Netflix launched its new Resident Evil series last week, but nobody seems to like it very much.
Rotten Tomatoes, for one, currently has Resident Evil listed with a 50% average Tomatometer score and 25% average audience score. These are some of the most disappointing scores yet for a Netflix show, as pointed out in Forbes’ coverage.
To compare this to other poorly received Netflix shows, famed superhero disaster Jupiter’s Legacy has a 41% critic score and a 73% audience score. Space Force, the controversial comedy has a 64% critic score and a 77% audience score. Hates Back Off, which frequently appears on “worst Netflix shows ever” lists, has a 50% critic score and a 76% audience score. One comparable show is the CG Resident Evil series on Netflix, Infinite Darkness, but even that scored higher, 50% with critics and 39% with audiences.
Resident Evil isn’t doing much better on other websites with grading scales. On IMDb, Resident Evil is currently listed with a score of 3.6 out of 10, while on Metacritic, the series has a Metascore and User Score of 53 and 1.9, respectively.
The synopsis for Resident Evil:
Year 2036 — 14 years after the spread of Joy caused so much pain, Jade Wesker fights for survival in a world overrun by the blood-thirsty infected and mind-shattering creatures. In this absolute carnage, Jade is haunted by her past in New Raccoon City, by her father?s chilling connections to the sinister Umbrella Corporation but mostly by what happened to her sister, Billie.
Critics have called Resident Evil out for what they say is bad writing and clichés, but it has some worthwhile moments. These include the appearances of a few recognizable monsters that are faithful to the source material (e.g., Lickers), and some story beats that tie into the original games (e.g., Raccoon City’s destruction in 1998 and Lisa Trevor’s role in Umbrella’s research).
Lance Reddick, who plays Albert Wesker, has also provided some fine acting, as usual, despite the quality of material that he was given.