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As always, if you’re not in the UK, that means you’re probably going to watch this episode on BBCAmerica this Saturday at 10/9 central. If you live in the UK then you saw it last Sunday. Just to add to the confusion, TV.com gets its title feeds from an American provider, so the BBCAmerica airdates are the ones at the top.

So we're off to the races with this one! If the first episode was kind of slow, Dominic Mitchell dumped all over his audience with this one. Kieran is off to Paris (or is he?) after a traditional Gallic breakfast compliments of his consistently weird father. Compliments to Marie Critchley, who plays Sue Walker and has the perfect long-suffering attitude toward her husband while still coming across as a loving parent. More so in Series 1, so hopefully they'll give her more to do in series 2. So far, not so much.



And besides, Luke Newberry looks so cute in a beret.

In any case, more on the "Kieran is the One plot," as Simon and Amy plot to keep Kieran in Roarton. Turns out they needn't bother, because everyone's favorite MP, Maxine, has the authority to prevent the PDSSs (PDS Sufferers: I'm not going to keep spelling it out) from leaving town. They now have to participate in a give back program, expertly demonstrated on a cheesy government promotional video that's the funniest thing since the United Appeal for the Dead (see end of the review).



The United Appeal for the Not Quite Dead Yet

Meanwhile, more subplots! Jem gets three: she's having nightmares about her time as a undead killer and is bed-wetting. And she makes a new friend, who turns out to hold a grudge. And a boy is trying to hit on her by talking up the HVL in class, since Jem was a member of that group.

What about everybody else? Amy has a reaction to homemade neurotriptyline. Phillip is going to a zombie brothel to pay a prostitute to pretend to be Amy and snuggle with him (real snuggling!). However, when he meets the real Amy for the first time since her return, he spills pee on himself in what seems to be a running theme for the episode. It also turns out his mother, the eternally chipper Shirley, has created a page for him on an online dating site.



"Pee's leaking."

Simon reveals that he suffered from terminal depression and killed himself with an overdose. He also declares his love for Kieran on what seems to be very short notice.
Heck, even Gary gets hired by Maxine to guard invisible PDSSs as an excuse to patrol the town. Dean, admittedly a minor character, has a vague subplot because he's on the outs with his PDSS friend Freddie, who is taking jobs to meet ends meet. It looks like more with Freddie next week.

Only Maxine really doesn't do much this week, so no mention of her dark secret that Vicar Oddie discovered. (And he's confirmed dead.) Or what was up with the toy train she has in her luggage. She mostly does that villain thing where they circle photos and make enigmatic marks in file folders.

What else do we find out? Undead get drunk on (sheep) brains. And even high school students can get Blue Obsidian, when one of our trio of PDSS students gets hold of some, takes it, and transforms into a rabid in the middle of a school day. This leads eventually to the finale, where Jem inadvertently guns down a non-rabid PDSS.



Martha Stewart explains how to serve for the undead

As an offsite reviewer noted, this series the show is turning into less of a character study and more of an out-and-out exploration of prejudice against a minority. Basically the Victus Party has turned PDSS into slaves with the carrot of a re-citizenship that they'll never earn. With four episodes to go, things will presumably get worse. I'm not entirely clear how, since how much authority Maxine has seems to vary. She mentions her hands being tied by the parish council at one point, but she still seems to be able to order Roarton to participate in the give back scheme. It must be a UK governance thing.

All of the cast is pretty solid this week, although Luke Newberry isn't given a lot to do. It looks like he's going to get more aggressive in the next episode. Which is good, because his sad tortured act is getting a little old. Tipsy Amy is funny, and Emmett Scanlan is still working on his "I'm a dead guy" look. Which in fairness, he does well.

Newcomer of the week award goes to Tasha Connor (last week's was Charlie Kenyon as Henry), who plays a high school mean girl who actually has a reason to be mean.



And the winner!

So overall, while the show is a bit different from the first series, with a more blatant study of prejudice and bigotry, it's still pretty entertaining. And the hints that Kieran had some kind of role in the start of the Rising seems a little out of left field, but still interesting. So I'll keep tuning in.

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As promised, from the 1977 movie Kentucky Fried Movie. Who knew it'd be so prophetic?




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