A few months after the release of Resident Evil Village, the saga shows no signs of stopping grinding productions and, while we await the arrival of the cinematic reboot, Netflix in a few days will release the miniseries – consisting of 4 episodes – Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, which will see the return of two beloved characters from the series’ fans, Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield. The couple, whom we have already met during the events of Resident Evil 2 (and which we have seen appear in other chapters), this time it will deal with events placed temporally between Resident Evil 4 and the 5.
The dress does not make the priest
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, as we said at the beginning of our review, ranks after the events of Resident Evil 4: Leon has saved the daughter of the President of the United States of America by gaining her trust, and he finds himself having to rush to his aid again in what appears to be an international crisis dressed in zombie sauce. The series also uses the flashback technique to tell, in parallel, the Civil War in Penamstan, a nation bordering China that will have its role in the plot.
Precisely these flashbacks will accompany the viewers, during the episodes, towards the discovery of the truth alongside Claire, who in this miniseries will have a more investigative role (which obviously in the video game would have made less, while in a serial production she manages to give the maximum ). Like all Resident Evil, there will finally be various well-characterized characters, useful for the purposes of the plot and being part of the narrative plot.
Speaking precisely of the plot, it contains in itself most of the pros and cons of production: if on the one hand it is easy to find all those dynamics that make a Resident Evil such, it is true that some are part of the usual and identical ream of sheets. In conclusion, don’t expect some brilliant twists, but rather a series of dynamics with little sense that should not exist in 2021. Yet, even if some choices made by the various characters could be really out of context, you can see how by now the series manages to juggle very well in its spaces, even showing right away how the topics it deals with – not just simple zombies – are now his daily bread.
Is this too much action?
When we talk about Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness we are obviously talking about about 100 minutes of the series, which means having a totally different language from the video game: this is why the action this time is not preponderant (with this word we mean the simple interaction with the game, which in the TV series is obviously not doable). All this allows, as we have already said, to make the various real characters, more coherent, and less specks useful only for shooting enemies in the head. Regardless of everything, there will be no shortage of action scenes (both with Leon and Claire): especially the first, he will have his own way of shining and showcasing his experience gained first in Raccoon City and then El Pueblo.
The space given to the flow of the plot, free from any obligation related to gameplay, also allowed the series to make better use of the thriller part of the series, hiding mysteries that are not too original, but still intriguing. Likewise, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness also manages to take advantage of settings that usually do not lend themselves well to a video game, demonstrating how the series that in Japan call Biohazard still has a lot to tell, especially with regards to its old style.
Team that wins …
The idea behind the series is to continue the style already seen with Degeneration, Damnation is Vengeance, a triptych of CGI films really well made (and that you can find in Blu-Ray), even if this time the choice has focused on four episodes (although it was not needed). If on the one hand, therefore, surely we could have dared more, being the first serial production, the product works very well. The two characters, Leon and Claire, are also two of the most important of the series (and if we count that Chris has appeared in Resident Evil Village, then it makes sense to show something of the other two).
What it shows then Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, and that we want to emphasize in this review, is that there are many stories still to be told in the period before the last events (played in Village and in Resident Evil 7), and there are many things that the most well-known characters in the series can still do, whether they are events set in the past, present or future). Perhaps the eventual success of this series could shift the balance towards the iconic Chris, Leon, Claire and Jill, perhaps without falling into the mere action of Resident Evil 6 but at the same time bringing something interesting.
Regardless, the idea of populating the collective imagination of Resident Evil (after the films released in theaters, the upcoming cinematic reboot that should set the course on the classic and the live-action series in production that seems to be opting for a more teen-horror) with CGI productions it works very well, it could even open the doors to stories that would not work in a video game, and at the same time would allow you to proceed in parallel with different chapters, so as to give a bit of Resident Evil to everyone fans of the series.