In The Flesh – Season Two

You ask “another zombie themed show, why watch it?”  I say it’s an engrossing show that is more about the person than the zombie.  It’s about the struggle we all go through for acceptance and that of loneliness,  the desire for the former and the need to not be the latter.  BBC America aired the second season of In the Flesh this past weekend and, as I’ve come to expect from BBCA, this program does not disappoint (spoilers from season one are included below)

In the Flesh aired last year as a three episode mini series.  It was an excellent series and I was surprised and happy when I heard a follow-up season would air.  In the Flesh is about Kieren Walker who suffers from PDS – partially deceased syndrome (clever name for a zombie) who is living his life as a zombie living with his parents and his younger sister in a place named Roarton.  Season one was all about Kieren coming back home, adjusting to the realization of his new life, the struggle for acceptance of who he is (in more than just the physical sense), and the struggle to combat loneliness.

One thing I love about BBC America dramas is their ability to project so much emotion with so little.  Dramas on BBCA do a spectacular job of making you feel what the character is feeling.  It’s so easy to connect with the person and relate to them on every level.  They do this in simple ways, sometimes by just showing a person’s look combined with the right music, sometimes by only showing a solitary image of a seemingly unrelated object.  It provides the right mood and allows you to think like the character.  And this was just with a three episode series from last year!

Kieren’s struggle as a human were still there now that he’s a PDS suffer (or “rotter” as the humans refer to them).  Kieren became a zombie by killing himself after his best mate was killed in Afghanistan.  Kieren had wanted to be cremated but his parents couldn’t go through with it and buried him instead, another thing that Kieren has to struggle to deal with.  Once Kieren has gone through all the required acclimatization’s, he is released to live with his family, which isn’t too easy since his sister Jem is part of the  Human Volunteer Force (HVF) whose goal is to protect humans from the rotters, at whatever cost.

Other main topics from the first season was the reveal of Kieren and his best friend being gay and the fact they hid that from everyone they knew.  Something they continued to hide even after rising from the dead.  Kieren’s relationship with his family was another issue.  His sister saw him and his zombie friend Amy, almost shooting him, chowing down on some brains before they were given the drugs to make them seem human again.  Kieren’s relationship with his parents evolved by his dad opening up and telling his son he cared about him regardless of who he loved or what he was (a zombie).

The second season continues with the themes of acceptance and loneliness.   The Undead Liberation Army is not helping things by killing humans as a form of terrorism, while the humans are gaining government power through the Pro-Living Party via Victus.  Kieren wants nothing more than to escape to Paris, where the reanimated are more accepted as a part of society.   Kieren is a good guy and I hope things don’t go badly for him.  In the Flesh is another stellar program from BBC America.  If you’re up for a slightly different take on the zombie theme, give this show a try.  You won’t be disappointed.

Christopher Moore – In the Flesh!

Last week Thursday I had the excellent opportunity to go to an author event for Christopher Moore, who is making the rounds for his new book The Serpent of Venice.  Here he is talking about his book, the process of writing for this this book, and why he did another Shakespeare themed book.IMG_11212880656741

It was really interesting to hear him explain how he came up with the idea – all the connections and how they played out in his book.  It wasn’t too long of an event – about an hour of time from the author with about 15 or twenty minutes for questions from the audience.  One of the most entertaining answers from Moore was when someone asked if he had any advice for other wIMG_11176955065411riters. Moore’s reply was: “I’d tell you to be sure to attend to your customers and be sure they have their drinks.  Make sure you get their order right, etc.”  which he then explained was a snarky answer to you have do something else while trying get your book published.  He explained he didn’t sell his first book until he was about 33 (I can’t recall the exact age he said so that may be wrong), so if he did nothing else he’d have been homeless and maybe dead.  I thought that was a great answer that was honest and real.  Unless you are independently wealthy, then you could just focus on writing a book, but seems like most people need to work real hard at something else in order to make their main dream come true.

I haven’t had a chance to read his new book yet, but given I’ve loved almost every other book he wrote, I’m thinking I’ll like this one too.  I’ll post a review once I get to read it.  After the talk Moore signed and personalized the books, which was a great opportunity to meet him, briefly, one on one.

On the left is me getting my book signed (no, spring has not arrived where I live yet) IMG_11199676872215and on the right is the inscription. Another reason why this event was so much fun was that my best friend caIMG_11186581679176me down to attend as well.  She lives about a six hour drive away so I don’t get to see her too
often – bonus for me, seeing an author I love and my getting to spend time with my best friend!  I hope other out there have had the opportunity to see an author that they like in person and get a book signed.  It’s such a fantastic thing for fans and a great way to gain a bit more insight into the writer.

A big thanks to Christopher Moore for stopping in my city and for the local bookstore that hosted this event.  I’m looking forward to the next time he stops by!