Roundtable 74: Looking Back at the Resident Evil Series

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Commemorating the end of a cheesy, cheesy era! In this episode, Chris and Dimitri go through the entire Resident Evil series, reviewing each of Paul W.S. Anderson’s camp masterpieces one by one. Also, Chris shares a truly bizarre claim from Neil Gaiman, and Dimitri geeks out about giant bazooka-wielding mutant zombies. Come back next time as we discuss the latest entertainment news.

  • 00:00     Introduction
  • 01:33     Show and Tell: The View from the Cheap Seats
  • 06:03     The Resident Evil Franchise
  • 10:07     Resident Evil
  • 12:27     Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • 15:30     Resident Evil: Extinction
  • 17:26     Resident Evil: Afterlife
  • 20:36     Resident Evil: Retribution
  • 23:37     Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
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Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
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  • Brian Pickings

    I kind of love this series, minus things that don’t work in-universe (like having zombies come out of the ground in a cemetery when the agent is a virus… since when do viruses affect the already dead?) They’re part of those movies I can’t help from watching when they play on television even though I own them on some kind of disk, much like the Dawn of the Dead remake.

    I haven’t gotten around to watching the last one yet, but I’m happy to hear your thoughts on it. I’m looking forward to seeing if it really continues the previous one’s ending with the wall and everything.

    With the release of the seventh game that goes back to the sources in a way, do you think it’s possible that a new series or remake would come out?

    • Good catch on the “virus affecting the dead” thing!

      As for
      whether a remake or reboot of the series is on the way, I think it’s
      almost guaranteed. As you mention, the last game seems to indicate a
      desire to bring Resident Evil firmly back into horror. As such, I
      wouldn’t be surprised if there was some pressure from Capcom to do the
      same with the movies (and exclaim, “Synergy!” at every board meeting).

      Really, it’s a perfect time to reinvent the property.