But what if these so-called zombies destroyed civilization, and we got to watch the survivors in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse?...Oh, no, that's been done too. The Walking Dead et cetera.
So then what if one of those brain-eating creepers accidentally fell in love with a girl and regained his humanity?...Okay, that's been done, too. Warm Bodies, a zombie romance.
Insofar as zombie-related plots are concerned, it seems like it's all "been there, done that." Hmmm....
Ah, but what about this--The zombie apocalypse has occurred, but the survivors have reversed it with a new miracle drug?
Hey, that hasn't been done before!
And now it has. Welcome to In the Flesh, a post-zombie apocalypse story courtesy of the BBC.
I've only seen about the first 30 minutes of the first episode of this series (okay, so I'm definitely not an expert--I know that), but I am really psyched about the premise. A boy named Kieran is one of the undead...or at least he was, but now he's been identified as actually having Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS), an ailment that apparently causes people to lose their minds and go cannibal all over people's butts (well, every part of their body, not just their butts). But now, with the help of medication, he's learned the error of his ways and has recovered enough to be returned to his family. The problem is that he's wracked with guilt and suffering flashbacks of the people he's eaten in his zombie state, his home is ground central for a militia that hunted and exterminated "rotters" like him, there is still a lot of simmering anger towards people with PDS, and Kieran's sister Jem was/is a zombie hunter (Her buddy in the Human Volunteer Force (HVF), Billy "Sarge" Macy calls her The Rambo of Roarton). How is Kieran going to navigate this new life as a regular-teenage-boy/recovering-human-flesh-addict?
I can't wait to find out!
Here's what I like about this series so far:
- I love the premise. It's definitely a fun new spin on the zombie genre.
- I love Kieran's guilt and his flashbacks. He was a monster in every sense of the word.
- I love the tension in the town. When "Sarge" offers to buy Kieran's sister Jem a drink at the local pub, he explodes when the barmaid tells him they're no longer giving free drinks to the HVF. He growls, "If it hadn't been for my fighters, this place would be rubble, and you wouldn't be here charging me for two bloody pints. . . . What are we, *effing* Southerners? Roarton's sacrifice will never be forgotten as long as I draw breath!" Oooh, hot temper much?
- I love it that Kieran's own sister is a zombie hunter. What will she do when they meet face to face? Will she embrace her prodigal brother? Will she turn him in to the HVF, who has definitely not forgotten any part of "The Rising"? Will she eat his face? (Okay, maybe no on that last one).
- I love the parallels with issues of today. Instead of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), zombies suffer from Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS). There is rampant anti-PDS sentiment in Kieran's hometown, a la anti-semitism, anti-immigration, anti-minority groups. And there appears to be a rising Internet backlash as well in the form of PDS-sufferers who resent the humans who made it their business to exterminate all the zombies.
- I love the hilarious Easter eggs in the show. As Kieran is leaving the treatment facility where he's been the last several months, the camera shows a giant public-service poster featuring a partially rotten girl with smoky skin, reddish eyes, and a giant smile with dimples in her cheeks, and underneath it, the text reads "We Understand Partially Deceased Syndrome." It's so like a doctor's office, it makes me laugh.
As far as I can see from a rudimentary Google search, In The Flesh originally aired on BBC three and BBC America. It's available now on Hulu Plus. I don't know if it's available anywhere else right now, but if you get the chance, check it out, and please let me know what you think about it in the comments below.
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