last time in demonic resident, the show stayed almost entirely in 2022, with only a couple of bookends venturing into 2036, albeit for one plot point: Jade has been cornered by her seemingly estranged (but very much alive) sister Billie. To address that (albeit less thoroughly than we might hope), “Someone’s Girl” reverses that ratio. The 2022 story is limited to the first and last minutes of the episode, and the younger versions of Jade and Billie are nowhere to be seen. Instead, Wesker does some more Walter White action, selling his evil boss a plan to extract information from amateur journalist Angel while secretly furthering his own agenda: find out if Angel has told anyone about his infected daughter (nope). and poison him under the guise of a truth serum experiment gone wrong (verify).
But Evelyn Marcus suspects that Wesker may be up to something and puts him in jail. During her confinement, she sees a familiar face: hers. On the other side of a wall is a bearded Lance Reddick, playing… Wesker’s clone? His identical twin of his? Whether literal or not, her informal “hello bro” before the episode trails off wittily echoes the “hello sis” Billie offered at the end of the previous episode, almost enough to justify the beloved screenwriter “brother” and ” sister”. shorthand that I have never heard a single brother use against each other in real life.
That’s it for 2022. The rest of the episode is firmly planted in 2036, following Jade on a journey that threatens to turn a fast-paced zombie series into an all-too-familiar story of a woman whose ambitions destroy everything around her.
But first, a chat with Billie. Though demonic resident has at times struggled to reconcile YA-style attempts at cutting jokes with a more efficient and swearing writing style, the confrontation between adult sisters stays pleasantly out of place, weaving between the backstory (Albert Wesker “died asking for Jade; Jade had her daughter at 18; Billie’s working for Evelyn Marcus) and comic relief (Billie anticipates her sister’s “fuck you” and can’t resist adding, “Twins. Jinx”). The heartburn comes to an abrupt end when Billie confesses that she regrets choosing Umbrella over her sister, that she doesn’t want Jade to join the corporation, and that she’s giving her a cover to escape (along with the head of the “zero” in a polyethylene bag ( zombie) that can control other zeros). Billie also states that she is not completely immune to the T-Virus; it’s just running much slower on it.
And so, Jade is back home, reunited with her family and friends at “University”, which is actually a ship sailing over zero-infested waters (shadows from the end of Resident Evil: Beyond and the beginning of Resident Evil: Retribution). That is how demonic resident it almost inexplicably turns into a story about Jade, a resilient (and, well, pretty lucky) survivor and quick thinker who gets too wrapped up in her own zeal to save the world, putting her in a supposed parallel with her father, Albert Wesker. As with the creepy side of Wesker that’s supposed to be contrasted with a boxy, nerdy side that we don’t see, the show stumbles a bit in foisting all this arrogance on Wesker into other characters’ dialogue. From what we see on the show, he is cautious and conniving, to preserve himself and his family from him; not exactly the picture of a god-crazed complex.
It should probably be heartbreaking to see Jade again along with her possible genius of a 10-year-old girl, only to leave the children’s piano recital to examine new research data based on that severed head she took to the boat. . Instead she feels like demonic resident creeping from the dark, the forbidden corridors and the post-apocalyptic landscapes and stumbling upon the laziest possible substitute for parental devotion: the ultimate recital! The plot goes from musty to vaguely stupid when Jade, following a possible breakthrough in zero-lock technology, retrieves a sodden zero from the water, brings it aboard the ship, and experiments on it. Is it necessary to recapitulate what happens next? Zombie repellent doesn’t work! Her daughter appears and is in danger! And, of course, the person marked for death is the friend whose pregnancy Jade just intuited. Cue the Umbrella helicopters; Jade may also have to answer for taking them to the boat. Was Billie’s emotional confession just a ruse that she was too eager to accept?
Look, it’s interesting to see a demonic resident series that can accommodate a little more thought than your average Paul WS Anderson shoot-’em-up. But it’s always a bit disappointing when material that relies so heavily on horror and action still can’t find a way to express itself through those elements and has to resort to adding repetitive drama that wouldn’t happen in a show without zombies or twisted. blood. Sometimes there is courage in avoiding psychology altogether, especially when that psychology amounts to, You are like your father! You work so much that you become actively stupid! Ella Balinska isn’t bad in this episode, but her Jade is more convincing as a sassy, instinctive creature in the world (or loud-mouthed teenager, same difference?) than a nearsighted working woman who breaks her piano recital promises. . . The University may be trying to preserve whatever fragment of the destroyed world it can handle. But maybe the tired stuff of obsessive scientists ruining their families can stay buried in the past.
• Arjun (Ahad Raza Mir), partner and co-father of Jade, is not the biological father of her daughter B (Bea? Bee?). I apologize in advance for mentioning clones every time someone’s parentage is in question.
• It’s only fair that in a mobile “University” tasked with keeping art and culture alive, a piano recital would be a big deal, but isn’t it a little strange that the episode makes a big deal out of Jade’s daughter? especially fluent in works of literature, and then have her play an ultra-familiar piano tune to demonstrate her prodigious abilities?
• More questions! Okay, so Jade’s big project is to develop a spray you can put on that makes you essentially invisible to zeros? Is this what he has up his sleeve to fix the world? Doesn’t that seem more like a stopgap than a viable long-term solution? Then again, maybe this is just the zombie apocalypse version of “Hey, yeah. your Feel unsafe, you can only wear a mask!
• Much of this episode is beautiful: the blues of the sky are bright and rich, and the darkness of the underwater shots of the Zeros in stasis provide some effective horror show visuals.