Isotope Glow

HBO original miniseries Chernobyl drops its second episode tomorrow Monday May 13, 2019.

#ChernobylHBO is based on real events.

rottentomatoes: 96%

metacritic: 83

imdb: 9.7

emmys: 19 nominations

Valery Legasov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Jared HarrisValery Legasov

Soviet Professor Valery Legasov joins the executive committee formed to address a ruptured reactor core at the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Plant outside of 1986 Pripyat, Ukraine, USSR.

Valery Legasov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Jared Harris


1 nomination: 2019

“What is the cost of lies?  It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth.  The real danger is that we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.  What can we do then?  What else is left but to abandon even the hope of truth and content ourselves instead with stories?  In these stories, it doesn’t matter who the heroes are.  All we want to know is: who is to blame?  In this story, it was Anatoly Dyatlov.  He was the best best choice.  An arrogant, unpleasant man, he ran the room that night, he gave the orders… and no friends.  Or, at least, not important ones.  And now Dyatlov will spend the next ten years in a prison labor camp.  Of course, that sentence is doubly unfair.  There were far greater criminals than him at work.  And as for what Dyatlov did do, the man doesn’t deserve prison.  He deserves death.  But instead, ten years for ‘criminal mismanagement.’  What does that mean?  No one knows.  It doesn’t matter.  What does matter is that, to them, justice was done.  Because, you see, to them a just world is a sane world.  There was nothing sane about Chernobyl.  What happened there, what happened after, even the good we did, all of it… all of it… madness.  Well, I’ve given you everything I know.  They’ll deny it, of course.  They always do.  I know you’ll try your best.” — Dr. Valery Legasov

“Hello.  Yes.  I am.  Who am I–?  How bad is it?  Control system tank.  And the core?  Yes, I see.  Any contamination?  That’s actually significant.  You should evacuate the sur– yes, I’ve studied– that late?  Forgive me, but don’t you think given the amount of radiation that it would be– yes, of course.  I didn’t mean to–” — Dr. Valery Legasov

Anatoly Dyatlov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Paul RitterDeputy Chief Engineer Anatoly Dyatlov

“What just happened?  The turbine hall.  The control system tank.  Hydrogen.   You and Toptunov, you morons blew the tank!  This is an emergency.  Everyone stay calm.  Our first priority is– we know.  Akimov, are we cooling the reactor core?  Try and disconnect the servos from the standby console.  You two, get the backup pumps running.  We need water moving through the core.  That is all that matters.  He’s in shock.  Get him out of here.  You’re confused.  RBMK reactor cores don’t explode.  Akimov… Akimov!  We’re wasting time.  Let’s go.  Get the hydrogen out of the generators and pump water into the core.  Call the fire brigade.” — Anatoly Dyatlov

“I dropped the control rods from the other panel.  What?  What about the pumps?  Fuck the phones and fuck Khodemchuk.  Are the pumps on or not?  Stolyarchuk?  I don’t give a shit about the panel!  I need water in my reactor core!  Get down there and make sure those pumps are on!  Now!  What does the dosimeter say?  3.6– not great, not terrible.” — Anatoly Dyatlov

“The tank, it’s big enough.  This kind of explosion, the control tank on 71, it’s 100 cubic meters.  Hundred and ten.  It could do this, definitely.  Did you lower the control rods or not?  Take him to the infirmary.  Toptunov, take him!  He’s delusional.  Ruptured condenser lines.  The feedwater is mildly contaminated.  He’ll be fine.  I’ve seen worse.  Do we still have a phone line to the outside?  Akimov?  Call in the day shift.  We have to keep water flowing into the core.  We need electricians, mechanics, we need bodies.  How many times do I have to say it?  I’m going to the Administration Building now to call Bryukhanov and Fomin.  They’re gonna want a full report.  Now, I don’t know if I can make things better for you, but I can certainly make them worse.  Call in the day shift, Comrade Akimov.” — Anatoly Dyatlov

