Utopia review: Season 1 is streaming now via Amazon Prime Video

Utopia review: Season 1 is streaming now via Amazon Prime Video

Utopia review

Utopia : John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, Dan Byrd and Javon Walton

Utopia : Gillian Flynn

“Utopia,” the new original Amazon Prime Video series that is impossible to discuss without mentioning its timely premise. Set in modern day Chicago, the eight-episode first season follows a group of comic book fans battling a mysterious organization for control of a graphic novel, and this is where relevance comes in, which may be the key to putting end to a national pandemic. .

The fictional “Utopia” pandemic differs from the real one, but its origin, dispersion, and effects are tailor-made for a television thriller, if not pure science fiction. This is not an informed shot. This is entertainment, and its creators did not invite punctuality, but were imposed on the program by circumstances.

The show is also very relevant to the present moment, although none of the virus elements meet this bar, for me. Although a utopia revolves around a virus, and our world is currently in the middle of a viral pandemic, Utopia does not have much to say about viruses, or what happens when they spread.

The show has a love affair with violence, and he’s also absolutely convinced that violence doesn’t really matter, that systems don’t matter, that single lives don’t matter, that individual actors have to be held accountable for ending it. world or to save it, but also if someone dies …

The show feels like a vague simulation of the real world now: the threat of a virus, the hope of a vaccine, topped off with a generous help from conspiracy theories. A group of comic book nerds – Wilson Wilson (Desmin Borges), Becky (Ashleigh LaThrop), Ian (Dan Byrde), Samantha (Jessica Rothe) and Grant (Javon Walton) – team up in the search for Utopia, a fictional sequel. from a fictional comic called Dystopia, which is said to have accurately predicted outbreaks of diseases such as SARS and MERS.

Season 1 of Utopia premiered in its entirety on September 25, 2020 on Prime Video. It consists of eight episodes with a duration of 50-55 minutes each. The cast also includes Dan Byrd as Ian, Javon Walton as Grant, Ashleigh LaThrop as Becky, Sonja Sohn as Agent Katherine Miller, Desmin Borges as Wilson Wilson, Farrah Mackenzie as Alice, Jeanine Serralles as Colleen, Jessica Rothe as Samantha, Felisha Terrell as Hailey Alvez, Dustin Ingram as Tallman, and Hadley Robinson as Lily, among many others.

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