What if people who were dead came back to life, but instead of just being normal, they were flesh-eating monsters, you know like zombies?...No, wait, that's been done. Night of the Living Dead and ad infinitum.
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:
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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I'm a fan of The Walking Dead series on AMC, and the fact that the zombies are never called zombies got me thinking about synonyms for zombies. Here are some synonyms along with their sources. Those that are not sourced are from unknown sources (public domain, I guess) or my uneaten brain.
the walking dead--from The Walking Dead
flesh eaters--from Yahoo Answers
the living dead--From Night of the Living Dead
biters--from The Walking Dead
roamers--from The Walking Dead
lurkers--from The Walking Dead
walkers--from The Walking Dead
revenants--from Yahoo Answers
the infected--from Yahoo Answers
wraiths--from Yahoo Answers
silent ones--from Yahoo Answers
the contaminated--from Yahoo Answers
the unconsecrated--from The Forest of Hands and Teeth
worst dinner guests ever!
soulless corpses--from Yahoo Answers
Elvis has left the building
The ghost is not in the machine
meat bags--from Zombiepedia
freak bags--from Zombiepedia
the draugr--from Zombiepedia
Of course, this is just a few synonyms. It'll be interesting to see what kinds of words future authors and filmmakers come up with!
Word and Book Lover.