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In the Flesh Soundtrack (2015)

THE PATIENTS

Composer: Edmund Butt
Also Featuring Songs By: Keaton Henson
Label: Silva Screen Records

THE PATHOLOGY

The brilliant and all too short-lived BBC Three zombie drama IN THE FLESH – created by Dominic Mitchell and starring Luke Newberry, Emily Bevan, and Emmett J. Scanlan – not only presented a compelling and innovative take on the zombie genre but did so with an ethereal atmosphere enhanced by a stunning musical score. After an apocalyptic event known as the Rising in which the dead returned as reanimated corpses seeking living flesh, the living discovered a medical solution that allowed zombies to return to their former personalities and resume their lives as PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers. The resulting clash of religious beliefs, prejudices, and fears – not to mention the memories of atrocities committed by the PDS citizens before their rabid behavior was brought under control – leads to daily challenges in the lives of the Risen (or “Rotters”), their families and friends, and those that would gladly see them return to the cold ground.

THE PROGNOSIS

After two excellent series (or seasons in American terms), IN THE FLESH came to an abrupt end with many plot lines left unresolved. We may never see the beleaguered Welsh village of Roarton again, but we can return to its gray and strangely romantic environs with this soundtrack. Featuring instrumental work from throughout the series as well as songs by Keaton Henson, it’s an aural tribute that should be in any fan’s playlist.

The IN THE FLESH soundtrack is an aural tribute that should be in any fan’s playlist.

I’ve often commented on the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast about what I think is a certain musical sound that seems appropriate to the zombie genre, but it’s hard to dissect. The alternating use of propulsive percussion and string-heavy soundscapes that seem to wash over you and around you, enveloping you in a dark but somehow enticing world, not to mention the occasional shift toward synthesized rather than real instrumentation and driving rock, all feel right in the context of a zombie movie or TV show. IN THE FLESH has it all, beginning with tracks like “The Prophet” and “Kieren Turns,” which slowly bring you into this post-PDS world with a combination of wafting, wailing, and insistent melodies. In its quieter moments, the album captures the stark landscape and timelessness of Kieren’s hometown; “Back to Roarton” is at times a note-for-note reinvention of Howard Shore’s “Concerning Hobbits,” the Shire theme from the LORD OF THE RINGS films. That influence comes through in several other tracks, including “Read Your Bible.”

Things get a bit tenser and threatening in tracks like “Wolf,” “The Second Coming,” and “There’s Still Time,” while an almost innocent, fairy tale quality comes through in the slightly atonal “The Goddess Ishtar.” The score also weaves in tributes to other material that will surely reward the pop culture-savvy listener. From nods to the bands Consolidated and Enigma, to guitar riffs in tracks like “The Rotters” and “All Alone” that may make gamers remember adventures in the world of DIABLO, there’s a rich tapestry of thematic work that will encourage you to “stay awhile and listen!”

Every plaintive note reminds you of the beautifully bleak series we’ve lost due to BBC3’s ill-judged cancellation of a modern zombie masterpiece.

If the incredible instrumental work by composer Edmund Butt (LIFE ON MARS, ASHES TO ASHES, DOCTOR WHO: AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME) and The Chamber Orchestra of London presented in the first 19 tracks doesn’t move you to tears, you’re unlikely to resist the final three songs by musician Keaton Henson, whose thready, wavering voice virtually pleads with you to cry for the Risen. His vocals and accompanying music all sound as if they’re reaching us from another world far away, stretching out fingers from beyond to grasp at our reality one more time.

There’s an elegiac quality to the entire album, which suits the subject matter in any event but now feels particularly heightened by the loss of the series. Listening to this soundtrack may be as close as IN THE FLESH fans will ever get to revisiting Roarton (some might even wish to use this soundtrack to accompany role-playing game scenarios with similar settings), but it’s also an appropriately melancholy experience; every plaintive note reminds you of the beautifully bleak series we’ve lost due to BBC3’s ill-judged cancellation of a modern zombie masterpiece.

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3 Memorable 2014 Zombie TV Milestones

2014 was an exciting and action-packed year for the zombie genre, but nowhere did it seem more lively (heh) than on the small screen. Television has become one of the most concentrated sources of reanimated corpses and their ilk, and here are three highlights of the 2014 zombie television apocalypse!

