Weekend Ruiner is devoted to helping you find the saddest of movies, you know, to like, ruin your weekend or whatever. (We hope you have tissues.)
So I’m not sure if I’m the only person who finds zombie movies and television shows incredibly sad, but they make me feel hugely depressed; for starters, the zombies used to be people (people that were presumably loved, or at least LIKED, by at least one other person), and now THEY are killing OTHER people (people that are and/or were presumable loved, or at least LIKED, by at least one other person). And while obviously not all zombie content is created equally sentimental, In the Flesh is definitely one of the most heart-wrenching creations of its genre that I’ve watched to date. And it’s gonna ruin your weekend. HARD.
For a bit of background, this is a British mini-series that’s set after a zombie uprising has been quelled; scientists have discovered a cure for the zombie-ism (which only affected corpses that died during the same year), at least to the point that it can turn the undead into semi-regular people again, provided they receive daily medical injections. The former zombies are still, of course, pretty dead (they can’t eat people food and have to wear makeup and contacts to look normal) but they can interact with the living in I-am-not-going-to-eat-your-flesh-so-please-calm-down ways.
Obviously the ones who are returned to their non-dead families are met with mixed reactions, a lot of them based in ignorance and fear, leading some of the former-zombies to contemplate returning to the old flesh-eating state by going off their meds. The last bit doesn’t really factor in too much to the first series of episodes, though; instead, we follow former-zombie Kieren’s story as he tries to reintegrate with his family and community, and it’s often times super heartbreaking.
For starters, Kieren died in the first place by committing lovesick suicide (he’s gay, by the way) after his love interest goes into the military without so much as a proper goodbye. So that right there leaves things a little tense with his family, because how do you explain choosing the long sleep over family members that love you? Kieren’s sister Jem is the hardest to reconnect with, especially as she joined up with the local zombie-fighting militia during the uprising. SO. Things are rough to say the least.
Kieren’s also racked by guilt for the people he killed (read: ate against their will) in his zombie-fied state, and he frequently has flashbacks that cause him a lot of anxiety. (PS, those flashbacks might ruin your appetite in addition to your weekend…) AND there’s the fact that his love interest may have died in the military, so there are just #FEELS all around.
So this show will ruin your weekend because of those aforementioned #FEELS, and while it’ll only take up three or four hours of your time to watch all three episodes of the first series, and the first two of the second which just began (all of which are somehow available in full on YouTube / see below), you will likely feel like you want to hug every non-zombie you know and be glad that we don’t have to worry about getting eaten and/or interacting with cured used-to-eat-people people. BUT, I will say that it’s one of the best things I’ve watched in recent memory, so ENJOY THE TEARS, Y’ALL:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QcgkE3r6qE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3tj3kIB6P0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbhrgEVn5lU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIzlEjg28M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v0y_PnfIYU