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Netflix’s Resident Evil series may have just premiered this year, but it received an early axing, leaving it with only one season.
Resident Evil was meant to become the streaming service’s next big series based on the popular video game franchise.
However, once it was released, it became apparent that the series would not last.
Fans of the show hoped it would be a closer adaptation than the Paul W.S. Anderson films, the first episode alone proved it would not be the case.
When the series finally arrived, fans, newcomers, and critics did not hold back on their disappointment.
Why it was canceled
When Resident Evil went live, viewers quickly took to social media to ridicule the series, particularly the dialogue.
Fans voiced their discontentment with the series, and critics panned the series for its narrative and the actors’ performances.
While Resident Evil garnered a number of viewers, it seems as if the majority only delved into the series to see just how bad it was.
Another factor could be the timing of the release as Netflix was experiencing a loss in subscribers – most of whom reasoned that there was a lack of quality content.
The Paul W.S. Anderson films were the first to adapt Resident Evil, but many felt it lacked the same punch of the games, particularly the characters that many came to love.
While Albert Wesker was present in the majority of the films, the likes of Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jill Valentine barely featured.
The Netflix series focused on Albert Wesker before the T-Virus was released and the introduction of his daughters, both new original characters not seen in the game.
While Lance Reddick’s performance was a highlight for many (save his Pornhub monologue), it wasn’t enough to keep the series afloat.
Another major problem was how the series executed the video game elements.
The effort could be seen, but it yielded an unsatisfactory result.
The time period also kept jumping back and forth, and while it is important to provide background to the characters, many did not feel invested in the original characters as they hoped to see the video game protagonists.
The Netflix Resident Evil series provided a clean slate and opportunity for the video game series, but instead the showrunners opted to take a different route that ultimately led to a confusing and uninteresting story.
Lance Reddick reacts to the news
Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker was undoubtedly one of the few bright spots of the Resident Evil series.
When the news arrived last week, the actor reflected on his time with the show, thanking the crew, executive producers, and fellow cast members.
Reddick also thanked the fans who showed love and support for the series, tweeting:
He posted his sentiments with a video on Twitter, where he also called out the haters and trolls.
“A special thank you to all the fans who watched #ResidentEvilNetflix, the showrunners, my castmates, executives and more. We worked our asses off and had a great time.”
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