Documentaries have been an integral part of Netflix’s library. They not only recreate the incident accurately. But Netflix has this strange ability even to recreate the emotions of that time. Netflix usually picks celebrities or high-profile criminals as topics for documentaries. However, this time they decided to go with one of the most dangerous chemical plant failures in the United States. Meltdown: Three Mile Island is a new documentary that retells the horrors of the 1979 accident in Pennsylvania.
The documentary is starting to gain popularity not among young Gen Z’s but among the people who witnessed the incident back in 1979 and now are applauding Netflix for its accuracy. Let us take a look at the documentary and people’s reactions to it.
What is the Meltdown Three Mile Island documentary about?
Meltdown: Three Mile Island narrates the story of a nuclear reactor that partially melted down in Middletown, Pennsylvania. The Three Mile Island, Unit 2 (TMI-2) reactor began leaking nuclear reactor coolant on March 28, 1979.
The employees were unprepared, and the plant administrators failed to notice the leak in time, resulting in a nuclear calamity. But the crisis was made worse when Metropolitan Edison, the plant’s parent corporation, sought to hide and downplay what was really going on. They claimed there was no radioactivity at the location, although this was far from the case.
Fortunately, Richard Parks, the head engineer, stood his ground. He informed the world about what had happened at the facility and how it had affected the individuals who worked there and those who lived nearby. The land was never the same after that, and it is still toxic.
The incident was not as terrible as Chernobyl’s nuclear meltdown, but it nevertheless caused a lot of trouble for the people concerned.
The reaction of the people
The documentary started streaming on Netflix on May 4th and has started to gain immense popularity. People have, since the release, been quick to react to the film by praising it on Twitter, especially how it has made them relive the horrible moment in history.
Here are some of the tweets expressing people’s emotions.
It's funny, but growing up and living in Pennsylvania, I always knew there was more to the Three Mile Island incident than we'd ever been told. Just watched all 4 parts of Meltdown Three Mile Island and realized we never even got half of the story when it happened. 😳 Eye-opening
— THEE Dreamer ⚖ 💛🐝 (@bluerosepat) May 4, 2022
Watching Netflix's "Meltdown: Three Mile Island" to see if I can catch a glimpse of my mom. ❤️
Nevermind how effing triggering it is, since I still freak out every 2nd Tuesday of the month when the local nuke emergency siren goes off for testing. 🤷
— Gene D 🌻 (@Gene_D27) May 4, 2022
Watching the new “Meltdown: Three Mile Island” documentary on Netflix and it’s soo good! I live not far from there and my parents and my older brother (who was only 1 at the time) lived only about less than 10 miles from it when it happened! Scary! 👀😳 #ThreeMileIsland
— Katie Rose (@KatieBrady383) May 4, 2022
Not sure what’s the most terrifying thing about watching ‘Meltdown: Three Mile Island’ on Netflix. Remembering how close I was at the time to the accident, how little we knew about it, or having to hear that damn regional accent once again.
— John M (@John_M15) May 5, 2022
Anyone have any memories of when this happened? Six at the time, I remember people talking about it but having no idea what it all meant. pic.twitter.com/UkBM5kUX9x
— Rebecca Wright 🎬📀🍫 (@MovieGazetteO) May 5, 2022
— megan maguire (@Ommegangphilly) May 5, 2022
Starting this series last night at 22:30 was not on my list of "Things to facilitate a good night's sleep."
— roxanne panchasi (@rpanchasi) May 5, 2022
more whistleblowers plz & thank you
— Cussandra (@cussssssssandra) May 5, 2022
Watching this #ThreeMileIsland documentary. I was in Middle School when this happened. About an hour or so from my house.
No idea it was this bad.
— joleen-Wombat Superfan🌻 (@Kathmandu513) May 4, 2022
Did you or someone you know live during the nuclear leak at the time? Share your stories with us in the comments.