Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 6

Episode 6, Someone’s Little Girl, was thankfully almost all in the “here and now”. Unfortunately it also desperately tried to check off every “dumb mistake” that gets peoples killed in survival situations.

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Jade is captured and re-united with Billie, but of course Billie isn’t really the bad guy. Billie wants us to believe she’s actually on Jade’s side. Jade seems to buy it. Without much thought about how long Billie has hunted her, she just lets herself get taken back to her headquarters.

Really? No one checks Jade’s gear for trackers or bugs? No one can scan for whatever technology they use for a tracking signal?

And most egregiously Jade then brings a Zombie onto the floating headquarters. Do you think she carefully made sure the Zombie was restrained well? How about doing her tests in a locked down area instead of one right on the main path?

That scene had me screaming at my monitor. Really? This is how someone who has survived functions with a biter around?

Episode 6, Someone’s Little Girl, scored a 25/100 because it felt like a copy and paste from lots of other bad television shows.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Welcome to New Raccoon City80
12The Devil You Know45
13The Light77
14The Turn60
15Home Movies1
16Someone’s Little Girl25

Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 5

Home Movies was by far the biggest let down of the season so far.

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I’m not a huge fan of the teen years aspect of the show, and after the reveal that Jade and Billie have just ben reunited, we are stuck in the past for 99% of the episode.

There is “Dad’ drama and just a few sparse Zombies on an old video. I’m giving Home Movies, a score of 1/100, and its only getting that point because I really like Lance Reddick.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Welcome to New Raccoon City80
12The Devil You Know45
13The Light77
14The Turn60
15Home Movies1
16Someone’s Little Girl25

Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 4

The Turn has some really awesome fight scenes. Jade and Baxter have been captured by the Brotherhood and find themselves taken to a Brotherhood stronghold.

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The Brotherhood has captured a higher level “Mother Zombie” who can control the other Zombies, or Zeroes as the show calls them. This is one of those areas that I know is cannon in the Resident Evil world, there are Zombies who can think. It is just an area that has to be dealt with very carefully. The hordes should still be hordes. The more the Zombies show intelligence the less survival becomes about facing undead hordes. It just becomes any other war movie or survival movie.

Having said that, I think what they did here was done well and within the limits of what the source material has laid out.

My favorite parts of The Turn are definitely when Baxter goes full Bad Ass. I guess there is just some part of me that likes seeing slightly overweight people kick butt? I’ll have to see what my psychiatrist says about it.

Richard Baxter Goes Bad Ass

Jade of course finds herself face to face with the “Mother Zombie” but luckily she has a chainsaw for the fight which proves pivotal. Unfortunately for Jade she still finds herself cornered by the Zombies. Of course there is a box of grenades that just happen to be in the dead end room as well though. Wipes brow, not sure how she was getting out of that one otherwise.

Richard ends up finding Jade a minute later and they attempt to flee. This is where the slightly overweight guy ends up biting it (get it) because Jade can’t pull him up to safety. Richard ends up getting torn to pieces as Jade flees.

Throughout this we area also getting snippets of the “Old” timeline where Jade and her sister are dealing with Billie’s bite as well as the revelations that their father may not be the nicest guy in the world.

The Turn ends with Jade being captured by Umbrella. It ends with Jade looking up as an Umbrella soldiers pulls off their helmet. Based on Jade’s face, I’m guessing she just got reunited with her sister Billie.

This episode was really hard to score. If I cut out all the “Old” timeline scenes this was a 90. But that is like saying dinner was great if you ate around the roaches in the food right? I really am not a fan of the “Old” timeline scenes and would give them a 30. If I average the two scores The Turn is scoring 60/100.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Welcome to New Raccoon City80
12The Devil You Know45
13The Light77
14The Turn60
15Home Movies1
16Someone’s Little Girl25

Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 3

The Light has Jade attempting a dangerous escape through the Chunnel as she leads a small group of survivors in their attempt to escape Umbrella’s wrath.

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The story telling continues to jump back and forth from Jade and her sister in their teen years to Jade in the here and now as she is running from Richard Baxter, played by Turlough Convery. Yes, I kind of recognized him but couldn’t place it until I looked at his IMDB page and realized I knew him from Killing Eve.

With Baxter hot on her heels, Jade is forced to make a risky escape through the Chunnel, only to have Baxter follow her there anyway. Of course Umbrella isn’t the only dangerous thing in the Chunnel and there are some nice action scenes as everyone ends up fighting for their survival.