“We have the situation under control.  No one can blame you for this, Director Bryuhkanov.  We ran the test exactly as Chief Engineer Fomin approved.  Unit Shift Chief Akimov and Engineer Toptunov encountered technical difficulties leading to an accumulation of hydrogen in the control system tank.  It regrettably ignited, damaging the plant, setting the roof on fire.  We’re taking measures to ensure a steady flow of water through the core.  Obviously, down here it’s nothing.  But in the reactor building, I’m being told 3.6 roentgen per hour.  Not at all.  Mm-hmm.” — Anatoly Dyatlov

“The Cherenkov effect.  Completely normal phenomenon.  It can happen with minimal radiation.” — Anatoly Dyatlov

“What was the number?  It’s typical.  What’s wrong with you?  How’d you get that number from feedwater leaking from a blown tank?  Then what the fuck are you talking about?  You didn’t see graphite.  You didn’t.  You didn’t!  Because it’s not there!  Enough!  I’ll go up to the vent block roof.  From where you can look right down into reactor Building 4.  I’ll see it with my own… my own eyes.  I apologize.” — Anatoly Dyatlov

Boris Scherbina, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Stellan SkarsgårdBoris Scherbina


1 nomination: 2019

“Valery Legasov?  You are the Legasov who is the First Deputy Director of the Kurchatov Institute of Atomic Energy?  This is Boris Scherbina, Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers and head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy.  There’s been an accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  No.  No need to panic.  There was a fire.  It’s mostly put out.  The system control tank exploded.  We’ve ordered them to continuously pump water.  It’s mild.  The plant manager, Bryukhanov, is reporting 3.6 roentgen per hour.  You’re an expert on RBMK reactors, correct?  General Secretary Gorbachev has appointed a committee to manage the accident.  You’re on it.  We’ll convene at two this afternoon.  Legasov, you’re on this committee to answer direct questions about the function of an RBMK reactor if they should happen to arise.  Nothing else.  Certainly not policy.  Do you understand?” — Boris Scherbina

Lydumilla Ignatenko, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Jessie BuckleyLyudmilla Ignatenko

“You’re not on call tonight.  But it doesn’t look right, the color.  And what if there are chemicals?” — Lydumilla Ignatenko

“Come where?  I don’t think you should go.  It could be dangerous.  What?  Oh.  Yeah.” — Lydumilla Ignatenko

Vasily Ignatenko, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Adam NagaitisVasily Ignatenko

“Lyudmilla?” — Vasily Ignatenko

“They’re bringing everybody in, military and civil.  Pripyat, Polesskoe, Kiev.  This is a big one.  Pravik says he thinks they’re shining floodlights or something.  Chemicals?  The problem’s the roof.  It’s covered in tar, so it’s gonna burn all night, and it’ll stink like hell.  That’s it.  That’s the worst of it.  Go back to bed.” — Vasily Ignatenko

“I don’t know, Misha.  Don’t fuck around with it.  Hook these up, come on.  Do you taste metal?  I don’t know.  The valves, Misha!  The valves, let’s go!  The valves!  Come on!  No.  No, he said it was just the roof.” — Vasily Ignatenko

Sasha Akimov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Sam TroughtonAleksandr Akimov (Sasha)

“Comrade Dyatlov!  Comrade Dyatlov!  Comrade Dyatlov!  Comrade Dyatlov!  Comrade Dyatlov!  I don’t know.  We shut it down, but the control rods are still active.  They’re not all the way in, I disengaged the clutch.  Sasha… don’t worry we did everything right.  Something… something strange has happened.  Comrade Perevozchenko, what you’re saying is physically impossible.  The core can’t explose.  It has to be the tank.” — Sasha Akimov

“They’re still up.  They’re still only a third of the way in, I don’t know why.  I already sent the trainees down to the reactor hall to lower them by hand.  3.6 roentgen, but that’s as high as the meter– we did everything right.” — Sasha Akimov

“One hundred and ten.  His face… but if the– yes, Comrade Dyatlov.” — Sasha Akimov

