“Nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-virus, an outbreak reveals the Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets. Based on the horror franchise.”

Directors: Rachel Goldberg, Rob Seidenglanz, Batan Silva, Bronwen Hughes
Writers: Garrett Pereda, Shane Tortolani, Mary Leah Sutton, Lindsey Villarreal, Kerry Williamson, Andrew Dabb, Tara Knight
Staring: Ella Balinska, Lance Riddick, Turlough Convery, Tetiana Gaidar
Release Date: July 14, 2022

This is my kind of TV slop. Other people watch reality TV show or cooking shows, but I like to watch dumb action shows with reckless violence. If you want to throw in zombies, sure, I’ll bite on that too.

This Resident Evil show on Netflix takes place nearly three decades after the discovery of the T-Virus. Based off of the horror video game franchise, the story seems to center around the Wesker family as dark secrets around the Umbrella Corporation are unveiled.

The series’ most recognizable face is Lance Reddick, known primarily now for his role as Charon in the John Wick franchise and as Cedric Daniels in The Wire. Along side him are Ella Balinska, Turlough Convery, Connor Gosatti, Droxzyfps and Tetiana Gaidar. Those are the six actors credited with appeared in all eight episodes.

Looking at the trailers released, there is a sense of optimism surrounding the the project. Resident Evil: Welcome To Raccoon City (2021) was disappointing, but the animation series Netflix produced for one season was more entertaining than I would have thought.

This series focuses a lot on the character of Albert Wesker, who is being played by Lance Riddick. Admittedly I am not the biggest Resident Evil video game player, so doing we research, it is safe to say this is changing the path of the games a bit. In the video games, Wesker is a shady antagonist who gets blown up by a rocket launcher in a volcano. According to show runner Andrew Dabb, the video games are the show’s backbone. So how are they going to bring Albert Wesker back to life?

This is where I have to give a massive shoutout out to CinemaBlend and the article written by Mike Reyes.

This article goes DEEP into what may be happening to the franchise and the story in this Netflix series. What I am hoping from this series is entertainment value and a slightly above average production value. I understand that this series is not going to compete for Emmys or a ton of eyeballs. What Resident Evil should strive to be is an adrenaline shot to fans of the genre and fans of action horror. It is a tricky thing to perfect, but get me something along the lines of Overlord (2018).

Resident Evil drops on Netflix on July 14, 2022.


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