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Sometimes They Come Back: First Three Minutes of "In The Flesh"

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 6, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | June 6, 2013 |

So the BBC is once again landing quality television on our shores. It’s like they’re trying to charm us back into the Empire with their wonderful stories. There is a secret cabal of British storytellers who conspire in secret to seduce us colonials back into the fold. Neil Gaiman is their secret king and his throne is made of crumpets.

“In The Flesh” is a story about zombies after they have been (mostly) cured. The government tries to rehabilitate them, send them back to their homes with strict regimens of drugs, but with the stark memories of what they did to families and loved ones and strangers in their feral state.

Having just finished the second season of “The Walking Dead” a couple of months ago, I’m inclined to describing it as an exploration of what would end up happening if Herschel was right about the Walkers, if they really were in a state from which they could somehow be recovered.

Here’s the first three minutes of the show. And as everyone knows, you can tell everything about a show’s quality for the rest of its run by the first three minutes of the pilot.

“In The Flesh” already aired over in Britain, which is fair I suppose since they made the show in the first place, but we’re getting a summer release stateside on BBC America, beginning this evening. It’s only three episodes, but a second series has already been ordered and is expected to run five or six episodes based on strong critical reception, even if the viewership numbers were awfully low, averaging only a tad over a half million viewers per episode.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.