The central concept of Utopia
remains, right to the end of the final episode, its strength. The idea is that the Utopia
of the show's title is a cult graphic novel, one that's said to have predicted a collection of terrible disasters. The manuscript to it finds its way into the hands of a group of seemingly everyday, normal people, and the problems start from there. Are the group being paranoid? Are they being followed and watched? Are the conspiracy theories correct?
It's an interesting collection of questions, and Utopia is happy to tackle them. Set across six episodes, the plot tends to be a little all over the place at times, but there are so many interesting threads to follow, that that's an easy thing to forgive. Furthermore, the execution is strong, with some excellent direction eking the most out of the concept.
When you get to the last episode of Utopia, there's much to ponder and discuss. And there's an argument that the show doesn't ultimately live up to its intriguing concept. However, it does deliver, and delivers very well. At its best, it's gripping television drama, and it arrives on a disc packed with interesting extra features. The highlight? Try the audio commentary that comes with the first episode, or The World Of Utopia feature. You get a good deal for your money here... --Jon Foster
is a cult graphic novel rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the late twentieth century. Dismissed as the fevered imaginings of a madman by most, and idolised by a handful, only one thing seems certain about Utopia
: come into contact with it and you won't be safe for long.
When a small group of normal people (including an IT consultant, student and child) find themselves in possession of the manuscript of Utopia, they realise they are at the centre of a nightmarish conspiracy turned real. Targeted by a shadowy organisation known only as The Network, they are left with one option if they want to stay alive: they have to run, avoiding even being caught even on CCTV. The Network is everywhere: in government, in business, in charge. A secret organisation constrained neither by borders nor common morality. Nobody knows what their plan is, just that they will stop at nothing to find the original manuscript of Utopia.
Utopia asks what if the conspiracy nuts are right? What if people are trying to control our lives, doctor our food, experiment upon us, kill us? Fast, terrifying, funny and brutal, it is a massive new drama/conspiracy thriller.