People who have followed me a long time probably followed me for blogging In The Flesh (or maybe Doctor Who if we really go that far back). But recently, what with becoming phan trash, I’ve gained a lot of phan/general multifandom followers (judging by the URLs)
So, if this is you and you haven’t heard of In The Flesh, I have a little proposal for you - you should watch In The Flesh.
BEFORE YOU SCROLL ON AND IGNORE THIS
Here’s why you should give In The Flesh a go:
The main characteris canonically queer; confirmed by the writer to be pansexual. In the second season, canonically queer couple as the main characters. Even better is that their sexuality is not the main focus.
Incredible mental health representation - Kieren committed suicide and struggles with self-image. Jem has PTSD. Simon has a history of drug addiction. All of this is potrayed accurately and sensitively.
Well-written female characters. The women in this show are not sexualised; they have full and intricate back-stories and personalities.
Every aspect of this show is brilliantly made. The script is realistic, funny, exciting, heart-breaking; the acting is astonishingly believable, the cinematography is stunningly beautiful, the soundtrack is heart-breaking.
There’s only 9 episodes, 1 hour each, so it won’t even take you that long.
Interested? Here’s a little more detail:
In The Flesh is set after a zombie apocalypse, when they’ve found a drug that means the zombies are back to normal and can return to their communities. The word ‘zombie’ makes it sound a lot worse than it is. It’s nothing like your standard shooty shooty gore zombie movies. It is sensitive and heart-felt. Through the lens of sci-fi it deals with how fear leads to discrimination, religious extremism, the rise of extremist political parties (at times the parallels to UKIP are chilling), homophobia, stigmatisation of mental health issues… oh you name it’s got it. (Ok, admittedly it is a little weak on POC, more on that later).
So why am I telling you this now?
Well, after just 9 episodes, In The Flesh was cancelled in what is wildly considered the most arse-hole move of the BBC ever.
But we’re still fighting.
The fandom (often called the Redeemed) are campaigning to get the show picked up by another company.
We want a third season so it can continue to grow - see the characters continue to develop, find out what happens with all the things that were left unresolved, even see it improve in certain aspects such as POC.
Now, I could just tell you to go and sign this petition and this petition, and that would be that. But we want to spark interest in the show. We want this fandom to keep growing because if nothing else, this show deserves it. It is wonderfully made by such a dedicated cast and crew, and it was so refreshing to see a show deal with so many issues in such a sensitive way.
tl;dr - PLEASE GO WATCH IN THE FLESH BECAUSE IT IS AN AMAZING SHOW AND WE WANT A THIRD SEASON.