Another Resident Evil adaptation, another bunch of unhappy fans (Picture: MARCOS CRUZ/NETFLIX)
There are some stories that just don’t suit adaptation, and after several attempts it appears that Resident Evil is destined to be one of them.
The horror video game series, which pits players against zombies and the Umbrella Corporation, launched in 1996 and significantly impacted the genre, going on to have several sequels.
But the film adaptation series, which began in 2002, has consistently failed to live up to audience expectations, despite seven different attempts.
And it appears that a brand new Netflix series, which dropped on July 14, has fared no better with TV critics or fans of the survival horror series.
Fans hoped that the series, developed by The CW’s Supernatural writer Andrew Dabb, would finally be the adaptation they were waiting for.
But if the IMDb scores are anything to go by, viewers are less than impressed with Dabb’s interpretation of the horror game series.
Lance Reddick as Albert and Paola Nunez as Evelyn in Resident Evil series (Credits: Netflix)
Based on over 13,000 votes, the series currently has an overall rating of 3.6 out of a possible 10, with the first episode rated even lower 3.4.
That score is one of the lowest ever recorded on IMDb for a Netflix series.
The misery doesn’t stop there, with viewers taking to the Reviews section to comment on why they’re so unimpressed.
They keep trying but fans don’t seem to be getting on board (Picture: Marcos Cruz/Netflix)
‘I’m usually down for new things’, one fan commented, before saying: ‘But this new series makes for some tough watching’.
Another said: ‘The only thing this show has in common with the games is the name. This a crappy cash grab to lure fans of the game like me in.’
TV critics also pulled very few punches when submitting their analysis of the series which comprises of eight episodes.
The Rotten Tomatoes critic score sits at a lowly 51%, with the average score sitting at 5.8, while the audience score is all the way down at 25%.
Bradley Russell of Total Film said: ‘Parts of [Resident Evil] show promise, but it ultimately falters thanks to large chunks being dedicated to a sub-standard post-apocalyptic plot that’s been done better elsewhere.’
There is talk of Netflix producing a second season after the first season finale ended on a tense cliffhanger, but only time will tell if the reception has damaged its prospects.
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