Resident Evil is an American action horror streaming television series developed by Andrew Dabb for Netflix. Based on the video game series of the same name by Capcom, it is the second television adaptation of the franchise after the animated miniseries Infinite Darkness, and the ninth live-action adaptation after the film series of the same name. The series take place in its own original universe but feature the games series storyline as its backstory and basis.
The series features an ensemble cast led by Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker, Ella Balinska and Adeline Rudolph as Wesker’s adopted children while Tamara Smart and Siena Agudong portrays their younger self, and Paola Núñez as Evelyn Marcus, James Marcus’s daughters. It alternates between two timelines, following Jade and Billie Wesker during their days in New Raccoon City where they discover their father’s and Umbrella Corporation’s dark secrets, and 14 years in the future, where Jade tries to survive the end of the world.
The series’ main plot is spread out over two points in time – 2022 and 2036, with a gap of some 14 years. The “past” plotline deals with the struggles of 14 year old half-twins Billie and Jade, the children of Dr. Albert Wesker and conceived through suspicious circumstances. Their lives take a dramatic turn when Albert is awarded an executive position at the struggling Umbrella Corporation that once employed him, and they move to Umbrella’s planned community, New Raccoon City. While there the two girls stumble onto the dark secrets behind their origins and Umbrella’s dark legacy, while their father coordinates a response to the outbreak of a retroviral bioweapon called T-virus.
In the “present” of 2036, the T-virus has reduced human civilization to 300 million refugees living in walled city-states and other settlements, surrounded by the six billion “Zeroes” who contracted the disease and became roaming gangs of cannibal mutants. The most powerful organization left on Earth is the Umbrella Corporation, backed by its military arsenal, who are conducting a global manhunt for Jade.