That’s the end of the road for Amazon Prime Video series Utopia.
The sci-fi drama series has been cancelled after just one season at Amazon, an unfortunate result for a series that took over six years to come to fruition from its development and straight-to-series start at HBO.
With a cast including John Cusack, Sasha Lane and Rainn Wilson, Utopia was an adaptation of a 2013 British series of the same name that ran for two seasons. The new series was created by Gillian Flynn, the Gone Girl author/screenwriter who was originally developing Utopia with David Fincher when it was at HBO (Fincher exited when it failed to start there and Flynn moved it to Amazon).
The plot followed a group that believes the conspiracy theories in a cult underground graphic novel may actually be real. They’re soon the target of a shadowy deep state organisation and find themselves tasked with saving the world.
Amazon’s Utopia premiered on September 25th to little fanfare. The reviews that followed didn’t do it any favours, critics landing on 51% on Rotten Tomatoes – where the lack of an audience score, by the way, suggests very slight interest among viewers. On IMDb, the season currently has a 6.7 score with under 8,000 votes. As with various streaming companies, particularly Netflix, Amazon keeps its ratings hidden.