10:13 pm - 01/16/2013

'Utopia': The new Channel 4 drama everyone is talking about

If you saw lots of tweets about "spoons" and the question "Where is Jessica Hyde?" last night and didn't understand why, you clearly weren't watching Channel 4's new dark drama series Utopia.

A mixture of conspiracies, comic book geekery and gruesomeness on a sick scale (it involves a spoon, I'll say no more), the show was thoroughly confusing, but utterly hypnotic.

Like forum geeks and central protagonists Ian (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett), Wilson Wilson (Adeel Akhtar) and Becky (Alexandra Roach), it feels like we're caught up in a dark, unimaginable and impenetrable new world.

Alongside scallywag youth Grant, the oddball characters are drawn together by a shared interest in The Utopia Experiments, a mysterious graphic novel. When comic collector Bejan claims to have found a rare manuscript of the second part of Utopia, the foursome's lives begin spiralling.

A gloomy-faced and lurid Neil Maskell and the chillingly cold Paul Ready were the cartoonish villains of the piece, gassing staff in a comic shop, hunting down the Utopia manuscript and dealing in eye-twitchingly horrific punishments to anyone who couldn't answer their one simple query, "Where is Jessica Hyde?"

Nobody has a clue who the hell Jessica Hyde is, but she did reveal herself in the episode's closing scenes. Her significance and importance? We'll have to wait a week to find out. Maybe she just hasn't paid her library fines.

Behind the spoon-bending, menacing heavies, there is a shady group known only as The Network (featuring James Fox and Stephen Rea) who are up to no good with Russian flu vaccines. The scale of The Network and their sinister aims, for now, remain unclear.

If you've got the stomach for it - trust me, this is no Midsomer Murders - Utopia is the first Must-Watch British TV show of 2013. This first episode was utterly compelling and original, shot with style and will have you hooked from the opening scene.

However, I will be eating my breakfast cereal with a fork from now on.


veggie 17th-Jan-2013 06:44 am (UTC)
i really want to watch this bc i was sad that nsj always got the shaft on misfits. i'm kind of grossed out by gore, though, and the article makes it sounds like there are parts of this show that could be traumatic lol ):

can anyone who has watched it give me like a rating from 1-10 on how gross it is? D:
arcadiaego 17th-Jan-2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
veggie 18th-Jan-2013 01:27 am (UTC)
oh lord, i might skip it.

thank you! ♥
arcadiaego 18th-Jan-2013 09:03 am (UTC)
Well, it's not like you *see* everything but I'm not good with things happening to eyeballs.
love_keiko 18th-Jan-2013 05:50 am (UTC)
there's only one gory incredibly gory scene and i actually had to look away when it happened. T___T

but this show is SO GOOD---just watch it. u'll be mad at urself if u dont!
veggie 18th-Jan-2013 06:49 am (UTC)
agggh okay! is it drawn out or short? ): ): i'm okay with like brief flashes of stuff (things like on misfits when nathan shot himself for publicity or whatever) or stuff that is more creepy than gory (terrifying episode of luther where there is like a serial killer who kidnaps women and exsanguinates them/drinks their blood IDEK) but idk ):

it's hard to quantify what really grosses me out/sticks in my brain for years and years so i have a hard time knowing what i can watch without having things kind of screened for me ): lol
love_keiko 18th-Jan-2013 01:09 pm (UTC)
the scene is like 4 min long =( u'll see it coming a mile away tho so that's plenty of time to switch to another screen and just listen until it's over.

the guy explains EXACTLY what he's going to do to the prisoner so that's ur cue to look away. there are 4 stages to this torture scene and i manage to last until the third one before i decided i've had more than enough lol.

hope that helps!
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