idk the relationship (established lancelot, rebel lotor is friends with lance, idc), but imagine lance figuring out that lotor uses his altean abilities to alter his appearance. lotor makes himself look less galra bc a) he wants to look less like his father and b) by galra standards he’s not attractive anyways, so it’s kind of an eff you while also lotor trying to pretend he doesn’t care what anyone thinks. he’ll look however he pleases and still be prince (a coping mechanism that carries over even if he leaves/is forced to leave)
anyways, lance puts this together and does his best to get lotor to feel more comfortable regardless of what traits he presents bc lance knows what it’s like to hate parts of himself.
and also lance realizing slowly that lotor’s own compliments aren’t just attempts to fluster lance for his amusement but actual, genuine thoughts of lotor’s
Below, we have compiled a roundup of what In The Flesh creator, Dominic Mitchell, has teased could happen in series 3 over the last year on Twitter.
Warning: contains spoilers (obviously). However, please bear in mind In The Flesh’s future is still very uncertain and the plot points mentioned below may never come into fruition or could become subject to change.
Now, where were we?
Series 2 left the residents of Roarton with, if not a bright future, certainly a more optimistic one. The Walkers had come to terms with Kieren living life as an openly partially deceased syndrome sufferer, free of contact lenses and cover up mousse to disguise his undead appearance. He and Simon had decided to stay together in the village, giving their relationship a go after Simon turned his back on the Undead Liberation Army and Jem had finally seen the light when it came to Gary, but was left dealing with the effects of PTSD brought on by The Rising and needed to face the consequences of accidentally killing Henry Lonsdale while on patrol. Meanwhile, although our BDFF, Amy, had been buried for a second time, representatives of Halperin & Weston Pharmaceuticals were last seen digging her back up again as there was “still time”, which left us with one of the most infuriating cliffhangers in living and redeemed memory!
So, what happens next?
According to Dom, things aren’t looking all that positive after all. Not that this should come as a surprise to any of us, as we are talking about Roarton here.
It seems that the village parish council, in all their wisdom, have decided segregation is the best answer to keeping the peace between the pulse beaters and the rotters in their community. Roarton Valley is now divided into two parts: West and East. While the undead have been designated to live on the East side, the living all live on the West side.
Kieren, having moved out of Steve and Sue’s house is now living with Simon in the East, but cohabiting together in a normal domestic relationship is still a little new to them:
KIEREN WALKER: You done the dishes?
SIMON MONROE: (Bemused, isn’t used to domestic life) I haven’t done anything to the dishes!?
After betraying the ULA and disobeying the Undead Prophet’s order to kill Kieren who they believe is the First Risen, Simon is still very paranoid about ‘his guy’ being hurt by the other ULA followers. If anyone touches a hair on Kieren’s head he won’t think twice about sticking one of those surgical instruments he was given by Julian through their brain! And Simon’s wise to be on his guard, as his ULA mentor, Julian, is still a loyal disciple to the Undead Prophet and will be coming for him. Chances are, it’s not going to go well for Simon.
Meanwhile, having confessed to killing Henry Lonsdale, Jem is charged and brought to trial for his murder. To the shock of everyone, including Jem, the court gives her a suspended sentence. Although she is free, she is ordered to attend group therapy sessions for her PTSD where she meets new character Alex, a disabled PDS sufferer still traumatised by The War. Jem and Alex (whose gender is unconfirmed) bond over their shared guilt over killing people during The Rising and it’s not long until they begin a (possibly lesbian) relationship, much to the chagrin of Gary who still holds a torch for his ex-girlfriend. But stalker Gary isn’t half of Jem’s problems as Henry’s mother is out for vigilante justice, believing she “got off scot free” for killing her son.
Despite Halperin & Weston Pharmaceuticals now being one of the biggest companies in the world having developed the PDS treatment drug Neurotriptyline, rumour has it that one of the founders, Dr. John Weston, has gone insane and has tried to burn the whole Research & Development building down in Norfolk. He has now disappeared completely.
But what about Amy? Apparently, she has the biggest storyline of them all! Poor Philip has been suffering from depression after the loss of his girlfriend and when he goes to visit Amy’s grave, he discovers something shocking…
Our money’s on an empty grave and a missing cuddly toy tiger, but for now, that’s all we know.