“What about the auxiliary?  No, we have to get water into the core.  Otherwise, there’ll be a meltdown.  We have to open the valves.  What do you want, Boris?  If it’s true, then we’re dead, a million people are dead.  Is that what you need to hear?  We have to open the valves.  By hand.  Then help us.  Watch the panel while we’re gone.  Just watch it.” — Sasha Akimov

“Okay.  Let’s begin.  Leonid.  Leonid.  It’s all the way, okay?  All the way open.  There’s nothing to be sorry for.  I told you, we did nothing wrong.” — Sasha Akimov

Director Bryukhanov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Con O'NeillDirector Bryukhanov

“Hello?  Hello?  Who else knows this?  Have you called Fomin?  Of course I want you to call him.  If I’m up, he’s up.” — Director Bryukhanov

“I take it the safety test was a failure?  Shut up, Fomin.  I have to tell the Central Committee about this.  Do you realize this?  I have to get on the phone and tell Maryin, or God forbid Frolyshev, that my power plant is on fire.  Of course no one can blame me for this.  How can I be responsible?  I was sleeping.  Tell me what happened, quickly.  A hydrogen tank, fire… reactor?  What about radiation?  Well, that’s not great, but it’s not horrifying.  The dosimetrists should be checking regularly.  Have them use the good meter from the safe.  Right.  I’ll call Maryin.  Have them wake up the local executive committee.  There’ll be orders coming down.” — Director Bryukhanov

“Gentlemen, welcome.  Please, uh, find a seat.  Plenty of room.  I apologize for the lateness of the hour.  Rest assured, we are all very safe down here.  We built this shelter to withstand a nuclear attack by the Americans, so I think we’ll be fine.  As you can see, we have experienced an accident.  A large control tank malfunctioned, damaging reactor Building 4 and starting a fire.  Now, I have spoken directly to Deputy Secretary Maryin.  Maryin spoke to Deputy Chief Frolyshev, Frolyshev to Central Committee member Dolgikh, and Dolgikh to General Secretary Gorbachev.  Now… because the Central Committee has the greatest respect for the work of the Pripyat Executive Committee, they have asked me to brief you on matters as they stand, so… first, the accident… is well under control.  And second, because the efforts of the Soviet nuclear industry are considered key state secrets, it is important that we ensure that this incident has no adverse consequences.  Now, to prevent a panic, the Central Committee have ordered a detachment of military police to Pripyat.  Between two and four thousand men.  Gentlemen– please, please.  My wife is here.  Do you think I would keep her in Pripyat if it wasn’t safe?  The Vladimir I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station.  Thank you.” — Director Bryukhanov

“Well?  See?  This is what Moscow does.  Sends us shit equipment, then wonders why things go wrong.  It’s another faulty meter.  You’re wasting our time.  Guards!  Guards!  Get him to the medic or the hospital!  Whatever he needs!  Of course you will.” — Director Bryukhanov

Fomin, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Adrian RawlinsFomin

“Whatever the cause, the important thing is that neither you nor I–” — Fomin

“Under control?  It doesn’t look like it’s under control.  The tank is quite large.  It’s the only logical explanation.  Of course, Deputy Chief Engineer Dyatlov was directly supervising the test, so he would know best.  From the feedwater, I assume?  We’ll have to limit shifts to six hours at a time, but otherwise…” — Fomin

“There’s mild radiation, but it’s limited to the plant itself.  Excuse me?  And?  What game are you playing?  What?  Are you suggesting the core… what?  Exploded?  Sitnikov.  You’re a nuclear engineer, so am I.  Please tell me how an RBMK reactor core explodes.  Not a meltdown, an explosion.  I’d love to know.  Are you stupid?  Then why can’t you?  It’s the feedwater.  Been around it all night.  You go then.  Go to the vent block roof and report back what you see.  You’ll be fine.  You’ll see.  Come on.” — Fomin

Zharkov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Donald SumpterZharkov

