Netflix's Resident Evil was released today and it's getting a lot of ridicule from viewers for how much it awkwardly leverages a bunch of real-world topics. The Resident Evil games are very clearly set in a fictional universe with all kinds of in-universe brands, made-up politicians, and more. Although there are definitely some lines that can be drawn to potential inspirations, Capcom has been careful not to break the illusion that this is all very elevated and not meant to be grounded in any kind of reality. After all, the series features zombie dogs, a small Victorian boy who claims to be an adult man, and a soldier who punches a giant boulder out of his way. It's all very goofy, but the new show takes itself a bit more seriously.
Many are mocking the show for its awkward writing, in particular for how it jams in references to COVID and things like PornHub. Resident Evil establishes the games are canon to the TV show and puts unique spins on some of their events, but it also tries to find ways to relate things to real life. Umbrella is unfavorably compared to companies like Apple and Google, COVID is mentioned in relation to the T-Virus, and more. It's all a bit weird and feels jarring both for fans of the games, but also newcomers. It's not inserted very subtly and feels like it's done to feel more relevant, but feels incredibly forced. Nonethless, fans have been using that as ammo against the show.
Netflix's Resident Evil has gotten mixed reviews thus far. ComicBook.com gave it a 3.5/5, coming away with mixed, but generally positive feelings about the show and its potential for future seasons. The show also has the highest Rotten Tomatoes score for any Resident Evil project in years. It's not exactly a high bar, but the show definitely has some strengths, even if it has some stuff that's easy to make fun of. You can keep scrolling to see some of the things people are mocking Resident Evil for.
Unfavorable Comparisons to CW Shows
I love that Netflix decided to change Resident Evil up by making it a CW style show where noone acts like real people and references to Resident Evil are randomly shoved in pic.twitter.com/3EGIHdPLFE— Larrue (@didyaknowtensei) July 14, 2022
This Doesn't Feel Like Resident Evil
Three guesses what this is from, and your first two guesses don't count. pic.twitter.com/LmfP2yMFg7— Lo-Ping, Minister of Propapanda (@PandasAndVidya) July 14, 2022
Zootopia and Disney Confirmed for the Resident Evil Universe
this is from a Resident Evil TV show. pic.twitter.com/WXbJrK3BUW— balta (@BGarcN2) July 14, 2022
What a Combo
Things mentioned in Netflix resident evil so far: Elon Musk, Pornhub, and COVID-19. What a wacky show.— Derek (@DerekIsAWeeb) July 14, 2022
Umbrella Saw COVID and Still Went Ahead With its Zombie Virus
They mention Covid in the Netflix Resident Evil show😭— Ollie 🏹 (@TheQuiver_) July 14, 2022
Lot of Meme Potential Here
Albert Wesker, in the Netflix Resident Evil television show, says “I want PornHub to shred your resume.” and now I won’t stop saying it in his game character’s voice— koisty 👻 (@willkillforexp) July 14, 2022
"Covid is canon" Is a Wild Phrase
It's confirmed. Covid is now canon in the #ResidentEvil world.— Netflix Spooks🎃 (@NetflixSpooks) July 15, 2022
Which is horrifying in itself that such a future is entirely possible for us as we are now. #ResidentEvilNetflix pic.twitter.com/tsW4tHGzxB