There is a moment in the Netflix series adaptation of Resident Evil when Lance Reddick suddenly morphs into an action hero 

It’s since reanimated as dozens of spinoffs, TV series and a multi-film franchise led by Milla Jovovich. 

Netflix’s “Resident Evil,” however, takes a different approach by focusing on the Wesker family, 

which includes their distant dad Albert Wesker (Lance Reddick) and twins Jade and Billie Wesker (Tamara Smart and Siena Agudong).  

Casual “Resident Evil” fans will no doubt recognize Albert Wesker as one of the foremost villains of the franchise, 

but the series reimagines him as a cold, subtle father figure who  produces some of the most compelling moments as his mysterious past  unfolds. 

Unfortunately, Reddick’s moments are confined to one storyline in  “Resident Evil,” as it shifts between the present day in New Raccoon  City,  

another reference to the video games that will intrigue fans, to 2036, where a zombie virus has ravaged the world. 

But the show is as lifeless as a flesh-hungry zombie when he’s not around. 

The present-day storyline is a mix of bland high school drama and pharmaceutical corruption, while the future 2036 events 

Starring Ella Balinska as a hardened and traumatized adult Jade Wesker, whiplash between zombie guts and tired genre tropes. 

Since half the show is future-set, there are some twists later on —  mostly “Who is still alive in 2036 and how did they survive?” — but the  disparate zombie parts do not make a cohesive zombie whole. 

Horror and undead fans, on the other hand, will be able to sink their teeth into the zombie action of “Resident Evil.” 

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