Utopia (2013–2014)
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Episode #2.6 

The gang face a race against time to work out who is going to release the flu, and stop them in order to prevent global disaster.

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Samuel Donovan (as Sam Donovan)

Writers:

Dennis Kelly (creator), Dennis Kelly | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Adeel Akhtar ... Wilson Wilson
Paul Higgins ... Michael Dugdale
Neil Maskell ... Arby
Fiona O'Shaughnessy Fiona O'Shaughnessy ... Jessica Hyde
Alistair Petrie ... Geoff
Alexandra Roach ... Becky
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett ... Ian
Oliver Woollford Oliver Woollford ... Grant
David Calder ... Dobri Gorski
Ruth Gemmell ... Jen Dugdale
Emil Hostina ... Marius
Emilia Jones ... Alice Ward
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Leah
Ian McDiarmid ... Anton
Paul Ready ... Lee
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Jessica gets Arby to hospital, successfully foiling Lee's attempt to kill him. They are visited by Becky, Ian and Wilson, the latter explaining about the suicide pilots, only one of whom is actually releasing the lethal toxin. By breaking into Paul's house they get the name of Dobri Gorski, Donaldson's old professor who now fears for his life and from him they get the name of Terrence, the person who will be releasing the virus, before Terrence kills him along with other Network agents. Jessica and Ian track Terrence down to an underground car park for a shoot out which they hope will save the world's population. . . Written by don @ minifie-1

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 2014 (UK) See more »

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2.39:1
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Marius quotes the South African hip-hop/rave group Die Antwoord's song "I Fink U Freeky" when he tells Becky "I think you're freaky and I like it a lot." See more »

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When Philip writes a molecule on a white board, the molecule changes every time the scene changes, probably because what he actually is writing does not mean anything in chemistry and the actor is randomly inserting letters to the molecule. See more »

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Opening scene is iconic, classic
14 October 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

The opening sequence takes place in a bus station.

A man already known (to the viewer) to be "the" brainwashed agent who is going to unleash the virus begins a pleasant interaction with a female passenger also waiting for her bus.

She has young son.

The man continues his pleasant and harmless conversation with the two of them. He seems innocuous.

Then the mother explains that she is travelling by bus on a long holiday because she feels she has to do her bit for the planet.

This seems to trigger something in the man and, with a pleasant and friendly smile on his face, he asks (referring to the boy) "why did you have HIM then?" There follows a two minute set-piece (the mother caught off-guard by what the man is saying about the impact of having a child on the planet) that is as memorable as anything you are ever likely to see now or in the future.

It is right up there with the scene in FIVE EASY PIECES where Jack Nicholson tries to get a simple tomato sandwich.

In the beginning of the last episode of the second season, this scene, moreso than the actual ending of the episode, is the "payoff" for the whole series to date.

That single scene is brilliant.

And the use of color and lighting (just found out the series won an award for this) continues to be remarkable.

As an extra bonus, there is another scene where the viewer gets to see one of the most ingenious "locked room murders" ever.

As for the arc of this finale, much of it is spent (as might be expected) setting up the third season, so, to be fair, that takes away some of the punch.

But, with this show, it is not the destination. It is clearly the journey.


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