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      Season 1 – Utopia

      2013 Drama Mystery & Thriller Sci-Fi List
      100% 6 Reviews Tomatometer 92% 100+ Ratings Audience Score Five strangers are pursued by an organization that is willing to kill them to get the original manuscript of the cult graphic novel "The Utopia Experiments". Read More Read Less

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Jan 15, 2013 Episode 1 Five strangers meet after one of them gains possession of the original manuscript of the cult graphic novel. Details Episode 2 Aired Jan 22, 2013 Episode 2 Ian and Becky, unable to ever return to their old lives, are forced to face the terrifying reality of life on the run; Dugdale is drawn deeper and deeper into a plot that threatens to have fatal consequences. Details Episode 3 Aired Jan 29, 2013 Episode 3 The gang feels the full weight of the Network's power as Grant is framed for a shocking crime; they are forced to make a new ally. Details Episode 4 Aired Feb 5, 2013 Episode 4 The group takes refuge in a deserted manor and attempts to decipher the secret meaning of the manuscript. Details Episode 5 Aired Feb 12, 2013 Episode 5 The gang's attempt to disrupt the Network's plans backfires leaving one of them in danger; Arby's confession to Jessica has damaging repercussions; Becky is left with an impossible choice. Details Episode 6 Aired Feb 19, 2013 The vaccine is ready to be shipped throughout England; Becky and Wilson face tough choices; someone close to Michael is not what they seem. Details Next
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      Previous Geordie Gray The Australian If you don’t mind never getting closure and live for gorgeous visuals (think Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice on acid) and a banger, queasy score — there’s plenty here for you. Dec 16, 2023 Full Review Brad Newsome Sydney Morning Herald This clever thriller series created by Dennis Kelly quickly becomes addictive, thanks to its intricate plotting and appealingly ordinary protagonists. Oct 2, 2019 Full Review Debi Enker The Age (Australia) From go to woe, Utopia is deliciously funny, which is no small ask. Nov 6, 2018 Full Review Andy Dehnart Reality Blurred The format looks like it has a lot of potential. Feb 27, 2020 Full Review Jorge Arturo Mora La Nación (Costa Rica) [Arby] is a figure as frightening as he is enigmatic. [Full review in Spanish] Aug 13, 2019 Full Review Adam Epstein Quartz Utopia is staggeringly gorgeous for such a violent conspiracy thriller series. A- Aug 27, 2018 Full Review Next
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      Previous Nawt W Exceedingly gripping from the first opening scene onwards, this show's high concept, cinematography, and soundtrack create an amazing thriller that we unfortunately will never see the conclusion of because British television is some kind of intensely competitive rooster ring. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/24/23 Full Review Kev K Funny, violent and addictive. Great television with an almost perfect cast, and the question "Where is Jessica Hyde" will stay with you for a long time. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/14/23 Full Review Tilly C i really liked the part we realise that utopia is actually dystopia Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/01/23 Full Review Glockta The Russia flu, the China virus, it can put all the bullshit of Covid in another light. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/24/23 Full Review Larry H Squeezing everything out of a low budget production is only possible when everyone is on top of their game from the acting, writing, directing, editing and on and on. Marvelous series. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/28/23 Full Review Jacob N This show is undeniably perfect in its genre. Scene duration and framing are executed with a precision of a swiss watch - always exactly as long as necessary to express a plot point or develop a character and no further. The camera will remain in a seemingly awkward position to express the magnitude of action or the minimalism of a character. The music by Cristobal Tapia de Veer is offensively fitting. There's a reason this was his breakout performance. [I don't know a lot about music so forgive my ignorance for a second]. He utilizes ululation [oh a choir maybe] and chopping of vocals [mixed with a guitar, synth, piano, sitting in a note on percussion orchestrally, a calliope? a vuvuzela??] from the scenes to produce some of the most haunting and exciting soundtracks that are to the credit of the producers, mixed in largely perfectly. There isn't a typical reliance on a melody for many of his songs. No scene is overburdened by a blaring soundtrack competing with the actors, nor is the soundtrack relegated to the intro, cutscenes, or so quiet as to give a sense that the audio mixer gave up. The plot is hard to get into without spoilers. It's a conspiracy show, where each cog isn't entirely aware of how they fit into the machine. Not that unique admittedly, but the execution is what sets this plot apart. Further, the vision of a 'utopia' and the underlying philosophy trigger some machiavellian zeal in the 'network's' participants as the shady organization is mostly bound together by this set of ideals. There's just enough explanation to appease but not too much to have obvious plotholes which detract from the story. My tip for watching this show is to try your best to set aside your biases about current events and realize this show came out in 2013. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Read all reviews Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Director
      Marc Munden
      Screenwriter
      Dennis Kelly
      Network
      Channel 4
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller, Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date
      Jan 15, 2013
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