Users of social networks using jokes conceptualize and soften the impressions of the show about the 1986 catastrophe.
On June 4, the last episode of “Chernobyl” was released – a five-part HBO show about the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The series led the audience rating iMDb with an average rating of 9.7 points out of 10 – higher than the “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad”. The final of “Chernobyl” only strengthened theleadership – 9.9 out of 10.
In social networks in Russia and in the West, users wrote that at some moments the show strongly pressed on the viewer and bordered on the horror genre because of the detailed horror demonstration of 1986. Even after the first days of the accident, the writers found episodes that they just wanted to “squander”.
Despite the seriousness of Chernobyl, the audience came up with numerous memes about the series. They related to specific scenes, the causes of the accident and the most memorable characters. Immediately several Western publications have suggested that a joke – one of the ways to understand and to “soften” the events in contemporary culture. And Chernobyl, pressing on the viewer, needed a discharge in the form of memes.Spoilers: memes reveal plot details of the Chernobyl series.
AZ-5 – reactor emergency protection system. The explosion in the fourth unit happened after pressing the button
СУУУУУУУУУУКААААААААААААААААААААААА pic.twitter.com/uMGCQd2t0p— ЛЕВАЦКАЯ МРАЗЬ (@xmbshwll) May 28, 2019
Sitnikov explains that graphite is visible on earth (proof of a serious accident) – Dyatlov, Fomin and Bryukhanov
Many jokes concerned the Soviet government, which in the series thinks more about the image of a “strong Soviet Union” than about the accident. Because of this, Chernobyl at first ignored the seriousness of the situation.
Soviet leadership in the first series of “Chernobyl”
The first series was mostly devoted to the NPP employees who were the first to encounter an accident. Time after time in “Chernobyl” they show how, when interacting with radiation, they received a “nuclear tan”.
Chernobyl employee: “Hmm, this is strange.” Chernobyl employee five minutes later:
The symbol of denying the catastrophe was the deputy chief engineer for the operation of the Chernobyl NPP, Anatoly Dyatlov . In “Chernobyl” constantly point to Dyatlov’s guilt in the accident, and the entire first series says that nothing serious happened. And when they try to convince him, he says that the person is “delirious”.
“It’s not there, I was there, there are no cores there …” – “DID YOU LOWER THE RODS? I NEED WATER IN MY ACTIVE REACTOR AREA. HE IS NOT IN YOURSELF, DISABLE IT ”
Throughout the first series, the characters repeat one phrase: “Radiation – 3.6 X-rays per hour. Not great, but not terrible. ” This is an indicator of the dosimeter at the station, and on the basis of these data, the scale of the disaster was underestimated. The problem is that 3.6 X-rays is the maximum bar of that dosimeter. And the level of radiation was much higher.
When is the last episode coming out? – The third of June (3.6), on Monday. – 3.6 … Not great, but not terrible
Started watching Chernobyl pic.twitter.com/H5U1UBZpNk— Lappari (@Labbars) June 2, 2019
One of the hardest moments of the fourth series is shooting of dogs by liquidators in the Alienation Zone. Memes helped “soften” this scene.
All Chernobyl dogs go to heaven pic.twitter.com/En8RQHcABp— Clayton Cubitt (@claytoncubitt) May 28, 2019
All Chernobyl dogs go to heaven
Watching the fourth episode of “Chernobyl”
My dog while watching “Chernobyl”
PS Based on the “Chernobyl” motives, there are enough artifacts.
рискнул остатками психического здоровья и полез искать картинки про Чернобиль на тумблере pic.twitter.com/ZAOOueTbJA— Грех и Гортанобесие (@HaroHaroGenki) May 30, 2019