Zombies are pretty much all over pop culture, so it’s not hard to feel fatigue with yet another project featuring the undead.
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?