“I wonder how many of you know the name of this place.  We call it ‘Chernobyl,’ of course.  What is its real name?  Exactly.  Vladimir I. Lenin.  And how proud he would be of you all tonight.  Especially you, young man, and the passion you have for the people.  For is that not the sole purpose of the apparatus of the State?  Sometimes, we forget.  Sometimes, we fall prey to fear.  But our faith in Soviet socialism will always be rewarded.  Now, the State tells us the situation here is not dangerous.  Have faith, comrades.  The State tells us it wants to prevent a panic.  Listen well.  It’s true, when the people see the police, they will be afraid.  But it is my experience that when the people ask questions that are not in their own best interest, they should simply be told to keep their minds on their labor and leave matters of State to the State.  We seal off the city.  No one leaves.  And cut the phone lines.  Contain the spread of misinformation.  That is how we keep the people from undermining the fruits of their own labor.  Yes, comrades… we will all be rewarded for what we do here tonight.  This is our moment to shine.” — Zharkov

Sitnikov, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Jamie SivesSitnikov

“Is anyone saying what happened?  It’s in Building 2.  Hasn’t–?  Follow me.” — Sitnikov

“I sent my dosimetrists into the reactor building.  The large dosimeter from the safe, the one with the 1,000-roentgen capacity– there was none.  The meter was burned out the second it was turned on.  We found another dosimeter from the military fire department.  It only goes to 200 roentgen, but it’s better than the small ones.  It maxed out.  Two hundred roentgen.  No, I–I– I asked him, he took multiple measurements, he’s my best man.  I checked the meter against the control.  You don’t.  I, um… I walked around the exterior of Building 4.  I think there’s graphite on the ground in the rubble.  I did.  Yes.  I can’t.  No.  I… I don’t see how it could explode.  But it did.  What?  No.  No, I won’t do that.” — Sitnikov

Petrovich, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Alex BlakePetrovich

“How large of a detachment.  What’s really going on here?  How dangerous is this?  No, it isn’t.  You saw men outside vomiting.  You saw me with burns.  There’s more radiation than they’re saying.  We have wives here, we have children.  I say we evacuate the town.  Bryukhanov, the air is glowing.” — Petrovich

Soviet Guard

“Comrade Sitnikov to see the Chief Engineer.” — Soviet Guard


“My control panel’s not working.  I tried calling for the electricians.” — Stolyarchuk

Leonid Toptunov

“No, that’s not– Sasha.  Do you taste metal?” — Toptunov

“I can’t get through to Khodemchuk.  The lines are down.” — Toptunov

“Where’s Kudryavstev?  I need a medic!  Anyone!” — Toptunov

“The core?” — Toptunov

“Oh… I’m sorry.  But we did.” — Toptunov

Facility worker #2

“There’s a fire in the turbine hall.  What about the fire?” — Facility worker

Power Plant Worker

“It’s not working.” — Power Plant Worker


“I guess we know why they called us in early.  They were running the safety test on the turbines, blew the control system tank.  It doesn’t make sense to me either. What about sabotage?  A bomb?” — Worker

Power Plant Worker #2

“Sitnikov!  Bryukhanov wants us to use the good dosimeter, but it’s in the safe, and we can’t find the key.” — Power Plant Worker


“You’re doing fine.  Raise her up.  That one, maybe an hour.  This one, not until morning.  How’s it downstairs, doctor?  Always is.  Nothing at this hour but babies.  You know, I once went two days without sleep?  Ten women went into labor at the same time.  Did I ever tell you that story?  Well, I won’t need you in here for a while.  If you want, get some rest in the break room.  What fire?  Oh.  Then it mustn’t be too bad.  Hmm?  You mean disinfectant?  Iodine pills?  Why would we have iodine pills?” — Doctor

Dr. Svetlana Zinchenko, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Nadia CliffordDr. Svetlana Zinchenko

“Quiet.  Yes.  They haven’t brought anyone in from the fire.  The power plant.  Do we stock iodine?  Iodine.  No, pills.  Does the hospital stock iodine pills?” — Dr. Svetlana Zinchenko


“It’s exploded!  There is no core.  It exploded, the core exploded.  The lid is off!  The stack is burning.  I saw it.” — Perevozchenko

