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Resident Evil season 1 review – does it live up to the game’s legacy?

July 13, 2022

The Netflix series Resident Evil season 1 review contains no spoilers.

The wait has been a bit long for video game fans. While the series began development in 2019, it wasn’t until 2020 that Netflix officially announced that it would resident Evil. And like many other shows, the Covid-19 pandemic slowed things down by eight months. But was it worth the wait? Somewhat.

First of all, while resident Evil obviously taking its name from the horror game series, it actually takes place in its own universe. However, it doesn’t stray too far from the game and uses the initial story for much of its inspiration. It’s split between two different timelines – one in 2022 before the outbreak and another in 2036 when the impact of the T-Virus is fully effective. For the first set of episodes, the 2022 timeline is undoubtedly more substantial in terms of entertainment, story development, and characters. But as the series progresses and resident Evil naturally leans more towards the 2036 timeline, the quality of the two timelines begins to match.

One of the weaknesses of resident Evil this is how several characters come and go throughout the eight episodes. For some of the characters who leave so quickly, it’s hard to relate to them. And as a result, it’s hard to worry about them leaving or, in some cases, dying. However, in saying that, the character development between the two sisters, Jade and Billie, is one of resident Evil‘s greatest strengths, so much so that I will continue to say that their relationship is the best part of the show.

Another strength of resident Evil, and one aspect that some shows don’t get credit for, is the use of music and pop culture references in the 2022 timeline. Maybe it’s due to the recent pandemic we’ve all been through, but the character issues feel so much more real. And using current songs makes the crisis in resident Evil look like something that might happen in the real world.

While it was said that each episode would be an hour long, most episodes don’t exceed the 50 minute mark, although in many ways that works out for the best. The story of resident Evil may not be complete (mainly because it’s likely that the show’s creators want to return for a second season), but if the episodes had been much longer, it might have fatigued many of the show’s viewers long before the season finale.

Overall, however, resident Evil is a respectable watch. While many shows/movies based on popular video games have fallen flat, this series is entertaining enough to warrant watching all eight episodes. So if you are a fan of the game franchise, you might as well try watching the series. More importantly, he could easily return for a second season. And with Lance Reddick playing one of the lead roles, how wrong can you be?

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