Netflix‘s Resident Evil series (review) has caused quite the stir among fans and non-fans alike. Debuting to mixed reviews from critics and sporting one of Netflix’s lowest audience scores to this point, the collection has seen no scarcity of debate amongst viewers, starting from who the target audience is, the way it ought to stability the horror, motion and comedy, and what makes Resident Evil, properly, Resident Evil. The reply to that final query has many solutions, because the franchise has dipped its toes in so many alternative genres (and tones) over the previous twenty years.

In a slightly attention-grabbing alternative, Netflix’s Resident Evil treats the entire video games as canon, basically making the plot of the collection Resident Evil 9. Now, one would assume {that a} TV present appearing as a continuation of 26 years value of game lore could be a large hurdle for newcomers, however Resident Evil does a remarkably efficient job of getting only a few limitations to entry for Resident Evil virgins whereas additionally being a compelling and attention-grabbing story for franchise followers.

Series creator and showrunner Andrew Dabb is a famous fan of the video games, however not like final 12 months’s Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City, which prioritized game references and Easter Eggs over a coherent story or energetic filmmaking, Netflix’s collection someway works on each fronts, appearing as an Easter Egg-filled treasure trove for followers with out sacrificing the essential components of filmmaking required to make a semi-decent remaining product (or utilizing “this one’s for the fans” as a protection for poor storytelling). Since a lot care was put into incorporating game components into the collection, we’ve gone via and picked out probably the most noticeable (and a few not-so-noticeable) Easter Eggs that the primary season of Resident Evil consists of.

Let’s undergo the present on a game-by-game foundation…

Resident Evil 0 (2002)

The collection doesn’t pull an excessive amount of from the 2002 prequel, however that oft-forgotten (and underrated!) entry within the game franchise is residence to lots of Resident Evil’s most important backstory components. These components are very important to the plot of the Netflix collection.

Attentive viewers will discover that the collection’ huge unhealthy Evelyn (Paola Núñez) has the surname Marcus. This is a reference to James Marcus who, together with Oswell E. Spencer and Edward Ashford, co-founded the Umbrella Corporation in March of 1967 as a option to fund their analysis on an African flower that they believed might give folks superhuman talents.

The present doesn’t give us any clues as to what occurred to Marcus, however anybody who performed Resident Evil 0 will know that backstory. You see, Marcus finally grew to become head of the Umbrella Executive Training School (one of many predominant locales in Resident Evil 0), which was used to coach little one prodigies to change into Umbrella researchers. It was right here that Marcus recruited Albert Wesker and William Birkin (extra on the latter in a bit) into this system as a part of the 1977-1978 coaching class. These two would change into Marcus’ most valued pupils.

Left to his personal gadgets and rising ever extra obsessed together with his analysis, Marcus started experimenting on animals and located himself fascinated with the virus’ results on leeches. Realizing he wanted to start out human experimentation, he started infecting the kid prodigies he was recruiting into the Training School by leaving contaminated leeches of their beds. Spencer grew paranoid of Marcus and, in 1988, he dispatched an Umbrella Security Service staff to infiltrate his lab and gun him down. The worst of it? Both Birkin and Wesker accompanied the kill squad and stole his analysis, cementing their allegiance to Spencer.

You’d assume that will be the tip of Marcus, however the principle antagonist of Resident Evil 0 is a mysterious operatic singer (no joke) with the flexibility to manage the contaminated leeches. Well, this mysterious antagonist simply so occurs to be a resurrected James Marcus, courtesy of the Queen Leech he had been experimenting on. After crawling down his corpse’s throat, the Queen Leech merged Marcus’ DNA into its genome and gained his reminiscences by absorbing his mind cells. This hybrid creation went on a rampage in 1998 to avenge his loss of life, which concerned beginning the primary T-Virus outbreak within the Arklay Mountains (the occasions of Resident Evil 0) that will finally make its option to the Spencer Mansion (kickstarting the occasions of the unique Resident Evil) and the unique Raccoon City (kickstarting the occasions of each Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3: Nemesis).

Now that each one of that exposition is out of the best way, how does it relate to Evelyn?

Well, Evelyn has change into the top of the Umbrella Corporation by 2022, following in her father’s mad scientist footsteps. While we don’t get any leech motion within the collection’ first season, this fan hopes that Evelyn has a secret storage of leeches someplace in her basement that may come out to play in subsequent seasons.

