Sunday, February 24, 2013
Utopia is a new series from Channel 4 in the UK. Within its genre it is likely the smartest and most engaging show I've seen in a very long time. The show is masterfully done. It's supersaturated color and stunning framing serve as a shocking foil to the ultra-violent conspiratorial mystery playing out in the looming shadow of not one but two apocalypses. Although the shadow of Utopia is largely metaphorical as most of the horror plays out in stark daylight. Previously only the X-Files had delivered a paranoiac vision of the end-times as delivered by the now archetypal secret cabal-of-government-and-private-industry with such compelling conviction. Utopia shows us a nightmarish present but what is really frightening is the future it portends.
Series 1 concluded on February 19th.