Utopia arrived on Amazon Prime Video on September 25th but just what is Diels disease? Is Becky’s illness a real condition?
With the world in the grip of the deadliest pandemic in a century, Amazon Prime’s Utopia, which focuses on similarly deadly diseases, arguably couldn’t have arrived at a worse time.
The series focuses on a group of teens and young adults as they look to fight off a shadowy organisation in the hopes of saving the world from the next deadly pandemic.
One key figure in Utopia is the character of Becky whose father’s death is rumoured to have been linked to the mysterious graphic novel from which the series gets its name.
However, it’s a race against time for Becky as she suffers from a condition known as Diels disease.
But just what is Diels disease and is the degenerative condition real?
Utopia on Amazon Prime Video
Utopia arrived on Amazon Prime Video on September 25th, 2020.
The remake of the Channel 4 cult classic tells largely the same story as the original.
The titular graphic novel, Utopia, supposedly predicted every major epidemic over the past few decades and a rumoured unpublished sequel is claimed to hold the secrets to humanity’s future.
A group of teens and young adults must fight off a shadowy organisation to get their hands on the unpublished manuscript and unlock its secrets.
What is Diels disease?
Diels disease, or Diels syndrome, is a degenerative condition which afflicts Becky in Utopia.
Little is known about the illness but Becky is facing a race against time to find a cure before it’s too late.
Her late father is believed to have contracted a similar illness before he died and she is convinced that the unpublished Utopia manuscript may hold some answers.
Is Diels disease real?
- No, thankfully Diels disease is not a real illness. Instead, the mysterious affliction was made up for the series.
In Channel 4’s original version, the illness was called Deel’s syndrome rather than Diels.
However, while Diels disease may be a work of fiction, degenerative illnesses are not with Motor Neurone disease being one of the most prevalent out there.
Utopia is available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video after releasing on September 25th, 2020.