When HBO said goodbye to the Game of Thrones, it was not possible to replace it in Chernobyl.
One of the worst man-made disasters in history now occupies a dialogue dominated by dragons.
The miniseries follow the locals of the power plant workers, first responders, Soviet officials, scientists, soldiers and Pripyat, Ukraine (formerly the Soviet Union) as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear detonation.
Like most historical dramas, the show has been criticized for taking truth and freedom for the story. And this departure is somewhat ironic for the show that the tagline is "the cost of lying".
But the function of the historical drama is not precise. The best ones work as allegories.
And Chernobyl, the allegory of our time, was no longer appropriate.
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Lies start early. While most of the villages are sleeping through nuclear explosions, the denials are getting serious in the control room of the power plant.
Deputy Director Anatoly Dyatlov (Paul Ritter) insisted that his subjects could be solved by instructing them to pump water to the core.
The engineer says to Dyatlov, "There is no point."
Dyatlov claims that the core is not damaged. Truth is fluid from the earliest times.
Radiation leak has already started killing these workers. We're at the company of the living dead.
But despite the fear that these people are dying slowly, Donald Sumpter's words shock like the needle binds the fibers of DNA.
"When people ask questions that do not fit their interests," he said to his subordinates, "You just have to concentrate on your work and tell them to leave your main problem to the country."
The next step is to seal the city and block the phone line to prevent the spread of false information.
The speech meets with an applause.
In the course of this process, it became clear that the Chernobyl disaster was caused by the Soviet Union's cost cutting measures, but the state was perfectly structured to solve the problem and to contain the truth.
Miners and soldiers are conscripted to clean the mess even though they are at risk for health. Scientists are instructed to work and not ask questions.
Meanwhile, Soviet officials are working to classify the tragedy to hide the fear of nuclear deterioration.
Scientists Valerie Regachov (Jared Harris) and Ulaanas Korom (Emily Watson) must be critical of the Soviet Union in order to understand the cause of the collapse.
The most intense moment is a dialogue where the character speaks the truth and risks it.
The war on truth continues.
Decades later, Moscow has tightly controlled information flow both at home and abroad. "Troll Farm" propagates the wrong information, and propaganda is only the latest iteration.
However, the Australian government is not exempt from attempting to conceal and manipulate the truth.
Last week, the Australian federal police raided the home of Annika Smethurst, a political reporter for ABC and News Corp., who stormed the story of the government revealing the information it wanted to maintain quietly.
On the other hand, if convicted of exposing the Australian Tax Office's aggressive debt collection practices, the inside prosecutor, Richard Boyle, will be sentenced to a maximum of 161 years in prison.
As seen in the Geoffrey Rush case, it is a terrible time for reporters and whistleblowers to prohibit reporting in Australian detention centers in addition to "stunning" defamation laws.
When politics wins science
Chernobyl focuses on what happens when government policy lies ahead of human life.
Chernobyl scientists warned Soviet officials that the problem was more toxic than a single reactor, spreading across Eastern Europe. One study found that in 2065, 16,000 sudden cancers and 25,000 other cancers).
Today, scientists are trying to warn us about the existence threats to our health and safety, climate change. Once again, the government took the initiative.
If we take anything from Chernobyl, it should be:
In 2019, we may have identified the extreme risks of radiation, but the war on truth continues. It is eternal.
When we face another environmental disaster, the question is: What is the cost of lying?
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