Season 4 - The Podcast Reigns

 

The team moved quickly into season 4 with a continued celebration into the 2016 20th Anniversary celebrations, with everyone splitting up and taking on a different version of the original Resident Evil - the standard original, director's cut, Deadly Silence, and Sega Saturn versions all get covered and discussed.

 

The next podcast took a different tact, and looked at a part of the franchise lore as a whole - with the 39th episode covering all the shady companies and dealings throughout the franchise. Want to learn your Blue Umbrella from your Tricell, your WillPharma from U.S. Govt shady back dealings... this is the episode for you.

 

Episodes 39 and 40 are a double helping of Resident Evil 7 coverage. Firstly Ep 39 looked into the immediate aftermath of the title and the entire teams first reactions to the finished product. Everyone then returned about a month later to record 40 and talk more in depth about the game as the dust settled and we'd had more time to digest everything.

 

After the generally well enjoyed Resident Evil 7, the crew settled in for the next in the CGI franchise - the recent release of Resident Evil: Vendetta. Questions are asked, boundaries are challenged, and Rombie goes whole hog into film analysis mode.

 

For Episode 42, listener requests provide the focus after our successful Corporate podcast had the team looking at the history of the Raccoon City incident, and the city itself. The team look at the various aspects going on, a timeline of events, and a discussion about the aftermath. Episode 43 also continues down the listener requests and the team looks into the history of the B.O.W. programs and other weapons made during the course of the franchise, and going through discussion on the best and worst of the series.

 

Resident Evil 7 is returned to yet another time with the releases of Not A Hero and the Gold Edition of the game - combining a look at the now completed package. After delays to everyone's surprise NAH turns out to be a better outcome than expected, but does it give proper time to re-evaluate the whole package in a different light?

 

For the 45th episode of the Podcast the team returned to the world of Resident Evil 2, with the team splitting up the scenarios between them. Breaking down the various possible canon ideas and looking at the game as a whole as we approach the remake of Resident Evil 2, is it even worth the point of being remade?

 

It was fitting timing to have done so as it's not long before we got our first look of the Resident Evil 2 remake, and so Episode 46 is devoted to an in-depth discussion surrounding the reveal and everyones new thoughts on the remakes first reveal.

 

Before reaching Episode 47, the team does their first special Podcast Presents.... an audio commentary on the original Paul W.S. Anderson film. It's not surprising to find a large number of the team aren't fans of the film in general, but everyone involved takes a proper look at the film on it's own merits and how it's linked and not linked to the franchise.

 

However not yet sunk to the lowest of lows, the following full episode has the team discussing the origins of and the point of even playing Gun Survivor 2: Code Veronica. What is shocking is both the surprises and non-surprises surrounding the teams interests including that TheBatman played it once in 2003 and never again.

 

Finally Season 4 is rounded out by Episode 48... a long delayed and highly requested return for a second round of Biohazard STARS! The second attempt moves everyone into a more team based play, with the UK teams divided North and South, and New Zealander Rombie teamed up with frequent Australian guest TheSelfishGene. Battle of the Isle Teams Vs. Battle of The Colonies. Who will come out on top? Possibly Neptune's own daughter. Who can tell.

 

However as one last final treat on Xmas day, the team covers a audio and video bonus Podcast Presents covering Biohazard 4D Executioner. TheSelfishGene sits in place of Rombie for this event having actually attended the experience while living in Japan. Lots of in-depth info abounds on this very interesting event.

 

Season 5 - Remakes, Retellings, Returns... Oh My!

 

The first episode return for Season 5 is a final preview before the release of Resident Evil 2... perfectly timed for everyone's views on the game to become Episode 50 of the Project Umbrella Podcast.

 

Still to come - further thoughts on Resident Evil 2 Remake, further Podcast Presents episodes - covering both more Live Action and the CGI films as commentaries, more in depth episodes covering parts of the series. Another pathways episode covering Gun Survivor. And much, much, more.