Utopia Season 1, Episode 2 recap: The violence ramps up

(Center to Right): Jessica Rothe as Samantha, Ashleigh LaThrop as Becky, Dan Byrd as Ian, Desmin Borges as Wilson Wilson in Utopia - Courtesy of Elizabeth Morris / Amazon Studios
(Center to Right): Jessica Rothe as Samantha, Ashleigh LaThrop as Becky, Dan Byrd as Ian, Desmin Borges as Wilson Wilson in Utopia - Courtesy of Elizabeth Morris / Amazon Studios /

Everything that happened in Utopia Season 1, Episode 2

If you thought Utopia‘s series premiere was a little tame, wait until you see Episode 2. Here’s a recap of the events from Utopia Season 1, Episode 2.

We left a small group of people who had seen Utopia alive, while the rest had been killed by the two guys from Harvest. This group of four people also believe that the graphic novel is real, and that’s where things pick up.

The four head to Wilson Wilson’s home since he lives locally. There, they find out he’s ready for anything, with a bunker filled with food. He even says he knows how to hold his breath long enough to withstanding being waterboarded and can dislocate his thumbs and shoulders in case he needs to get out of binds. You just know that’s going to come up later!

Harvest finds Wilson

It doesn’t take too long for Harvest to track the group. They’re actually after someone else within the group but realize that they’ve found Wilson’s house. So they head in, pretending that they’re from the gas company. Wilson’s entire family is killed with gas, and they find Wilson in the bunker.

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Nobody else is there since they headed off to Dunkin’ Donuts down the road. Jessica is on her way now that she knows Grant (the boy who took the graphic novel) is connected to them. She’s smart, always seemingly one step ahead. However, she’s not quite ahead of Harvest.

The two guys decide to torture Wilson, pouring salt and then bleach into an eye. Finally, they remove one of his eyes with a spoon. It’s clear after this that Wilson doesn’t know anything, so they get ready for the cleanup.

While one guy leaves, Wilson dislocates his thumbs and gets out of the cuffs they’ve put on him. However, his vision in his lone eye is blurry and he can’t see the second guy to shoot him. Fortunately, Jessica shows up and kills the guy, grabbing Wilson to protect him.

She then grabs the rest of the group, taking them to her safe house.

Grant finds a place to crash

While wandering the streets, Grant finds a house with berries. The little girl who lives there sees him and stops him from escaping. She sees the graphic novel and immediately, there’s a sense of dread for this young girl.

However, Harvest doesn’t know where he is. Instead, he’s invited into the home. The little white girl is called Alice and she’s been adopted by a Black woman. The woman talks about how the foster system works for some (like her and Alice) and doesn’t work for others. She isn’t going to call social services and gives Grant somewhere to crash for the night.

We’ll catch up with him in the next episode.

Jessica doesn’t like competition

In the safe house, Jessica gets the group to give her their phones, wallets, and anything else that could be traced. They’re not happy about it, but they do it anyway. They also change their looks.

However, Ian starts to have second thoughts. Jessica seems to want to help, but Ian refuses to believe that Utopia is real. Jessica may be there and have proof, but couldn’t she be som crazed fan girl?

Maybe, but Sam wants to believe. She tells Ian to trust her, which he does.

That’s bad for Sam. Jessica suddenly shoots Sam in the head, killing her instantly. A team can’t have two leaders, and Jessica isn’t going to compete with Sam.

Meeting two new characters

Utopia Season 1, Episode 2 introduces us to two new characters. Rainn Wilson is introduced as Dr. Michael Stearns, who works in the basement. He clearly wants to do research but doesn’t have the equipment to do it.

By the sounds of things, he predicted something a while ago that didn’t come true and nearly lost his job. Whatever happened didn’t turn out to be that bad so he was just pushed to the basement. Well, everyone might want to think again.

He did predict that a virus would sweep the nation, and now they’re seeing this T-shaped rash flu. He’s sure it could be the thing he predicted. It just took extra time.

The other character is John Cusack’s Dr. Kevin Christie. He’s being held responsible for the spread of the flu through his meat, but he refuses to accept that he did it. After a failed interview, we see him at home with his family.

At dinner, he asks each member of the family what they did in the “crowded world” that day. They all have their answers. It’s clear that this “crowded world” line is going to be something important for the story. Could it be linked to the flu?

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What did you think of Utopia Season 1, Episode 2? What are your theories so far? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Utopia is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video right now.