Knowing that CBS's decision to pass on pilot Babylon Fields for a midseason replacement timeslot means that audiences will now never get the chance to experience the network's bold attempt to invigorate the moribund crime procedural genre with the edgy, zombie-fucking action it was sorely lacking, TV Week.com has resurrected some clips from the aborted series, giving us a glimpse of the necrophilia-tinged primetime programming we could all be enjoying instead of the tepid offerings involving vampires or Jimmy Smits that made the schedule instead. Explains TV Week:
The show explores the emotional and societal ramification of loved ones coming back from the dead. You know, like in "Pet Sematary." But by the end of the episode, the zombie thriller is crossed with a crime procedural. So, small town police detective Stevenson is given a murder to solve while zombies wander the streets. "ZSI."
Granted, the "Babylon" brand of zombies are not all moany-stumbly like in most films about the living dead. But they remain, quite clearly, deceased—autopsy scars, open wounds, bad skin, worms, etc. The zombies walk back to their former homes. They talk to their former loved ones. And have sex with them.
We recommend you watch the second clip at TV Week, in which two of Babylon's horny zombies discuss the unexpected priapic benefits of rigor mortis, a frank discussion of posthumous sexuality that rivals Tell Me You Love Me's most emotionally revealing moments. Maybe HBO will consider adding an undead character to that show's cast, as the story of a wife who suddenly finds herself pestered by her insatiable, unexpectedly exhumed husband would counterpoint nicely with the couple who have gone a year without achieving any kind of physical intimacy.