As Game of Thrones ends with a bit of a whimper, Chernobyl is primed to step us as HBO’s next big thing. Watchmen could be set to fill its position as the huge blockbuster, but they would do well to keep an eye on how Chernobyl has been doing.
The show has hit the ground running, and there’s a whole host of reasons why everyone should be watching. The writing, cinematography and acting are all top notch, while the story only becomes more gripping as it unfolds. Not many would have expected that at this time of year, Chernobyl would be HBO’s jewel in the crown, but that’s exactly where it deserves to be.
Based around the infamous nuclear disaster in the titular city, Chernobyl has more depth than its subject matter might immediately lead you to believe. Plenty of schlocky body horrors begin with nuclear meltdowns, but Chernobyl goes much deeper below the surface.
It focuses on the meltdown only as a way to provide structure to the story, instead exploring how it came to happen, how the aftermath was dealt with and whose lives were forever changed by the fateful events.