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-->'''Legasov:''' Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, ''that debt is paid.'' So... how does an RBMK reactor explode? Lies.

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-->'''Legasov:''' Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth. Sooner or later, ''that debt is paid.'' So... That is how does an RBMK reactor explode? core explodes. Lies.



-->'''Charkov:''' It would be interesting, for you to lie at this point.
-->'''Legasov:''' ''(with a smirk)'' I'd think, with your experience, you could detect a lie by now.

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-->'''Charkov:''' It After all you've said and done today, it would be interesting, for be...curious if you to lie at chose this point.
moment to lie.
-->'''Legasov:''' ''(with a smirk)'' I'd think, with I would think a man of your experience, you could detect experience would know a lie by now.when he hears one.


** Pikalov's moment is awesome for two reasons: first, he [[AFatherToHisMen refuses to risk his subordinates]], instead putting himself in extreme danger, with only a NBC suit and some lead plates on his truck for protection. Second, he knows that Bryukhanov and Fomin (the highest on the totem pole in Chernobyl and Pripyat) could stall the cleanup efforts by claiming that a simple soldier could've misread or misused the dosimeter's readings in order to save their skin. Pikalov both is the commander of the chemical troops of the Soviet Union and a veteran of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 the Great Patriotic War]], so even Moscow can't dismiss or ignore him. The man knew the dangers, but also that he had the clout to make things move forward instead of doing things the Soviet way of passing the buck and act as if nothing happened.

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** Pikalov's moment is awesome for two reasons: first, he [[AFatherToHisMen refuses to risk his subordinates]], instead putting himself in extreme danger, with only a NBC suit and some lead plates on his truck for protection. Second, he knows that Bryukhanov and Fomin (the highest on the totem pole in Chernobyl and Pripyat) could stall the cleanup efforts by claiming that a simple soldier could've misread or misused the dosimeter's readings in order to save their skin. Pikalov is both is the commander of the chemical troops of the Soviet Union Union, and a veteran of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 the Great Patriotic War]], so even Moscow can't dismiss or ignore him. The man knew the dangers, but also that he had the clout to make things move forward instead of doing things the Soviet way of passing the buck and act as if nothing happened.


* In an [[CosmicHorrorStory absolutely terrifying way]], the explosion itself. When it's shown in flashback during Episode 5, we see the nearly ''800 pound'' (350 kilo) control rods ''bouncing up and down''. After the fatal shutdown procedures are initiated, we get a shot of the fiery core itself surrounded in a twisted mess of graphite rods, which soon blossoms upward into an explosion.

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* In an [[CosmicHorrorStory absolutely terrifying way]], the explosion itself. When it's shown in flashback during Episode 5, we see the nearly ''800 pound'' (350 kilo) control rods rod and fuel channel caps ''bouncing up and down''. After the fatal shutdown procedures are initiated, we get a shot of the fiery core itself surrounded in a twisted mess of graphite rods, which soon blossoms upward into an explosion.


* In an [[CosmicHorrorStory absolutely terrifying way]], the explosion itself. When it's shown in flashback during Episode 5, we see the roughly ''700 pound'' (350 kilo) control rods ''bouncing up and down''. After the fatal shutdown procedures are initiated, we get a shot of the fiery core itself surrounded in a twisted mess of graphite rods, which soon blossoms upward into an explosion.

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* In an [[CosmicHorrorStory absolutely terrifying way]], the explosion itself. When it's shown in flashback during Episode 5, we see the roughly ''700 nearly ''800 pound'' (350 kilo) control rods ''bouncing up and down''. After the fatal shutdown procedures are initiated, we get a shot of the fiery core itself surrounded in a twisted mess of graphite rods, which soon blossoms upward into an explosion.


** Pikalov's moment is awesome for two reasons: first, he defies the [[WeHaveReserves usual Soviet approach]] to military matters by putting himself in extreme danger, with only a NBC suit and some lead plates on his truck for protection. Second, he knows that Bryukhanov and Fomin (the highest on the totem pole in Chernobyl and Pripyat) could stall the cleanup efforts by claiming that a simple soldier could've misread or misused the dosimeter's readings in order to save their skin. Pikalov both is the commander of the chemical troops of the Soviet Union and a veteran of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 the Great Patriotic War]], so even Moscow can't dismiss or ignore him. The man knew the dangers, but also that he had the clout to make things move forward instead of doing things the Soviet way of passing the buck and act as if nothing happened.

