A totalitarian regime makes people think and react differently. There's the variant of taking the bus for repairs. There's also the variant of "heck, anyway we can't say no, so what's the use complaining? Let's do it and get rid of it as quickly as possible"
"Kicking and screaming" was anyway out of question.
It is very, very good. Any bias is not obvious. The Soviet leaders are the kind of collection of good leaders and CYA yes-men you find in any large organization. What's blowing me away is the response of the ordinary people they called on. My thoughts were "My God, the Russians are crazy. No wonder they won WWII". Anything like that in most countries and everybody would have been running for the hills and safety.
I don't quite understand your comment. Anyone who's familiar at all with the Pentagon papers, the Panama papers, or the Wikileaks publications will not have a high opinion of the leaders of most countries. Or for that matter, if you look at some of the video of lethal police action in the U.S. and read the official versions of what happened. The CYA element in the Soviet hierarchy in the first episodes of Chernobyl was pretty high. They did, however, along with the attempt to cover up what was happening, proceed vigorously to address the problem rather than just trying to avoid dealing with it.
The last episode was something of a falling off in quality. The explanation of what happened was very good. The trial was like the cliched Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and I'm not sure that that was necessary to make the point.