YEARS AND YEARS | Episode 5 | Review & Discussion

Who Cares about the penultimate episode of Russell T Davies’ 2019 family saga of the future? Who cares about final predictions (right and wrong), conspiracy narratives, cut plotlines, unexpected historicity? Who cares an awful, awful lot about Emma Thompson?

CREDITS:
Neo
Ingiga
Morph
Cats
Edited by Neo

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SHOW NOTES:

  • The musical intro for these YEARS AND YEARS podcasts is again courtesy of Deadlocked. (0:00)
  • Ingiga gets a British compatriot in Morph, and Neo gets an Australian compatriot in Cats. (0:58)
  • NEO BRINGS IRRELEVANT AUSTRALIAN POLITICS INTO EVERYTHING!!! (2:34)
  • Ingiga reveals everyone missed something in that scene of a radio person getting arrested. (2:59)
  • Sherlock spoilers are avoided. (3:31)
  • Viv is compared to CUK Joan Ryan. (5:07)
  • Lee and Lincoln were recast. Who noticed? (6:08)
  • Morph gets in touch with his American side, and demands more episodes. (6:58)
  • Cats brings up an important story element the episode itself didn’t mention, but the synopsis did. (8:51)
  • Viktor’s living conditions. (9:38)
  • Neo gloats over Viktor’s sad lot in life. (10:37)
  • The reign of rain. (13:20)
  • Ingiga makes Neo’s link. (14:44)
  • The hierarchy of disobedience. (16:30)
  • Dilb’s troubling politics rise to the fore again. (17:20)
  • And they say nothing good was ever built by committee. (18:00)
  • Neo hates conspiracy new order stories, Morph likes them, Ingiga makes a clever case for them, Cats’ silence speaks volumes. (19:00)
  • Problems that will never be solved. (21:38)
  • Language. (22:33)
  • Neo is le 1984 isn’t le instruction manual man. (23:30)
  • Morph is in love with Emma Thompson. (24:50)
  • Ingiga raves about how the historicity of Viv’s speech about British concentration camps works so well, and speaks to the politics of what RTD is saying with the series. (28:07)
  • Doctor Who references abound. (30:57)
  • Ingiga only likes fiction if it’s sci-fi! (32:29)
  • Customer serve-us. (35:45)
  • Bethany ascendant. (37:35)
  • Celeste and Muriel’s relationship rings a troubling gong. (40:20)
  • The episode’s music is discussed, with examples! (41:30)
  • Who should you let into your bedroom? (44:50)
  • Neo’s prediction on the finale is prodded. Will the family stick together or not? (47:37)
  • The ending of episode 3 makes more sense now! (49:50)
  • Glory of the Sontaran Empire. (51:18)
  • Dracula foreshadowing. (51:28)
  • How will the show age? (52:10)

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