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    Has anyone seen this. It's only a few episodes but its absolutely brilliant. Jared Harris deserves an Emmy for his performance imo

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    I've watched the entire series twice now would you believe. It's an incredible piece of work. Best TV series that I've seen in along, long while.

    I've not heard a bad word said about it either, which in this day and age is very unusual. I wept buckets during at the end.

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    I thought it was a fantastic series too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver1 View Post
    I've watched the entire series twice now would you believe. It's an incredible piece of work. Best TV series that I've seen in along, long while.

    I've not heard a bad word said about it either, which in this day and age is very unusual. I wept buckets during at the end.
    while i, too, found Chernobyl deeply affecting,
    finely made, brilliantly acted, far above almost everything
    given to see, i also found it deeply troubling—

    and while the mainstream press may not have uttered a word
    against it, other sources have differed...

    i offer, for example, this piece, which encapsulates much of
    what i would say:

    https://frieze.com/article/hbos-cher...rstand-history

    fine as this essay is, i would extend its implications:

    by segregating causes of Chernobyl's devastations to the Soviet
    Union, the series effaces the lines connecting the event backward and
    forward, from, at the very least, the opening of the nuclear era, beginning
    with those wrought upon certain Native American communities by
    the early testing of the the atomic bomb in New Mexico; moving through
    later tests of the hydrogen bomb by both Soviet and Western powers;
    erupting, most recently, in Fukushima, a nuclear plant built on a fault line—

    devastations caused as much by late capitalism as by the system it
    claimed to oppose, a system from which it was, as Theodor W. Adorno and
    Max Horkheimer, in the late 1940s, already showed, not so
    different as it claimed to be, bearing, as both did, the shaping influences
    of the Enlightenment—

    as they wrote in The Dialectic of Enlightenment, in words that spoke
    as much to 1947 as they would to Chernobyl as they do to the coming catastrophe
    of the Anthropocene, the the Great Acceleration that was picking up pace
    even as their words moved across the page:

    Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always
    aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the
    wholly enlightened earth radiates under the sign of disaster triumphant.



    Chernobyl absolutely calls us to watching, should rightly wrench us past tears—

    but it should, in doing so, give us no sense that we are safe from the forces
    that birthed its implacable, unutterably human violence—

    should rather intensify our obligation—

    ————————————————————————

    and in relation to that point:

    i cannot leave this post without noting the finest
    work of television i have seen in more years than i
    can count: it does not speak to the imminence of Climate
    Change, but it does give more than anything else
    i know to the history and present, persistent
    workings of racial violence—and not just that made
    in America, i would underline—and the ineluctable
    mechanism of whiteness; does so without dehumanizing
    a single character, of any color or class, does so with
    unspeakable generosity, relentless intelligence, and
    absolute understanding of history:

    i have watched it twice now, in tears, in shaking, in
    constant questioning of myself and all i thought i understood—

    something i write as a scholar already submerged—if never
    deeply, densely, fully enough—in its and related fields—

    from Netflix, When They See Us...



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    Enlightenment, understood in the widest sense as the advance of thought, has always aimed at liberating human beings from fear and installing them as masters. Yet the wholly enlightened earth radiates under the sign of disaster triumphant.
    This point is often missed - I think there's a reason in S7 that Spike and Xander are both sacrificed on something that resembles the structure of Leonardo's Vitruvian Man - "the measure of all things".

    Chernobyl and When They See Us...are two I need to catch up on.
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    On IMBD It's now the highest rated TV show ever made.

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    Chernobyl - A Masterclass in Perspective



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