Other demonic resident The adaptation is here. At this point, fans of this long-running survival horror game franchise are more likely to turn to a new TV show or movie set in the RE universe with fear than emotion. We’ve been through that many times before, from the run of the Milla Jovovich movies to various animated films and the one last year. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Some are decent, some are horrible, and many fall somewhere in between.
At this point, any adaptations that the demonic resident name is fighting an uphill battle to convince fans that it will be good. So how was Netflix’s latest twist on the franchise, aptly titled demonic residentrate?
Depends on what you were looking for I guess. If you want a campy and chaotic horror series that features some great creatures, there will be something for you to enjoy here. But if you wanted a demonic resident series that feels remotely tied to gaming, prepare to be disappointed.
there will be some very mild spoilers forward to the series.
demonic resident series review
The story of demonic resident it is told in two separate timelines: one in 2036 after a T-Virus apocalypse has wiped out most of the world; and one in 2022, just before the apocalypse began. There are some nice things about these two plots. The post-apocalypse timeline has tons of cheesy horror, from huge virus-infested caterpillars to chainsaw bloodbaths and appearances by some of Resident Evil most iconic monsters. The show is strongest when it leans into those elements, following Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) on the hunt for her to investigate the outbreak and stay alive.
However, in the second half of the season, the story of 2036 begins to drift a bit more towards The Walking Deadsocial contemplation-style, exploring how different people react to the post-apocalypse… and honestly, it never quite clicks. The show is best left for those kinds of big brain stories for shows that actually take the time to thoroughly examine them. demonic resident it’s best when it sticks to its horror roots.
Today’s history is even less straightforward. It follows teenage sisters Jade and Billie Wesker (Tamara Smart and Siena Agudong) as they move to New Raccoon City with their father Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick). Wesker is a name that any demonic resident the fan of the game will know; he was one of the main villains of the series. Reddick’s Wesker is a bit different, a family man who’s also an overworked scientist for the shady pharmaceutical giant the Umbrella Corporation. He’s a very different character than we’ve seen in the games, but we’ll talk about the implications for the player crowd shortly.
The biggest problem for me with the plot of 2022 is that it gets extremely bogged down in the teen drama of it all. Yes, Jade and Billie are unraveling a corporate conspiracy and are at the center of a story that will lead to the viral outbreak that basically ends the world, but demonic resident it spends at least as much time exploring how they navigate high school and relationships with other teens as it does introducing us to big scary monsters. Even if you can divorce this show entirely from its source material in your mind, or if you’ve never played the games, the teen angle still feels weird. it is like degrassi satisfies Outbreakinterspersed with the 28 days later-2036 horror style.
This kind of confrontational tone…uh, I guess if you want a teen drama zombie show, you’ll love this. demonic resident. It combines those two types of stories in a way that I haven’t seen before. But if you’re hoping for something to really surprise you, or explore your relationship with gaming in a meaningful way, this isn’t it.
Don’t mess with Lance Reddick
Now I’ve complained a lot demonic resident and there’s more to come, but we need to touch on what I think is easily the show’s strongest point: its actors. Lance Reddick plays Albert Wesker, and yes, this is a different Wesker than the one we know from the games. He wasn’t entirely satisfied with the way the show explained Wesker’s personality change, but at least they tried.
Reddick, however, is as bright as ever. He’s totally mesmerizing every time he’s on screen, and it really captures Wesker’s duality as someone who can be nice one moment and terrifying the next. There’s a particularly prominent scene near the beginning of the series where Wesker cheats on another parent whose son has been causing trouble with Billie at school, and Reddick’s delivery is amazing.
He is not the only actor who does a great job in demonic resident. Paola Núñez plays Evelyn Marcus, the de facto leader of the Umbrella Corporation, and she’s ridiculously charismatic in the role. Both Siena Agudong and Tamara Smart do a great job with the material they’re given, and Ella Balinska is also solid as the older version of Jade, especially when she’s in the midst of the show’s biggest horror scenes.
Speaking of those sets, the special effects definitely deserve a nod. The practical effects for many of the zombies are quite involved, and some of the other creatures manage to make quite an impression as well. When people or zombies get sawed up with a chainsaw, it’s every bit as brutal, bloody, and outrageously cheesy as you’d expect.
for the players
Okay, now that we’ve talked a bit about the show, we need to talk about how it relates to the games. If you’re not interested in those things, feel free to read the final verdict. But I grew up loving these games, so I can’t stop mentioning it.
For me, the only way a fan of the demonic resident games can really enjoy this new program is to totally divorce it in your mind from the source material. It’s a bit disappointing, considering one of the series’ most exciting selling points is that it treats the games as canon; everything that happened to Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine, Leon Kennedy, and Claire Redfield still happened in the show’s continuity. is set after Resident Evil Villagewhich means he had a batch of opportunities to link back to games.
And it ties into them in a couple of interesting ways; There is a lot of reference to Raccoon City, there is a very brief scene involving Lisa Trevor, and Wesker’s appearance is explained despite him blowing up a volcano in resident bad 5 (in a dumber way than I expected, but still). There are also a few moments where she feels like they tap into the survival horror ethos in the right way, like the zombie dog attack earlier in the season.
Despite those things, it feels like demonic resident just no get the games on which it is based. The teen storyline feels completely out of place tonally, as does the post-apocalypse setting. We now have more than eight main games deep in the demonic resident series, and the world is not over yet. Those games almost always revolve around some kind of corporate cover-up of dire events; is part of the DNA of the series, and one of the things that establishes RE aside from the countless other zombie stories out there. demonic resident (the show) nods to this several times, but the story still goes into full-blown apocalyptic territory, trying to be something that, frankly, feels at odds with the games. (And yes, I know Jovovich’s movies made this choice, too. It felt dissonant there, too, regardless of those movies’ charms.)
Instead, we get a slew of nods to games that feel so in the nose they’re almost cringe-worthy, from a self-proclaimed Umbrella middle-management guy “the master of unlocking,” to a thug with a chainsaw wearing a burlap. bag over his head, and more. Some of those nods are funny (after I’m done moaning into the burlap sack, the rest of the scene is great), but whether our only real connection to the game is little nods here and there, I don’t know. demonic resident is finding success as a sequel to the game series.
demonic resident it’s a decent campy horror show; It’s not quite good or horrible, but somewhere in the uncomfortable middle. It has some fun sequences and some really standout moments, but it’s confused by a variety of disparate tones and ideas that don’t quite fit. Which is a shame, because the actors and effects work on the show are pretty good.
Somewhere in her domain of the mountain, Milla Jovovich smiles to herself, knowing she still holds the title of best demonic resident Film adaptation.
Series Grade: C
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