Outside of Sonic the Hedgehog and his plethora of animated shows, has any video game franchise been adapted into TV and movies more than Resident Evil? It’s hard to think of one, what with seven different live-action movies and a handful of animated shows and films. Yet still, our fascination with the world of the games and the horrific Umbrella Corporation responsible for its terrors never sours. Now, with the first live-action TV show adaptation on Netflix, we are getting an entirely new Resident Evil story, though one that feels largely at home in the universe.
Netflix’s Resident Evil premieres July 14, and after watching the entire first season, it’s safe to say that this is one of the “good” video game adaptations that is being bestowed on the world. Like the six-movie series starring Milla Jovovich, it’s telling a new story that’s not beholden to the events of the games, but with the series’ major trappings: namely, zombies and mutant monsters created by an evil pharmaceutical corporation. However, unlike those films, everything that’s happened in the video game franchise through 2021’s Resident Evil: Village serves as the backdrop for the story.
The show plays out in two separate years: 2022 (before the zombie-infested apocalypse) and 2036 (well after it). In 2036, the series follows Jade Wesker as she finds herself stranded in the middle of a largely abandoned piece of the world, studying the infected. That story slowly unravels, showing just how bad things have gotten and how the nefarious Umbrella Corporation is at fault for pretty much all of it.