YEARS AND YEARS | Episode 2 | Review & Discussion

Who Cares about the second episode of Russell T Davies’ new show, YEARS AND YEARS? With a new and musical intro, the cast discuss real-life biohacking, Theresa May, RTD+Moffat’s treatment of religion, deniable irony, pornography, family sagas, multi-generational living (and more!), as the episode that covered 2024 to 2025 spawns much discussion.

CREDITS:
Neo
Ingiga
Nate Bumber
Dilbert
Edited by Neo

Neo’s cinegrid for YEARS AND YEARS, episode 2
Neo’s barcode for YEARS AND YEARS, episode 2. Barcodes are every frame of a video compressed into a line, typically to compare colour palette patterns. The bottom version is further compressed to just indicate the dominant colour of a frame.

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SHOW NOTES:

  • The new, musical intro for these YEARS AND YEARS podcasts. Music courtesy of Deadlocked. (0:00)
  • Ingiga loved the new episode, where Nate Bumber preferred the first episode. Dilb plays the Centrist. (1:15)
  • Neo recalls the tale of a Sydney man who biohacked his body in a transhumanist sort of way. (2:27)
  • Neo shills Men in Black: International, another sci-fi jaunt with a white-haired Emma Thompson. (4:35)
  • Nate and Neo have a spat over whether Edith was clapping ironically or ironically in response to Viv’s tech-hacking, porn-banning speech. (7:00)
  • Dilb, uh, rails against the…”globalists”!?!?!? (8:53)
  • NATE BRINGS IRRELEVANT PARTISAN POLITICS INTO EVERYTHING!!! (10:24)
  • Neo goes full Reddit – “DAE 1984 wasn’t an instruction manual”. Ingiga chimes in with some common sense about celebrity worship. (11:17)
  • Do warnings have any effect, or do people just keep trucking on? (12:50)
  • The cast muse over Viv’s possible in-universe connection with Trump. (13:10)
  • Theresa May’s resignation is discussed. (14:20)
  • RTD’s own take on the show is heard. (16:00)
  • Nate’s obsession with French politics comes to the fore. (17:04)
  • President Pence – likely or not? Puppetmaster Trump? (18:01)
  • Four, uh, two, uh, six more years? (20:02)
  • Ingiga…may have gotten a fact wrong. (20:40)
  • Ingiga ruthlessly puts down Tomtit. (21:18)
  • Neo goes too far criticising a by-all-means good episode. (22:55)
  • A discussion of religion. (26:10)
  • Neo stumbles over himself when he tries to speak on the matter of pornography. (29:20)
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mr. Robot, and Blackhat. (32:01)
  • Nate advertises a show called This Is Us. (33:29)
  • Why the passage of time goes so well with family stories, family sagas. (34:45)
  • Nate comes to a great realisation. (36:23)
  • Dilb’s queer as folk. Dilb’s Queer as Folk reference is what I mean. (36:50)
  • A reference is made to a certain writer’s presumable thoughts on a certain other writer. I could certainly be no clearer. (37:12)
  • Banks, and the most political image of Doctor Who. (37:40)
  • Multi-generational living in the one home. (38:41)
  • Celeste / the General – from worst character to best character? (43:20)
  • Functional eugenics – a new thing, or same old? (45:10)
  • What is the meaning of the family’s name being “Lyons”? (49:03)
  • What is the “main story” of the series? Ingiga is firm on his answer. Nate finds said plotline more Kafkaesque. (49:33)
  • What does it feel like to watch an actually compelling show? (52:32)

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