Some more bits of these thoughts here.
The accounts from some of the people who got under the fallout. “I am from...”: Pripyat, Kiev, Minsk, Poland, Bulgaria...
So much thoughts from simply comparing the mode of viewing of people with different personal histories, from different places.
It took me a while to remember where the Chernobyl catastrophe stands in the history of Lithuania. I do remember the protests. “Ignalina” NPS had one running reactor at the time, the second one had to go into operation in 1986, but the pause was made after disaster until 1987. The third module was still being built, however the public and even local official opinion ran strongly against it. (Also, the opinions of many of the residents of local nuclear town ran strongly against the Lithuanians having their own opinions). In 1989, the construction works were stopped. In fact it was just one piece in a picture of people suddenly discovering they also have the right to express their mind, to arrange protests, and to refuse what they saw as an imperialistic politics directed from Moscow with no regard for the well-being and safety of the locals. Yet this piece was here.
The moments where the miniseries struck me personally... I couldn’t help but notice where The [archetypal] Institute is in that story, exactly. Presented here in a most dialectical way of playing the role in both finding the truth and once losing the truth. And I shall not forget. It is one of the most impressive tales on the science ethics I’ve ever seen.
The interview for everyone interested in how on Earth the writer of 'Chernobyl' Craig Mazin managed to grasp an alien culture and bring out all the threads: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5wbq4/craig-mazin-interview-about-chernobyl-hbo-miniseries-on-how-accurate-and-what-really-happened