We will update this article if, as or when Dom reveals more. It goes without saying that two years on after the second series concluded, we continue to miss In The Flesh terribly and still live in hope it will rise again.
But in the meantime, those of you on Twitter, be sure to follow @DominicMitchell and with any luck, he’ll tell us further details as to how our beloved characters are getting on.
I have this feeling that Simon and Jem would get on SO well. Think about it. Simon is one of those people that makes you feel safe around him and has that disciple power of getting people to open up to him. Jem needs a big brotherly figure that can help her with that stuff. Kieren’s great with being gentle and supportive and kind, but Simon’s the person that would sit down with her and talk her through her troubles. He wouldn’t flinch from them. He’d get straight to the point and let her vent. He’s been there with the flashbacks and the nightmares. He can relate.
Also, (MAJOR SPOILER ALERT) Jem has also been in a position where she almost killed Kieren (because of a misplaced sense of duty/heroism/need for acceptance) and then found she loved him so much she couldn’t do it. That’s a HUGE experience to have in common, don’t you think?
Jem is the sort of person that isn’t a leader, she’s a follower, but she wants to do the right thing and be brave and kind. She was just on the wrong side before, which wasn’t her fault. Imagine what a treasure Jem Walker would be fighting for the rights of PDS sufferers? Imagine how fiercely she’d protect her little/big brother.
Simon would absolutely see that potential and harness it. And I don’t think he’d hate her for what she did with the HVF. He was forgiven, wasn’t he? He killed his mother. He almost hurt Kieren. He knows the world isn’t as black and white as he wanted to think. Also Jem and Kieren have certain similarities of character which would probably mean Simon would end up totally adoring her.
Also imagine how brilliant Jem would be at telling Simon when he’s being pretentious or mysterious? She’d be the perfect wake up call for him when he’s getting too deep into his politics. Kieren can tell him he’s being a fool, but Jem would go right in for the kill. She’s a straight talker like Simon. They wouldn’t mince words.
Jem loves Kieren so much and I think once she saw how much Simon did too, they’d form this unstoppable truce.
Simon’s had this incredibly dark and troubled past, probably as a teenager too, by what he’s said to Kieren about his life so far, so I don’t think Jem would feel patronised by him.
thinking about simon’s empathizing as a means of bringing people into the ULA with hauntedmusain
simon is a great speaker and he’s good at relating to people– so far as it gets him what he wants. what really gets me is when he showed kieren his scars. it didn’t feel like a genuine moment of vulnerability and connection. it was to get kieren to see that simon was like him, so kieren would change his mind about the ULA and make it easier for simon to figure out who was the first risen. we see a vulnerable simon later in the series– and that wasn’t it.
he leads amy on not because he doesn’t want to hurt her, but because a hurt amy is less useful to him than an amy who hangs on his every word. and then when he’s actually interested in someone (kieren) he moves like a predator catching prey, kisses kieren to convince him to be with him (you can check out a gifset here).
what’s great about kieren is that he shuts him down immediately because kieren sees through all of his bullshit. kieren sees through the charm and cadence of the missionary simon’s trying to be. kieren calls simon out on brainwashing, and while you might think simon’s right, kieren isn’t wrong.
simon doesn’t empathize– he evangelizes. simon plays with a motive up until the last episode, when he decides that while “there’s what he believes, and then there’s kieren,” the latter may be more important to him.
So the Second Rising is supposed to happen with the death of the First Risen. Now, if we assume it’s Amy what if she did bring about the Second Rising?
Hear me out. Prophecies and scriptures are often misinterpreted all the time. What if when the Undead Prophet got his prophecy, he didn’t understand it properly? Like instead of killing them, it was killing their undeadness.
Amy’s heart started beating around noon on December 12th, when the Second Rising was to happen. What if instead of new people rising, it actually signified the dead coming back to life. Not the dead in their graves but the dead already walking among us.
Amy was no longer undead, she was alive. She finally, completely, come back from the dead. She was human and alive fully. Her heart was beating, she could eat and feel, and soon her old wounds would heal. She was reborn.
And all it took was the death of her undeadness - of what made her part of the “Redeemed”. Technically, if she was truly the First Risen, then it can be said that undead part of her died (when she came back to life fully) and brought about the Second Rising.
