Utopia (2013–2014)
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Episode #2.6 

The gang face a race against time to work out who is going to release the flu, and stop them in order to prevent global disaster.

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Samuel Donovan (as Sam Donovan)

Writers:

Dennis Kelly (creator), Dennis Kelly | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adeel Akhtar ... Wilson Wilson
Paul Higgins ... Michael Dugdale
Neil Maskell ... Arby
Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Jessica Hyde
Alistair Petrie ... Geoff
Alexandra Roach ... Becky
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ... Ian
Oliver Woollford Oliver Woollford ... Grant
David Calder ... Dobri Gorski
Ruth Gemmell ... Jen Dugdale
Emil Hostina ... Marius
Emilia Jones ... Alice Ward
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Leah
Ian McDiarmid ... Anton
Paul Ready ... Lee
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Jessica gets Arby to hospital, successfully foiling Lee's attempt to kill him. They are visited by Becky, Ian and Wilson, the latter explaining about the suicide pilots, only one of whom is actually releasing the lethal toxin. By breaking into Paul's house they get the name of Dobri Gorski, Donaldson's old professor who now fears for his life and from him they get the name of Terrence, the person who will be releasing the virus, before Terrence kills him along with other Network agents. Jessica and Ian track Terrence down to an underground car park for a shoot out which they hope will save the world's population. . . Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2014 (UK) See more »

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2.39:1
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Marius quotes the South African hip-hop/rave group Die Antwoord's song "I Fink U Freeky" when he tells Becky "I think you're freaky and I like it a lot." See more »

Goofs

When Philip writes a molecule on a white board, the molecule changes every time the scene changes, probably because what he actually is writing does not mean anything in chemistry and the actor is randomly inserting letters to the molecule. See more »

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S2: Satisfyingly dark and engaging, with great visual design. Tries too hard to be edgy at times.
23 October 2016 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

The first season of this show took me by surprise; I had known absolutely nothing about it and was drawn in very quickly. Despite this I didn't jump into the second (and final) season until very recently. Perhaps it was a worry that it would not be as good now I knew the style, or that there would be no more after this. The second season opens by jumping back to the start of the Network and the development of the virus. In some ways it is a bold move because it throws us away from the cliffhanger of the previous season, while building more around characters who had been higher level rather than people. It also gives good space to the justification of the idea, as well as showing the level of ruthlessness even in those early stages.

The remainder of the season gets the old gang back together again, although with changed motives and allegiances. It continues the journey towards release of the virus, and does so with the same style, cruelty, violence, and impact. At times some of the scenes are trying a bit too hard to shock, and are only there to do so, but otherwise it wears its dark tone very well. The visual design is striking – with its heavy use of primary colors in large blocks providing a clash with the darkness of the plot and action. It builds its conspiracy well, and it sells its ideas forcefully so that you don't really question it too much. The writing is mostly very good, and there are some very memorable scenes which produce a sense of dread in the ordinary, or that lead to sudden callousness.

I would have liked a third season to bring it to a close, but then on the other hand it would have risked being a rerun of this thread but with a different Mr. Rabbit. Instead I like to think that the show is driven by the core idea of a 'solution', and that the idea doesn't get wiped out even if other things do. Two very strong seasons here – perhaps it is better to have it perfectly contained in just these 2 seasons.


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