If you didn’t watch it (and like strange, almost noodling conspiracy thrillers) then the second series of the black comedy Utopia has just started on Channel 4 (episode two tonight). As an indication of its intent to pull no punches, the series opened with a thirty year flashback that lasted the entire episode and confirmed just about every fan theory that was left dangling at the end of the first series. Yes, we’ve got answers – but clearly there are still a lot of questions left.
Things I liked;
– Red. Yellow dominated the first series, is the past in red or is red the colour for this series? I’d like to think the former, as it would be too jarring a move from the aesthetic of the first series.
– The 4:3 aspect ratio was a wonderful touch, adding a sense of this being home cinema as well (did they deliberately degrade the image?). Will we pull back to show it being shown to a character at the start of the second episode (breaking the fourth wall in the process)?
– The cold, black humour remained, albeit tempered by a touch of humanity this time that made it a little easier to deal with. The violence (the worst of which was mostly implied) remains as sudden and shocking.
– It tells us everything without telling us what’s going to happen, this isn’t going to turn into a Lost style drama where we never get answers.
– Will these be the only flashbacks, or is this something that will start to happen with regularity? I hope this is just a one off (and doesn’t become a series regular).
– It felt a bit like Arby wasn’t just a product of his twisted upbringing, but that there may have been something there before. Preferred it when it seemed that he was basically good underneath, but warped by the culture.
– Revelations as to just how deep the rabbit hole goes, who’s involved and quite probably the moment that will get the tabloids up in arms.
Promising start so far…