When the first Resident Evil game was released by Capcom, a Japanese video game developer and publisher, in the year 1996, it seemed inevitable that the series would eventually be adapted for the big screen.
George A. Romero, the “zombie god,” created a short film to promote Resident Evil 2 a few years later. In addition to having the feel of a horror film about a group of police officers becoming involved in a medical experiment conspiracy gone awry, the film also featured a medical experiment gone berserk. Additionally, it was instrumental in popularising the survival horror subgenre of video games, which went on to inspire a large number of clones in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
In the year 2002, director Paul W.S. Anderson, who was known for his wildly successful video game adaptation of Mortal Kombat several years earlier, provided Fifth Element star Milla Jovovich with a vehicle for an action-packed series that spanned approximately seven films before coming to a close in the year 2016. The more realistic reboot of Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City was eventually released in 2021, but at this point, most fans of the franchise are pretty much pretending that it doesn’t exist.
How to view the first season of Resident Evil
The first season of Resident Evil is now available worldwide on Netflix, and all eight episodes are being made immediately available to stream. Due to the fact that it is an original series produced by Netflix, in order to view it you will need to have a subscription to the streaming service.
What exactly happens in the first season of Resident Evil?
The following is what the logline for Resident Evil on Netflix reads:
“In the year 2036, fourteen years after the spread of Joy caused so much suffering, Jade Wesker struggles for life in a society that has been taken over by mind-bending animals and bloodthirsty infected people. In the midst of this unimaginable destruction, Jade is tormented by her background in New Raccoon City, by her father’s dark connections to the nefarious Umbrella Corporation, and most of all by the events that transpired with her sister, Billie.”
Resident Evil: Season 1 Cast Detail
Lance Reddick, known for his roles on The Wire and John Wick, plays the principal role of Albert Wesker, the antagonist of the major Resident Evil titles beginning with Resident Evil Zero and continuing through Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil – Code: Veronica. Additionally, Reddick is the first actor of colour to play the role of Wesker.
During the flashback scenes that include Reddick’s interpretation of the villain, Tamara Smart and Siena Agudong will play Jade and Billie Wesker, respectively, the villain’s offspring.
In next segments, Ella Balinska and Adeline Rudolph will play the roles of Jade and Billie, respectively. Paola Nez, Mpho Osei Tutu, Anthony Aseyemi, Marisa Drummond, Lea Viver, Ahad Raza Mir, Turlough Convery, and Connor Gosatti are some of the other actors who are slated to appear in the film.
How closely does it relate to the games that are being played?
All of the events that have taken place in the canon of the Resident Evil video game franchise up to this point, as stated by Andrew Dabb (opens in new tab), will be reflected in the television series. He explained it to me like this: “The games are our backstory,” and “everything that happens in the game exists in the world.”
Dabb even mentioned the possibility that the most recent instalment in the series, Resident Evil: Village, will one day be adapted for television as well. Expect to see a large number of mutated monsters and zombies that are taken directly from the franchise, in addition to the presence of Wesker and the Umbrella Corporation, a pharmaceutical company that is most assuredly not evil. Oh, and another interesting fact about the show is that it takes place in New Raccoon City.
The fact that the original city, which was based in the Midwest and appeared in Resident Evil Zero through Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, was obliterated by a nuclear bomb at the behest of the United States government in order to cover up Umbrella’s wrongdoing makes the setting particularly intriguing.
The most important aspect of Wesker’s demise in Resident Evil is that it comes at the hands of series protagonist Chris Redfield and his companion Sheva Alomar after they fire two rockets at him inside a volcano in West Africa. (link opens in a new window) It will be fascinating to observe the manner in which he is brought back from the dead in the television adaptation. Not to mention Wesker’s son Jake Muller, who played a role in Resident Evil 6 and was a playable character there.
Is there a teaser video available?
The first trailer for Resident Evil was released on June 6, and it features a lot of intense action sequences. You can see zombies leading an assault on some kind of fortified building right from the beginning of the scene. After that, things don’t exactly improve all that much, and plenty of problems still remain.