There are a lot of entertaining TV shows out there right now, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt compelled to sit down & write about one of them. Not until I watched BBC’s award-winning show for Best Mini-Series: In The Flesh.
Yep, it’s a zombie show. But it isn’t about the blood, gore & outrunning the undead. The zombies here have PDS or Partially Deceased Syndrome and are being rehabilitated into society. The show uses zombies as a metaphor for so many ostracized groups in societies both today and historically. And that’s where this show gets its power.
The outsider: not accepted by family, not welcome in the community, living everyday with a label that evokes hatred & stereotypes. So many people can relate. Which is why so many people relate to Kieran Walker, the lead character played by Luke Newberry. The ending to Season Two, Episode Three not only made me yell out loud & lose my breath, but it has it’s very own YouTube clip [spoiler alert!].
Though it’s not outwardly a gay-themed show, LGBT blogs & magazines have probably been the most vocal in sounding their support and recognition of the show’s similarity to the gay community, the struggle with coming out, and the stigmatization of people living with HIV and AIDS. As a gay man, these undertones in the show are exactly what had me sitting at home with tears in my eyes over zombies on my TV screen……and that’s a first.