(Brandon is the managing editor of the Chewelah Independent. He is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and lives in Chewelah. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The cable channel HBO is known more for its sword and shield series “Game of Thrones” which I can’t get into because you need a guide book to keep track of all the political alliances, but its foray into Soviet history is one of the best things I’ve seen in cable format in a long time.
Chernobyl is a mini-series based on the 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near the Ukrainian city of Pripyat in the Soviet Union. The TV series takes almost a horror movie approach to the insidious nature of radiation and how it affects people.
The series does a few things that I really appreciate, first it shows the Soviet people as just that, people like you or me thrust into a less-than-favorable situation by necessity, and a government that is operating on propaganda and party lies.