Capcom’s mammoth zombie survival game, Resident Evil, has been frequently adapted to screen. The film series made Milla Jovovich a star. Owing to its enormous success, Netflix adapted an animated series, Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, to continue the legacy and reap the necessary limelight from the franchise.
Directed by Eiichirō Hasumi, the 4-part series capsules the events taking place in the year 2006. Hence, in the Resident Evil Universe, it happens between Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5. In the 4th volume, Leon S. Kennedy rescues the U.S. President’s daughter, Ashley Graham, and becomes an American Hero.
In Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, Leon continues the legacy and unravels the shocking truth clouding around Penamstan Civil War.
‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’ Summary
In 2000, the Republic of Penamstan was in chaos due to the ongoing Civil War. To suppress the rebellion and create its autonomy, American Government sends its forces. However, their arrival isn’t warmly welcomed. A chopper crashes amid the mayhem. Mad Dogs, a brave squad, engages with the enemy to safeguard their brothers but soon finds themselves trapped. One of the soldiers turns into a Zombie that ignites a curious rumor around the Civil War. Six years later, Penamstan Civil War is conquered, but its horrors remain fresh.
In 2006, American President Graham called a team of specialists, the hero of Penamstan Jason, former Warrant officer Shen May; and American Hero Leon to investigate a security breach. An insider stole some Pentagon military secrets, and the President wants them to apprehend further.
Secretary Wilson assumes that China may have orchestrated the breach as the nation wants to wage a Cyber War against America. But before it is investigated, zombies attack the White House.
How did Zombies infiltrate the White House?
Defense Secretary Wilson had created a Biomedical Empire by employing a highly contagious and mutagenic T-virus. Penamstan Civil War was the testing ground for his ploy. He further created tension between U.S. and China to compel President Graham to wage war against the Chinese. With clear objectives, he wanted to encash the war and sell his biohazard weaponry.
The T-Virus found its way into the White House through Wilson’s minion, Jason. During the Penamstan war, Jason got infected with the T-Virus. To control its spread, he regularly needed an antidote inhibitor. Wilson and his secretive biomedical company were the only suppliers, and thus, Jason was dependent.
The sole purpose of the Zombie attack was to convince President Graham of the upcoming doom and what reality would turn into if he didn’t wage a war on China.
Why all members of the Mad Dogs squad committed suicide?
While investigating Penamstan Civil War, Claire Redfield discovered Major General Wilson and his close association with the heroic squad, Mad Dogs. Claire scrutinized the members and figured out that all committed suicide except Jason.
A flashback suggested that on their combat mission in Penamstan, Mad Dogs unearthed U.S. intentions for military interventions. They wanted to gain a foothold into China, and Penamstan became the perfect spot for military deployment. However, it wasn’t the battle with guns and bombs. Rather, Col. Wilson used bioweaponry to win it.
The military intentionally sacrificed T-virus-mutated bioweapons troops to spread the Virus in Penamstan and eradicate its population. Mad Dogs intervened and screwed up Wilson’s perfect plan. The members of the Mad Dogs knew the truth, but Wilson bought their loyalty and used them for his covert operations. They became a band of Super Soldiers. But even though their hearts were throbbing, the remorse outweighed their will to live. Due to this reason, all of them killed themselves.
How Shen May planned to expose Wilson?
Shen’s younger brother, Jun See, was sent on a top-secret mission to contaminate Penamstan. However, little did he know that it was a suicide mission. Mad Dogs saved a zombie Jun See, who was smuggled to Shanghai. Under the extensive care of his Grandfather, Jun See survived, but his condition told otherwise. Shen wanted to take revenge on Wilson for her brother’s condition.
Shen found an embedded chip in Jun’s body that was designed to record the vitals of all the prototype bioweapon soldiers. Everything related to Wilson’s Top Secret mission was recorded on the chip. Shen wanted to publicly release the data to expose Wilson and end the development of bioweapons.
‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’ Ending, Explained
Wilson aspired to spread the bioweapons to create a market for his inhibitors, the drug that kept bioweapons in check. He was making bioweapons for-profit, and once President Graham waged war on China, Wilson would deploy his bio-troops and become invincible. He created super soldiers from T-virus at his secret lab who would never die as long as they took regular doses of inhibitors. In short, he perfectly designed Mutated Zombies to fight future wars.
Unlike conventional mindless Zombies, Mutated Zombies (Tyrant) can control their actions and rule the army of the dead. Jason became Tyrant Mutated Zombie but eventually turned into a rogue bioweapon.
Leon and Shen reached the facility and found Jason infecting Wilson. Though Wilson ran away, the facility triggered a self-destructive alarm to sterilize the Rogue Bioweapon. An Acidic Solution started rising from the depths, dissolving everything on its way up. Jason declared to expose Wilson for creating bioweapons by going public, but Leon and Shen wanted to do it the way they had planned, by releasing the date on Jun’s chip.
In the last battle, Jason killed Shen. Claire and Leon were able to defeat Jason. Wilson’s fully equipped bio-weapon lab was destroyed. On the outside, an ally informed President Graham about Wilson’s vile schemes. He improvised his Ceremony speech and advocated peace.
Wilson took shelter under the secretive biomedical company, Tricell, who provided him with an inhibitor to keep his virus in check. In Resident Evil 5 (video game), Tricell Corporation played a prominent role in developing Uroboros missiles. Mutated Uroboros was much similar to Wilson’s design and thus the connection between the two could be bridged. In an upcoming sequel, Resident Evil Infinite Darkness Season 2, this association will be further explored.
Why didn’t Leon give the chip to Claire?
Jun See’s chip was the only evidence to put an end to the development of biomedical weapons. However, if the information was made public, it could have had repercussions.
A sudden release of the information could have endangered President Graham’s position. Leon had been loyal to the title and would have done anything to protect it. When he refused to hand over the chip to Claire, she mentioned that his official outfit doesn’t suit him. It was a subtle hint that Leon preferred the government over his ethics. Leon walked proudly into the White House confirming what Claire had remarked.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is a 2021 Animated Series based on a Zombie Survival Video Game created by Capcom.