History Film / TheChinaSyndrome

5th May '17 5:12:07 PM marcoasalazarm
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Jack Godell.Godell fights the power and loses badly... but he manages to unequivocally demonstrate a flaw on the nuclear reactor that the corporation just ''cannot'' leave alone (although they will definitely fix it quietly).]]
24th Mar '17 7:10:26 AM IllinoisStateTroper
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By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film of the accident to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.

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By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film proof of the accident lack of testing to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.
24th Mar '17 7:09:43 AM IllinoisStateTroper
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At every turn separately and then as a team, Jack, Kim and Richard try to find out what happened and try to warn others that something's wrong. By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film of the accident to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.

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At every turn separately and then as a team, Jack, Kim and Richard try to find out what happened and try to warn others that something's wrong. Eventually Jack realizes that the tremor was caused by faulty welding on the main pump, which will cause the pump to fail if it is pushed to full capacity; This faulty welding was never discovered because, rather than test every single weld like they were supposed to do, the company decided to save money by testing one weld and submitting its test results for every other weld. If this were brought to light, it would force the immediate shutdown of the plant and, most likely, legal charges for its builders and owners.

By the time Richard's friend is hurt trying to sneak the film of the accident to a regulatory committee, Jack's paranoid and frustrated enough to seize a security guard's gun and take control of the reactor. Kim tries to interview Jack live on television (breaking into KXLA's regularly-scheduled programming of ''Series/TheMagnificentMarbleMachine''; no, seriously) to help him report what went wrong, but the power company SCRAM the reactor in order to take control away from Jack - during a SCRAM it runs fully automatic for a short time. The power company kills the TV signal and sends in a SWAT team to shoot Jack. While he lies dying, the faulty main coolant pump goes to maximum power ... during which the reactor goes through a terrifying few minutes of OMG it's gonna blow! The pump is finally shut down just as it completely breaks free of its moorings. At the end with the power company trying to paint Jack as a madman, Kim approaches Jack's friend Ted and gets him to say that Jack was sane and that there needs to be a full investigation.
5th Feb '17 8:38:12 AM dieseldragons
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* MarriedToTheJob: Jack loves the Ventana nuclear power plant which distresses him why others would want to ruin everything in the name of profit.
5th Feb '17 8:34:39 AM dieseldragons
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* TheKindnapper: [[spoiler: Jack is shunned by his colleagues who believe him to be over-tired and over-worked. When they try to restart the reactor, it forces the supervisor to hijack the plant, to prevent a meltdown.]]
5th Feb '17 8:30:00 AM dieseldragons
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** When the Turbine trips they take the plant "off the grid". You ''never'' take a nuclear reactor off the grid, because in the event of an emergency you'll need power from the network to deal with it, true, you have diesel back-up generators on stand-by, but those can fail (as did happen with Fukushima) and when they do, [[GoingCritical you are screwed]].
5th Feb '17 5:31:13 AM dieseldragons
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* GoingCritical: What Jack is terrified is going to happen [[spoiler:when the company plans on charging the reactor to full power.]]



* GoingCritical: What Jack is terrified is going to happen [[spoiler:when the company plans on charging the reactor to full power.]]

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* GoingCritical: What IncompetenceInc: Jack is terrified is going to happen [[spoiler:when becomes increasingly disillusioned with how the Ventana nuclear power plant is run by [[CorruptBureaucrat its greedy "safety-second" owners]]. He has a hard time understanding why the construction company plans on charging who build it are threatening him, and the reactor contractors who kept submitting the same radiograph to full power.]]cover-up the failing integrity of welds on the faulty pump.


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* OnlySaneEmployee: Much to Jack's dismay, as no one else is prepared to verify if the plant is safe or not. His suspicions are confirmed [[HeKnowsTooMuch when the contractors try to kill him.]]
5th Feb '17 5:13:59 AM dieseldragons
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: When Kimberly wanted to cover a major story, she got more emotionally involved than she bargained for.
16th Dec '16 10:00:22 AM KneadToKnow
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* SpoilerCover: See the seismometer line in the title logo?
16th Dec '16 9:59:24 AM KneadToKnow
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* SpoilerCover: See the seismometer line in the title logo?
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