The first series of In the Flesh appeared on BBC3, and was innovative and different. An infection caused people who had died during a certain time period to come back as the living dead, as an uprising of flesh eating beasts. The uprising was stopped, and the beasts were contained.
Known as Partially Deceased Syndrome Sufferers, they were kept in institutions and put on medication to help their condition. Slowly they were returned to their families to live once again in the community. The series was set in a place called Roarton, where the residents don’t like the idea of the Partially Deceased Syndrome Sufferers living there too.
Kieren (Luke Newberry) comes back to life and is a Partially Deceased Syndrome Sufferer. The first season saw how he and the village coped with the realisation that the dead could come back. The second season picks up 18 months after the first one left off. The country is learning to live with the Undead, but there seems to be opposition towards them politically. There are extremist factions of the Undead who take a drug which sends them rabid again. Attacks are taking place over the country.
This episode starts with the inkling that there is trouble brewing again in Roarton, stirred up by an MP from the new political party Victus. It seems she doesn’t like the Undead and may plan to disrupt the fragile peace between the Undead and the living.
The series as a whole is done on a low budget, but the storylines are gripping and the drama intense. The first episode of season 2 has a good balance of drama and a mix of dark comedy at times. You shouldn’t be put off by the low budget of the series, as this is made up with the acting and the story.
The music used at times sounds influenced by folk music; the lyrics tell a story. The make up used for the Undead characters is good and convincing. The baddie of the series needs to up her game if she is going to be memorable, but it is only the first episode. The creepy Vicar seems worse. Overall the series opener does keep you hooked and I look forward to see how they expand the story.