Years and Years - or - An Anxiety Attack as Entertainment.
Holy Frak! I was going to write a different blog tonight. I guess I’ll do that in the next day or two. Instead D and I watched the first episode of the new HBO via BBC show, Years and Years and it’s great. The writing, the photography, acting, editing, everything about it is perfect.
And - perfectly soul crushing.
I was drawn to the show by the preview featuring Russel Tovey (Looking), Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful/Black Mirror) and of course, Emma Thompson as some sort of pseudo Fascist figure. We only see the beginning of Vivienne Rook in the first episode and before I watched the episode I thought I had a good idea of who her character would turn out to be, but after the anxiety attack that was the last 10 minutes of the episode I am not going to try to predict anything that writer/creator Russel T. Davis is going to plaster across the screen. I mean, I’m pretty sure she’s going to be terrible…but, she does sort of bad-mouth Trump, so maybe she’ll have some redeeming qualities?
After a quick search I was pleased to discover I wasn’t the only one thinking it had a bit of a Black Mirror vibe going on, quite a bit more Black Mirror than season 5 of Black Mirror actually. Even before those last 10 minutes I found the filter mask that Bethany wears to be one of the most frightening things I’ve ever seen.
I’m glad HBO doesn’t release all the episodes at once like Netflix or Hulu cause I’d probably binge myself into an existential crisis. At some point, after I have time to digest Years and Years, I’ll need to write an essay on why we enjoy entertainment that reaffirms how terrible the world we live in is and how bleak our future looks. Yes, we’ve also been watching Handmaids Tale and Euphoria.
Well, until then, here’s the Years and Years trailer…and no, HBO isn’t paying our little band to promote their show. It’s just the sort of art we enjoy…and about just the sorts of things we write songs about.