After months (technically years) of waiting, Netflix has finally released their first two trailers for their upcoming Resident Evil series. Loosely inspired by the video games of the same name, Netflix’s Resident Evil follows Billie and Jade Wesker, daughters of the mysterious Umbrella Corporation’s head researcher, Albert Wesker, as they try to settle into life inside ‘New Raccoon City’ — along with a time jump into a dark and post-apocalyptic future. We’ve been pretty harsh on the show thus far, but it’s worth it to give the trailers a watch. The first trailer was released publicly early this morning:
A second, and arguably better, trailer was released unlisted as part of the show’s official website:
Right off the bat, this series looks much closer to the Paul WS Anderson films than the games (which it’s been rumored this might actually tie into in the end). While the first doesn’t give us much to chew on, the second trailer at least shows off some classic game creatures, such as a Licker, what sorta resembles a Gulp Worm from Code: Veronica, and a giant spider (also somewhat reminiscent of Code: Veronica‘s Black Widow design)– and it’s nice to see such high production values after Sony/Constantin clearly knee-capped Welcome to Raccoon City in comparison. For the most part, it’s hard to ignore that the show does look fun in the same way that the Anderson Resident Evil movies had been, in that they were just dumb high-budget sci-action-fi horror zombie movies. It is, of course, still hard not to feel extremely disappointed that this series seems to follow suit with the Anderson films in that it’s only vaguely (at best) inspired by the source material as well.
I remain deeply pessimistic about the show personally (especially in light of Wesker actor Lance Reddick’s comments about the character), but there has already been some fan positivity for the series. We’ll find out one way or the other when the series releases July 14th.