In The Flesh - BBC Three

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  1. Bob The Skutter

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    In The Flesh, BBC Three's new Zombie show, replacing the now ended Being Human, starts on Sunday at 10pm.

    [yt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uAJklDka_U[/yt]

    Hopefully it'll be a good replacement, Being Human has done well and it's a shame to see it go but at least it got a good 5 years and a good ending. And now we have 3 episodes of In The Flesh for it to prove itself.
     
  2. ITL

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    I'll definitely give this a watch. I suppose I should give Being Human a go, as well. Somehow I never got round to watching it...
     
  3. Bob The Skutter

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    Really good show. Well worth checking it out. The US version is starting here soon on Watch too, I believe.
     
  4. Bob The Skutter

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    Thought I'd bump this as BBC America just started airing it. Anyone watch? What did you guys think?

    Oh and ITL did you get round to Being Human?
     
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    Yep, certainly did! And very good it was too.
     
  6. Bob The Skutter

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    all 5 series?
     
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    Yep.
     
  8. Locutus of Bored

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    I really enjoyed it and look forward to seeing the next two episodes and the eventual extended series next year.

    It has some elements of (the much more comedically themed but not as good) Warm Bodies and Fido, with the consequences of zombies returning to normal in the former case and with their troublesome integration into an uninfected suburbia in the latter.

    I liked the conversation between the brother and sister, where after he told a story about her she reluctantly acknowledged that he was truly the brother she used to know beneath the horrifying face and eyes. But then after no longer distancing herself from him because of that, she has to confront the fact that he committed suicide and left her behind. It rang about as true as you can get given the subject matter, and started off heartwarming before ending on a sad note. Very well done.

    The other heartbreaking scene was the murder of the vicar's "Rotter" wife (it is amusing how all of these shows go out of their way not to call them zombies, presumably because zombie movies are nonexistent in these universes) by the local HVF. They did a great job of making the zombies sympathetic, while at the same time you can disagree with the HVF's militarism but kind of understand where they're coming from as well because of their past experiences; at least until they have more exposure to the returnees themselves, as it their leader will when his son who died in Afghanistan is resurrected and comes home.

    At the same time, not all the reclaimed zombies are sympathetic victims, and they have their own militaristic wing that seems to want to embrace their fate and give in to the hunger, and does so through drugs that I assume counteract the inhibitor injections. So it's a balanced portrayal.

    I enjoyed that the show isn't about fighting zombies but more of an examination of family and suburban dynamics with a twist, and touches on themes like how collaborators are dealt with during and after war, and the impact of war on families, especially those who have lost loved ones. I look forward to seeing it delve into these themes in-depth on the regular series.

    I highly recommend the show to anyone who hasn't caught it yet. It's smart, touching, compelling, and amusing (especially the politically correct way the government tiptoes around the undead, instead calling them victims of "Partially Deceased Syndrome" and hanging public service announcement flyers everywhere).
     
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    Are you talking about In the Flesh, Locutus? I didn't watch it but am tempted now.
     
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    Well, the problem with the Sinn Fein being zombies is that it tells us that the IRA really were monsters. And in the US, it is usually assumed that the UVF (and UDA) doesn't even exist. That would be a slander on the Christians. The bureaucratic tyranny of the government in foisting the RCs into English land is in this episode played for laughs, but I don't really think that's a useful way of looking at the peace. A parades commission isn't really interference causing upheaval.

    Is the C of E really that popular anywhere? And is the man whose wife was killed the equivalent of a deacon, i.e., a lay leader of the congregation? I had thought a vicar was a priest assigned to a particular parish.
     
  11. Locutus of Bored

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    Yeah. I think you'd enjoy it.
     
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    It's not hard to imagine that the dead rising and the near collapse of civilisation might cause a rise in church attendences!

    It is very good. If a bit slow burning at times. The 3rd episode is fantastic.
     
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    How does In The Flesh compare tonally to The Walking Dead or even to Survivors?

    I realize In The Flesh is only 3 episodes (at least to start with) so the pace will be different, but, The Walking Dead has more of a focus on characters then on the Zombies themselves, and there's quite a bit they touch on dramatically that is not addressed in most shows, and they are fairly graphic and inventive with killing compared to most other non-paying Cable channel shows. So, just wondering how In The Flesh measures up
     
  14. Bob The Skutter

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    In The Flesh is totally on character, with the exception of a few flashbacks where they're still feeding on humans these zombies have been cured and the focus is on how they and others adjust to this new world where dead people are still among them and have done terrible things.
     
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    Wasn't there a show a few years ago which had people who were supernatural in some way? I remember one of them lived in a caravan and person or persons were bumping them off one by one but they didn't die in the normal way or something something something.
     
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    That's the chap. I knew Bob would know.