HBO's Chernobyl is pretty great but suffers one major design flaw creatively.
1 / 9
It lacks Russian or pseudo-Russian actors, taking away from its overall authenticity.
2 / 9
It's a co-production with Sky UK, so the cast is mostly British or Swedish.
3 / 9
They all speak English, which takes away from the Soviet essence.
4 / 9
This diminishes the show as a documentary, and makes it more dramatized fiction.
5 / 9
HBO could have used Bulgarian and Romanian actors, for example.
6 / 9
Instead, the main and supporting cast makes this feel like any random British series.
7 / 9
This is in stark contrast to the numerous foreign shows and films in other outlets, like Netflix.
8 / 9