Utopia: Season 2, Episode 1

Episode #2.1 (14 Jul. 2014)

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1974:- In an England beset by strikes and shortages young scientist Philip Carvel is father to the seriously reticent toddler Pietre - who will one day become Arby - and conducts a macabre ... See full summary »

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1974:- In an England beset by strikes and shortages young scientist Philip Carvel is father to the seriously reticent toddler Pietre - who will one day become Arby - and conducts a macabre experiment with a pet rabbit in an unsuccessful attempt to get a response from the child. At a thinkers' convention Philip meets a young woman called Milner, who is impressed by his view that the world is over-populated and who introduces him to an influential group who encourage him to create Janus, a virus which will suppress procreation. He begins manufacture but is appalled when Milner and her assistant kill the co-workers to ensure their silence, along with Milner's mentally dependant husband Tom. At the same time his wife dies giving birth to Jessica. Five years later Milner and the assistant are desperate for Philip to give them the formula, in the process killing politicians to whom he has turned for help and influencing the general election. Told that Jessica will be tortured if he fails to... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Painful .. even for a backstory.. especially for a backstory
17 August 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ouch. This episode hurts. Moreso if you fell in love with Season 1. I did a review of the entire series for IMDb and said exceptionally nice things about Season 1, all of them deserved.

The phrase "lightening in a bottle" comes to mind. I mean, if it was THAT easy to produce superb entertainment, then everyone would do it, wouldn't they? The first season was insane. Half the time I had no idea what was happening but I was smitten with the oddball characters and the strange regional accents. There is something engaging about the way human nature invariably becomes more important than any story, even a story about a plot to wipe out humanity. And Season 1 drove that home.

So perhaps the producers should have more hesitant than they actually were to devote an entire episode to backstory, especially for a series that had managed so well to this point without one...? Bottom line, if not for the unfettered joy of the first season and the expectation that eventually the producers will regain their sanity, this episode alone would have put me off. The square "framing" to indicate flashbacks was annoying. If I never see that technique again it would be too soon. And as for lightening in a bottle, there was little. The last 10 minutes had some spark but overall this instalment was more than boring, it was actually irritating.

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