Sometimes lost in the six-to-ten-hour movie streaming model, binge-watching is outdated concepts like information dumps and bottle episodes. “Home Movies”, the fifth episode of demonic residentThe first season of ‘s, it’s not 100 percent any of those things; has some character building between its exposition and isn’t technically confined to one place or even one story – it’s backed up with scenes that follow the cliffhanger of the previous episode, where Jade is cornered again in 2036 by a mysterious figure who is she returns to be, of course, her sister Billie (Adeline Rudolph). But that’s just a few minutes of screen time, and most (though not all) of the rest follows Jade and Billie in 2022 as they embark on a premature scavenger hunt. With all due respect to the many strengths of this show, but the family scavenger hunt isn’t exactly what demonic resident He does it better
Relaxing at home after talking to the amateur journalist, Jade can’t stop thinking about what he said: that, among other things, the old Raccoon City was bombed by Umbrella after a horrible accident. Billie, relieved to feel healthier and decidedly not dead, would rather have ice cream. However, Jade convinces her to help her find her birth certificates because Old Wexler never talks about anything related to her family. (This implies a Unbreakable-level jump, that the twin sisters would go 14 years without realizing that there is no one else in their family, or even, apparently, rummaging through their father’s possessions. Unless… well, let’s leave the theory for now.)
Aside from some suspicious accessories, all they find is a tablet with a different password than Wesker’s usual one, so Jade enlists Simon (who has been grounded by his mother, Wesker’s boss Evelyn Marcus) to help them find it. enter, where he finds a “dead-end” email, set to be sent to Billie if Wesker doesn’t enter a code every 24 hours. She instructs Billie to get an overnight bag and leave with Jade because, if she has received this message, something has happened to Wesker and Umbrella is coming for them. In order for them to rummage around unseen by their father’s cameras, Billie and Jade (with Simon participating virtually) must hunker down and crawl through the house, finding clues in missing picture frames and piano keys, eventually leading them to a bag full of cash, passports with fake names and a huge gun.
The kids have time to catch up on these antics because Evelyn Marcus has summoned their father to help them torture Angel, the journalist trying to expose Umbrella’s many misdeeds before their audience expands beyond the “conspiracy freaks or 4chan virgins, or both” that Evelyn characterizes. She’s got one of those torture tool blankets and everything! Wesker is reluctant to accompany him, until he discovers that the journalist has spoken with his daughters.
Jade and Billie eventually find their way to the secret basement of her house, which contains, among other things: files, some childhood toys, copious samples of her blood, notes about Billie’s infection, and archival videos of Raccoon City from 1998 with a hideous specimen named Lisa. But much of this is destroyed when a stray bug starts a recording sequence, the kind of security system that screams, “My teenage kids will never, ever find their way here and accidentally burn to death, but that’s not all.” that hard with the right teenage hacker by his side” as well as “I myself will never make a simple network mistake that causes the entire room to be incinerated in a matter of seconds.” Wesker shows up just in time to stop the fire. He gets mad at Jade and Billie knocks him out. He is secured to a chair meant to restrain Billie if her T-Virus infection continues as expected, which it didn’t because, as Wesker explains, he “made her strong.” Both girls have been designed to resist the T-Virus, which means that if Umbrella finds out that Billie has been infected and survived, they will claim her as her experiment and want to study her. That means, says Wesker without saying it at all, that Ángel the journalist has to die with that secret.
Phew. Yeah, that’s a lot of plot to burn. This episode is pivotal on a story level, intimately focusing on two of the series’ emotional anchor points, and enticingly limited in scope. So why isn’t it one of the strongest outings yet? Why does it feel more like a recap than an organically crafted drama?
Part of the problem is that some of the chilling revelations are explained rather than seen: “Daddy hates guns,” Billie fearfully intones at one point when they come across a gun accessory. It’s okay, but it’s not that creepy for the audience when we’ve already seen him neck-deep in Umbrella trouble as his boss presents him with a set of torture tools, and we’re into the fifth episode of Lance Reddick lurking menacingly without even in reality showing his supposed (and, again, much discussed) nerd. Another part of the problem is the chain structure: the girls look for their birth certificates and find a tablet lying around, which leads to an email, which leads to a series of additional clues, which leads to a bag. . , which takes them to a basement… it’s pretty much like a video game, but in the way that it does so many middling adaptations.
The episode evokes some breaking bad vibes: family members trying and failing to keep terrible secrets, and then when those secrets are (at least partially) on the table, they only lead to moral compromises. The girls release their father, tacitly endorsing his plan to do whatever it takes to protect them. Even then, the denial, which seems to go back and forth between Jade and Billie, rears its head: “You’re not going to hurt him, are you?” Jade questions her father as she heads to the office to take care of Angel. She can only respond with the cold comfort of evasion disguised as fatherly advice: “Stay safe.” In a horror light episode, she will have to function.
• Wesker doesn’t go into much detail about his or the girls’ past, and while he isn’t clearly seen in the 1998 video, not much is said about the fact that this would have been taken 24 years ago. If Wesker is supposed to be 50, that’s a much younger man in the 1998 video. Almost suspiciously young to be in possession of that footage, don’t you think? the demonic resident movies are riddled with clones; maybe this is not the Wesker, but a Wesker.
• There is not much time to demonic resident’Wesker’s discreet sexual complexes emerge in this episode, but the girls speculate that Wesker maintains a sex dungeon in his secret basement. (It’s not a sex dungeon, despite the chair loaded with handcuffs.)
• By the third COVID reference in the series, it started to seem a bit shallow; like many productions, demonic resident is uncomfortably somewhere between a post-COVID world that doesn’t yet exist and the current reality of COVID, where “so is it like COVID?” is the natural first question for anything related to a deadly virus.