IN REVIEW: IN REVIEW: YEARS AND YEARS: SERIES 1 – EPISODE 5

Viv Rook becomes prime minister, and while Edith investigates mysterious rumors, Rosie finds herself trapped in the system.

Synopsis: Viv Rook becomes prime minister, and while Edith investigates mysterious rumors, Rosie finds herself trapped in the system.

Review: This penultimate episode takes a few really dark turns as we see the darker side of human nature.

The Story

As 2028 rolls in. Viv Rook is now Prime Minister and the Lions family seem to have scattered as they all struggle in their own way to come to terms with the death of Danny. Stephen blames Viktor for Daniels death and can’t let it go.

Meanwhile, on the estate. Rosie runs into trouble with her mobile food business when she finds out that her neighborhood has been cordoned off as a red zone. Essentially meaning that it is a closely monitored community due to crime and such.

Bethany gets some new cyber implants, which allow her to access any information she wants and get in and out of places by just thinking about it. These new abilities come in useful for Edith with her investigation into the way homeless people are mysteriously disappearing. A task which is made difficult via the use of physical computers because of power cuts, which the UK Government is blaming the Russians for.

Bethanie’s new implants prove to be a curse when she finds out just how much Stephen blames Viktor for Daniels death.

Stephen is still separated from his wife. Even though Celeste and her youngest daughter Ruby are now looking after Gran.

The Acting

There are some great performances this week. Rory Kinnear puts in a fantastic performance as Stephen and has two really strong scenes. The first of which is at the beginning of the episode where he confronts Viktor in the detention centre about his feelings with regards to Daniels death and Viktors part in it.

Lydia West also puts in a great performance as Bethany. Particularly towards the close of the episode when she finds out what Stephen has done. The horror on her face is still with me now.

Emma Thompson continues to be brilliant as Viv Rook. But we do get a scene between Viv and Stephen where we learn that Viv isn’t as in control as she has been letting on.

Overall

This was a really big episode, which begins to get to the darker side of things and sees the cracks begin to show in the Lyons family now that Daniel isn’t there to unify them.

Quite where this is all going to lead in the finale as yet remains to be seen. But I do think we will potentially lose another member of the Lyons family before we are done.

The new developments in technology for this week. See Bethany become a human computer. While in terms of food we get the algae burger. And a new development in ocular surgery allows doctors to cure macular degeneration with an implant.

9.6
YEARS AND YEARS: SERIES 1 – EPISODE 5
  • Story
    9.7
  • Acting
    9.8
  • Incidental Music
    9.4

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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