Nathan Stewart Jarrett

Review: Utopia Episode 5

Back when The X Files was a going concern but in the process of winding down, I used to joke about my ideal final episode. It would open with Mulder, standing at the front of a classroom, next to a blackboard. His first words be ‘So, we start here…’ and he’d begin explaining the entire …

Review: Utopia Episode 5

Review: Utopia Episode 4

Every conspiracy theory, and every conspiracy show, has a Slump. Sometimes it’s the moment where you realize that the person explaining the theory to you is actually advocating, seriously, that reptilian aliens make up the world’s governments and that these aliens are regularly enhancing human soldiers for combat on alien worlds reached via stargates.  It’s …

Review: Utopia Episode 4

Review: Utopia Episode 3

Utopia hit the halfway mark last week, and it did so in a manner as definitive as it was risky. The opening sequence saw now solo assassin Arby return to Grant’s school and murder everyone there, adult and child alike. This is standard Network fare, as we’ve seen already; Arby and his now deceased partner …

Review: Utopia Episode 3

Review: Utopia Episode 2

Traditionally, and I speak as someone who rode The X Files train all the way to the end, conspiracy shows tend to be ever shrinking rabbits pulled from ever more  grandiose hats. You either constantly spin things out, to positively Scooby Dooian proportions, meander an info dump into tie in media (The X Files principle …

Review: Utopia Episode 2

Review: Utopia Episode 1

Utopia, Channel 4’s new conspiracy thriller, opens in a comic shop. A pair of assassins,; one well-dressed, the other a shambling Lenny of a man, walk in, interrogate the staff and then murder them. The second to last person to die is the store clerk who is, of course,an overweight man with bad hair in …

Review: Utopia Episode 1

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