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** Pikalov's moment is awesome for two reasons: first, he defies the [[WeHaveReserves usual Soviet approach]] [[AFatherToHisMen refuses to military matters by risk his subordinates]], instead putting himself in extreme danger, with only a NBC suit and some lead plates on his truck for protection. Second, he knows that Bryukhanov and Fomin (the highest on the totem pole in Chernobyl and Pripyat) could stall the cleanup efforts by claiming that a simple soldier could've misread or misused the dosimeter's readings in order to save their skin. Pikalov both is the commander of the chemical troops of the Soviet Union and a veteran of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 the Great Patriotic War]], so even Moscow can't dismiss or ignore him. The man knew the dangers, but also that he had the clout to make things move forward instead of doing things the Soviet way of passing the buck and act as if nothing happened.

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* At the end of Episode 4, two Liquidators climb up the ventilation stack of Reactor #4 and then unfurl the Soviet flag at the top, symbolizing their victory over the disaster.
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[[caption-width-right:350:The flag]]
-->That is something that is often mistakenly identified as being a 'Soviet Flag'; The flag that was unveiled was not a 'Soviet Flag', it was a plain, red-cloth flag, and it was done atop Reactor 3, to mark the "end" of the clean-up operation. Three men were requested to post the red flag atop the chimney overlooking the destroyed reactor, which was reached by climbing 78 meters up a spiral staircase. The three were sent despite the dangers posed by heavy radiation, and after a group of liquidators had already made two failed attempts by helicopter. The radiation expert Alexander Yourtchenko carried the pole, followed by Valéri Starodoumov with the flag, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Sotnikov with the radio. The whole operation was timed to last only 9 minutes, given the high radiation levels. At the end, the trio were rewarded with a bottle of Pepsi (a luxury in 1986) and a day off.

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* At the end of Episode 4, two Liquidators climb up the ventilation stack of Reactor #4 #3 and then unfurl the Soviet a red flag at the top, symbolizing their victory over the disaster.
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[[caption-width-right:350:The flag]]
-->That is something that is often mistakenly identified as being a 'Soviet Flag'; The flag that was unveiled was not a 'Soviet Flag', it was a plain, red-cloth flag, and it was done atop Reactor 3, to mark
the "end" of the clean-up operation. Three operation.[[note]] The flag that was unveiled was not, as commonly believed, the Soviet Flag. In real life three men were requested to post the red flag atop the chimney overlooking the destroyed reactor, which was reached by climbing 78 meters up a spiral staircase. The three were sent despite the dangers posed by heavy radiation, and after a group of liquidators had already made two failed attempts by helicopter. The radiation expert Alexander Yourtchenko carried the pole, followed by Valéri Starodoumov with the flag, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Sotnikov with the radio. The whole operation was timed to last only 9 minutes, given the high radiation levels. At the end, the trio were rewarded with a bottle of Pepsi (a luxury in 1986) and a day off. [[/note]]


** That simple moment where the three divers get out of the tunnel and simply raise their fist in the air to say they succeeded. The whole group of soldiers around them immediatly start cheering and offer them some vodka. Even Legasov, Scherbina and Pikalov looks, for a few moments, ''relieved'' that things finally go their way.




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** Pikalov's moment is awesome for two reasons: first, he defies the [[WeHaveReserves usual Soviet approach]] to military matters by putting himself in extreme danger, with only a NBC suit and some lead plates on his truck for protection. Second, he knows that Bryukhanov and Fomin (the highest on the totem pole in Chernobyl and Pripyat) could stall the cleanup efforts by claiming that a simple soldier could've misread or misused the dosimeter's readings in order to save their skin. Pikalov both is the commander of the chemical troops of the Soviet Union and a veteran of [[UsefulNotes/WorldWar2 the Great Patriotic War]], so even Moscow can't dismiss or ignore him. The man knew the dangers, but also that he had the clout to make things move forward instead of doing things the Soviet way of passing the buck and act as if nothing happened.


