The road conditions during a zombie apocalypse are never optimal, and in Netflix’s latest Resident Evil series clip, Ella Balinska’s Jade Wesker encounters an undead traffic jam. In the scene, Jade asks why she and her fellow survivors can not drive on the road, and the answer is that a sea of undead is blocking the roads. This moment in the series depicts a classic Resident Evil scenario. Many games in the franchise have shown paths blocked by zombie hordes, infected dogs and the most sinister obstacle of all, impenetrable warning tape.
That Resident Evil the series will show events that take place on two different timelines:
In the first timeline, fourteen-year-old sisters Jade and Billie Wesker has moved to New Raccoon City. A manufactured business town, imposed on them just as the teenage years are in full swing. But the more time they spend there, the more they realize that the city is more than it seems and that their father may be hiding dark secrets. Secrets that can ruin the world.
Cut to the second timeline, well over a decade into the future: There are less than fifteen million people left on Earth. And more than six billion monsters – humans and animals infected with the T virus. Jade, now in her thirties, struggles to survive in this new world, while the secrets of her past – about her sister, her father and herself – continue to haunt her.
Resident Evil stars Lance Reddick (The guest) as Albert Wesker, Ella Balinska (Charlie’s angels) as the adult Jade Wesker, Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl) as a teenager Jade Wesker, Siena Agudong (Magic on the head) as Billie Wesker, Paola Nuñez (Bad Boys for Life) as Albert Wesker’s associate Evelyn Marcus, Ahad Raza Mir (Hum Tum) as Jade’s husband Arj, Connor Gosatti (Nat) as teenager Simon, and Adeline Rudolph (Sabrina’s exciting adventure) in an unspecified role.
The new Resident Evil serial clips tease the latest attempt to adapt the classic video game franchise that mixes horror, survival and conspiracy into an action-packed adventure. Showrunner Andrew Dabb recently explained Weekly entertainment that his Netflix series “took all the games and smashed them together.” This approach may sound like a risky undertaking, but Dabb sounds confident in the process. Dabb says he and the writing team “treated the events and mythology of all the games as if they were the backdrop for their show to launch a whole new story for the franchise.”
I’ve said this before and I want to repeat what I think to tell a new story in Resident Evil the universe is the way to go. Many adaptations have tried and failed to recreate the magic of the video game series. It is possible that a new path will create something fresh in a familiar world. I think Resident Evil fans will rejoice at the opportunity as attempts to recreate iconic moments from the games have yielded mediocre results.
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