Resident Evil (1996)

Ah sure, the one which began all of it. Resident Evil will get fairly a number of references in Netflix’s collection, lots of that are monsters that game followers have come to know and love within the 26 years because the game’s launch. We after all get our commonplace zombies (named “Zeros” within the present), however we additionally get franchise mainstay Cerberus within the pilot episode.

On high of that, we additionally get a direct homage to one of many unique game’s most well-known soar scares:

Here is the soar scare in query:

The Cerberus isn’t the one monster from the unique game that Resident Evil weaves into its narrative.

We additionally get an excellent set piece involving Giant Spiders, and the season finale consists of one thing that any seasoned Resident Evil veteran will acknowledge: a quick tease of a brand new Tyrant in Umbrella’s lab earlier than it’s unleashed on the streets of New Raccoon City. The Tyrant, after all, is the ultimate boss within the unique Resident Evil and its 2002 remake.

But wait! There’s extra! The present’s fifth episode, titled “Home Movies”, sees the incorporation of two of the franchise’s most well-known puzzles. The first of which includes taking part in Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on the piano to unlock a secret (on this case a unfastened piano key with a be aware hidden inside it).

The second puzzle includes Jade (Tamara Smart) using a dog whistle to summon a key-holding canine:

In that very same episode, Jade and Billie (Adeline Rudolph) discover a field labeled “RC 1998”, which features a disc marked “Lisa” that reveals a quick snippet of the unique Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) and an unnamed Umbrella soldier encountering Lisa Trevor within the tunnels beneath town. Wesker injects her with (presumably) one other pattern of the T-virus, inflicting a recent eyeball to sprout on her again!

Game followers will acknowledge Lisa Trevor as one of many franchise’s creatures with the most tragic backstory.

Jade additionally finds some analysis that’s dated September 18, 1998, which might have been simply 10 days earlier than the outbreak would occur within the unique Raccoon City, kickstarting the occasions of Resident Evil 2.

Speaking of…

Resident Evil 2 (1998)

While the unique Raccoon City is referenced a number of instances throughout the season’s eight episodes, it isn’t till the fifth episode, titled “Home Movies”, that we get an specific reference to William Birkin as Jade and Billie dig via their father’s secret information. Birkin is a predominant participant (and boss) in Resident Evil 2, as he was the main scientist behind the T- and G-Viruses who turned towards the Umbrella Corporation after failing to attain a promotion. As talked about above within the Resident Evil 0 part: Birkin labored carefully with the unique Albert Wesker within the occasions main as much as James Marcus’ assassination.

Is a passing reference to William Birkin not sufficient for you? Then how about what could also be Resident Evil‘s biggest season 2 tease of the show: Ada Wong, who we know for sure we’ll be getting if the present will get renewed.

And what the collection lacks in Resident Evil 2 characters, it greater than makes up for with monsters. The first of which is the notorious Licker, which will get its finest live-action set piece but within the third episode:

But when you’re uninterested in the Lickers (since they’ve been in nearly each single considered one of Resident Evil‘s live-action diversifications), maybe the “live-action” debut of Resident Evil 2‘s big mutated alligator will fulfill your wants:

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (1999)

Resident Evil 3‘s shadow looms large over every single episode of the series. References to Raccoon City’s destruction (the climax of RE3) are made typically, however Umbrella’s destrution of Raccoon City in 1998 has been coated up. The remainder of the world now thinks the explosion was the results of a gasoline leak and never the nuclear bomb/cover-up that it really was. The try and uncover that conspiracy is a serious plot level within the collection.

Given the truth that Resident Evil 3: Nemesis is Dabb’s favourite game within the franchise, it is smart that the very first scene within the pilot features a set piece with the Grave Digger boss from that game:

There can also be one tiny visible reference to Resident Evil 3, solely this time it’s the remake! 2020’s revamp of the traditional game opens with protagonist Jill Valentine having a nightmare during which she turns into a zombie after visiting her bathroom sink. The identical factor occurs to Billie (full with the identical POV digicam angle) in “The Light”, the present’s third episode.

Resident Evil 4 (2005)

Fans hoping to see any members of Los Illuminados (Resident Evil 4‘s evil religious cult) in Netflix’s collection will likely be out of luck, nevertheless it makes up for that in its fourth episode “The Turn”, which could as properly simply be referred to as “The Resident Evil 4 one.”