“Where’s the dosimeter?  What the fuck is this?  It’s 3.6 roentgen.  Come on.  I’m going to find Khodemchuk in the pump room.  You… here.  Get Shashenok.  He’s in 604.  Go.  Have you seen Khodemchuk?  Still in the pump room.” — Perevozchenko

Yuvchenko, Chernobyl, HBO, Sky Atlantic, Home Box Office Inc., HBO Entertainment, Sister Pictures, The Might Mint, Douggie McMeekinYuvchenko

“No.  Where’s Viktor?  Stay here.  I’ll come back.  Viktor!  Viktor.  Viktor.  Viktor.  I’m gonna get you out of here.  Can you stand?  Where?” — Yuvchenko

“What do you need?  I don’t think there are control rods.  I don’t think there’s a core.  Let’s go.  Are you sure?  Move.  Come on, go!  Hey!  Hey!” — Yuvchenko

“Do you have a cigarette?  It’s over.” — Yuvchenko

Boris Stolyarchuk

“Do you need help?” — Boris Stolyarchuk

“The pumps are gone, electrical’s gone.  I didn’t go in there, and I won’t.  I think it’s time we faced– Sasha… by hand?  You know, the number of valves, the amount of time to turn them, you’re talking about hours in there!  Help you do what?  Pump water into a ditch?  There’s nothing there!  Leonid, I’m begging you.” — Boris Stolyarchuk

Core Investigator #1

“We need to get into the reactor hall to lower the control rods, but the door is jammed.  No, you’re– you’re mistaken.  Akimov said.  Akimov… let’s go!  Let’s go!” — Core Investigator

“It’s gone.  I looked right into it.  I looked into the core.  He fell.” — Core Investigator


“What do you mean dangerous?  It’s a fire.  It’s over there, we’re over here.  What?  Oh, sorry.” — Mikhail


“Lydumilla!  Do you want to come with us?  We’re going to the railroad bridge to get a better look.  It’s not like anyone can sleep with all the sirens.  Is Vasily…?  Did he say it was bad?  Well, he’s never gotten hurt before.  None of the boys have.  He’ll be fine.  Get some rest.” — Townswoman

“Here.  You sure?  Okay.  What do you think makes the colors?  ‘Oh.  It’s the fuel for sure?’  What do you know about it?  You clean floors at a train station.  Isn’t Yuri a plumber?  It is beautiful.” — Townswoman


“Oh… it’s the fuel for sure.  My friend, Yuri, works at the power plant.  He says it runs cold.  No gas, no fire.  Just atoms.  Yuri says the only thing is, you can’t walk right up to the fuel.  If you do, a glass of vodka an hour for four hours.  At the nuclear power plant, yeah.  Yeah.” — Townsperson


“No.” — Townsperson

Fire Brigade Commander (Pravik)

“You, connect those hooks!  Get the pumps going!  Ignatenko, get on his hose!  It’s all right.  Breathe. Misha.  All right, all right.  Easy, Misha.” — Pravik

“We’ve done all we can from the perimeter.  We need to start making our way to the roof.  Vasily!  You’ve gotta put it out.  That’s enough, comrades.  We’re pushing ahead.  Come on, boys.  Vasily, it’s just past, straight up.  All the way up, all the way in.  Come on!” — Pravik


“Yeah.  Going in now.” — Fireman


“Vasily… hey, Vasily, what’s this?  Yeah, what is that?  No!” — Misha

Fire Fighter

“Yeah, over here!  We’re working bottom to top.  Go in fast.” — Fire Fighter


“Khodemchuck… get Khodemchuk.” — Viktor

Facility worker #3

“Is it war?  Here… here.  Are they bombing?  That’s as high as it goes.  The good one’s locked in a safe.  I don’t have a key.  Valera… your face.  Shit.  Up two flights and across.  Why are you going there?” — Facility Worker

Facility worker #4

“Hey! we need to get to the reactor hall.  The lift’s destroyed.  Right.” — Facility Worker

Ulana Khomyuk


1 nomination: 2019

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