6.8
370 votes
Utopia

Utopia

Amazon 2020

A group of young adults who met online are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Utopia

Utopia - S1E6

#1 - Respect Your Purpose

7.54

Season 1 - Episode 6

Jessica must reckon with a shocking revelation as Arby questions his own past. Michael unravels as he searches for answers.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Utopia from 229 votes.

Utopia - S1E7

#2 - Talking Hurts

7.54

Season 1 - Episode 7

Arby finds a new purpose while Becky makes a decision that tears the group apart. Michael is about to have the worst day of his life.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Utopia from 209 votes.

Utopia - S1E8

#3 - Stay Alive, Jessica Hyde

7.49

Season 1 - Episode 8

In the season finale, as the world eagerly awaits Christie's vaccine, Jessica and the group must race to stop the Undoing.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Utopia from 214 votes.

Utopia - S1E4

#4 - not slow not bad

7.48

Season 1 - Episode 4

A clue in Utopia leads Jessica and the crew to a mysterious new ally. Thomas plots a unique way to handle Michael, while Christie makes a decision.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Utopia from 253 votes.

Utopia - S1E5

#5 - Order 2472

7.47

Season 1 - Episode 5

Inside the St. Louis Hotzone, Michael must make a life-or-death choice. As things grow increasingly dangerous, Jessica comes face to face with someone from her past.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Utopia from 238 votes.

Utopia - S1E2

#6 - Just A Fanboy

7.33

Season 1 - Episode 2

A huge discovery by our young fans is interrupted when they are thrust into the dangerous world of Jessica Hyde. Meanwhile, two doctors with very different career trajectories are both pulled into the path of a deadly flu.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Utopia from 286 votes.

Utopia - S1E1

#7 - Life Begins

7.28

Season 1 - Episode 1

When an elusive comic appears, a group of fans cannot wait to get their hands on it, and unknowingly put themselves in mortal danger.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Utopia from 373 votes.

Utopia - S1E3

#8 - Tuesday's Child

7.28

Season 1 - Episode 3

Jessica continues to hunt for answers while our underdogs must make a crucial decision. Michael is done being pushed around.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Utopia from 264 votes.

Last updated: feb 24, 2021

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Warning - Spoilers included for both this and the original British version. Everything that made the original British version of Utopia special, intriguing and ultimately great is lost in this new version from writer, Gillian Flynn. The main thing that made the original show stand out so greatly was not just the story it created but through the visuals and the score, it was a stylised masterpiece. It was something we hadn’t seen before. This is not that. In Gillian Flynn’s own words, she wanted to make it “more gritty” and wanted to “Americanize” Utopia for the US audience and she’s certainly succeeded in that, but at the same time, she has, as mentioned taken away all of its wonder. The introduction of new character Samantha adds absolutely nothing at all and when she is killed abruptly there is no sadness from either the audience or really from the rest of the cast. She dies and the reaction is not one of mourning but just a bit of shock. Honestly though, as mentioned she was a nothing character anyway. The show was trying to build her up as “the leader” but it just felt like they were stretching Becky’s original character across two characters instead and not leaving enough to make Becky interesting afterwards. Instead, both are barely a shade as interesting as the original character and ‘Deals Syndrome’ here is just a side-note. It may as well have not been mentioned. But they don’t get much better from there. Rod (Lee in the original) is killed off early but again had no personality really as the show instead tries incredibly hard not to pull focus away from how excessively weird Arby is this time around. Arby in the original show is conflicted and simple-minded, easy to please and later builds his own life, grows, tries to have a family and saves them. Arby never gets that respect this time, instead being turned into a stereotypical Autistic man who has the voice of a serial killer and you’re never allowed to feel for him. He’s given no backstory. Jessica, obviously the main character in the original is given a little more time than others here but Sasha Lane’s depiction of her is much like Arby’s. In the original, yes she is brutally honest, forward and knows she has to get things done right to save herself and the others but she also has an almost child-like innocence about her – A sense of wonder if you will. She is seeing things for the first time. She is experiencing love for the first time, she smiles, finds things funny and develops a relationship with Grant that’s almost like a big sister. Here, she is just brutal. Nothing else is given to her as a characteristic and it’s just weird when she splits from the rest of the group and they have an embrace in the final episode. None of them ever got that close to one another so what are they embracing for? They don’t like one another. For some reason they’ve made Jessica’s story that she wants to find her daddy and go home rather than seek revenge and save people too. She’s selfish, yet cries her eyes out when she finds out daddy might be dead and that’s just so out-of-character it’s as weird as Arby. Grant isn’t given enough time either but Alice is given far more. Wilson, I have fewer complaints about and Desmin Borges was a solid choice in his role, as was Rainn Wilson as Michael. The main issue though outside of not caring about any characters, the wonderful score being a series of dulcet tones this time around and the visuals being unspectacular is that in this version of the show, the audience have no choice on what to believe. It isn’t until 42 minutes before the end that we’re told what the real reason behind the entire conspiracy is. We are given just 42 minutes of the near-eight hours to think about Dr. Christie’s world-saving sterilisation vaccine. In the original show we find this out around half-way through and it allows the audience to feel conflicted because we are given genuine reasons for it and enough information to allow us to truly think – what if? There is so much that is lost in this version of Utopia that it ultimately isn’t worth the time. Instead, Amazon should have just pushed the original show like Netflix has with The Fall. The original show was so unique and ahead of it’s time that trying to re-make that was going to be a struggle and it does unfortunately fail here – As expected. Watching this version, we just feel like Dr. Christie is leading a cult who are trying to change the world with their “purpose” and it almost feels like this is because it is American. By that I mean, the original is more of a government conspiracy and I don’t think a show about a viral pandemic being led by the government would go down very well right now so it’s turned into a cult instead and it just feels silly. And don’t get me started on John Cusack’s catchphrase, “What have you done today to earn your place in this crowded world?” – It is said SO MANY times that you just don’t care. I think Flynn thought this sounded edgey and cool or something but it just sounds awkward, clunky and becomes a catchphrase for the cult. I never want to hear that phrase again. Ultimately, it’s predictable… We knew Colleen was on the bad guy’s side. We knew Dr. Christie was Mr. Rabbit. Milner was pointless in this version too. At the end of the series, you’re just left not really caring for anyone. Nobody is likeable except Michael and then he drives off into the sunset with an egg for some reason! This is thankfully, just entirely forgetful and you can go back to the original and forget Gillian Flynn’s Utopia ever happened. She just doesn’t “get it” despite believing she did.

