In The Flesh

Last night I finally cleared myself an hour’s peace and settled down to watch the first episode of BBC Three’s new zombie drama, “In The Flesh”. I don’t tend to watch television, in general, so I’d completely missed all the trailers and fuss over this one, and if I hadn’t stumbled across mention of it on-line I would have really missed out on something special. Episode one was outstanding.

I worry that the zombie market is slowly becoming as saturated as that of its vampire cousin, but In The Flesh brings a fresh new dimension to the genre that certainly gave me plenty to think about, and I’m hearing that millions of others are finding the same 🙂 Set in the fictional Northern village of Roarton, the series deals with the re-integration of heavily medicated and rehabilitated zombies back into Society as ‘PDS sufferers’ – Partially Deceased Syndrome.

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They’ve been looked after and treated back to humanity by a government focussed on tolerance and understanding, but the society they’re being sent back into is, in Roarten at least, just the opposite. With communities filled with people who lost loved ones in the uprising, as they battled the rabid zombies on their doorsteps, the ability to ‘forgive and forget’ is not shared by all, by any means.

As long as they take their medication every 24 hours, the PDS sufferers can function relatively normally, and they’ve even been kitted out with coloured contacts to cover their blown pupils, and fake tan to mask their deathly palour. Given the level of resentment held by much of the human population, this is much needed cover indeed. Roarten was hit hard by the uprising, and is in no hurry to forget it, and residents there are shepherded along by their vehement pastor and still active volunteer league of ‘rotter killers’. As one family covertly pick up their son from a government medical facility, and attempt to conceal him within their home, the stage is set for a battle between the hardline anti-rotter population and those who are quietly desperate to give their formerly lost loved ones another chance.

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I love the concept here, I think it’s a great approach to the zombie scenario, and the emotion I felt at one point during this episode took me completely by surprise. I don’t want to spoil this for anyone who’s not seen it yet and plans to catch up, but there’s a moment towards the end of the episode that will tug at your heart in such a profound way, and that’s not something I usually experience within the zombie genre. Certainly not that vividly. I wholeheartedly applaud In The Flesh for that one moment, it was poignant, breathtaking, heartbreaking, and beautifully done.

It’s well, well worth a watch, whether you’re a hard core zombie fan or someone who wouldn’t normally consider watching the genre. In the Flesh deals with painfully human aspects and emotions, and whilst the horror content is ever present, it’s not at the forefront here. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and if you can get to iPlayer you should definitely give it a look.

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