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Netflix’s Resident Evil series may have premiered this year, but it was canceled early, leaving the series with only one season.
Resident Evil, based on the popular video game franchise, was supposed to be the next big series on the streaming service.
However, once it was released, it became clear that the series was not going to last.
Fans of the show were hoping it would be a closer adaptation than the Paul W.S. In Anderson’s films, the first episode alone proved that this was not the case.
When the series finally arrived, fans, newcomers, and critics couldn’t hold back their disappointment.
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Why was it canceled?
When Resident Evil went live, viewers quickly took to social media to ridicule the series, especially the dialogue.
Fans have expressed their dissatisfaction with the series, and critics are making an overview of the series due to the story and the performances of the actors.
While Resident Evil attracted few viewers, it seems the majority delved into the series just to see how bad it was.
Another factor could be the timing of the release, as Netflix suffered a loss of subscribers, most of whom felt there was a lack of quality content.
Paul W. S. Anderson’s films were the first to adapt Resident Evil, but many felt it lacked the same power as the games, especially the characters that many have come to love.
While Albert Wesker was in most films, the likes of Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield, and Jill Valentine were rarely featured.
The Netflix series focused on Albert Wesker before the release of the T-Virus and the introduction of his daughters, two new original characters who did not appear in the game.
Although Lance Reddick’s performance was a highlight for many (aside from his Pornhub monologue), it wasn’t enough to keep the show afloat.
Another big issue was how the series executed the video game elements. The effort was visible, but it produced an unsatisfactory result.
The time frame also continued to jump back and forth.
While providing background information about the characters is important, many didn’t feel it involved the original characters because they were hoping to see the protagonists of the video game.
The Netflix series “Resident Evil” provided a clean slate and opportunity for the video game series.
Instead, the showrunners chose a different path, which resulted in a confusing and uninteresting story.
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Lance Reddick reacts to the news
Lance Reddick as Albert Wesker was undoubtedly one of the few bright spots in the Resident Evil series.
When the news broke last week, the actor looked back on his time on the show and thanked the crew, executive producers, and other cast members. Reddick also thanked fans who showed love and support for the series, tweeting:
He posted his feelings about him with a video on Twitter, in which he also called out haters and trolls.
“A special thank you to all the fans who watched #ResidentEvilNetflix, the showrunners, my castmates, executives and more. We worked our asses off and had a great time.”
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