Adieu Utopia

So last night (Tuesday) was the final episode of Utopia’s second season, which was great! Hopefully next year there will be another season. Unfortunately without Milner, the seemingly good ‘bad guy’ who, like everyone else, also had someone she loved. Someone she was willing to do anything for, which is a step in the right direction for an experienced writer. A good book, short story or play cannot (should not) have one dimensional characters because they will not be engaging enough for the reader.

What can I say? It will be hard to let go of this action-packed alternative universe where something is always at stake, and we always seem to be fighting for man’s survival.

Who will I miss?

wilson1. The current man of the hour, Wilson Wilson who apparently can give as good as he got. Seriously, he’s in a whole other level. Upped even Mr. Rabbit.

2. Next is the sometimes wimpish senior civil servant, Michael who is a tad bit tougher than where we left him in the first episode, willing to sacrifice everything to get back his family.

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(Jessica and Michael – Google Image)

3. Then there’s Becky. The girl coming to grips with life and the mysterious Deel’s syndrome that killed her father. So she is brought to the end, only to have something else change her fate…
The mystery of which hopefully will be revealed in the next season.


And who could forget Ian. The IT consultant who has lost his brother. Not that anything else could show how far he is willing to go, his level of commitment, until he is asked to take a life.

5. Finally there is Jessica Hyde, busy looking out for her brother. Father. Nothing else could show how much she has grown.

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So adieu Utopia. Thanks for an another interesting season!

Top 5 TV Series

A few years ago I remember picking up Darren Shaw’s second novel from Cirque du Freak: the Magician’s Assistant with some amount of skepticism. Of course it wouldn’t be long before I was suckered in and devoured the entire collection. What that first book taught me and many others since then is that interesting people are everywhere. They exist on your jobs, in the streets and more often than not on the television shows you watch.

The list below are five of my current favourites, but truth be known it is inexhaustible.

1. Continuum – This Canadian sci-fi action, thriller is explosive. Kiera Camerson, a police officer from 2077 travels to the present day Vancouver along with members of Liber8, a group of self-proclaimed freedom fighters. While she works to apprehend them, they plot to overthrow big corporations. Created by Simon Berry, some of the stars include Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen. Currently on break after a third season, viewers can always expect to be fully engaged.



2. Happy Valley – In this crime drama, Catherine Cawood is a headstrong police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. Still coming to grips with her daughter’s suicide, she wants to make the man responsible, Tommy Lee Royce pay for his crime, all the while a botched kidnapping begins to go awry. Written by Sally Wainwright, the shows’ six episodes have a tight unique feel. The stars are Sarah Lancashire, George Costigan, James Norton (et al). Great work on script, with cast and team of directors.


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3. Utopia – A British conspiracy thriller that follows a group of people who find themselves in possession of the manuscript sequel of a cult graphic novel, The Utopia Experiments. Filled with predictions of the worst disasters of the last century, the group must uncover them before shadowy organization known as The Network shuts them all up. Dennis Kelly is the creator while Fiona O’Shaughessy, Alexandra Roach, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett are some of the stars. On a side note if you’ve watched either Orphan Black or Helix, you may also enjoy Utopia, which is now in its second season.




4. The Smoke – Another UK drama this one follows a gang of London firefighters led by Kev Allison, who returns to work after being scarred in a suspicious blaze while trying to rescue a crying baby. There are a wealth of characters here, each one with secrets to be explored. There is Mel, Kev’s best friend a guy who seems to have commitment issues, Trish, Kev’s girlfriend, someone who he seems to be pushing away and then there’s ‘Asbo’ the new recruit who has another deep dark secret of his own. The stars include Jamie Barber, Taron Egerton, Gerard Kearns and the writer is Luck Kirkwood.




5. Extant – This new sci-fi drama, thriller has many stars from Halle Berry to Hiroyuki Sanada (Dr. Hatake from Helix), Goran Visnjic (Dr. Luka Kovac from ER), and Camryn Manheim (Control from Person of Interest) among others. Halle plays an astronaut who is struggling to learn how she became pregnant while on a solo space mission. So far there have only been three episodes but here’s hoping that it will amount to something good.


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Share what moves you and have a great week!