Utopia (UK) Reviews & Ratings

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Utopia will follow a group of people who find themselves in possession of a manuscript of a cult graphic novel. The tome is rumoured to have predicted the worst disasters of the last century and the group soon find themselves targeted by a shadowy organisation known only as The Network.
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Aug 14, 2014 8:43PM EDT
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Utopia creates its own genre. If I come up with A meets B meets C, I have to go on till Z and still not capture what it does. Let me start by describing those little things that are rarely noticed in any TV series.
The opening credits generally start with a wide-angle shot with the camera in a fixed position. You start noticing some activity occurring in a tiny part of the screen. After you watch a couple of episodes you realize that this nearly inconspicuous details pretty much captures the essence of where that particular episode is heading, without giving enough details in order to keep you enticed till the end.
Color – Many of the propos in the series have simple but very gaudy color without any sort of design. Without you realizing it, you start associating these props with certain characters or certain types of situations (especially the gore that can potentially follow). In general the visual assault doesn’t just occur because of the ‘occasional’ gore but also because of the particular choice of hues accented in the editing of the videos.
Props – from chocolate covered raisin to a spoon (a non-descript type) to a comic book with a very modern artwork, multiple props become characters in their own right. At the end of season one you only need to see the prop to realize what it means.
Camera work – Still shots are introduced to create anticipation, anxiety and apprehension in our mind. POV shots with jerky movements create a dizzy sense of adrenalin rush. Low angle shots give you a sense that a particular character is completely powerless.
Music – one of the coolest music score ever given in a TV series. So apt for the general theme of the series. It is dark and sinister with an upbeat tempo!
I’ve talked about the parts that are never ever reviewed, in order to give you a sense of how different this series is. Story, Direction, Acting, Casting and Editing – watch the series to draw your own conclusion but I would consider this as the cutting edge of TV today. It is a series that will have a cult following and at the same time will be taught in visual arts schools and colleges.

Utopia creates its own genre. If I come up with A meets B meets C, I have to go on till Z and still not capture what it does. Let me start by describing those little things that are rarely noticed in any TV series.
The opening credits generally start with a wide-angle shot with the camera in a fixed position. You start noticing some activity occurring in a tiny part of the screen. After you watch a couple of episodes you realize that this nearly inconspicuous details pretty much captures the essence of where that particular episode is heading, without giving enough details in order to keep you enticed till the end.
Color – Many of the propos in the series have simple but very gaudy color without any sort of design. Without you realizing it, you start associating these props with certain characters or certain types of situations (especially the gore that can potentially follow). In general the visual assault doesn’t just occur because of the ‘occasional’ gore but also because of the particular choice of hues accented in the editing of the videos.
Props – from chocolate covered raisin to a spoon (a non-descript type) to a comic book with a very modern artwork, multiple props become characters in their own right. At the end of season one you only need to see the prop to realize what it means.
Camera work – Still shots are introduced to create anticipation, anxiety and apprehension in our mind. POV shots with jerky movements create a dizzy sense of adrenalin rush. Low angle shots give you a sense that a particular character is completely powerless.
Music – one of the coolest music score ever given in a TV series. So apt for the general theme of the series. It is dark and sinister with an upbeat tempo!
I’ve talked about the parts that are never ever reviewed, in order to give you a sense of how different this series is. Story, Direction, Acting, Casting and Editing – watch the series to draw your own conclusion but I would consider this as the cutting edge of TV today. It is a series that will have a cult following and at the same time will be taught in visual arts schools and colleges.

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Jul 17, 2014 3:05PM EDT
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One of the best British series currently on air. Paranoid, visually-distinctive, engaging--but if you're squeamish, it's best to skip.

One of the best British series currently on air. Paranoid, visually-distinctive, engaging--but if you're squeamish, it's best to skip.

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Sep 3, 2014 3:41PM EDT
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AMAZIG! left me a bit paranoide! Watch it now if you havent

AMAZIG! left me a bit paranoide! Watch it now if you havent

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Jul 31, 2014 2:35PM EDT
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This series captures the attention of the audience through a captante story that makes us think about an actual important issue

This series captures the attention of the audience through a captante story that makes us think about an actual important issue

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Jul 17, 2014 10:57AM EDT
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If u don't like it u r dumb.

