In The Flesh Image
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  • Summary: Haunted by what he had done before being treated for Partially Deceased Syndrome (PDS) [with injections and make-up so he looks less undead], 17-year-old Kieran Walker (Luke Newberry) reluctantly returns to his hometown of Roarton. He is faced with his wary parents and his sister Jemima (Harriet Cains), now a member of the vigilantes group, Human Volunteer Force, who rather kill all who have PDS. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 6, 2013
    90
    Suspenseful, tragic yet also uplifting in its audacious collision of fantasy and emotional realism, this haunting gem reminds us that we shouldn't speak ill of the dead.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Jun 5, 2013
    80
    The list of people who have been reviled and labeled, explicitly or subtly, as something less than human is long: blacks, Jews, foreigners, people with AIDS, people with disabilities. Zombies notwithstanding, this appealing series, created and written by Dominic Mitchell, works this territory as credibly as any more conventional drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 5, 2013
    80
    In the Flesh offers a fresh, clever take on the zombie story.
  4. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jun 5, 2013
    80
    In the Flesh skillfully navigates several genres at once, all of them heavy, none of them comic.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jun 6, 2013
    80
    In the Flesh, which starts strong and gets even stronger.
  6. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Jun 6, 2013
    80
    An atmospheric thriller wrapped around a nugget of social commentary.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jun 5, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately, the potentially intriguing premise of this new three-part BBC America series, In the Flesh, soon turns into a heavy-handed allegory for how we treat anyone who is different and perceived as threatening.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 19, 2013
    9
    A very strong drama that is layered with meaning. Doesn't deal with typical "zombie" show/film tropes. Enjoyable and easy to care for and most times connect to the characters in one way or another, even if they're not the person you find yourself liking. Highly recommend. Expand
  2. Jun 23, 2013
    8
    At first, I wasn't sure about the premise. But the show surprised me. It takes a different look at zombies than any I had seen before. Done wrong, it could have been a disaster. But with solid writing and strong acting, I started to care for the characters and what they were going through. It's a solid show and I'm curious to see where they go from here. Expand
  3. Aug 31, 2013
    8
    Never a fan of zombie anything but, thought this was so well done. So much symbolism, and great characters. I feel let down that it ended after 3 episodes. One part of me feels that it was the perfect time to end but, I would love to know more about these amazingly interesting characters. Expand