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Watch The Opening Scene Of Netflix's Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness

Netflix is going big into the "Resident Evil" business with not one but two upcoming series based on Capcom's best-selling video game franchise. One is a live-action series from former "Supernatural" showrunner Andrew Dabb, and the other is an anime series called "Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness." The latter is coming out first, on July 8. (No premiere date for the live-action series has been set yet.)

"Infinite Darkness" is the first animated series in the "Resident Evil" media franchise, which includes 10 games in the main series (plus three remakes), six live-action "Resident Evil" films, three anime films, and many smaller games. It's an incredibly successful IP that's finally being adapted for the streaming TV era.

"Infinite Darkness" features two fan-favorite characters from the video game series: Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, who are voiced by Nick Apostolides and Stephanie Panisello, respectively. (They previously voiced the characters in the 2019 "Resident Evil 2" remake, if you wonder why they sound familiar." The series takes place a few years after "the horrors of Raccoon City," and follows our two protagonists as they become entangled in a conspiracy theory following a "viral attack" overtaking the White House, per Netflix's YouTube.

To build anticipation for "Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness," Netflix just released the thrilling opening moments of the series.

A mission gone very wrong

The clip features a fateful military mission that kicks off the cover-up. It's October 2000, and the U.S. military is intervening in the fictitious Middle Eastern nation of Penamstan, which is ravaged by civil war. A fleet of helicopters is 70 miles from the American base when one of the choppers suddenly puts out a mayday call. They've been hit, and they're going down. A captain in another chopper, leading a unit called the Mad Dogs, radios command and tells them what's happening, and is ordered to stand by. Refusing to leave his fellow soldiers behind, he disobeys the order and tells the pilot to take the bird down.

Back at command, a shadowy general in dark sunglasses impassively watches live footage of militants attacking the crashed helicopter. They tie a soldier to the back of a vehicle and drag him. Just then, the Mad Dogs' chopper begins firing on the enemy, which makes the general angry, and he barks at them to stand down. But the Mad Dogs are going in. Once they're on the ground, they find a soldier who's wounded but still alive. As they're tending to him, a militant fires a rocket at them. That's where the clip ends.

The animation style is highly realistic, and Yugo Kanno's score makes the action even more tense. We're looking forward to seeing more of "Infinite Darkness" when it drops on Netflix next month.