Years and Years: Episode 4
July 23, 2019 9:02 AM - Season 1, Episode 4 - Subscribe

As events heat up across Europe, Daniel embarks on a quest to bring Viktor home; Rosie sets up her own business with new boyfriend Jonjo; Celeste exposes Stephen's secret life; Viv Rook sets her sights on the ultimate prize: No. 10 Downing St.
posted by DirtyOldTown (5 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This episode damn near broke me.
posted by Faintdreams at 9:07 AM on July 23, 2019 [1 favorite]

I don't know what scares me more: everything happening to the family members, or Viv Rook.
posted by still_wears_a_hat at 12:55 PM on July 23, 2019

This was devastating.

Viv Rook is all too real. Was it in this episode that they were talking about how the advanced CGI could make anyone appear to be saying anything you wanted them to say, and she was agreeing with the reporter how terribly confusing it all was, and then she caught the camera's eye and said "but they really did say those things, didn't they?"

The manipulation and gaslighting scripted into this show - it's all too real. This aspect of both the show and current reality is the most chilling - the manipulation of our very minds at the level of perception.
posted by Miko at 3:23 PM on July 23, 2019 [5 favorites]

Oof this show is on the verge of being TOO SCARY, like the Twilight Zone and Black Mirror. On top of the unbearable knowledge that this is our future, it's also really interesting to be watching what is essentially a costume drama taking place in the future instead of the past and not in the science fiction style. There aren't that many of those.
posted by bleep at 7:49 PM on July 23, 2019 [1 favorite]

I like how the same traits that would have been lauded in the past are shown to be questionable in the new future. The banker takes insane risks for money, is blind to the consequences of his actions, and ignores social norms. The protesting sister, who is blind to personal risk, and all too eager to tear down social institutions. These traits seemed admirable in their former historical contexts, but were also destructive elements of society that lead to personal tragedy. Nothing about the show is simple. History is a slippery slope where what's considered good today leads to unexpected chaos tomorrow.
posted by xammerboy at 9:24 PM on July 25, 2019 [4 favorites]

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