‘Meltdown: Three Mile Island’ Docuseries Review

Meltdown: Three Mile Island is a Netflix documentary miniseries comprised of four episodes. Directed by Kief Davidson for Moxie Pictures, it tells the story of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant disaster in Pennsylvania.

On March 28, 1979, Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant began a partial meltdown due to an accident. Though the staff tries to prevent a disaster, the area around the plant still becomes radioactive. Confusing messaging and contradictory information from the feds and the power company causes panic. While disaster was averted, several locals rally to stop the plant from reopening. This causes pushback from the government and the corporations who try to reassure them, but the near disaster lingers in everyone’s mind.

I got to get one thing off my chest. They kept comparing the incident to a film with a plot that matched the incident called The China Syndrome which stars Jane Fonda. The docuseries went out of its way to praise her and it just made me sick. She an elitist celebrity who betrayed and humiliated our troops during the Vietnam War. It is nuts that she is still acting, much less getting plugs on documentaries. Anyway…

The documentary itself was very intriguing. It shows how corrupt businesses, big government, and the media colluded to make a profit on a disaster. From interviews with former staffers, plant employees, local citizens, and even bureaucrats, we get a picture of everything that went wrong. Not only that, the feature paints a picture of how all of these things almost caused a second incident. Now, I did not buy all of the anti-nuclear energy propaganda it threw at you, but otherwise, I found its analysis of the incident and the literal profound very interesting.

Check out the trailer below:

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Thematic elements, Foul language

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