English Review – Chernobyl : Episode 2 (2019)


Chernobyl comes nail-biting when precisely at the time we starting to learn the emergency, the State aren’t

All victories inevitably come at a cost….

As the problem begin to catch wide attention, we definitely know that anyone should found the solution. The core exploded and its fire needs to be extinguished. And as we learn that the effect of the spreading radioactive debris gradually becomes more dangerous, we know that everyone should be in a hurry. Can’t let the clocks ticking in vain while they’re facing a problem that never happened before.

Fortunately, we have catalyst characters joined to resolve the issue. Reduce the effect, at least. Or perhaps as fundamental as to give insight so any treatment due to the accident would not fall into a stupid impulsive decision. Valery Legasov (played by Jared Harris) the First Deputy Director of Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy, an RMBK reactor expert has been called up by Boris Shcherbina (played by Stellan Skarsgård), Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy, to join the forces and explain everything they missed regarding the Chernobyl accident. And yes finally, people that aware of it all, after the frustrating first episode where everybody seems have no idea and those unpleasant bastards that led the cause, deny it, and clarify nothing about truth.

The second episode offers another kind of frustrating drama, by leading the first appearances and a commanded partnership between Legasov and Shcherbina. Even though as the movie goes we no longer have Scherbina as skeptical as he was, the idea of the State still blinds his eyes. Legasov demands a proper and required evacuation for human sake, but Scherbina has been told not to. That’s what you don’t entice, those adamant Soviet Union State that obsessed with not making any fault. Central Committee sealed off the city, avoiding information of fears to spread and most importantly, it appears that the government has an absolute priority to save nation face rather than their civilians’ life.

Overall, Episode 2 is far more ‘speaking’ than its previous. Now we know that the explosion could be possibly twice the effect of the Hiroshima bomb. And all of that description about how nuclear reactor works and what is a radioactive particle. Audiences are well informed now. And it is significant progress to let us drown in.

But once again the time matter and our main men Legasov and Scherbina have to take some serious action which is unpleasant yet limited in option, immediately. Could it be more depressing and gripping than seeing a State instructs and allows an act of sacrificing people?. Maybe no, and maybe that’s never a thing even in the meantime because it was no longer wartime no more. But somehow, considering that it’s the only option that can be taken, the movie shows that everything come at that cost. And at this point, it is some lives for many many more lives.