Yesterday we saw Channel 4‘s Utopia return to our screens for Episode 2, the one we had all been waiting for, the question we all wanted answering, Who is Jessica Hyde?
Episode 2 started last night as it meant to go on, with gore. We started by watching an unknown man retrieving a file containing pictures – Utopia part 2. He then posted Part 2 in a red letterbox before proceeding to walk into an oncoming lorry and being turned into paste, lining the motorway with a fresh coat of blood.
Who is Jessica Hyde?
This was the question we’ve all wanted to know since the premiere episode last week. The show ended with a lone woman knocking on the door to introduce herself as Jessica Hyde. This week, we found out that she is possibly one of the most dangerous people to appear on our screens for some time now. She knows everything. She knows everyone. After quickly persuading a confused Ian, Becky, and Wilson that she is a good guy, she told them that the next 48 hours of their lives are going to change the way they live. Forever.
Jessica explained that she is the daughter of the man who originally wrote Utopia, after working for The Network, but sneaking out, changing names, and living in a mental institute after trying to leave The Network, but being tortured and his daughter (Jessica) being held hostage. Jessica has been on the run since the young age of 4 and has remained anonymous to everyone and everything her entire life.
After arriving at the house, she broadcasts a chilling statement that freezes Ian and foul mouthed Becky on the spot, “My name is Jessica Hyde, come with me now, or you’ll all die“.
After stealing the car of a neighbour, Jessica manages to get the 3 to temporary safety, giving them time to escape The Network. The group initially see the escape as more of a joke than being something serious, however Jessica makes it clear: “Adjust or die” – if Ian, Wilson and Becky can’t change their lives completely within the next 48 hours, then they will die.
Utopia Episode 2 plot
So, just what happened in this weeks Utopia? Well, after her dramatic entrance, Jessica Hyde took the group (Ian, Becky, and Wilson) to an undisclosed location, a house that she was looking after whilst the family were on holiday.
Over to Dugdale now, who is still being blackmailed 24/7 by a group of unknown Russians who know everything about him, including the fact that he managed to get a prostitute pregnant, and use this against him with the threat of telling his wife, who is herself struggling to conceive.
After his reputation was left in tatters last week after ordering copious amounts of Russian Flu Vaccine, Dugdale has some relief in that there is an outbreak of Russian Flu that requires the large quantity of vaccines that he mysteriously pre-ordered, although nobody at the Department of Health seemed to find this fishy.
Now back to Jess and the gang. Back at the house, Ian and Jessica are leaving to look for Utopia, leaving a note for Becky, telling her to look after Wilson, and not to have a bath. With Jessica’s home alarm set up (a piece of string attached to the front door, tied to a bottle of wine on a table in the next room), Becky agrees to stay at the safe house. Whilst Jessica and Ian are away, Becky decides to take a bath, and almost on cue, the glass bottle meets its maker, in the form of tiled flooring. Becky gingerly gets out of the bath and finds Wilson. Armed with a gun, she points it at the door, only for the family who actually live at the house to walk in from their holidays to be held at gunpoint.
Whilst looking for Utopia, Jessica and Ian go to an address to look for Jack Tate, the man who published Utopia. Once they arrive, they speak to “Mrs Tate” who tells them that Jack walked onto a motorway and died. She then offers to look for some documents that Jack was working on before he died, which Jess and Ian agree to. Once she returns to the room, Jessica executes an almost perfect blow to the head with a table lamp, which required two attempts.
Reaching into her handbag, she pulled out a Glock 22, and followed with “oh shit, Glock 22, she’s CIA, that means she knows next to fucking nothing.”
The not so smooth duo then tie the unknown CIA agent to a chair in the conservatory and pour water over her head until she awakens. After threatening to electrocute her if she doesn’t speak, she spills everything she knows about Utopia.
Once Ian and Jessica have left, Henchman Arby from The Network approaches the house with a rather suave walk, eyes the CIA agent up and down, takes a look around the house and returns to her.
Here comes that line: “Where is Jessica Hyde?” – it soon becomes apparent that Arby and the agent know each other, as he asks how much info she spilt, revealing that she said everything, Arby shoots her in the head, and continues his search for Jessica Hyde. By this point, the viewers got a glimpse of how emotionless and reckless The Network can really be.
After arranging to meet Grant the Asbo, Becky stands at the agreed location, looking across the street at a scruffily dressed 11 year old, who approaches to then announce that he is infact Grant, she gives him a big hug and says “wha – I thought you were a city trader?!“
At the same time, Jessica and Ian are talking to The Tramp – a friend of Jessica’s father, who knows about The Network, and works in a telephone box.
After Jessica gets the name of someone that works at MI5 off him and barely moving a muscle to do so, she proceeds to kill The Tramp, making sure The Network aren’t able to get information that easily.
Now back to Becky for the final part of the episode.
After she has introduced Grant to Wilson Wilson, she tells them she is going to go and get some water from the shop.
Do not read any further if you don’t want to see the cliffhanger for this weeks episode..
After lying to Wilson and Grant, Becky sneaks off discreetly to a nearby phonebox where she makes a call, leaving the viewers with a chilling few words – “It’s me, a manuscript exists. The boy, the boy knows where it is…“
To read last weeks Utopia TV Show Review for Episode 1, read this article and remember to check back next week for the Utopia TV Show Episode 3 review..