Resident Evil Season 2 is looking “highly unlikely”, at least, according to one of our sources with very close ties to Netflix, which is interesting news. The series was released on the streaming platform last month, and it got a lot of attention online, but not really for the right reasons.
We’ve been trying to find out what’s going on with Resident Evil for quite some time now. However, it wasn’t until recently that we finally got some news on the current status of the show’s second season. The show is based on a series of video games by Capcom, and the games are among some of the very best survival horror video games ever made.
However, no live-action adaptation of the video games has ever been successful. We had the Paul W.S Anderson movies, which starred his wife, Milla Jovovich. They weren’t great. The first couple were OK, but they weren’t very good adaptations of the games.
We then had the movie Welcome To Racoon City, which was released last year. That movie was genuinely terrible. all hope rested on the shoulders of this Netflix series. The Netflix series was developed by Andrew Dabb, and I had a lot of hope for this show.
However, the series was released, and it really left a lot to be desired. The series went down, in my opinion, as one of the big disappointments of this year. Judging by our readers’ comments on our website and across our social media accounts, people did not think much of this new Netflix horror show.
Resident Evil Season 2 might not happen on Netflix
Anyway, let’s get onto what our source had to say about whether Season 2 is going to happen or not. Here’s what they had to say on the matter:
Second season [of Resident Evil] is looking very unlikely at the moment. Still no official decision on it yet. [The] show’s fate is hanging by a string.
Judging by that response to our question, it really doesn’t sound good for the show’s second season and its showrunner, Andrew Dabb. He’s not been quiet about wanting to do more seasons of the series. In an interview with ComicBook.com, he explained:
The games are our backstory. Everything that happened in the games exists in this world. So like, the village is there. We might not get there ’til season 5, but it is in our world.
Moreover, it seems like he’s even got a story in mind for Season 2. Dabb noted in an interview with Screen Rant that the second season would “100%” feature an appearance from Ada Wong.
Will Netflix try something new with the property?
Netflix’s Resident Evil series starred Ella Balinska, Tamara Smart, Siena Agudong, Adeline Rudolph, Paola Núñez and Lance Reddick. The cast was actually quite good. The show’s issues had nothing to do with their acting abilities.
I actually quite liked seeing Lance Reddick do his stuff as all the clones he plays in the series. In the show, he plays Al Wesker, Jade and Billie’s father, Bert Wesker, Jade and Billie’s uncle and Al’s brother, Alby Wesker, Al and Bert’s deceased brother and Albert Wesker, a rogue Umbrella operative who created several clones of himself.
That’s a lot of people to play, and he does a good job at making us believe that he’s actually playing multiple characters. The issue with this show was really all to do with its story.
I actually thought that the show looked really good. It’s easily one of the best-looking Resident Evil live-action adaptations we’ve ever seen. Some of the CGI was terrific. I’m thinking specifically of that scene with the giant caterpillar-looking thing that’s been infected with the T-virus.
There was so much promise for this series, and unfortunately, it fell short. It’s a good example of how vital story is when making these sorts of shows.
The show saw a huge drop in viewership after its first week
The show had a huge headstart on other series that aren’t based on hugely popular franchises. So, it was no surprise when the show did very well upon its release. The series was on many of Netflix’s Top ten shows lists around the globe. However, it saw a huge decline in popularity after its initial release on the streaming platform.
The first weekend was very promising for the show. It’s ended up scoring 72 million hours in its first three days on the service. However, in week 2, the show fell to the number 2 spot, but it was still watched for 73 million hours.
Then, its third week on Netflix was when it saw a huge drop in popularity. The series saw a hefty 63% drop in viewing hours globally, which is not good, and that tends to be a good indication of whether subsequent seasons of the show will be greenlit by Netflix or not.
We can compare the show’s numbers to other series, such as Archive 81, First Kill and Cowboy Bebop, which were all cancelled by Netflix. All of those shows saw big drops in weeks 2 to 3. The only thing that sets Resident Evil apart from those other shows is that it had a bigger launch than the others.
However, it ended up having a sharper drop in viewership than Archive 81. That show was actually very popular with viewers, Resident Evil hasn’t been so popular.
What do you make of this news? Were you looking forward to watching a second season of Resident Evil on Netflix? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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