When you think of actors who would do well to play multiple roles in the same movie or TV show, Lance Reddick doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Not because of any weakness he has as a performer but because of his specific and memorable presence, including, above all, his physical one: that shiny dome; that tall, slender figure; that soft, sonorous voice. There’s just no need for a second Lance Reddick when one alone makes such an impression, in The wirein Lostand while attending John Wick at the Continental.
So it’s a real treat at the end of the season to find that demonic resident has offered Lance Reddick the opportunity to, as he is known in the industry, get a Multiplicity. Yes, the penultimate episode of the first season finally makes it clear that the clones are on the march – it starts in 2005 (at a time when both The wire Y Lost they were still in the air!), with a room full of Albert Weskers busy in a secret underground laboratory. (In demonic resident world, most labs are underground and/or secret.) Here, finally, is the nerdy Wesker who has been talked about but largely unseen in the series thus far; a multiplicity of them, in fact! Distinguishing themselves through various nicknames (Bert, Al, etc.), the team is about to be discovered when the original model appears. This is another Wesker yet to be seen: the tough, sunglasses-wearing, cartoonish-looking Wesker who appears in the demonic resident video games and movies. In keeping with his reputation, he tries to tear them to pieces. (He calls this “destroying the evidence,” but I’m pretty sure dead bodies still count as evidence.)
original Wesker escapes; one clone is shot in the head. Years later, two more end up in adjacent cells: the Wesker we know from the rest of the series, father of Jade and Billie; and Bert, the bearded guy we saw in the last episode, who is much less socialized than his brother. Bert is the one who actually makes this episode, which for most of its runtime, skews far more sci-fi than horror. He learns a bit about Regular Wesker before Umbrella’s goons come to retrieve this more mundane model, and that’s enough motivation for him to lose his mind in an optimistic way. She takes it upon herself to help the girls, whom she considers her nieces, which involves taking them to Olive Garden and basking in the glory of unlimited breadsticks (until she experiences the unfortunate limitations of putting a limit on said breadsticks). A scene that could have easily been played too cutesy is perfectly seen because of the conviction Reddick summons in praise of those breadsticks.
Meanwhile, normal Wesker doesn’t get breadsticks; just an audience-friendly summary of his deal with Evelyn Marcus: when he discovered Original Wesker’s burgeoning army of clones, he agreed to let Regular Wesker stay and live some semblance of a normal life as long as he used his genius-level intellect to make offers. Evelyn also brings mind control more explicitly into the mix, as we see that she has been passing the drug Joy to her wife to make her more compliant. She catches Jade and Billie from their Olive Garden date with Uncle Bert and brings them to her father, revealing her clone-related plight: the original Wesker sped up the aging of his clones, which has caused their health to deteriorate. unstable, hence the need for his daughters’ regular Wesker. ‘blood like medicine from him. No one mentions this as high-tech vampirism, perhaps not wanting to confuse the problem with another brand of undead. But Wesker’s “regular” life is somewhat akin to that of a vampire: a man out of time, dependent on the blood of others, hiding in the shadows even when he appears successful, even luxurious. Jade and especially Billie react accordingly: rejected but, in contrast to their situation in 2036, still united.
The 2022 material wins this episode in a walk: It has sci-fi loops, multiple Lance Reddicks, and a still-unpredictable path to Billie’s separation from her sister. 2036, on the other hand, has a lot of things we’ve already seen: Jade feeling guilty about her arrogance and the damage she has caused; Jade cornered by Umbrella; Jade imitating her father by telling her son to find a travel bag that he left for her and leave; Jade called for some face time with a terrifying lead antagonist. The surprise comes from the identity of that antagonist: it’s not surprising to discover that Jade’s emotional release from Billie in the last episode was a ruse, or even that she planted a tracer on the severed head that she handed over in a gesture of false generosity. . Less expected, however, is Evelyn greeting Jade with a Dua Lipa sing-along, complete with choreography, because Billie is mind-controlling the former CEO of Umbrella and running the company/government/military facility herself.
demonic resident He’s got a lot of work ahead of him if he’s going to try to reconcile the shaky, hopeful, emotional and often distraught Billie of 2022 with the sarcastic version of 2036 who says things like “you did the Jade thing” while staunchly defending Umbrella’s world domination. That contrast is entertaining but not, at the moment, particularly compelling. That’s also supposed to be part of the show’s late development hook: if we’re not going to see how Billie ended up dead, we’re going to see how she ended up so traumatized and estranged from her family that she’ll parrot Evelyn. old talking points about making the world a better place. (And enforce that upgrade by destroying all University artifacts, if necessary.) The show bets that the more human parts of her story can be deepened and extended.
Both Jade and the show know, however, that she always has zombies up her sleeve: in another bind, Jade releases a vial of pheromones that draws hordes of “zeros” toward Umbrella base camp. That’s how an episode that mostly indulges in the show’s sci-fi sides ends with the biggest display of zombie strength from her yet. Among the marauders, director Batan Silva bridges past and present: he cuts between young Jade and Billie sitting in Umbrella’s lobby, bound by fear and anger, letting their hands meet; and the previous versions in 2036, where Billie grabs Jade’s hand so she can’t escape from it. There may be a multitude of Weskers running around, but right now, however briefly, Billie and Jade only have each other.
• So yeah, why haven’t we seen any Weskers running in 2036 yet? If Regular Wesker died asking about Jade, as Billie reports, surely Original Wesker found some nook and cranny to hide or had some backup clones. And Bert what?! Did he ever go back to the Olive Garden and experience unlimited breadsticks?
• Masses full of zombies will remember me forever and unfortunately that thing in World War Z where they couldn’t really show much zombie-worthy gore, so they compensated with sheer volume, where heaps of fast-moving zombies turned into CG tidal waves. Yes. Bad movie.
• The University ship also drags what appears to be a dinosaur-sized reptile underwater, a King Kong technique for a Godzilla-like creature.