, 2022-07-17 11:13:16,
This post contains spoilers for Netflix’s Resident Evil. If you’re not caught up on the series yet, check out our spoiler-free Resident Evil Netflix review.
Netflix’s newly released Resident Evil series is an adaptation of Capcom’s globally renowned video game series that gets a whole lot right. Showrunner Andrew Dabb finds a happy medium between original conceptualization and direct callbacks to the game’s mechanics or intricacies, rooted in Umbrella’s flagship virus strains. It’s nestled between Paul W.S. Anderson’s action-forward, non-canon route and Johannes Roberts’ mirrored execution of survival horror scenes torn right from Capcom’s first two games. Dabb’s retooling as a Netflix television show may seem like an even farther swing in terms of settings, characters, and timelines — but in reality? It’s the most Resident Evil-y adaptation we’ve seen yet.
Whether you’ve been playing Resident Evil games since the first S.T.A.R.S. helicopter crashed outside Spencer Mansion or only know Anderson’s Hollywoodized remix of Capcom’s otherwise atmospheric haunted horrors, Netflix’s show appeases both crowds. It may take place thirty years after the discovery of the T-Virus, but Lance Reddick’s Albert Wesker provides a link between replayed histories and infected new dawns. The ultimate goal for adaptations is to tell an original story within a universe that’s already popularized, utilizing what current fanbases adore while reeling in fresh viewers with comprehensible origins. Dabb’s Resident Evil retains the very essence of Capcom’s games, from their investigative puzzles to more shoot-em-up styles made prominent in Resident Evil 6.
By adhering to future timelines, Wesker — who, yes, canonically died in a fatal volcano incident — connects Dabb’s dystopian outbreak future with Umbrella’s notable sins. Although, it’s Wesker’s daughters who rise as the prominent leads driven apart by their father’s childhood experimentations. Young Billie (Siena Agudong) and Young Jade (Tamara Smart) help us understand Albert’s livelihood as a Wesker who’s assumed parental mode after Raccoon City. Adult Jade (Ella Balinska) and Adult Billie (Adeline Rudolph) explore life in an apocalypse where Umbrella acts without mercy, and University researchers seek to find ways to live amongst “zeroes” (what the show calls their infected hordes aka zombies).
The cornerstones of Resident Evil are fundamental: Umbrella, outbreaks, “zombies,” and corruption. Anderson’s blockbuster…
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