Netflix pulls the ripcord after just one season of Resident Evil. The live-action series about Albert Wesker and his children no season 2 get how the movie site deadline first reported. With that, the adaptation of the popular survival-horror franchise is being shelved just a month and a half after it launched, albeit Netflix and showrunner Andrew Dabb had big plans for the series.
The series started on July 14, 2022 and received rather moderate reviews. Especially the Viewer rating was devastating. on Rotten Tomatoes the value of the Average Audience Score is currently at a mere 27%. In addition to its general quality, the series also had other problems. At the same time, season 4 of the popular mystery series Stranger Things started, also on Netflix, and dominated the streaming provider’s charts at the time. After a good start at number 2, Resident Evil quickly slipped down. Already in the third week after release, the horror series was no longer in the top 10 of the Netflix charts.
However, show runner Andrew Dabb had big plans for the Netflix series. Like him games radar revealed, the story was intended to build on the plot of the games and pick up several locations from it in later seasons: “The games are our backstory. Everything that happened in the games exists in this world. So the village is there. We might not get there until Season 5, but it’s there in the world… The movies are a different story, but everything in the games is a backstory for our series.”
However, the first season didn’t have much to do with the games. Apart from the names of the characters and the evil mega-corporation Umbrella, there were few parallels to the games. The story takes place on two time planes, one in the year 2022, the other in the year 2036. Jade Wesker (Ella Balinska) has to fight her way through a world overrun by zombies in the future part, while in the present part her childhood with her sister Billie (Siena Agudong) and her father Albert (Lance Reddick).
If you want a fun recap of the series, check out our article on it: “We Watched The Resident Evil Series On Netflix So You Don’t Have To”. This way you can have your say on the topic without having to watch all 8 episodes of the first season.