'In the Flesh' premiere: BBC America rethinks zombies, and it's very cool
But don't let that turn you off of "In the Flesh," a three-part miniseries that premiered Thursday (June 6) on BBC America. (Parts 2 and 3 air Friday and Saturday.) It's a great twist on the usual zombie tale, and it also goes a lot deeper than you'd expect.
The zombies of "In the Flesh" aren't really zombies, though -- they're recovering victims of "partially deceased syndrome." The show is set four years after a zombie uprising, and the British government has discovered a way to treat them with a neurological drug that brings them (more or less) back to humanity.
That's where we meet Kieren Walker ( Luke Newberry), who is about to leave his highly secured treatment facility and go home to his family in the small town of Roarton. One problem: Roarton is a center of militant anti-zombieism as embodied by the Human Volunteer Force -- and his sister ( Harriet Cains) is a member.
"In the Flesh" goes a lot deeper than that over the course of its three episodes, exploring sexuality, racism and the need Kieren feels just to be part of something. All this from a first-time creator in Dominic Mitchell, which makes "In the Flesh's" cracking good story that much more remarkable.
If you're looking for "Walking Dead"-style, edge-of-your-seat tension (not to mention gore), "In the Flesh" isn't the place to go. But it's a great rethinking of the genre and well worth the three hours you'll invest.
Did you watch the "In the Flesh" premiere? What did you think of it?