I’ve been so good at regularly posting here so I thought I’d keep up momentum and talk about a couple of things I’ve been watching lately. One sexy thriller with two feisty leads, one horribly unsettling interpretation of what could happen to the country if we’re not careful – and both currently available on the BBC iPlayer.
Killing Eve (2018-2019)
After a series of events, the lives of a security operative and an assassin become inextricably linked.
KE is everywhere at the moment because Season 2 has just been released – and I’ve just rinsed all of it in about three days. It’s just highly watchable – and its leads are life itself.
In fact, both women have always been high on the list. Sandra Oh has been a dream always – while Jodie Comer has been impressive in both My Mad Fat Diary and Doctor Foster. As Villanelle the Assassin, she’s just so much FUN. I don’t want to give anything away but I just enjoyed myself so much.
As Villanelle and Eve’s lives become more and more entwined, the attraction between them grows. The easily bored V likes attention, high-drama and even higher-end fashion, while Eve has an unhealthy obsession with female assassins. While hot on the heels of Villanelle, who has done a lot to gain Eve’s full attention – and killed a lot of people – our operative risks everything; her marriage, her sanity – her job – just to see this through to the end.
It all comes to a head in Season 1 – and then kicks off again right away in Season 2. Is Eve all that different from Villanelle really? And what is this toxic infatuation that keeps them not quite together? The fact they’re now sort of working together doesn’t help abate the obsession TBH. Supporting characters Carolyn, Kenny and sexy Konstantin are all great too.
While Season 1 was written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the second is not – and I think if you really examine it, you can tell the difference. It’s still excellent television though and V still has the gumption to shock us (and Eve) when she feels like it. I have no idea where we go from here but the BBC has just announced a third series – so BRING. IT. THE. FUCK. ON!
Years and Years (2019)
The show follows a busy family from Manchester with their lives converging on one crucial night in 2019.
While I’m only three episodes in, I am fully invested in the Lyons’ and their everyday existence. Edith (Hynes) is a political activist living with the fallout of that aforementioned night while Daniel is fighting for asylum for his boyfriend Viktor, a Ukrainian refugee. Meanwhile, Celeste and husband Steven are being forced to downsize to save money. Their daughter Bethany has just come out as trans-human and is searching for a way to download her consciousness to ‘the cloud’, and ditch her body. Things are about to get a whole lot more challenging for Stephen and co too, as the banks start to topple like dominos and they lose almost everything.
In contrast, controversial politician Vivienne Rook (Thompson) is doing pretty well. Vowing to actually DO SOMETHING about the country, she’s attracting followers in their droves – including, surprisingly, sisters Rosie and Edith Lyons.
And that’s just about where I had to pause it this morning. All I know from here is that my friend Helen messaged me about episode 4 saying she hasn’t been able to get over it- and I’ll be on that one soon. I’ll be smashing the rest of it over the end of this week – and trying not to freak out as it shows us things that surely can’t be that fair outside the realms of horrifying possibility.