The wildly popular Capcom zombie horror video game “Resident Evil” has never successfully had its story translated into a live-action version. While the Resident Evil movies starring Milla Jovovich have their cult following, it’s safe to say that they don’t have mass appeal.
Netflix decided to take their own swing at it and missed by a mile. It was plagued with horrible story writing, bad character development, strange decisions about the way established characters acted, unnecessary race swaps, and cringe-worthy moments. It resulted in a show that quickly fell off in terms of viewership and found little love from audiences. As of this writing, it sports an audience score of 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s bad enough that Netflix has already canceled the show after just one season according to Deadline:
Netflix has opted not to order a second season of Resident Evil, its action horror series loosely based on the popular video game franchise. The news, which comes a month and a half after the series’ July 14 release, is not entirely surprising as the drama did not have a particularly strong showing on Netflix’s Top 10 and cost vs. viewing is the streamer’s leading renewal criterion.
Running partly in the shadow of mega genre hit Stranger Things, which was released within the same time frame, Resident Evil debuted at No. 2 with an OK 72.7 million hours viewed for its opening weekend. But It did not deliver the big Week 2 bump one would like to see for a new series as word of mouth spreads, raking in 73.3M hours viewed in its second week for a No. 3 finish before dropping precipitously and falling out of the Top 10 after only three weeks. The latest Resident Evil incarnation also logged underwhelming 55% from critics on Rotten Tomatoes and a 27% audience score.
Something very similar happened to Netflix’s live adaptation of the classic anime, “Cowboy Bebop” which was canceled not three weeks after its release. Like “Resident Evil,” the live-action “Bebop” was weighed down with odd story decisions and a lot of modern leftist sentiments.
Just further proof that going woke means going broke and television that let’s real-world politics dictate decisions within art only creates art worthy of being ignored.
There’s little doubt that the “Resident Evil” Netflix series was going to be canceled quickly based on reviews and ratings, but it also seemed destined for the chopping block just based on Netflix’s new direction. Like Warner Bros., Netflix is also seemingly turning away from woke programming, and that this live-action monstrosity was going to be one of the last true remnants of a Netflix that was.
Netflix has announced that production on several woke programs would be halted among others. This includes shows like “anti-racist baby” and a feminist animated series by Meghan Markle.
It’s my theory that “Resident Evil” was always going to be canceled not long after its release, and that this decision had been made before it hit the streaming service. I suspect the only reason it was released was contractual obligations and the fact that Netflix had already invested so much money into it. Based on what I’ve seen out of Netflix and the comments from its CEO telling leftists to take a hike if they don’t like what’s coming down the pipe, it’s safe to guess that “Resident Evil” wasn’t fitting with the new direction.
The show reeks too much of modernity and modernity just isn’t selling.