I Hate Spiders

Compared to The Devil You Know, The Light picked up and felt much faster paced. There are multiple combat scenes and a few good moments of suspense. I still don’t like jumping back and forth between timelines. It seems overused and I think I’d actually like the episode more if I could just watch the “current timeline” version. Yes, I love Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker. Actually, I love almost every role he’s ever had. From The Wire to John Wick, how can you not appreciate the subtle intensity that Lance brings to every role he plays?

But…I just want to see the story progression when Jade is surviving in the Zombie infested wastelands. I would even be happy if they just limited the flashbacks to a very short clip explaining why something is the way it is. I don’t need a whole other storyline to explain the past.

Okay, rant over. I’m giving The Light a 77/100 as I felt like it was back on track after a slower Episode 2. There was more and better action and I happily watched it twice to make sure I didn’t miss any small details.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Welcome to New Raccoon City80
12The Devil You Know45
13The Light77
14The Turn60
15Home Movies1
16Someone’s Little Girl25

Zombie Series – Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 2

The Devil You Know picks up right where Welcome to New Raccoon City left off. Jade has jumped off the wall to escape Umbrella Corp and only lives because the soldiers give her some cover and she’s lucky enough to be in the way of others trying to escape the Umbrella Corp cleansing that is about to go down.

Back in the past Jade’s father is dealing with the fallout from his daughters breaking into his lab, all while Billie is starting to exhibit some alarming symptoms. This is about where the episode loses some steam. The political drama and relationship drama is fine, but Resident Evil should be a show that focuses on surviving the Zombies, not surviving the big evil corporation. I’m here to suspend my belief, not relive our universal truth.

Basically the last thirty minutes of the episode is what I’d describe as story building. It was okay, and I know its a television show, but it just didn’t hold my attention like I wanted.

The whole present time versus past time method of creating media is burnt out in my opinion. It was novel, but now it seems like its a useful tool that just gets used too much. What the story teller is trying to say here is clear. A few brief flashbacks would have told the story and kept things much tighter. Instead we are basically watching two different shows that clearly have a link, but one where the present day story is just so much more compelling. That divide hurts the show because I really just want to know what Jade is doing in the here and now, and unless some major revelation comes out of the flashbacks I’m going to say all that time watching it was a waste.

The Devil You Know dropped to a 45/100. The opening was awesome, but the rest of the episode once we fell back to the past was very predictable and just not captivating enough.

SeasonEpisodeEpisode NameScore
11Welcome to New Raccoon City80
12The Devil You Know45
13The Light77
14The Turn60
15Home Movies1
16Someone’s Little Girl25

Zombie Series – Resident Evil: Season 1, Episode 1

The new Resident Evil television series kicks off with “Welcome to New Raccoon City”.

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The story uses the familiar dual storyline method, showing us today, and yesterday in spurts. In the past Jade and Billie Wesker have moved into New Raccoon City with their father who is a high ranking Umbrella employee. In the current timeline Jade is thirty years old and has a child who she has left behind to investigate the infected.

This leads to the best action scene (for me) in “Welcome to New Raccoon City”.

After Jade gets a small cut the infected swarm and give chase. The scene was really well done and I’m hoping it sets the tone for some of the rest of the season.

After being chased, Jade ends up being taken in by another survivor group that scavenges the infected wasteland. It’s not long before we find out that Jade is wanted. Which is of course when we jump back to the other timeline to find out that Jade and her sister Billie broke into their father’s lab. Apparently even with the infected everywhere and the remaining population living in walled cities, teenage girls still get upset if animal testing is being used. There is of course a rule that if you have dangerous pathogens in a lab, the security is crappy enough that a few teen girls can get in with nothing but a badge and some audio of their father who works there.

What the girls don’t know can absolutely hurt them. While they have been providing blood samples to their father because of their health – what they don’t know is that he is using the blood to inject himself. Is he infected? I guess I’ll have to keep watching to find out.

This of course brings us to the episode cliffhanger. Jade is about to be captured so instead of falling into the hands of Umbrella agents she dives into the infected zone. Now we have to wait to see if she lives, and just how pissed off her sister is for getting mauled all those years ago.

Welcome to New Raccoon City earned itself an 80/100, making it worth your time. The writing and dialogue is good and the special effects are top notch so far. The story itself is fairly boilerplate for the moment, but I’m hoping there are some twists and turns in the coming episodes.