Not solely can we get an evil non secular cult (this time referred to as “The Brotherhood”), however we additionally get the primary on-screen look of the bag-headed chainsaw man:

Could The Brotherhood be revealed to be an extension of Resident Evil 4‘s Los Illuminados in a future season? One can solely hope…

Resident Evil 5 (2009)

An enormous query on folks’s minds when the present was introduced was “Didn’t Albert Wesker die in a volcano in 2009?” The Netflix collection retains its card near its chest for a lot of its first season, however that query is answered within the affirmative in “The Turn” when journalist Angel Rubio (Pedro de Tavira Egurrola) tells Jade and Billie that their father, properly, died in 2009. Game gamers will instantly acknowledge this as a reference to Wesker’s loss of life by rocket launcher in a volcano in Resident Evil 5:

This reference is lastly made specific within the present’s seventh episode, “Parasite”, with this exceptionally foolish line of dialogue delivered by Bert (Lance Reddick), considered one of Wesker’s clones: “He died in a volcano. It’s okay, though. He wasn’t very nice.”

Lest you are feeling cheated by the dearth of unique Wesker within the collection, “Parasite” additionally opens with a flashback to 2005 inf the Arklay Mountains (the place the mansion within the unique Resident Evil was situated) during which we see the unique Wesker decked out in his Matrix-y Resident Evil 5 outfit. In the scene, OG Wesker lords over his three clones Alby (Lance Reddick), Albert and the aforementioned Bert as they work on a “chest mount prototype.” Oh, did I point out that he has super-speed and super-strength powers similar to he did in Resident Evil: Code Veronica and Resident Evil 5?

Oh, and that chest mount prototype that he’s speaking about? It accommodates P30, a chemical compound recognized for its performance-enhancing results on the human physique and was used to brainwash Resident Evil and Resident Evil 3 protagonist Jill Valentine in Resident Evil 5, forcing her to combat towards her former companion Chris Redfield.

Resident Evil 6 (2012)

The most-hated mainline entry within the game franchise someway will get a nod within the collection’ fourth episode. After being kidnapped by The Brotherhood, grownup Jade (Ella Balinska) comes head to head with Mother Zero, a zombie who can management different Zeros together with her piercing shriek. While the creature design isn’t a precise reproduction of the Shrieker zombie from Resident Evil 6, the pulsating development on her neck is shut sufficient to the Shrieker’s chest development that we’ll give it a move. Plus, the Shrieker’s mutated vocal cords produce a sound that summons zombies to the Shrieker’s place, which is fairly much like what Mother Zero does within the present.

All of that being mentioned, this doesn’t appear to be an intentional reference on Dabb’s half, a minimum of in line with an interview he participated in with our personal Meagan Navarro.

Stray Eggs

There are a number of different Easter Eggs that don’t actually determine prominently into the plot, however they’re there nonetheless. The second episode, “The Devil You Know” sees grownup Jade search refuge in a girl’s home as she tries to succeed in “Barry”.  While this may very well be seen as a reference to fan favourite character Barry Burton, it’s unlikely given the truth that Barry’s spouse within the video games is called Kathy and his spouse within the present is called Melinda.

One of the lesser-known monsters from the franchise additionally makes an look in “The Light” and it’s the zombie rat from the spinoff game Resident Evil: Outbreak.

In a deep reduce reference, one of many smugglers within the present’s third episode wields the triple-barrel shotgun often called the Hydra, which options prominently in each Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6. Baxter (Turlough Convery) refers to himself as “the master of unlocking” within the fourth episode, whereas additionally wielding the Red9 (probably the most highly effective handgun in Resident Evil 4).

And lastly, the present offers us its personal model of a protected room within the fourth episode, the place we see Jade conceal out in a room with an in-your-face shot of a typewriter, the game franchise’s predominant system used to save lots of your progress earlier than heading again out into the survival horror.

Left out of the Netflix collection are any references to the occasions of Resident Evil: Code Veronica (aka Resident Evil 3.5), Resident Evil 7: Biohazard and Resident Evil Village (aka Resident Evil 8), however Dabb has already gone on report saying he’d like to bring Village‘s Lady Dimitrescu into a future season so it’s not like these video games are off limits! And given the best way the season ends, the doorways are open for any and all fan favourite characters and creatures to make appearances in future seasons (my high choose: Resident Evil 4’s Regenerators). Now we’ve simply obtained to hope that Netflix renews it!

Did we miss any references or Easter Eggs? Let us know within the feedback beneath!


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