Chernobyl Series - Excellent - Page 2

Chernobyl Series - Excellent

This is a discussion on Chernobyl Series - Excellent within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Fantastic series. It had me feeling anxious and disturbed throughout. I viewed it from the viewer perspective as a scientific "horror" series. Human error and ...

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2
Results 16 to 26 of 26
Like Tree59Likes

Thread: Chernobyl Series - Excellent

  1. #16
    Member Array entertainment72's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2018
    Posts
    413
    Fantastic series. It had me feeling anxious and disturbed throughout.

    I viewed it from the viewer perspective as a scientific "horror" series. Human error and beauracracy led to unleashing the devil (exploding reactor) leading to the devil's minions being unleashed sight unseen to cause havoc (the radioactive contamination) which had to be fought by common men to save themselves from what they had unleashed. There were some scenes so well done they came off like the heroes going in to confront a monster when they were really entering what had been mundane locations that were now extremely contaminated by an unseen contagion.

    And all based on reality.

  2. #17
    Member Array SunTsu's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2017
    Location
    Space Coast
    Posts
    182
    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    But Brother, the real key is to keep it from turning into a big nuclear bomb! They came very, very close to that AFTER it blew up.

    BTW if the bomb scenario had come to pass, there were THREE more reactors just like the one that blew up - all within walking distance.
    That absolutely could not have happened in a worst case scenario. A poorly enriched fission reactor can not explode like a fusion bomb. The '4 Megaton" or whatever they quoted dates back to a single decades old interview. I don't know if he was embellishing, it was a translation error, or he simply didn't have a clue what he was talking about.
    They were worried about a steam explosion if it melted down to the water, but it would look more like a Hawaiian lava flow into the ocean, dispersing even more radioactive material into atmosphere, not the Castle Bravo test.
    Old Man and OldChap like this.

  3. #18
    Senior Member Array ButtShot14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    521
    Thanks for sharing OldChap. I just bought the book from Amazon.
    OldChap likes this.

  4. #19
    VIP Member Array ColoradoDiablo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2016
    Location
    Colorado
    Posts
    2,011
    What a disaster the disaster didn't become.
    OldChap likes this.
    U.S. Army, Retired (1986 to 2014)
    Life Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars

  5. #20
    Senior Member Array The Fish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    The Beach of Boynton (FL)
    Posts
    955
    Quote Originally Posted by pskys2 View Post
    Yes kind of funny watching their acrobatics when trying to defend communism/socialism/old USSR and still attack Trump/Russia now. I can't decide if it infuriates me or is cause for laughter when I hear some Dem/MSM talking head spout 2 opposing arguments as facts and support for their own ideas. I.E. Trump saying he'd listen to dirt from a foreign entity (bad VERY bad), but "paying" a foreigner to go to a foreign country to manufacture a Dossier is ok (good very good)? Among others that being most current.
    The premise of your comment is false....the American left (including me) does not and did not "defend" the USSR at all.
    In fact,my job was to vaporize them.
    OldChap and CreedDryrot like this.
    " Keep Packin' On The Bimah"

    U.S.A.F. 1966-1971 1821-H O-3

    N.R.A. Certified RSO

  6. #21
    Member Array pskys2's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Kansas
    Posts
    493
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fish View Post
    The premise of your comment is false....the American left (including me) does not and did not "defend" the USSR at all.
    In fact,my job was to vaporize them.
    "Vaporize them"? We've never had a hot war with Russia so how is it a job to vaporize them?

    Read history on Dems statements about the USSR in the '60's through the '80's. Particularly Ted Kennedy's letter for support of his presidential primary campaign from USSR, was released years after the USSR dissolved.
    OldChap likes this.

  7. #22
    Senior Member Array The Fish's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Location
    The Beach of Boynton (FL)
    Posts
    955
    Quote Originally Posted by pskys2 View Post
    "Vaporize them"? We've never had a hot war with Russia so how is it a job to vaporize them?

    Read history on Dems statements about the USSR in the '60's through the '80's. Particularly Ted Kennedy's letter for support of his presidential primary campaign from USSR, was released years after the USSR dissolved.
    Yes,we never had a hot war but my job was indeed to "vaporize" them had there been a war.
    The name of the strategy was MAD...Mutually Assured Destruction.They knew that if they started a nuclear war we would destroy them.

    I literally can not understand the above bolded written by you.
    OldChap likes this.
    " Keep Packin' On The Bimah"

    U.S.A.F. 1966-1971 1821-H O-3

    N.R.A. Certified RSO

  8. #23
    VIP Member Array OldChap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,087
    Quote Originally Posted by SunTsu View Post
    That absolutely could not have happened in a worst case scenario. A poorly enriched fission reactor can not explode like a fusion bomb. The '4 Megaton" or whatever they quoted dates back to a single decades old interview. I don't know if he was embellishing, it was a translation error, or he simply didn't have a clue what he was talking about.
    They were worried about a steam explosion if it melted down to the water, but it would look more like a Hawaiian lava flow into the ocean, dispersing even more radioactive material into atmosphere, not the Castle Bravo test.
    You sound like you could have had a significant role in the series! I would think you are aware and would agree that the release of radioactive elements at Chernobyl, and the resulting swath of contamination, was the worst disaster in the history of nuclear power. My point is that it would not take a fission explosion to create a much larger disaster - a "nuclear bomb" if you will. Had reactors 1 to 3 joined #4 in destruction, something that could easily have happened had there been a further significant explosion, nuclear or not, the resulting release of particles would have made Castle Bravo look like a birthday party. Remember the RBMK series had no containment vessel.

    This is a pretty good lay summary of what went wrong. The last two paragraphs are particularly noteworthy:

    https://www.livescience.com/65618-ar...ting-safe.html

    But all that is neither here nor there. The thread is about a well-made, entertaining fictionalization based on a true story. My original comment was a tongue in cheek reply to @OldVet that a reactor is not exactly just "How a nuclear reactor works? It makes heat and boils water."
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits."

  9. #24
    VIP Member Array OldVet's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    The Twilight Zone
    Posts
    30,986
    Quote Originally Posted by OldChap View Post
    But all that is neither here nor there. The thread is about a well-made, entertaining fictionalization based on a true story. My original comment was a tongue in cheek reply to @OldVet that a reactor is not exactly just "How a nuclear reactor works? It makes heat and boils water."
    Bite your tongue, sir!
    OldChap likes this.
    Retired USAF E-8. Curmudgeon on the loose.
    Lighten up and enjoy life because:
    Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth

  10. #25
    VIP Member Array OldChap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,087
    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    Bite your tongue, sir!
    I was picturing the spectre of my coffee pot having a Chernobyl-like event!
    OldVet likes this.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits."

  11. #26
    VIP Member Array OldChap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2017
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    5,087
    I forgot to post this. I don;t know if this is still in print, but you can get the Kindle version. This is the notebook of Grigoriy Medvedev, who was one of the central figures in the series. It goes into far more detail about the disaster since he was sent there to study it and find out how to prevent another incident. For those curious about the technical details of what happened, this is the starting point. He was there. He not only understood the reactor and how it should have been operated, he understood the nuclear physics involved. It is an interesting read.

    Name:  31EHhAkAiaL.jpg
Views: 11
Size:  11.2 KB

    https://www.amazon.com/Chernobyl-Not...gateway&sr=8-1
    CommonCents likes this.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has limits."

Page 2 of 2 FirstFirst 1 2

Sponsored Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •