English Review – Chernobyl : Episode 3 (2019)


Perhaps not until its third has Chernobyl finally shows the scariest part of what so-called a nuclear fallout. We’re on quite disturbing experience right at this point.

It follows the naïve-loyal wife who miraculously could meet her now-dangerous husband, a firefighter named Vasily Ignatenko down to Moscow, Lyudmilla (Jessie Buckley) is a woman who initially alerts her man not to go down after that midnight explosion at Chernobyl. She is that woman who most desperate to forcedly enter the hospital in Pripyat among those firefighters wives whose life partner’s life is uncertain.

And right now, she’s dealing with her husband mysterious disease but getting stubborn when some nurses say to avoid any contact, letting the complacent.

So why is Craig Mazin showing us this?, for it has no integral to the radiation treatment’s story nor it has any relation with our main duo Legasov and Shcherbina. Which by the way, are going for another difficult but the-only-one option action to take when they decided to make a tunnel below the exploded reactor with the hands of men after acknowledging that boron and sand which they previously have thrown over the explosion has led into poisonous lava because of increasing temperature.

I mean, it’ll only make us frustrating over things isn’t it?

Well, the presentation of Lyudmilla tragic life doesn’t have anything with the technical parts of the movie, but to the emotion of it. It represents the past innocent people who gave their lives, and family. They were all victim of life turbulences they were never expecting. Her presence is showing that to hope, is to welcome the pain. Quite devastating.

Another highlight is about Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson), a nuclear physicist from Minsk who voluntarily offers help to Legasov, and her search of an answer. She’s probably the most determined character of the series. She meets those dying patients who were in place at the time the accident happened.  Her struggle has led her into some visceral imagery, and hard to see portraits of what I say by completely chemically-broken bodies. Their shape is no longer human. And after the effort Khomyuk has been making and how she gains the result, I feel that the story has lost its hope. Instead of taking any glimpse of answer, we’re kinda clear that’s it. It’s all end.