We’re in the midst of a zombie renaissance of sorts, what with The Walking Dead a certified pop culture sensation, Amazon developing a series version of Zombieland, and Warm Bodies trying to cash in on all those teenagers with lingering Twillight necrophilia fetishes. A new BBC series called In the Flesh will jump on the bandwagon next month, but you have to wonder what new ideas can be added to the genre at this point? How about ex-zombies?
In the Flesh is set in the aftermath of your basic zombie apocalypse, but humanity not only survived the undead, they’ve even found a way to “rehabilitate” them. The show stars Luke Newberry as Kieren, a sufferer of “Partially Deceased Syndrome.” In other words, he used to be a mindless, brain-craving zombie, but they somehow figured out a way to restore his mind to him. Which sounds great, until you consider the weight of remembering all those innocent people that you ate alive.
There’s a lot of potential in the concept, and it could well address one of the big problems of Warm Bodies. Namely, that it softened the horrific idea of what it would be like to be a conscious zombie. Unless you were a sociopath before you got zombified, knowing that you’ve not only murdered, but eaten a bunch of people is bound to leave you a bit traumatized. Not as traumatized as the people whose brains you ate, but still.
The show is set to debut on BBC Three on March 17th. So far there’s no word when/if it’ll arrive stateside, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it pop up on BBC America at some point down the line.