What if what everyone thought was wrong? What if this is what the Second Rising is supposed to be?
Kieren’s tears marked he may be coming back to life (and if Amy’s the First Risen, he’s definitely the second in my opinion).
What if Amy did bring about the Second Rising, just not how we thought it would go.
The social relevance of the BBC Three program "In the Flesh"
Yes, it’s a show about zombies. People don’t like zombies because of the gore and the whole ‘senselessly eating brains’ thing. But really, this story is about prejudice and discrimination. While the undead have always been a popular choice in horror flicks, dystopias are trending (see: The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Maze Runner, etc) and as a side effect, so are zombie dramas. Stories like World War Z, The Walking Dead, and The Last of Us show us various types of ruthless killers – but in the end, they cannot be saved. It’s us against them. And I’m all for the idea of humanity fighting for survival. That sort of situation might bring out the worst in us, but it can also bring us together. It causes us to question our values.
And that leads to some good story telling opportunities, doesn’t it? Zombies gives us a great chance to explore the darker side of human nature because they are obviously evil. They’re abominations and they always have been, as depicted by film and literature. They’re not human.
Well, where have we seen that before? I’ll let you take a moment to think.
Yeah, you guessed it. Every minority group faces this sort of discrimination. Think of slavery, WWII, and even the LGBT movement.
This is the point. What makes us human, anyway? Everyone, no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, religious preference – whatever – can agree that the fictional creatures commonly known as “zombies” are monsters. This is what makes it the perfect platform for discussions about prejudice. They don’t really exist, and so they serve as a metaphor.
Anyway, what makes any story interesting is when we learn that the enemy is not so different from us. We begin to think that they are people too, with feelings and family. They love and grieve and bleed just like we do.
Then it’s harder for the audience to hate them. It brings our morality into question – and the only thing more interesting than watching humans regress into brutal killers is watching humans realize their compassion. That is, after all, what makes us unique.
This kind of development is evident in stories like “Ender’s Game” with the buggers, “Battlestar Galactica” with the cylons, and “Warm Bodies” with its zombie love. However, my focus in this rant is the series called In the Flesh.
In this show, the zombies are a large population of dead people who rose from their graves one night in 2009. They do not infect people through bites, and since that time no other zombies have risen. However, scientists discovered that they can be cured (kind of) by taking daily doses of special medicine. In their rabid state, they are caught and sent to rehabilitation centers. Eventually, they are sent home to be integrated into the society. They still look slightly dead and therefore must wear contacts and makeup to “fit in”. Despite their physical differences, they are mentally and emotionally human. Naturally, the living still resent them for causing so much death and havoc.
In the series two, we see Kieren (the protagonist) learn to accept himself despite his condition as a Partially Deceased Syndrome sufferer (aka biter, walker, rotter). Until that point, he couldn’t look at himself in the mirror and he covered up his true identity with makeup. For all intents and purposes, he hated himself and so did everyone else. The community didn’t trust his kind and his very own family feared him. Everyone hated him for being something he could not help being.
None of it is fair. Kieren makes a good point in one episode where he stands up to a veteran of the Human Volunteer Force. Zombies kill humans and humans kill zombies, but if they are all the same on the inside then there is no moral high ground.
A lot of people can relate to the hardships he faced. We see how the people of Roarton are so cruel to PDS sufferers and we think, “They are such terrible people! How can they be so relentless? Why don’t they care?” Well, that’s exactly how things are in society today. That is why more people should be talking about this show. It is so important.
At the end of series two we notice other people change in positive ways, not just Kieren. Community members who were once harsh begin to accept/tolerate the undead. Love wins out in the case of Kieran’s family, who once doubted him and nearly drove him out of the house.
In stark contrast, we see that there are those who will never change. “A rotter is still a rotter,” they say and clink their glasses together. While those people still quietly despise the undead, they still manage to tolerate their presence at the end of the series. That is something.
And there is the fact that Kieren is pansexual (or bi, or gay, who cares because his relationship with Simon is wonderful in so many ways). It really shouldn’t matter and it doesn’t matter to the characters in the show because…well…zombies are the big issue. Kieren can snog whoever he likes, but god forbid he starts mingling with the living.