Resident Evil is the latest addition to Netflix and arrives at the same time as 2021’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, although the two productions are not connected.
While the two are inspired by the same game, the title is the only thing they have in common. While Welcome to Raccoon City plays out more closely to the source material, the Netflix series decided to take an entirely new direction.
The Resident Evil Netflix series’ plot revolves around two points in time: the past (2022) and the present (2036).
The Past (2022)
The past shows two half-twins, Billie and Jade, adapting to New Raccoon City – Umbrella Corporation’s planned community, where their father, Dr. Albert Wesker, works for the corporation.
Teenage life is not the only thing the girls struggle with as they stumble into dark secrets surrounding their origins and Umbrella’s dark legacy.
Meanwhile, Wesker has his hands full working on the bioweapon, the T-virus.
The Present (2036)
Fourteen years into the present, the T-virus has ravaged humanity, reducing civilization to 300 million refugees in walled cities and other settlements as they try to avoid the infected “Zeroes,” or people who have contracted the T-virus and transformed into cannibal mutants, among other anomalies.
Umbrella remains a powerful entity with its military on the hunt for Jade.
The cast and characters
The Resident Evil Netflix series brings back several fan-favorite monsters, adding Lickers and zombie dogs to pose as threats to the surviving humans. But who will be facing off with Umbrella’s creations? Below we take a look at the main characters and cast of the show.
Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker
Resident Evil game and movie fans will be surprised to see Albert Wesker in a different light in the series, abandoning his military story and taking on the role of a father. Wesker is the only character to come out of the video games so far.
In the series, Wesker is played by Lance Reddick, who has appeared in several action films, including the John Wick films and last year’s Godzilla vs. Kong.
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Ella Balinska and Tamara Smart as Jade Wesker (2036 and 2022)
Unlike her in-story father, Jade Wesker is an original character in the Resident Evil series.
Tamara Smart plays the younger Jade, while Ella Balinska plays the present Jade. The story’s premise revolves around Jade, who plays a role in the outbreak of the T-virus.
Smart has appeared in the miniseries Are You Afraid of the Dark? and the Artemis Fowl film, while Balinska made her big debut in 2019’s Charlie’s Angels.
Adeline Rudolph and Siena Agudong as Billie Wesker (2036 and 2022)
Like Jade, Billie Wesker is another original character developed for the Netflix series, playing an integral role in the story.
While Agudong received the most screen time in the first few episodes of the series, Rudolph eventually showed up in episode 6 as the present Billie, surprising Jade, who believed she was dead.
Siena Agudong is known for playing the younger version of Mia Toretto in last year’s F9. At the same time, Adeline Rudolph is familiar to Netflix viewers for her roles in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale.
Paola Nuñez as Evelyn Marcus
Evelyn Marcus is another original character but possibly alludes to Dr. James Marcus, a prominent figure in the Resident Evil games.
Marcus is the CEO of Umbrella Corporation in the 2022 story and stops at nothing to put the company first. She lives in New Raccoon City with her wife and their son Simon.
Paola Nuñez has made a name for herself in the TV series version of The Purge.
Will game fans enjoy the series?
The biggest question weighing on everyone’s mind is whether the Netflix adaptation is worth watching or not.
As with most video game adaptations, it’s challenging to match the success of the source material; in Resident Evil, the Netflix series’ case, the apple falls too far from the tree.
While critics have given it a divided consensus, the best way to judge the show is to go in without any expectations.
For casual viewers, Resident Evil is just another horror-action series. However, fans of the game will be greatly disappointed.
Opinions expressed by NY Weekly contributors are their own.