While BBC Three’s upcoming show In the Flesh is very much about zombies, it looks like it’s going to be something of an anti-Walking Dead. Instead of a world overrun by the undead and thrown into a chaotic apocalypse, the government has stood strong in the face of “The Rising,” emerged victorious, and now attempts to reintegrate the walking dead back into civilization. Undead folks like Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) face all manner of prejudice, among other hurdles, as they attempt to become productive members of society.
This latest animated Public Service Announcement disseminates some important facts about the undead, and provides helpful hints should you encounter a random shuffling corpse.
This video is full of useful information. The undead retain only the most basic brain function, and as a consequence they have no recognition of family, friends, or loved ones. Neither can they communicate, with you or anyone else, in any meaningful manner. And as a result of their condition, their motor function is also severely limited. They’re not particularly adept at running or jumping, nor can they do push ups or perform any other basic calisthenics.
All of that is well and good, but there’s one thing that is particularly useful, and that sets In the Flesh apart from most entries into the modern zombie mythos. If you’re bitten by one of the undead, you don’t have to worry about turning into one of them. In current zombie lore, a bite turning you into one of the walking dead is almost as prevalent as having to shoot them in the head in order to kill them. However, in this world, you just need to make sure to clean the wound and take care of it like any other injury.
In the Flesh debuts in the UK on March 17th.