Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Zombie Apocalypse Take 2- "In the Flesh"

What if you could have him or her back in your life?
I bet that, you immediately thought of a person.
Would you still love them, no matter what they have turned into?
Now, can you please imagine a world where everyone we loved, always came back, but changed. Alive, breathing, eating, being .. but not quite.

The topic and conflict of reanimation, has inspired many, such as author Steven King, in his novel, "Pet Sematary."

So what different perspectives does the  BBC 3 new series, “In the flesh”, bring to the table?
In the flesh” doesn't merely describe the “zombie apocalypse”, it observes its afterwards effects.

The village of Roarton has had it with the undead. After long, difficult battles, they have finally been able to exterminate their immortal enemies.

But, predictably, the NHS has been able to reanimate some of the”zombies” (or “patients of the Partially Deceased Syndrome”) and is bringing them back to their former lives.

Kieren Walker commits suicide after mysterious circumstances . He awakes to a whole new life of constant thirst for brains and death. 

As he is cured from his “disease” he is brought back home to Roarton.
Now, Kieren has to live with the consequences for what he has done during the beginning of his second life.

This might sound to you, as the typical zombie story, but I noticed that there is more to it than meets the eye.
The script ambitiously incorporates many different ideas and motives.
For example, we could find a direct parallel to the parable of The Lost Son.
Upon Kien’s return, his parents welcome him with wide-open arms: unquestioningly, lovingly, ready to accept their child for what he has become.

I’d most definitely recommend this series  to anyone looking for something more than your typical brain-gnashing -zombie -inspired horror film.

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