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Resident Evil Can’t Find Impulse in Netflix Adaptation | TV/streaming

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The only name “Resident Evil” gamers will be familiar with here is Albert Wesker, who was first introduced in the original 1996 game as the captain of the Raccoon City Police Department’s special tactics and rescue service, but his character arc has really changed over the years to represent every nefarious evil pulling the strings. In the gaming world, the mastermind behind much of the carnage in “Resident Evil 5” in 2009 died – the intense action here often reminds more of that game than any other, by the way. He was played by Jason O’Mara in “Resident Evil: Extinction” and Shawn Roberts in “Resident Evil: Afterlife”, but it’s the great Lance Reddick who steps in here and plays him more traditionally as a power player in the world – Destroy Umbrella Corporation.

Wesker has moved to New Raccoon City after the old one was destroyed in an Umbrella cover-up to bring an undead pandemic under control. He is there with his twin daughters Jade (Tamara Smart) and Billie (Siena Agudong), who are adjusting to life in a new part of the world. Yes, “Resident Evil” has teenage coming-of-age drama elements, something like that no one has ever been associated with this genre and an aspect that feels like a producer wanted to reach a coveted YA audience more than the fans of the games or movies. (I’m picturing a studio note that reads, “Could it be more like ‘Stranger Things’?”) Frankly, Billie gets bitten early in the season, leading the girls on a path to find out what Dad’s business is. actually does, but a lot of the sister stuff falls flat. The more effective material of this half of the show’s two-track narrative comes from show-stealing Paola Nunez as Evelyn Marcus, Albert’s boss. Nunez understands that this show is supposed to be fun, which is why she delivers many of her lines with a sly smile that exalts her character’s evil.

The other half of the show is set 14 years later, after the world has collapsed, leaving only human refugees for what they call “zeros,” or the brain-dead horde trying to eat them alive. This half of the show is reminiscent of “The Walking Dead” in its survival structure, but that show had actors like Steven Yeun and Jon Bernthal hooking viewers. Ella Balinska is a capable action heroine like the elder Jade, but the structure forces her into episodic encounters as she tries to survive and escape the Umbrella soldiers who are still after her, and the flashback structure exhausts the momentum.

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