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?

Edited by Neo

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Neo’s barcode for YEARS AND YEARS, episode 5. 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.



  • 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)
  • 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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