"Chernobyl", 5 series. What is the price of a lie?

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June 4 released the final episode of the series "Chernobyl". At the end of the story, the audience will learn about the real causes of the explosion and why Valery Legasov committed suicide. "Medusa" tells what happened in the last series and what is the biggest artistic assumption made by the authors.

What happened?
Series starts 12 hours before the explosion — the day of 25 April 1986, Pripyat lives as usual flowering beds around the children run, the adults smile at each other, Lyudmila Ignatenko selects buttons at the fabric store, and her husband to babysit a neighbor's child. At this time Anatoly Dyatlov goes to station — this day tests of safety of the reactor are appointed and if everything passes successfully, will raise all: both the Director of station Victor Bryukhanov, and the chief engineer of station Nikolay Fomin, and Dyatlov. For the test, you need to lower the power — and at these hours the reactor is already working half-heartedly. But to carry out tests in the afternoon it won't turn out: Bryukhanov was called from Kiev and asked to wait 10 hours. Woodpeckers says that it is safe, and leaves home to sleep.

After his speech at the IAEA conference in Vienna, Valery Legasov lives in Moscow — this is March 1987. Legasov made a deal with the KGB and told the official version in Vienna: the reactor exploded due to operator error. In return, he is waiting for the repair of all 16 RBMK working in the country. Deputy head of the 1st Directorate of the KGB Alexander Sharkov personally promises him the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the post of Director of the Kurchatov Institute. But only after the trial of Bryukhanov, Fomin and Dyatlov.

Time passes. Legasov's hair is starting to fall out. Juliana Homyk continues to insist that he told the truth — if not in Vienna, then in court.

The trial takes place in Chernobyl. The first witness is Boris Shcherbina — he explains that in 1983 Bryukhanov signed a document on the commissioning of the exploded reactor. But the document was forged — the tests were not completed. There was one problem: if the station turns off something, spare generators will start working only in a minute — during this time, an explosion can happen. Pause decided to compensate the energy from the still rotating turbine. But can it really work? It woodpeckers also checked — on April 26, 1986 there was the fourth unsuccessful attempt of these tests.

Toptunov and Akimov, who were on duty that night, never participated in such tests. "I have to make something for the first time in life and with woodpecker over soul?"— asked then 25-year-old Toptunov, who worked at the station for only four months. Woodpeckers shouted at operators and hurried them on each of their objection, he was threatened with dismissal.

As a result, the operators were unable to maintain a balance of reactivity, explained Legasov court. Because of this RBMK turned into a red-hot bomb. The only way to stop the disaster was to press the AZ-5 button. At this command, the graphite rods had to dive into the reactor and stop the process. The button was pressed, and at that moment there was an explosion — the reason was the graphite tips of the rods. "But why? the judge asked. "Why? For the same reason why we are the only nation that builds water-graphite reactors with a positive void coefficient. It's cheaper," Legasov said and admitted that his testimony in Vienna was a lie. He told that woodpeckers didn't know about malfunction of the reactor and that in everything lies of the authorities are guilty. However, the scientist did not see support in the eyes of the jury.

After the meeting, Legasov was taken to an empty kitchen. After a while there came Sharkov. He said that Legasov would not be shot: it would be foolish to do it after the performance in Vienna. But the head of the KGB promised him a lonely inglorious life without awards, recognition and friends. Legasov was put in a black "Volga" and drove away from Chernobyl in the eyes of his friends — Uliana Homyk and already very sick Boris Shcherbina, the more they can't. At this moment the phrase from the Legas tape sounds: "Once the price of the truth frightened me. Now I ask — what is the price of a lie?»

In the final credits — photos of real heroes and a story about what happened to them after the disaster. After the suicide of Legasov about the real causes of the disaster have learned everything — the reactors had to fix it. Some concerns raised against the official version of the scientists (their collective image in the series — Juliana Homyk) went to prison. Boris Shcherbina died in 1990. Bryukhanov, Fomin and Dyatlov were sentenced to 10 years of correctional labor. After his release Fomin returned to work at the nuclear power plant in Kalinin. Woodpeckers died in 1995, he was 64.

What are your impressions?
This is the same series-explanation that Craig Meisin promised in the last issue of "The Chernobyl Podcast". The heroes are literally on the fingers (colored cards, amazingly detailed layout NPP) explain the cause of the explosion. But these technical details make up a real drama — Jared Harris, Stellan scarsgard and Emily Watson play this report on all theatrical canons. It was intense and exciting, but not very believable — it seems that this episode, more constructed by the authors, rather than the story itself, can be called the most unconvincing.

Confuse can not only figure Mickey mouse in the courtyard of the House of culture (which, incidentally, is quite real). It is difficult to imagine a jury consisting entirely of scientists, and a witness Shcherbin, who forces the judge to listen to Legasov one remark: "Let him speak." Finally, the Hamster, personifying all the scientists with whom Legasov worked at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant - again calls him to heroism. It is hard to believe that in reality someone so persistently could demand from the person literally to go to death.

This series is farewell. The dialogue between Legasov and Shcherbina during the break of the meeting is a recognition of their friendship, perhaps the last in their lives. It turned out, that people from different worlds (officials and scientists) can together fight with danger. But it is easier to cut down all the forests, evacuate all the people and deliver moon Rovers to Chernobyl than to defeat the monster of Soviet lies — it is beyond the power of any good person.

What say the authors?
In the podcast "The Chernobyl Podcast" the Creator of the show Craig Mazin told about the biggest artistic license in the series, which was not in reality: Legasov and nick was not on the court in Chernobyl and did not tell there about the shortcomings of the RBMK reactor. "This is a huge dramatic liberty, which I had to admit. There were other people in the court, it was two weeks and was boring," says Meisin. However, from the beginning he knew that in this series will answer the main question of the series and it is here that the characters will tell what happened that night.

Chernobyl. Trial of Bryukhanova, Fomin, Dyatlov and other employees of the nuclear power plant.

The atmosphere of the court recreated the photos and videos to the smallest detail: to the wires on the floor and scattered papers. The court really took place in Chernobyl, in the local house of culture, and the judges really sat on the stage. The speech of the Prosecutor (Michael Mcelhatton, whom many remember in the role of Roose Bolton from "Game of thrones") made up of fragments of the speeches of Brezhnev. "I simply could not believe my eyes when I read the texts written in this language. I thought, God, they really said that the principles of Leninism Express the interests of the Soviet people?"says Mazin.

Presentations with station layout, red and blue cards are fiction, it was done to explain the technical details. "It's funny that the cards were in Cyrillic — still no one knew what was there," recalls Meisin. In fact, the only thing that mattered was which cards were bigger — red or blue. Meisin focused on the details because he wanted to tell the truth: "I understood it and wanted people to understand it with me." The texts of the reports are real, the author says.

To film the performance of Legasov in Vienna was not started deliberately. There was no heroism, the author explains, the scientist was watched that he did not run away abroad. It was important for him not to blurt out too much — there he told everything honestly, but kept silent about the malfunction of the reactor. But even this was enough for the Western press to call Legasov the first honest Soviet scientist. The Soviet authorities were very pleased.

Mazin says that he read the memoirs of Dyatlov, but believes his explanation "not credible": "It focused on the shortcomings of the reactor, but did not recognize what is wrong they ran. He didn't think it was dangerous."

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