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New wave. Network Epic. Todd Rundgren and Utopia. Swing to the Right Utopia Oblivion MusicBrainz release group. At the top level the details are general enough to paint a shadowy organization but without getting into the practicals of that.
Meanwhile at the lowest level we have the payoff for that shadowy organization by virtue of the constant danger they pose and power they wield. These two elements work together well, and it is only in the middle where they meet where the plot holes form — specifically with lots of convenient writing where sometimes they are omnipresent, and other times they are not.
How much this bothers you depends on how engaged in the narrative you are — for me I was into it and enjoying the show, so happy to go with it and not linger on such issues but just enjoy the overall ride. It helps that the tone of the season is so well set and maintained. The first episode establishes it well, even in the opening scene.
Two men enter a comic book store and calmly but sinisterly incapacitate everyone in it and then kill them. The first episode also contains a surprisingly brutal torture sequence of one of the main characters. Reading about the show, I noted that the show got lots of complaints for its violence — particularly a scene of a gun massacre in a primary school which Album) just a few weeks after the Sandy Hook shooting — which does seem insensitive scheduling, but then the US politicians seemed not to act in response MP3 this, so why should Channel 4?
There are some reservations I had about some of the adult content, but generally speaking the violence was an important part of the show, and very well done. I say this because it was actually horrific, it was shocking, and MP3 was oppressive to watch. It was not done in such a way that you felt the show enjoyed it, but rather that it emphasized the danger and callousness of The Network. A good comparison is with the recent film Kingsman, which features a violent massacre in a church; in that case though while it is horrific in content, the presentation feels like a comedic action sequence, and I thought it was terribly judged.
With Utopia the violence is done very well to produce and maintain a sense of danger and tension which is key to keeping the viewer involved. The season is presented with Album), and good use of music to create a modern but ominous tone. The cast are also a key part of it working. Although not a lead per se, Maskell brings a lot of tragic menace to his character. O'Shaughnessy is closer to being the lead and her character is played with equal emerging fragility, which is effective.
Stewart-Jarrett, Roach, Woolford, Higgins all fill their roles well, while Fox and Rea add a bit of brand recognition to the cast.
Comedian Akhtar is probably one of the strongest in terms of character and performance thereof. Utopia is not a perfect show, but I was really surprised by how engaging the season was, with a satisfying tone and a convincingly brutal MP3 in its own created world even if a lot of the middle ground doesn't stack up.
Details Edit. Release date February 19, United Kingdom. United Kingdom. Kudos Film and Television. Technical specs Edit.
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