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A New Breed of Hero Pops up on TV Tonight

A New Breed of Hero Pops up on TV Tonight

guest review by Darwyn Carson

Surprise. You don’t have to be a zombie movie lover to enjoy
the three part mini-series premiering tonight on BBC America.

Point of fact, In the Flesh, begins on the downside of
a living dead uprising and deals with what happens after, but it’s not the end-of-the-world, apocalyptic horror-fare that we’ve grown accustomed to. It’s
a zombie drama of a different sort and that, too, is an understatement.

As one might expect, fear is one of the major components, but in
this case, it doesn’t come from the usual suspects. Creator Dominic Mitchell mixes
this hugely popular genre with dark humor while exploring human traits and ingrained
behavior patterns: remorse, survivor guilt, resentment and the biggie that
never seems to go away, prejudice.

Kieren Walker, played by Luke Newberry, has had the misfortune
of becoming one of the living dead—excuse me, I mean a Partially Deceased
Syndrome sufferer—and it’s mainly through him that the story unfolds. Walker is
a different sort of hero; saddened, albeit charismatic, and zombie or no… you
can’t help but root for him.

I won’t say any more as part of the pleasure of this series
is in the discovery. It’s unique and fun. So I’ll leave you to it. 

Tune in to In the Flesh starting tonight, Thursday, June 6 at
10pm on BBC America.

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