The Death of Beth Greene, THE WALKING DEAD, “Coda”

cover170x170-3In the build-up to THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 midseason finale, fandom had pretty much decided it was a binary choice: Either Carol or Beth were facing the final curtain in the episode titled “Coda.” Some of us were even theorizing on the musical nature of the title (Beth, after all, was a singer), but when it happened, it not only sent waves of anger and grief through the fan community but led to continued outcry and even an online petition demanding the character be brought back. While that won’t be happening, the reaction speaks to the power of the show itself and Emily Kinney’s performance as Beth that a fictional death could have such impact. This is why the zombie genre matters as much as it does; the zombies aren’t real, but the exploration of human nature reaches us in our hearts and always will.

OUR EPISODE ON “CODA”

The Walking Dead Season 5

“Coda” – The Walking Dead Season 5

The Doctor of the Dead Emerges, Z NATION, “Doctor of the Dead”

cover170x170-2Naturally we were excited here at the DOCTOR OF THE DEAD podcast when Z NATION producer Jodi Binstock tweeted months earlier that the final episode of the fun new zombie show’s first season was “named for you.” But when the Season 1 finale aired, “Doctor of the Dead” not only turned out to be an installment packed with action, revelations, and stunning multiple cliffhangers, but it centered on a tour-de-force performance by Donald Corren as the eponymous villain that shares my nom de plume! I couldn’t be prouder to welcome him to the ranks of the Doctors of the Dead, and we can’t wait to see where Z NATION goes in its second season next year!

OUR EPISODE ON “DOCTOR OF THE DEAD”

Z Nation Season 1

“Doctor of the Dead” – Z Nation Season 1

IN THE FLESH Wins RADIO TIMES Online Poll for 2014 “TV Show Champion”

cover170x170Handily defeating powerhouse cult hits like DOCTOR WHO and SHERLOCK, the brilliant and socially relevant IN THE FLESH proved it was the little zombie show that could, winning the RADIO TIMES poll thanks to a dedicated fan base that continues to demand the series rise again. Ending on an agonizing cliffhanger at the end of Series 2, the show’s fate has been up in the air due to various factors (including the uncertain future of its channel, BBC3), but if audience support is any indication, we all want to see the saga of the PDS sufferers of Roarton go on! Here’s to the next Rising!

ONE OF OUR EPISODES ON “IN THE FLESH”

In the Flesh Series 1

In the Flesh Series 2

In the Flesh – Radio Times 2014 TV Show Champion

13: In the Flesh S02E06 PLUS: Denver Comic Con Report!

Say it isn’t the end of IN THE FLESH! The BBC3/BBC America series created and written by Dominic Mitchell has been a captivating new take on the zombie genre, and this episode we look at the Series 2 finale and where things might go from there…if they just commit to making more episodes! The Doctor also gives us a report on his appearance at the Denver Comic Con, June 13-15, 2014, and fields a couple questions from listeners!

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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12: In the Flesh S02E02-05

It’s back to Roarton and IN THE FLESH, the BBC3/BBC America zombie…excuse us, PDS sufferers…television series created and written by Dominic Mitchell! We’re almost at the end of Series 2, and a lot has happened since we last looked in on Kieren Walker, Amy Dyer, and the rest of the gang. This time we catch up on episodes 2-5 just in time for what is sure to be a powerful finale, but is life – and death – getting any better for the residents of Roarton? Is a Second Rising looming in their future, and can it only happen if the First Risen faces his or her eternal doom? Can happiness and harmony be found in a new world where old fears and prejudices – not to mention new ones – have risen along with the “Redeemed?” And perhaps most importantly, can a zombie evolve and even find true love?

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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IN THE FLESH (BBC America Site)

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10: In the Flesh S02E01

We’re off to the village of Roarton, Lancashire, setting for the BBC3 zombie television series IN THE FLESH! Created and written by Dominic Mitchell and now entering its second year, this show offers a truly fresh (if such a word can be used for zom…sorry Amy, the “Redeemed!”) take on the genre. Kieren Walker is one of many that inexplicably rose from the grave seeking the brains of the living, and now thanks to a special medication he has regained his former personality and rejoined his family along with many other PDS (Partially Deceased Syndrome) sufferers. But in a world struggling to integrate these “Rotters” back into society – and wondering if they  even should – the living and the undead alike walk the Earth seeking answers amid a new reality of discrimination, hatred, and fear. The more things change…

Show Music: “Bitter Pill” (feat. Vosmoy) by Still Pluto.

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