from netflix demonic resident is out now and while it’s not based on any of the games, it does connect to the games. demonic resident it’s basically a sequel to a bunch of games, though it’s relatively selective about which ones it picks. This is mainly due to the fact that Albert Wesker is alive in the series and “died” in resident bad 5. It’s hard for the series to lean too far into Resident Evil Village or something more recent since Wesker isn’t involved, even if Umbrella in general has some tie to every game in the main series. All that said, for those who haven’t played the games or need a bit of a refresher, we’ve tried to establish how the Netflix series connects and calls the games.
The biggest plot point, aside from Albert Wesker being okay all these years later, is what happened in Raccoon City. The television series takes place in an idealistic city called “New Raccoon City”. It is basically the manifestation of the meme “What would society be like if…” which presents an image of a perfect futuristic city. New Raccoon City is located in South Africa and is a long way from the original city that was bombed off the face of the Earth, but that is not public knowledge because it was a giant disaster. Raccoon City was essentially ground zero for the Resident Evil universe and was the setting for the first three Resident Evil games (although the first game is more on the outskirts of the city).
Ultimately, Umbrella was responsible for a virus being unleashed on the city, creating monsters and zombies. It was meant to contain itself by destroying the city, but there are obviously more Resident Evil games and now a TV show, so the problem persists. Most of the characters on the show were told that Raccoon City was destroyed by a huge gas leak and that there was nothing else besides that. Of course, Jade and Billie find out that this was a big cover-up later, but that’s not the only big reveal.
In episode 5, the two sisters investigate his house while Albert Wesker leaves to try to find clues as to what is really going on. After finding a secret basement, they discover a video recording of their father in traditional Albert Wesker garb in some kind of prison with an Umbrella agent. It is then revealed that she is there to see Lisa Trevor, an iconic and tragic character from the first game. She was kidnapped along with her mother and Umbrella aggressively experimented on her, leading to the death of her mother. Lisa’s reaction to a virus strain gave her superhuman strength, but subsequent experiments deteriorated it. She eventually started ripping faces off and collecting them, not unlike someone like Leatherface. The footage seen in the Netflix series is likely just another example of Umbrella testing things out on poor Lisa.
Albert eventually traps Jade and Billie in his secret lab and begins constantly revealing information to both them and the audience. At the end of the series, it’s revealed that the Albert Wesker we’ve been following isn’t technically the one we saw in the games…it’s a clone! What a twist! That part is new to Resident Evil lore, so we won’t go too deep here, but the “real” Albert Wesker was burned alive in a volcano at the end of resident bad 5. He was killed in battle with Chris Redfield and Sheva Almoar after being exposed to Uroboros, a new strain of virus.
The only other truly significant connections to gaming aside from some Easter Eggs like Resident Evil 4‘s Chainsaw Man making an appearance, are the main characters referenced. Ada Wong is the most significant of her as Albert sends her children to see her in Japan at the end of this season. It’s unclear who will play her or how she’ll fit in, but she’s a spy and she pops in and out of various games. She’s often the one to tie up loose ends, shed more light on some of the mysteries and conspiracies in the games, and is an overall badass. If a season 2 of demonic resident happens, it is likely to stand out.
Dr. William Birkin is also mentioned at a few points in the show and he’s basically the one we can thank for…everything, really. Aside from Umbrella as a general entity, he is responsible for the Raccoon City outbreak when he injected himself with the G-Virus and turned into a mutated beast while also breaking vials of the T-Virus, releasing it onto rats and the water supply, causing a great deal of damage. outbreak.
Finally, Evelyn Marcus’s father, James Marcus, is mentioned quite frequently as a person of power in Umbrella. Marcus is one of the founders of Umbrella, but was essentially kicked out and erased from the company’s history after he took things too far in his experiments. He’s certainly a bit tongue-in-cheek given where Umbrella ended up and the state of the world after James Marcus.
With all that said, demonic resident it has a lot of callbacks and connections to the games even though it seems completely unrelated on the surface. Whether or not the series will have a chance to expand on these ideas remains to be seen. If this show has multiple seasons, it doesn’t seem out of the question that series leads Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy could appear, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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