* The miniseries itself started off with relatively good ratings the first night, but [[https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/06/04/chernobyl-is-the-highest-rated-tv-series-ever incredible word of mouth and reviews]] turned [[https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/chernobyl-hbo-monday-ratings.html the series into must-see TV]]. And by the final episode, [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2019/06/04/chernobyl-ends-its-hbo-run-as-the-highest-audience-rated-tv-series-in-history/#78ccc666413a earning serious plaudits as the best show of the year]]. Soon after the final episode aired, its aggregate IMDB rating shot up to a ''9.7/10'', making it the highest rated TV show of ''all time'' on the site.

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* The miniseries itself started off with relatively good ratings the first night, but [[https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2019/06/04/chernobyl-is-the-highest-rated-tv-series-ever incredible word of mouth and reviews]] turned [[https://www.vulture.com/2019/06/chernobyl-hbo-monday-ratings.html the series into must-see TV]]. And by the final episode, [[https://www.forbes.com/sites/paultassi/2019/06/04/chernobyl-ends-its-hbo-run-as-the-highest-audience-rated-tv-series-in-history/#78ccc666413a earning serious plaudits as the best show of the year]]. Soon after the final episode aired, its aggregate IMDB rating shot up to a ''9.7/10'', making it the highest rated TV show of ''all time'' on the site. Similarly, its aggregate Letterboxd score went up to a 4.6/5, tying it with ''Series/TwinPeaks: The Return'' for the most critically acclaimed TV series on the site.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The flag]]
-->That is something that is often mistakenly identified as being a 'Soviet Flag'; The flag that was unveiled was not a 'Soviet Flag', it was a plain, red-cloth flag, and it was done atop Reactor 3, to mark the "end" of the clean-up operation. Three men were requested to post the red flag atop the chimney overlooking the destroyed reactor, which was reached by climbing 78 meters up a spiral staircase. The three were sent despite the dangers posed by heavy radiation, and after a group of liquidators had already made two failed attempts by helicopter. The radiation expert Alexander Yourtchenko carried the pole, followed by Valéri Starodoumov with the flag, and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Sotnikov with the radio. The whole operation was timed to last only 9 minutes, given the high radiation levels. At the end, the trio were rewarded with a bottle of Pepsi (a luxury in 1986) and a day off.


* Though he never lived to see it, Legasov’s efforts to expose the truth of Chernobyl and prevent another nuclear disaster paid off as the publication of his account of the disaster, as well as the public outcry over his death, finally forces the Soviet government into correcting the RBMK’s design flaws. As a bonus, it also gives a proverbial middle finger towards the KGB’s efforts to {{Unperson}} Legasov and silence the truth.

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* Though he never lived to see it, Legasov’s Legasov's efforts to expose the truth of Chernobyl and prevent another nuclear disaster paid off as the publication of his account of the disaster, as well as the public outcry over his death, finally forces the Soviet government into correcting the RBMK’s RBMK's design flaws. As a bonus, it also gives a proverbial middle finger towards the KGB’s KGB's efforts to {{Unperson}} Legasov and silence the truth.



* General Pikalov, when told that there's a good chance that the whoever would take the radiation readings at the fire would still die despite the heaviest shielding possible.

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* General Pikalov, when told that there's a good chance that the whoever would take the radiation readings at the fire would still die despite the heaviest shielding possible.possible, tells Legasov this:



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* General Pikalov, when told that there's a good chance that the whoever would take the radiation readings at the fire would still die despite the heaviest shielding possible.
-->'''Pikalov''': [[TheMenFirst Then I'll do it myself.]]


* At the end of Episode 4, two Liquidators climb up the cooling tower of Reactor 4 and then unfurl the Soviet flag at the top, symbolizing their victory over the disaster.

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* At the end of Episode 4, two Liquidators climb up the cooling tower ventilation stack of Reactor 4 #4 and then unfurl the Soviet flag at the top, symbolizing their victory over the disaster.



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* At the end of Episode 4, two Liquidators climb up the cooling tower of Reactor 4 and then unfurl the Soviet flag at the top, symbolizing their victory over the disaster.

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* In an [[CosmicHorrorStory absolutely terrifying way]], the explosion itself. When it's shown in flashback during Episode 5, we see the roughly ''700 pound'' (350 kilo) control rods ''bouncing up and down''. After the fatal shutdown procedures are initiated, we get a shot of the fiery core itself surrounded in a twisted mess of graphite rods, which soon blossoms upward into an explosion.

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