. We can blissfully or willingly ignore inconvenient truths in our lives and in our world, but the more we choose to ignore them and cover them up, the more dangerous they become. I sincerely hope that is the message most viewers will take away from this show. Not that nuclear power is dangerous, but it is lies and arrogance that caused Chernobyl, and so many other catastrophes throughout history. And I really hope viewers take a long and hard look at our current world and take a moment to reflect on what is happening to the status of truth in our society.

  21. This is my favorite horror film. All 5 hours of it. Generally more frightened by this than anything I’ve ever watched.

  22. Watching the Deadwood finale and now this… has made me feel better about HBO after that other thing happened.

  23. The thing that will always stick with me about the show is just the absolute scale of humanity and life affected. From the thousands of men scr****g graphite off the roofs, the truck loads of dead animals, the small group of control operators, down to the actions of two specific men possibly saving Millions.

    Mortality and humanity is at the very Forefront of every second of this series and it is so gripping and enthralling.

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