Utopia - Graphic Novel Conspiracy Theory Violent Thiller

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    Anyone else watching this show?

    Its like if Warren Ellis and Grant Morrisson wrote a R-rated TV show which was co-directed by Richard Kelly and Nicolas Winding Refn.

    Word of warning if your thinking of watching the show its pretty violent. Chracters get shot in the head, stabbed in the neck, pushed off buildings, tortured, beaten to death and strangled with a large about of blood splatter.

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    Episode 2 of Utopia was crazy good.



    Jessica Hyde makes Sarah Conners look like a soft weakling.". Come with me now, or you'll all die".



    I know people complain about Brtish TV having really short seasons but the fast pace really works well for this show which is only 6 Episodes long. I'm glad they aren't dragging the plot out lost style.


    Plot spoilers
    • The Network was established during the cold war as a black-ops unit run by geneticist Philip Carvel and "Mr Rabbit" (yes, that's his code name) to combat Soviet plans in the 70s for germ warfare – they were busy weaponising anthrax, ebola and smallpox.


    • After the cold war, the Network had no intention of winding down their international operations. Carvel wanted out, but was tortured to keep him working.


    • Carvel ended up in a psychiatric hospital where he was given a new name – Mark Deyn – and started drawing as part of his art therapy: the Utopia Experiments is the result.


    • Deyn is also Jessica's dad: she's been on the run from the Network since she was four.


    • The unpublished manuscript (currently hidden under Alice's bed) came to Doomsday Comics via Jack Tate – Utopia's publisher.


    • Tate walks into traffic on the A22, and his wife is taken for interrogation.

    • A CIA agent is installed in the Tates' house – another loose end mopped up by Arby, who's now working solo.

    Awesome plot twist at the end of the episode

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    This show gets crazier each week.

    Episode three is probably the most violent yet.

    The backstory of the mysterious Mr Rabbit is awesome
     
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    Really enjoying this show. Episode 1 was amazing, thought the 2nd was alright but last night's was arguably the best yet! :wow:

    It's all starting to piece together very nicely!
     
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    no suprise that some people complained about the opening scene
     
  5. Harry_Lime02 This is the girl

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    It's sad that this thread has so few replies. More people need to watch this, dammit. This is absolutely the best thing on TV at the moment.

    Does anyone know if there's gonna be more after these 6 finish? I found boxart for the Blu-Ray that says "series 1" on it, so I'm hopeful.
    http://www.zavvi.com/blu-ray/utopia-series-1/10665797.html
     
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    I could see there being another series.

    I also think its the best and most original thing on TV right now.
     
  7. Harry_Lime02 This is the girl

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    Indeed, it kinda seems like there's still too much story to tell in 3 episodes. We'll see.
     
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    This show has been absolutely incredible. Channelling the likes of No Country For Old Men and David Lynch, beautifully shot, compellingly written. And Neil Maskell is TERRIFYING as Alby. "Where is Jessica Hyde?"
     
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    Mini Kill List reunion with Neil Maskell and Michael Smiley in the first episode :)
     
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    definitely stoked for tonight's episode! The opening scene has so far involved killing, will be tough to top last week's episode though.
     
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    Good fourth episode. Slower pace. We learn some more snippets about Arby 'RB' and The Networks overall plot. Ian and his weird love triangle with Becky and Jessica.

    I wonder who Becky works for/with?
     
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    Yeah totally agree with the slower pace. Still enjoyed it though as it's setting everything up nicely for the last 2 episodes.

    I just can't work out who Becky is working with, I initially thought it was 'The Network' but i'm sure we will find out next week.
     
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    The MI5 lady said several parties are intrested in getting their hands on the manuscript so I guess she could be working for any of them.
     
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    Was nice to see a bit more focus on the comic.

    So Arby's boss gave him the address to the mansion, right? So how did they know about that? From Jessica? From Becky? Hmm.
     
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    I did see the reveal of Pietr/Arby's identity coming.

    The Networks grand scheme is a pretty smart one and a moral conundrum that you could actually believe people would go along with.

    There was about five twists in this episode alone.

    I hope Ian wises up, his naivety is going to bring himself and the others down.

    Tense, gripping, brilliantly acted, beautifully filmed. This was everything good TV should be. This show should be winning all the awards going.
     
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    Agreed, I've been loving it. Feels like they're finally starting to pull the threads together now. But still, no way they wrap it all up in one episode. There's gotta be a second season.

    Arby is fast becoming one of my favorite characters, along with Jessica, and their scenes together were all great. Really hope Arby doesn't die next week. :(
     
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    Fantastic series ending episode. Channel 4 better commission a second series.

    I guessed a few twists but there was still a couple I didn't see coming.
     
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    The finale was a great way to end things. Loved the twists in the episode and to be honest never saw that ending coming at all.

    Do you think they will make a second series? I reckon if they do Wilson could easily make a comeback as he never died onscreen!
     
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    The guy who created the show is writing another series. If it comes back depends on Channel 4.
     
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    Second series has offically been commissioned :)

     
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    HBO have reportedly doing a U.S remake of of Utopia with David Fincher producing and Rian Johnson writing the script.

     
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    They start filming series two in October.

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    New cast members joining series 2 include Rose Leslie (Downton Abbey, Ygritte on Game Of Throne) and Ian McDiarmid (Star Wars Emperor Palpatine)

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    The complete series will be shown over 2 nights, Wednesday 18th and Thursday 19th December at 9:30pm on SBS 2 in Australia.
     
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    Utopia Series 2 trailer
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