Chernobyl’s Hot Zone: A Sleepy Summer Finds Drama in a New GenreJohn J. Falco June 3, 2019 0 COMMENTS
In 2019 HBO’s Chernobyl not Game of Thrones is the part horror story part biopic that is rewriting the laws of modern Television. In the likely event that others try to copy Chernobyl’s success, as it has already climbed IMDB’s list of the top TV shows of all time, industry veterans are struggling with ways to glorify and heap praise on the radioactive phenomenon. It even takes an effort to come up with a proper established genre that describes what this thing actually is. Nat Geo’s The Hot Zone is the first one so far that has fit snugly into the same category/problem.
The consensus seems to have hit at a conclusion: Create a new genre and call it Historical Horror! And why not? I at one point was calling TV shows like this, climate fiction, but climate fiction tends to focus on over the top natural disasters that can never actually happen in real life. (or so they say.)
Both Chernobyl and The Hot Zone are based on real events! If that’s not harrowing enough, creators of both of those shows state that some of the TV show is even less chaotic than the actual story!
Historical Horror may be the new thing that everybody tries to do. Of course, when a reality TV star is President, and the climate is going crazy, it just might have a little staying power in the future of the media.