UTOPIA (2020) [AMAZON]
Utopia is an American drama web television series adapted by Gillian Flynn from the 2013 British original. It was released on September 25, 2020, on Prime Video.
In November 2020, the series was canceled after one season.
Utopia was ordered direct-to-series on April 19, 2018, with an order of nine episodes, after being originally set up at HBO with David Fincher to direct, but never produced after a financial dispute. On April 19, 2018, Utopia was ordered to series by Amazon. On July 23, 2020, during the San Diego Comic-Con@Home, the first teaser for the series was released and was confirmed to be released in fall 2020.
Utopia (2020) [AMAZON] – Season 1 Poster
A group of young adults, who meet online, get a hold of a cult underground graphic novel, which not only pins them as a target of a shadowy deep state organization, but also burdens them with the dangerous task of saving the world.
UK Series (2013) Premise
A community of comic book fans believe the graphic novel The Utopia Experiments predicted several disastrous epidemics, such as BSE. A rumoured unpublished sequel supposedly contains further information on future world events. When one Utopia enthusiast procures the manuscript, he invites four of his friends from an online forum to meet in real life. However, after getting their hands on the manuscript, the four — Ian, Becky, Wilson, and Grant — find themselves in over their heads, as a secret organisation only known as The Network is after it. They find their lives systematically dismantled, while Network operatives kill anyone in their way as they hunt for the manuscript and someone named Jessica Hyde.
Jessica, who has been on the run from The Network her entire life, meets with the group and helps them evade capture. Meanwhile, other characters find themselves ensnared in The Network’s orbit, and through their interactions with its agents, the organisation’s purpose and secret plot come into focus. The closer people come to understanding what’s truly going on, the more dangerous things become. As rumors of “Russian flu” proliferate worldwide and a variety of groups and individuals close in on the protagonists, they try to solve the web of mysteries and conspiracies around them.
FINAL EPISODE: PLOT SUMMARY
Episode 1×08 – “Stay Alive, Jessica Hyde”
Written by: Gillian Flynn, Directed by: Toby Haynes
The person sellotaped is Kevin Christie. The others bring him in. Meanwhile, the vaccine is being mass-produced and is ready to be delivered. Thomas sends instructions to a group of kids to find Kevin and Jessica. That’s the overall premise for the ending of season 1 but what follows is a lot of answers.
Mr Rabbit entertains
Kevin starts talking and raises how ironic he’s in front of the people he was hunting. Jessica and co lay down bleach, salt and a spoon. Michael raises the subject of his wife — Kevin states how she lived her purpose. Kevin continues to try to entertain the room and then reveals that Charlotte had a twin — it sinks in that Michael was tricked and when the vaccine fails, he will be blamed.
You could be a genius
Kevin tells Jessica that she has a purpose too. Jessica rips his sellotape off his back to reveal the scar — he’s Mr Rabbit. Kevin then tells Becky that his organisation gave her the disease she has. Michael wonders how Kevin has a brilliant mind that has done no good. The group then look at Utopia to see that this is a bigger virus than they thought.
Kevin tells the group that his organisation created a world-improving omnivirus that is in the vaccine. Now the world is demanding the vaccine — “What we are doing is far bigger than death”. Kevin then asks the group what they have done today to earn their place in a crowded world. Kevin claims it doesn’t kill but that they intend to stop reproduction for three generations — the virus will sterilise people.
Meanwhile, outside, Arby is killing the kids who have been sent to save Kevin. Arby is then evading shots from two women but ends up killing them. Utopia season 1, episode 8 reveals Kevin’s ultimate goal — to cleanse the world from overpopulation so they can use their energy wisely and with focus; what continues to stump the characters is why Kevin has used his brilliant mind for evil — maybe that’s what the problem is, his mind is too brilliant. Kevin justifying his ideology is the core story of the ending.
A new world
Kevin believes he’s doing a favour to the world that is populating too fast — he claims to love the planet. Jessica asks what the scar is on her wrist — Kevin states that her father tested on her and she won’t be having any kids — he claims that her father did not love her and she belongs to him. Jessica knocks him out.
The group spit ideas
Wilson has an idea; to record Kevin confessing — “A great philanthropist that got greedy”. Jessica asks how can they get into the facility — Kevin tells them that they can stop the vaccine, then they will remake it and then his security team will kill them all. Kevin says they will need his thumb to access the facility so Becky quickly chops it off with no questions asked. The group head out and Jessica will not be joining them so it is an emotional goodbye. Wilson also stays behind with Kevin. This scene shows Kevin to be a simple but arrogant man — he believes his plan will work to the point he tells the group everything.
“Stay alive, Jessica Hyde”
Jessica then meets Arby in the garden. He’s killed loads of people to protect them. Arby reveals that in Utopia, he was created to help her. Jessica asks Arby to take her home. Arby agrees but tells her she isn’t well — “Stay alive, Jessica Hyde”. They walk off together.
A lot of vaccines
Michael Stearns and the group head inside the laboratory after taking out gate security. They see millions of vaccines in boxes and have no idea how to get rid of it all. Ian starts comically breaking one of the boxes and puts a thumbs up to the group. And so it begins.
Wilson starts recording Kevin and tells him to do his confession. But Kevin won’t do it and starts justifying his plans again — he asks Wilson to imagine focused intellect in the world that has less used energy. Wilson seems to understand his statement but then gets emotional that Kevin murdered his family.
Destroying the source
Michael and the group continue destroying the vaccine while security is using vehicles to try to break the warehouse door down. While the vaccines all fall around them, Ian proposes marriage to Becky. Ian then sets the pile of vaccine boxes on fire. Michael heads to the lab and destroys the source of the vaccine. Meanwhile, Ian and the group trap security in the warehouse. Thomas Christie announces a lockdown from a bioterrorist attack. Utopia season 1, episode 8 sees the group courageously carry out the mission — such a contrast to episode 1 where these teenagers had no idea how to handle serious situations. Despite the pace, character development has worked up until this point.
Jessica is still with Arby — she looks unwell — it looks like she has virus strain. Arby takes her through peaceful woods and she hears children. Arby explains how some children are tested for experiments while others are trained like him. Jessica enters a house and walks into her old bedroom. She sees medical equipment next to her bed and then she collapses on to the sheets. Agent Katherine Millar plays “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on the record player and tells Jessica that she’s not Homeland Security, she’s “Home”. Well, this is another twist — it wasn’t as surprising as the story expects it to be — mostly because anything can happen at this point; it’s a conspiracy thriller after all.
As they head out, Becky and Grant have to run away from the police. Wilson finds Becky and when she gets in a car with him, Kevin is in the front. Becky feels betrayed by Wilson. But where is Grant? We can assume he was arrested and didn’t get away.
Jessica sees Katherine’s tattoo and jolts up. Katherine says she and Kevin have different meanings for Utopia. She tells her that she and her father had a vision to rebirth the world — “You carry the future on your back just waiting to be harvested”. Jessica falls asleep and Katherine puts the covers over her. Outside Arby says “Stay alive, Jessica Hyde”. Katherine goes into the basement of the house and tells Jessica’s father that she has his daughter.
Source: Wikipedia (original content has now been removed)
Predictive Programming is the concept whereby conspirators plan a false flag operation, they hide references to it in the popular media before the atrocity takes place; when the event occurs, the public has softened up, and therefore passively accepts it rather than offering resistance or opposition.