The Netflix series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is like a terrible scene that you can't skip - Africa News Quick
  • July 12, 2021

The Netflix series Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is like a terrible scene that you can’t skip

I love Resident Evil for many reasons. Survival horror, puzzles, atmosphere, settings. But the plot? Rarely. Maybe never. This is a series dense in tradition, embracing every medium imaginable, but repeatedly failing to tell a compelling story. In games, that’s fine – you know that once the heavy cutscenes are over, you’ll be picking up the controller and fighting a giant tentacle monster. But in Infinite darkness, a 4-part animated miniseries available now on Netflix, there is no game to escape from. It’s a long scene you can’t skip, and it feels like a return to the series’ worst habits after RE7 and Village worked so hard to breathe new life into it.

Set in 2006 between the events of Resident Evil 4 and 5, Infinite Darkness reunites Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, though the pair don’t share much screen time, which seems like a wasted opportunity. After a hacking attempt at the White House, followed by a contained zombie outbreak, Leon is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, Claire is helping refugees as a member of the human rights agency TerraSave, and discovers evidence of biological weapons experiments in the fictional war-torn country of Penamstan. These two plot threads are linked, which is explained in detail by the many scenes of people standing in dark rooms talking to each other.

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