by Netflix resident Evil is now out and although it is not based on any of the games, it connects to the games. resident Evil is basically a sequel to a bunch of games, though it’s relatively selective about which ones it chooses to pull from. This is mainly due to the fact that Albert Wesker is alive in the series and “died” in resident evil 5. It’s hard for the series to lean too hard on Resident Evil Village or something newer since Wesker isn’t involved in it, even though Umbrella as a whole has a connection to every game in the main series. That said, for those who haven’t played the games or need a bit of a refresher, we’ve tried to establish how the Netflix series connects and recalls the games.
The biggest plot point, aside from the fact that Albert Wesker was fine all these years later, is what happened in Raccoon City. The TV series is set in an idealistic town called “New Raccoon City”. It’s essentially a manifestation of the “What would society look like if…” meme that presents an image of a perfect futuristic city. New Raccoon City is located in South Africa and is far from the original city which was destroyed from the face of the Earth, but it is not common knowledge as it was a giant disaster. Raccoon City was essentially ground zero of the Resident Evil universe and was the setting for the first three Resident Evil games (although the first game was more on the outskirts of the city).
Ultimately, Umbrella was responsible for spreading a virus through the city, creating monsters and zombies. It was supposed to be contained by destroying the city, but obviously there are more Resident Evil games and now a TV show, so the problem remains. For most characters on the show, they were told that Raccoon City had been destroyed by a big gas leak and there was nothing more beyond that. Of course, Jade and Billie find out it was a big cover later, but that’s not the only big reveal.
In episode 5, the two sisters investigate their house while Albert Wesker is away trying to find clues as to what is really going on. After finding a secret basement, they discover a video recording of their father in traditional Albert Wesker attire in some sort of prison with an Umbrella agent. It is then revealed that he is there to see Lisa Trevor, an iconic and tragic character from the first game. She was kidnapped along with her mother and aggressively experimented on by Umbrella, resulting in her mother’s death. Lisa’s reaction to a strain of virus gave her superhuman strength, but further experiments caused her to deteriorate. She eventually started ripping off faces and collecting them, which is no different than someone like Leatherface. It’s likely that the footage seen in the Netflix series is just another example of Umbrella testing things out on poor Lisa.
Albert eventually catches Jade and Billie in his secret lab and begins regularly revealing information to them and the public. At the end of the series, it’s revealed that the Albert Wesker we’ve been tracking isn’t technically the one we’ve seen in the games…he’s a clone! What a twist! This part is new to Resident Evil lore, so we’re not going too deep here, but the “real” Albert Wesker was burned alive in a volcano at the end of resident evil 5. He died in combat with Chris Redfield and Sheva Almoar after being exposed to Uroboros, a new viral strain.
The only other really meaningful ties to games, other than some easter eggs like Resident Evil 4‘s Chainsaw Man making an appearance, are major characters referenced. Ada Wong is the most important since Albert sends his children to see her in Japan at the end of this season. It’s unclear who will play her or how she will fit in, but she is a spy and appears in and out of the various games. She’s often the problem-solver, sheds more light on some of the mysteries and conspiracies in games, and is a general badass. If a season 2 of resident Evil happens, it’s likely to stand out.
Dr. William Birkin is also mentioned at a few points in the show and he’s basically the one we can thank for…everything, really. In addition to Umbrella as a general entity, he is responsible for the outbreak in Raccoon City when he injected himself with the G-Virus and became a mutated beast while smashing vials of T-Virus, the releasing on rats and water supply, causing a large outbreak.
Finally, Evelyn Marcus’ father, James Marcus, is mentioned quite frequently as a power person at Umbrella. Marcus is one of the founders of Umbrella, but was essentially ousted and erased from company history after taking things a bit too far in his experiments. It’s certainly a little ironic given where Umbrella ended up and the state of the world after James Marcus.
With all that said, resident Evil has a lot of callbacks and ties to games, even if it doesn’t seem to have any connection on the surface. It remains to be seen whether or not the series will have the possibility of developing these ideas. If this show has multiple seasons, it doesn’t seem out of the question that series protagonists Chris Redfield and Leon Kennedy could appear, but we’ll just have to wait and see.
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