Two zombie shows: AMC's wildly popular "The Walking Dead" refers to the title subject as "walkers," while BBC's "In the Flesh" uses the term "rotters." The differences between these shows don't end there. "The Walking Dead," while character driven and at times structured more like drama, remains at its core a thriller with lots of action and gore. "In the Flesh," though set in the same post-apocalyptic landscape, takes a primarily dramatic approach. Also, "The Walking Dead," tackles the human struggle for survival, while "In the Flesh" creates empathy for Kieren (Luke Newberry), a rotter, and his attempts to fit back into society.
The second season of "In the Flesh," 6 one-hour episodes, starts Saturday at 10 p.m. Eastern on BBC America. The show's first three episodes premiered in spring of 2013 and earned creator Dominic Mitchell a BAFTA for Best Writer - Drama.
In the first season, Kieren, quarantined upon contracting Partially Deceased Syndrome (the medical, politically correct term for rotters), like others with the disease, takes drugs to mask his pallid skin and wears contacts to make his dead eyes appear human. Although he feasted on human flesh at first, he now can resist. Even with these modifications, not everyone in his hometown Roarton embraces the return of the rotters. Kieren's sister Jem (Harriet Cains) and Bill (Steve Evets), the father of Kieren's former boyfriend Rick (David Walmsley), both belong to a private militia dedicated to eradicating rotters.
According to Wikipedia, season 2 will also "take place in Roarton, where a fragile peace has been reached after the shocking events of Series One. While Kieren is hoping to get on with his second life, new, explosive characters could throw those plans into disarray. Battle lines are drawn and all will be judged." While perhaps lacking the pace and carnage of "The Walking Dead," this thoughtfully-written, well-acted and produced option provides an alternate vantage point. For a limited time, season 1 is available to stream at BBC America, so catch up now before the season 2 premiere Saturday night.