It’s a great premise: zombies as a metaphor for immigrants or any other despised, ostracized and endangered minority. The first episode explores it fully, ending with a brutal and upsetting sequence that has Holocaust valences as well…. But it was the second episode that really blew my mind. If you hate spoilers, you should stop reading here and just go watch the rest of it for yourself.
“In the Flesh”: A suicidal, gay, post-zombie story - Salon.com
Episode 2 premieres tonight at 10/9c on BBC America.
There’s a clear metaphorical link between PDS and both mental illness and addiction in the series, both in terms of those who suffer from the conditions and how the people around them deal with it. Well-meaning authority figures talk about how those with PDS need to stay on their medication for their own safety, while the former zombies struggle with guilt over the things they did in the throes of their condition — and the temptation to surrender to such loss of control again. Similarly, the suspicion Kieren and other PDS sufferers face form the public, and the way their condition overpowers any notion of them as individuals, is also reminiscent of the real-life plight of people with mental illness or addiction issues.
In The Flesh is the Thinking Man’s Walking Dead
(The three part series continues tonight on BBC America)
If you’ve avoided vampire/zombie television until now because you think it’s either dumb sci-fi or drippy romance aimed at teenagers, “In the Flesh,” a three-part mini-series that begins Thursday on BBC America, gives you a chance to find out just how well written and layered some of these shows are.
In The Flesh premieres tonight, June 6 at 10/9c on BBC America
Unlike popular period drama “Downton Abbey,” any chatting in “Ripper Street” takes place after a good brawl, in a brothel or over a dead body in the morgue — not a cup of tea.
CNN reviews BBC America’s Ripper Street
TV.com likes BBC America’s Inside Men:
The miniseries about an inside job at a cash-counting facility debuted this week in the U.S. and the opening hour was all kinds of time-jumping, everyone-suspecting, shotgun-to-the-knee-shooting intense. We have no idea who the brains of the operation will turn out to be, how many backs will be stabbed, or who will survive… and that’s exactly how we like it. Highly recommended viewing for heist-film buffs.