Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Zombie Week: In The Flesh

Four years after the Rising, the government starts to rehabilitate the Undead back into the society including teenager Kieren Walker, who returns home to his small Lancashire village to face a hostile reception as well as his own demons. 

I came across an article over on Wired calling In The Flesh “the Thinking Man’s Walking Dead.” Intriguing argument but definitely an exaggeration. There are obviously going to be comparisons, but television is a big enough universe for fans of  two zombie shows to peacefully coexist without having to resort to name calling. Both series have completely different agendas. Walking Dead is a post-apocalyptic survival drama, In The Flesh is more of a post-apocalyptic dramedy. It also sports the clever trick of beginning where many zombie stories end, with humanity surviving. The focus of the series is a reanimated teen trying to find his way back into the world of the living -- which is a little like Warm Bodies, except with heaps of guilt and remorse. 

Just when you start to think all the possibilities have been exhausted, along comes someone like Dominic Mitchell with clever tweaks to the genre. For instance, the Rising brought back folks who had expired in the previous year. The reanimated have to deal with the unresolved issues created by dying the first time around. Kieran’s attempt to reconnect with his family, after we learn the circumstances of his death, is the stuff of good drama. And while the show lacks a villainous character with an eye-patch and a fish tank full of zombie heads, there is the leader of an anti-zombie militia in deep denial about a lot of things. All this and it manages to throw in some gore and a laugh or two along the way. I'll be shocked if there isn't an attempt to remake it for U.S. television. So much for zombie overload...

There was I time when I would have scoffed at the thought of watching a series with a three episode season and then waiting a year for more, but I’ve gotten used to it. Looking forward to series two.

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