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'In the Flesh' season premiere react: Newbs shake things up in Roarton

Season 2 | Episode 1 | Season Premiere | Aired May 10, 2014

In the Flesh, the highly acclaimed show from across the pond, returned this weekend with a bang. We’re back in Roarton with Kieren Walker, the zombie. Oops! We mean, “person suffering from Partially Dead Syndrome” (PDS). He’s struggling to find his place among the living and blend in, and the return of a certain someone doesn’t exactly help. Let’s get right down to the dirty deets.

Train attack: The season starts by showing us that the blue-powder drug is still circulating among the PDS crowd. A group of four PDS folks carry out an attack on a train, where they snort the blue drug and hulk out in full-force zombie mode.










Ken Burton, the old dude from HVF (Human Volunteer Force), was on the train during the attack. Ken was guy who had his undead wife shot in the street by Rick’s dad. #jerkmove










Anywho, Ken died — along with many others — which is super-sad, because he was one of the only redeemed HVF people we liked.

Meet Maxine Martin: Maxine is a self-proclaimed “savior” of the living, and is the newly elected Pro-Life MP in town who hates “rotters” just like the elders at the church. She buddies up with Vicar, but we soon find that she has ulterior motives. Maxine is on a mission to locate all of the town records, and she refuses to accept that some may be missing. Nosy much? Maxine and Vicar don’t get along at first, but after she kills a rabid rotter with a power drill, he invites her over for some scotch. As you do.











He starts talking to her about how he knows why she wants the town records, but before we can get the dirty deets, Vicar has a heart attack. Talk about bad timing. Maxine runs inside to call for help, but then has a change of heart when she sees a Trapper Keeper full of town records on his desk. She decides the best thing to do is steal it and leave Vicar clutching his chest in the backyard.









If we were unclear about which way her moral compass pointed before, we certainly know now. We’re left with a scene of her putting headshots of the undead up in her hotel room, clearly planning a secret wipeout plan for Roarton.

Jem’s PTSD: Last season we found out that Kieren’s sister, Jem, was a Human Volunteer Force loyalist who preferred hunting and killing rabid rotters to doing literally anything else a normal teenage girl would want to do. We guess a rising of the dead could change a girl’s priorities.










During her stint with the HVF, she was on a hunt for untreated zombies at the local supermarket and saw two of them mowing down on a young girl. She pulled out her gun to shoot when she realized that one of the zombies was Kieren! She obvi couldn’t shoot him, and when Kieren returned home as a PDS survivor, they had a “come to Jesus” moment and made peace with everything. Clearly, one bonding session didn’t cure Jem of all her nightmares, because when she goes grocery shopping with her mom in this episode, she loses it and starts to have flashbacks of when she saw Kieren pre-treatment. Hopefully she can keep it together and not burden Kieren with even more guilt, because she is one of the happiest parts of his (second) life. Let’s not forget that Kieren died in the first place because he committed suicide.









Quick refresh: Kieren committed suicide after he heard of the death of his bestie, Rick, who ended up being one of the the undead like him. Rick’s dad was the biggest asshole on the planet and ended up killing him (for good) in last season’s finale. So next time you’re complaining about your family drama, just marinate on that.

Amy is the Gaga of Lancashire: Amy returns to Roarton with her new beau, Simon, after spending time with The Undead Prophet. These two aren’t ashamed of what they are, and are rocking their undead realness all over town. They are anti-makeup and contacts and flaunt their rotting flesh with pride (as they should). As we know, this isn’t really a good idea, but they don’t care about stirring the pot.









The lingering question here is, what are they really doing back in town? In the beginning of the episode, it was revealed that Amy was “chosen for a mission,” and that was the reason she left to return to Roarton. We love ourselves some Amy, but we have a bad feeling that some other scheme-y plan is in place.








Bar Brawl: Gary and his buddies, formerly folks of HFV from last season, are chumming it up at the pub where Kieren works when Simon and Amy come in for date night. They immediately get heckled for letting their freak flags fly, and while Kieren is hesitant at first, he actually stands up for Amy and Simon. He tells Gary & Co. to bounce, but of course, that doesn’t go so well. Simon starts choking Gary out and Kieren just puts his keys to the pub on the bar and walks out.










Could Kieren start fighting back against the mistreatment of the undead? We hope so! Also worth noting: Simon let Gary go and decides to rise above. How do you like them apples, Gary?









What a killer way to kick off season 2! They took the storylines and gore to a whole new level. What are your thoughts about the season 2 premiere of In the Flesh? What do Amy and Simon have up their sleeves, and what is Maxine’s master plan? Sound off with your thoughts and predictions below! Until next time … #FangsOut.



TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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