On the 26th April 1986 the No. 4 nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant exploded. This is what inspired Craig Mazin to create the miniseries that everyone is talking about. Here are 5 reasons why everyone in Malta is hooked on Chernobyl:
1. TRYING TO SAVE THE WORLD
Even though the story of Chernobyl is a grim one, the series remains watchable.
A story about the people who sacrificed their lives so that the situation wouldn’t become worse, it shows the heartbreak behind the pain and trauma these people experienced. Their work is to save the world from the effects of the explosion.
2. THE SEARCH FOR TRUTH
One of Chernobyl’s most important people, Professor Valery Legasov, was sent to Pripyat to see what happened and help solve the problem.
Legasov, however, was not happy with the way the investigation was done, which is why he wanted to find out the truth with the help of Ulana Khomyuk
3. WHO IS ULANA KHOMYUK?
In the series, Emily Watson’s character Ulana Khomyuk is a nuclear physicist who investigates what led to the explosion of the nuclear power station. She works hard to find out the truth about what really happened.
Here’s some trivia about Khomyuk: Chernobyl writer Craig Mazin created her to represent the dozens of scientists who worked tirelessly alongside Professor Legasov at Chernobyl, and to honour their dedication.
4. LYUDMILA IGNATENKO
The story of 22-year-old Lyudmila Ignatenko is a horrible one. When the explosion happened, her husband, 25-year-old firefighter Vasily Ignatenko was one of the first to reach the site to help extinguish the fire.
Without spoiling what happens next, Lyudmila’s life is turned upside down from that moment on. While her story is tragic, the way Irish actress Jessie Buckley plays the part allows us to really feel what happened in April 1986 and it’s almost as if we were next to her.
The blend of history and drama gives us an amazing yet gut-wrenching experience when watching Mazin’s Chernobyl. It is this mix, among other things, that has made Chernobyl so popular in Malta.