‘Resident Evil’ Canceled at Netflix; Won’t be returning for season 2

ELLA BALINKSA as JADE in Netflix’s Resident Evil

Resident Evil has now been officially canceled from Netflix after one season. Why was the show cancelled? The review scores, viewing stats, and production costs all led to the predictable fate.

Resident Evil is the now-released Netflix Original series based on the Capcom game of the same name and created by Andrew Dabb. The series is produced by Constantin Film and Moonlighting Films, the same producers behind all Resident Evil movies. It’s just one of the many video game adaptations Netflix is ​​currently working on.

In the year 2022, Albert Wesker settles in New Raccoon City with his daughters Jade and Billie. Years later, however, it is revealed that the world has succumbed to the t-virus, where mutated monsters and zombies roam, forcing Jade Wesker to search the globe to find a cure to save the last remnants of humanity.

Has Netflix renewed Resident Evil for a second season?

Netflix Official Renewal Status: Canceled (last updated: 27/08/2022)
Our renewal forecast: With risk of cancellation.

In late August, just over a month and a half after release, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva announced on behalf of Netflix that the show had been cancelled.

Given the popularity of the franchise, there would always be plenty of eyes on the show, guaranteeing that Resident Evil will be seen in many top ten lists around the world. But just because a lot of people started watching doesn’t mean they’d make it to the end.

The first weekend was promising for resident evil, scored 72 million hours in the first three days of service. In week 2 (the first full week), it held the number 2 position of the week with 73 million.

In week 3 things start to get a little bleak and why we say Resident Evil is now in danger. It saw a 63% drop in viewing hours worldwide.

Week period Number of hours viewed (M) Rank Week in Top 10
July 10, 2022 to July 17, 2022 72,670,000 2 1
July 17, 2022 to July 24, 2022 73,260,000 (+1%) 3 2
July 24, 2022 to July 31, 2022 27,470,000 (-63%) 5 3

If we compare the hour figures with other shows, such as: Archive 81 and Cowboy Bebopthat were canceled quickly, they also saw large declines in weeks 2 to 3. first murder still waiting for renewal. The only thing that sets Resident Evil aside is that the first weekend was more than 2x launch.

Resident Evil comparison chart to other shows

Resident Evil Hour Numbers vs. Archive 81, Cowboy Bebop, and First Kill

Rough top 10s show the sudden drop in interest and viewers beautifully.

Thanks to FlixPatrol, we know that the show did have a great first weekend, but it didn’t last long. On August 13 (one month after its release), the show was no longer in the top 10 in the world.

In the United States, the show was in the TV top 10 for just 21 days before departing.

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Image: FlixPatrol

What about the question? TelevisionStats.com suggests the show peaked as the third most popular TV show in the world using stats from Google Trends, Wikipedia, Twitter, IMDb, and more. At the time of cancellation, the show is the 263rd most popular title in the world.

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Our theory (we are waiting to hear from other data analytics companies about this) is that the starting rate for: Resident Evil was very high, but the completion rate was too low. This meant that the show didn’t have a good ROI and was therefore too expensive to justify a second season.

For more information on how Netflix decides to renew or cancel shows, check out our guide to renewals here.

How does Resident Evil perform with reviews?

Reviews from both critics and audiences are not particularly nice.

While critics’ reviews were ultimately divided (it has a 53% on RottenTomatoes), audiences have been quite vocal about their distaste for the series thus far.

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Resident Evil Review Scores on RottenTomatoes

As of August, the series currently only has a 3.9/10 on IMDb (up from 3.4 over the weekend of release) and a 26% on RottenTomatoes.

For context, Netflix has rightly or wrongly built a reputation for adapting anime or video games and wronging the source material.

Many of the fan reviews seem to mention this in their reviews. For example, an IMDb review has the headline “This is NOT a “Resident Evil”!” to add:

“If the rights to make these kinds of shows are being sold or loaned, there should be some ground rules. Netflix has hurt so many franchises by making substandard material that it’s not funny at all, it really is. I won’t bore you, there are lists of every movie and show that have completely destroyed Netflix and other streaming services.”

What did we expect from Resident Evil season 2

Tyrant runs rampant

The collapse of civilization was strongly suggested throughout the season by Joy, the miracle pill Albert Wesker had worked on for Umbrella. However, it seems that the escaped Tyrant caused the first outbreak in New Raccoon City.

Tyrants, one of the most powerful bioweapons created by Umbrella, are a force of nature and practically impossible to destroy by conventional methods. With a tyrant roaming the streets of New Raccoon City and Cape Town just an hour away, it’s easy to see how an infection can spread quickly.

We may see Jade, Billie and Uncle Bert trying to escape South Africa as the virus rages around them.

resident evil season 2 on netflix tyrant

The tyrant enclosed in his glass case – Image. Netflix

Ada Wong

Before leaving the lab, Albert gave Jade a piece of paper with Ada Wong’s address. As a former employee of the original Albert Wesker, it will be interesting to know the relationship between Ada and the cloned Albert.

A master of hand-to-hand combat and the use of small arms, Ada can teach Jade how to fight.

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Ada Wong in the Resident Evil 2 – Picture remake. Capcom

Jade vs Billie

Suffice it to say, Jade and Billie are the most dysfunctional siblings in the world right now. But now that Billie kidnaps her niece Bea, Jade does everything she can to get her daughter home.

There is also the question of what abilities Bea possesses, as she displayed some degree of control over the giant crocodile. It’s unclear if Bea can control any of the Zeros, but you can bet Billie will definitely start experimenting with Bea’s blood.

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Broken siblings Billie (Siana Agudong) on ​​the left and Jade (Tamara Smart) on the right. – Image. Netflix

Where is the real Albert Wesker?

Since the series is loosely tied to the video game story, the events of 2022 meant that the original Albert Wesker should have been destroyed in an African volcano by Chris Redfield. But nothing is ever easy for a person like Wesker, who is an expert at escaping certain death.

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The Real Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) – Image. Netflix

As for cast, here’s who we expected to have returned:

Role Cast member
Jade Wesker Ella Balinska
Young Jade Wesker Tamara Smart
Billie Wesker Adeline Rudolph
Young Billie Esker Siena Agudong
Albert Wesker Lance Reddick
Evelyn Marcus Paola Nuñez

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