Netflix’s Resident Evil Villains Feel More Monstrous Than They Do In The Movies

Netflix’s Resident Evil Villains Feel More Monstrous Than They Do In The Movies

The world of Resident Evil is largely clear: you have your good guys and your bad guys, the latter of which come in the form of hideous creatures (zombies, spiders and the like) and capitalist monsters. at the Umbrella Corporation.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for Resident Evil season 1.]

Although Netflix demonic resident The series takes everything you can get from the Resident Evil universe, complete with anything being taken as canon gospel: The actresses who play two of the show’s most nefarious characters are content that their roles feel enigmatic in their antagonism.

“I mean, ‘misunderstood’ means complex [for characters]correct?” Adeline Rudolph, who plays the adult Billie Wesker, tells Polygon. “If you ask Siena [Agudong]young Billie […] It’s a completely different show, right?

For her, the older Billie captured the promise that a TV show could offer the Resident Evil franchise decades to its lifespan: How does a character live, or even thrive, in such a ruthless world? In the end, she accepted that Billie was a character who had nuances but a singular take on the world.

“I think for Billie older, it’s absolutely a story of heartbreak and pain and trauma. of survival. And then choosing a path of how she feels she can best survive in this future world,” says Rudolph. “She is very one-sided with [how she sees the future] because he’s been through so much that he now thinks he has the definitive answer on how we’re going to move forward. Because everything else has been destruction in his life.”

Though she comes from a very different position in history, Paola Núñez feels the same way about her character, Evelyn, who is the poreless, evil face of the Umbrella Corporation’s reckless greed in the 2022 timeline.

Evelyn sitting at her desk in Resident Evil

Photo: Marcos Cruz/Netflix

“I think Evelyn’s story is the corporate world, and how to be successful in the corporate world and how to be the best: she wants to be the best and she wants to be known, she wants to be respected in the world, Nunez says.

While its storyline speaks to the ravenous irresponsibility of Umbrella’s target, it also speaks to a world that was desperate for a cure long before zombies became the biggest problem. The Joy antidepressant that Evelyn is trying to bring to market (too fast) is her brainchild, a push to get away from bioweapons and instead harness some of that evil genius to cure depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. compulsive. OCD is a particularly difficult to treat condition, but none of those mental illnesses have a miracle cure; most take some combination of therapy and medication to control themselves.

While Big Pharma has always been a key part of the whole Umbrella Corporation thing, Netflix demonic resident he doesn’t approach Umbrella too badly simply because they’re engaging in shady practices; rather, the entire system behind the company seems rotten, even when they’re trying to do the right thing. In their own way, Billie and Evelyn are representative of how that system can evangelize people into continuing to perpetuate it.

“[Evelyn] he actually thinks he can change the world in a good way. She’s just not thinking about the consequences, of course,” Nunez says. “So her ego is so big that she forgets or distances herself from other people in a way that she loses all empathy and makes the wrong decisions.”

Not every person who makes bad decisions is working with the dreaded T-Virus leading to a rampant zombie outbreak turning some six billion people into flesh-eating monsters. But with demon resident, It is possible that not all errors are born of the desire to do (expect) evil.

Additional reporting by Joshua Rivera.

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