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I have only watched the first episode yet (still plan to finish the rest because I don't have anything better to do anyway haha) but you're off just watching the british original. This is just a dumb-downed americanised fan-fiction. I feel like if the original didn't exist this would be solid binge watch for a weekend. Nothing more but a decent show. But the original does exist. And it's IMO a fucking masterpiece. So just watch that.

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I tried it. I can’t get past episode 3 because it’s just terrible. Maybe if I never watched the original version, this might be slightly bearable. Anyway skip this show. It’s bad. Go see the original version.

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This doesn’t measure up to the UK 2013-2014 series, by the same name, but it’s not bad, either, and eerily appropriate for pandemic binging. The UK had 2 seasons, so, Amazon will probably do so, as well. If you have the choice watch the original series, I gave it a 9 (uniquely clever) out of 10. I give this series a 6 (fair) to 7 (good). [Action Drama]

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For those who are a little apprehensive, I've got to admit it's not the worst. By the third episode it's diverged enough from the Original, that you can spend less time comparing, and more time enjoying it. Not great, not bad. Definitely watchable and worth it at least once. Obviously if you've never seen the original, find a way to watch it because it is amazing.

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I was shocked after watching the first 2 episodes that it was based on the British miniseries... BECAUSE THEY'RE NOTHING ALIKE OR SIMILAR AT ALL! While I enjoyed the US version, but mostly found it "Meh" and all over the place it does not compare to the genius of the UK version. I EMPLORE YOU TO WATCH THE UK VERSION!

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HOSTAGES S02 (2020) REVIEW . . Plot : A group of young adults, who meet online, get a hold of a cult underground graphic novel, which not only pins them as a target of a shadowy deep state organization, but also burdens them with the dangerous task of saving the world. Review : Utopia is not just another America saves the world show, but don't we still watch Marvel movies which has the same repetative theme , YES we do. Utopia is based on a cult graphic comic of which the real life manifestation is parallelly happening simultaneously. A group of friends after able to figure out the hidden meaning in the comics are subjected to killers of a deep state organization and how they unravel the mystery of the comics is all the show about. The show has everything you can ask for Action , Drama, Comedy, Sci Fi, Thrills and is filled with unravelling of mysteries and truths. The Show has a great production value backed by great performances by everyone involved. A band of people trying to save the world seems too mainstream but along with this it has propaganda stories, talks about conspiracies and much more. S01 is just 8 Episodes and I binged it all without breaks. Talking about performances my favourite is Arby, he is soft spoken , humble but at the same time a ruthless killer and the character arc shifts drastically towards the end. The band Wilson is a genius but easily manipulative, Becky is the emotional one, Ian is the dedicated , Grant is the smartest kid and Alice is the cutest one. John Cusack is outstanding as Kevin Christie. The fact that Utopia is a remake of British Series of the same name it has been compared to it and thus the less IMDb ratings but I assure that if you haven't seen The British version you gonna love the American Utopia. With all Episodes meticulously filled with twists and fun elements, Utopia for me is one of the best shows I have seen this year. :white_check_mark: Verdict : Overall, Utopia is a bingeworthy pandemic drama you should be watching for its interesting premise, bold and strong performances, edge of the seat screenplay and the regular doses of mysteries. Recommended to watch (Watch it Now :thumbsup:) . . . - Follow in Instagram for More : @RiteshReviews

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