Some of the best, scariest, and most claustrophobic sequences in the show are here in the second episode, leaning into the franchise’s light-horror roots.
This recap of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness season 1, episode 2 contains spoilers.
After the events in the premiere gave us some context about the current state of Penamstan, the fact that Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness episode 2 opens with a radio broadcast outlining a meeting between the U.S. government and Penamstan’s provisional one works as a kind of foreboding tease. President Graham is ostensibly to discuss providing aid to the nation, but with everything that’s going on, from potential Chinese cyberattacks to bio-terror in both the White House and Penamstan’s civil war, a cozy agreement seems unlikely.
But despite the political backdrop, this is still Resident Evil, as we’re reminded by a flashback opening that finds Jason arriving at a dilapidated house buzzing with flies. When he enters the bedroom, he’s shocked to see… something, and drops the paper bag he’s carrying to the floor. What look like syringes spill from inside it. Uh-oh!
He’s dreaming, of course. In reality, he’s still aboard the sub with Leon and Shen May, but he predictably doesn’t want to talk about having slipped into a lucid dream in the middle of a mission. Luckily, Claire’s Stateside investigation into Jason’s unit, the Mad Dogs (Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is really struggling to give her things to do), gives us some oblique explanation. As it turns out, everyone in Jason’s unit committed suicide except him and one other. A news story detailing one of those suicides looks very much like the property Jason visited in his opening flashback. Did he find one of his buddies dead? But what about the syringes? More on this story as we get it.
In the meantime, more flashbacks! We return to the cold open of the premiere, Jason’s unit under fire from all angles, but this time, instead of the RPG jolting us to that scene with the burning bodies and the zombies, we instead continue to follow the Mad Dogs in their retreat, where they discuss something quite obviously being covered up and run into Shen May. This is her flashback, you see, and in the present day, she’s fondling a locket that contains a picture of someone named Jun See. More on this story, too, as we get it.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness season 1, episode 2 represents the best and worse of the show in very close proximity to one another. Leon and Jason talking about the former’s experiences in Raccoon City and the latter’s thin justification of the military bombing the place is pretty ham-fisted and silly. But a subsequent run of action sequences aboard the claustrophobic corridors of the submarine and involving a horde of monster rats is great value. Leon, seemingly by chance, is left to fight off the bioweapons alone — “Wish I had some cheese,” he quips — seemingly by chance, but it quickly becomes apparent that Jason and Shen May are on a mission different to his. After electrocuting the rodents he emerges through a hatch to find Shen May pointing a gun in his face. It was them who butchered the crew.
But they leave Leon alive for long enough to explain that they’re looking for proof that’ll expose a conspiracy in the U.S. government, which everyone watching probably saw coming. This version of Leon, though, is slavishly devoted to government service for some reason and rejects the idea out of hand. He can’t get on board with treason, so in a disagreement, he shoots Jason dead — seemingly, anyway, but you know how this franchise is. Shen May is able to flee into the next episode. We’ll pick things up there.