Program: **** 1/2 out of 5
Article first published as DVD Review: BBC’s ‘In the Flesh: The Complete Season Two’ on Blogcritics.
After an amazing first season (albeit
consisting of only three episodes) creator Dominic Mitchell nailed all
the hallmarks of great drama even while in the midst of a zombie
platform with his BBC program In the Flesh. Considering you have to keep viewers watching, you could almost call this the anti-Walking Dead.
Reason being, we get the point of view of the zombies dealing with
their return from the dead, instead of simply following another band of
survivors trying to keep from becoming dead meat. With a game cast and
double the number of episodes, season two gives Mitchell even more room
to let the show breathe, providing plenty of twists and turns along the
way. In the Flesh: The Complete Season Two is available now on DVD, just in time for Halloween.
up with the living and undead of Roarton, Lancashire, we’re thrown back
into village dealing with “The Rising.” A new drug is hitting the
streets called “Blue Oblivion,” causing the zombies to turn rabid. While
everyone is trying to make nice with their returned deceased,
meanwhile, the Undead Liberation Army are still trying to keep the good
dead down. Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry) is dealing with Amy and her new
boyfriend Simon (Emmett J Scanlan), who keeps assuring Kieren that
he’ll always be her BDFF (Best Dead Friend Forever). Meanwhile, Maxine
Martin (Wunmi Mosaku) starts enforcing PD (Partially Deceased) sufferers
to register in a rehab program of sorts. Eventually, the Undead Prophet
starts talk about finding the “First Risen” with a set of twelve
apostles to help bring about a Second Resurrection by destroying whoever
the First Risen may be.
All the dramatic beats of the first season remain intact, whether
it’s the local townsfolk tension boiling against the returned or family
squabbles at the Walker house. Kieren and Amy aren’t without their
friendly pitfalls, even with Simon adding a third wheel scenario. The
season really starts to come together when Simon and Maxine’s true
intentions start to scratch their way to the surface. While it may not
be an action-packed series, In the Flesh never tries to be.
Instead, setting it’s sights on topics such as segregation. Even a
subplot of possibly psychic zombies comes into play. This season adds a
lot of fun new twists and feels even more fleshed out, which should be
expected with six episodes for Mitchell to just kill it, and even leaves
us with a fantastic cliffhanger. Bring on season three!