Monday, 29, November, 2021

First impressions: In The Flesh

In The Flesh

At a time when zombies are in fashion, the BBC ventures with the innovative idea of showing zombies "cured" in rehabilitation. Crazy or not, I believe that only the BBC would have the courage to do something so different.

In a post-apocalypse zombie scenario, where there is a “cure for zombies”, we have focused on the plot of In The Flesh. Here, zombies suffer from a partial death syndrome (PDS), of which there is a cure.

We see the story focused on Kieran Walker (Luke Newberry), a teenager who committed suicide after the death of his friend Rick in Afghanistan. After the suicide Kieran was a victim of the "syndrome" and came back as a zombie. Now, Kieran is part of a government initiative, which focuses on "curing" the victims of the PDS.

In the course of the episode, we see a little of the rehabilitation of the ex-zombies, which includes a well-known scene of rehabilitation, with all the ex-zombies in a circle telling their memories and difficulties. I couldn't help laughing in this scene, after all, ARE ZUMBIES TELLING YOUR PROBLEMS! Kieran, for example, suffers from nightmares and hallucinations about the latest victim of his attacks when he was still a zombie.

Kieran is one of those who finished the program and will try to adjust at home, living a normal life. His greatest desire is to see his younger sister again, Jen (Harriet Cains), who is not happy to see his brother again and gives him a nice ice because of Rick. Jen is part of the group that fought against the zombies when everything was invaded and that also weighs heavily on her "ice". The majority of the population does not agree with the government's initiative and ends up chasing the recovering PDS.

Of course, the ex-zombies have not recovered from their conventional appearance. When they leave the program, they get face creams (like makeup to hide “skin problems”), contact lens (they have the famous eyes that we are used to seeing in zombies) and some more items that we don't know yet which were. They also receive a daily injection of a serum to fight PDS, which contains nortriptyline, stimulating cells that their brain cannot produce, helping to control brain functions.

And as nothing in the world is drug-free, here we have a blue pill (no, it's not the one you are thinking about ...), this pill inhibits patients' feelings, being highly dangerous, since feeling is what differentiates them from zombies that have not undergone healing (that is, braaains…). This drug is distributed by a very doubtful person on a web site, this is all the information we have about it for now.

Contrary to what it may seem, it's not just a crazy series with an even crazier storyline. It does have a good foundation (after all, nothing really explains how someone can become a zombie, a PDS is not something absurd) and it holds you a lot in the difficulty of adapting the Ex-Zombies and in the Jen and Kieran crisis. We have some more exciting scenes, with the chase of the patients and some expressions of concern from Jen.

The episode ends with a taste of wanting more, as every good driver should end.

The series follows the pattern desperate in Sherlock, with only 3 episodes of 60 minutes per season.


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