Paul Higgins

The Party’s Just Beginning

This piece originally appeared as part of my weekly newsletter, The Full Lid . If you like it, and want a weekly down of pop culture enthusiasm, occasional ketchup recipes and me enjoying things, then check out the archive and sign up here. Liusaidh (pronounced Lucy) is fine. She’s FINE. Her best friend Alistair (Matthew Beard) killed […]

The Party’s Just Beginning

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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