If u don't like it u r dumb.

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Sep 19, 2019 11:15AM EDT
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This popped up as a show that I rated highly but never reviewed... I don't know why I didn't review it, it was near perfection. I recall both seasons being suspenseful and unpredictable, with the first season being 5/5 and the second being 4.5/5.

This show, because of the violence in one particular episode, became quite controversial. Violence in film and TV are just like sex and swearing, there are always going to be people who dislike it for that one thing and people who can see past those things IF the violence (or sex or swearing) are integral to the plot or woven into the plot in such a way that seems natural. However, when those three controversial topics are put in TV and film in a way that seems to only be there for shock value or to create buzz, then it is off-putting and the producers deserve every complaint they get. In this show's case, the violence in that particular episode was filmed before something like it happened in real life and they decided to air the episode anyway, it wasn't like they could predict the future yet people were still up in arms and I believe that really hurt the ratings.

I hear they are now (2019) planning a U.S. remake and I am certain they will f%^& that up royally because so many of the funniest bits have no crossover and will need to be changed, and the U.S. has violence everyday, so how will that scene go over there when it was a real life event in the States that caused the original uproar? I digress, this show is amazing and I recommend it highly.

This popped up as a show that I rated highly but never reviewed... I don't know why I didn't review it, it was near perfection. I recall both seasons being suspenseful and unpredictable, with the first season being 5/5 and the second being 4.5/5.

This show, because of the violence in one particular episode, became quite controversial. Violence in film and TV are just like sex and swearing, there are always going to be people who dislike it for that one thing and people who can see past those things IF the violence (or sex or swearing) are integral to the plot or woven into the plot in such a way that seems natural. However, when those three controversial topics are put in TV and film in a way that seems to only be there for shock value or to create buzz, then it is off-putting and the producers deserve every complaint they get. In this show's case, the violence in that particular episode was filmed before something like it happened in real life and they decided to air the episode anyway, it wasn't like they could predict the future yet people were still up in arms and I believe that really hurt the ratings.

I hear they are now (2019) planning a U.S. remake and I am certain they will f%^& that up royally because so many of the funniest bits have no crossover and will need to be changed, and the U.S. has violence everyday, so how will that scene go over there when it was a real life event in the States that caused the original uproar? I digress, this show is amazing and I recommend it highly.

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Nov 6, 2018 10:05AM EST
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UTOPIA - SEASON ONE

Allusive to a fault.
Rather self-consciously provocative, it was also gripping stuff. Its cinematic leanings extended to a slick score and sleek widescreen camerawork, the storytelling was confident (including a deftly woven-in sub-plot about corruption at the Department of Health), and a talented British cast dived gamely in, especially in the more outlandish or blackly comic moments.
By far, the best British TV show in years... and many years to come.

UTOPIA - SEASON ONE

Allusive to a fault.
Rather self-consciously provocative, it was also gripping stuff. Its cinematic leanings extended to a slick score and sleek widescreen camerawork, the storytelling was confident (including a deftly woven-in sub-plot about corruption at the Department of Health), and a talented British cast dived gamely in, especially in the more outlandish or blackly comic moments.
By far, the best British TV show in years... and many years to come.

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Jun 26, 2018 7:13AM EDT
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So interesting

So interesting

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Aug 12, 2015 5:39PM EDT
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Beautiful, intriguing, nicely shot and well played.

Beautiful, intriguing, nicely shot and well played.

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Jun 10, 2015 2:24AM EDT
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Uh, the violence, all that violence.. nonono.. those parts really were not for me. But still - I couldn't stop watching Utopia until the end of both seasons. Why? Because in so many other aspects this series is truly magnificent! It is a visual masterpiece with incredibly exciting and innovative camera work. The storyline never loses its suspense and the characters are very well acted-out. So, if you're maybe a bit less squeamish than me and like to see something fresh and exciting, you should really watch this show!

Uh, the violence, all that violence.. nonono.. those parts really were not for me. But still - I couldn't stop watching Utopia until the end of both seasons. Why? Because in so many other aspects this series is truly magnificent! It is a visual masterpiece with incredibly exciting and innovative camera work. The storyline never loses its suspense and the characters are very well acted-out. So, if you're maybe a bit less squeamish than me and like to see something fresh and exciting, you should really watch this show!