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Bear with me on this, as I have only watched it once and the subtitles are not great in terms of translation. But here is the general gist of what happens. Full spoiler alert obviously.

Spoiler:
The play opens with an ambiguous dream-like sequence. We see Professor Ryan Howard behind a screen in his laboratory busy working on his experiments. He is so engrossed he fails to see his son Tyler watching him from a distance. Tyler walks away and says he is not really dead, but his father ignores him. It then starts to rain around Tyler and people behind him all simultaneously raise and opened red and white striped umbrellas. Tyler then checks a pendant around his necklace.

(A track from Biohazard 6 plays throughout this sequence and I must say when the familiar umbrellas opened up it did send goosebumps down my spine – it still has that effect all these years later. It’s a wonderful little sequence.)

We then get a small (albeit cheaply made) shot of the Earth, which slowly zooms in down to Western Australia and through to Philosophy University. It is August 12th 2010 3:40PM.

Rebecca Chambers is teaching a science class. Mary Gray (a student with an extraordinary high IQ of 230) is trying to solve a complex equation on the board. Rebecca explains to the whole class that this is the final problem of the day but the rest of the students led by Olivia Price are more interested if Rebecca has a boyfriend, speculating whether she wants to keep such a relationship a secret. Rebecca deflects the question by asking about Olivia. She says she goes out with Lucas Butler, the most popular boy in the science department. The mention of Lucas distracts Mary, who secretly has a crush on him. It is not obvious here, but Mary is wearing a curious device on her wrist. The lecture is also being observed by Professor Howard, though neither Rebecca or any of the students notice his presence.

Eventually, Mary gives up and says she cannot solve the equation. But Rebecca says she is correct, the formula cannot be solved. She explains there are still countless sciences on the earth that are not yet answered and cannot be solved by the human race in its current form. She wrote this unsolvable formula so her students would recognise this fact. Rebecca also explains there is still the possibility of new discoveries but Mary interrupts her by saying what is impossible to the human race could be possible to something more than human and speculates about a future where something superior to humans will rule the world. Rebecca is a little shaken by this and says that is not the point she was trying to make and sincerely hopes that future will not come. Before they can talk further the bell sounds and the class is dismissed. Lucas comes to meet Olivia and Mary looks sad and walks away on her own.

Mary goes up to the rooftop terrace where the sun is setting and cries. There she bumps into Tyler Howard who is still staring at his necklace. She can sense loneliness and anger inside him, the same as her. They talk for a while and Mary says loneliness is the power to change oneself, but Tyler says loneliness turns people to anger. They both agree that neither of them feel alive so Mary says today is the first day of the rest of their lives, the day of the beginning. She can feel a connection between them both.

We cut to another teacher named Bethany who meets with Rebecca. She has been borrowing some of Rebecca’s advanced text books as she has to teach beyond her speciality since many of her students here are unusually gifted. They then have a conversation that is ambiguous to the audience but is a reference to more students mysteriously disappearing from campus. Troubled, Rebecca goes to see Ezra Sennett, the dean of Philosophy University and played by the fantastic Sonny Chiba.

In his office, Ezra is a friendly man and asks how Rebecca is settling in. She says she is learning a lot from Mary Gray who has been showing her around campus. They are then joined by Ezra’s personal assistant, Matthew Russell, who says that Mary has an amazing brain and is a necessary piece of Philosophy University. He appeals to Rebecca not to place any extra burdens on her. Together, they discuss the missing persons cases that began frequently a couple of months ago. In a throwback to Mother Gracia from Marhawa Desire, Erza gives a speech about how he built this university from the ground up and how it is now his entire life. He cannot afford damage to its reputation and these rumours about missing people are troubling. All he has built here could be destroyed in seconds. Matthew asks Rebecca if she has any information but she concedes she does not.

At this point, Ezra introduces Rebecca to Barrington Meyer, a detective from Philosophy City Police he has hired to discreetly investigate the case. He comes across as immediately unlikeable and says asks why Rebecca has such an interest in fossils as he has watched her go to the fossil museum and library of archaeology many times, even showing CCTV footage he has of her. Rebecca defends her curiosity as a scientist but has no objections if Dean Erza wishes her to stop going there. But Erza says it is not a problem. The human race lives to learn, it is why he built this place. All he asks for in return is her full co-operation while she works here. Rebecca agrees and says she will report directly to him if she uncovers anything unusual. She then takes her leave. However, she waits by the office door and can hear the conversation that follows.

With Rebecca gone, Barrington suspects she may know something. Erza hands him money as it is revealed he is bribing Barrington to keep these missing persons cases on the low-down so that the university’s reputation goes untarnished. After Barrington leaves, Matthew believes they are paying Barrington too much and does not trust him. But Erza believes the detective’s love of money means he will stay loyal to them until he dies. However, Matthew still believes he may someday betray them. Erza appreciates Matthew’s wisdom, calls him 'my son' and says he is the only one he trusts.

We then get a small monologue from Barrington who says Matthew doesn’t look so trustworthy himself.

In a new scene, Rebecca catches up with Mary and they have a small conversation. Mary apologises for asking strange questions in class but Rebecca says it is imperative she focuses on her goals. Mary now believes she has found her true purpose and it is now time to act upon that. Rebecca offers encouragement. They are interrupted briefly by Professor Ryan Howard, who congratulates Mary on a phenomenal research paper she wrote entitled ‘Reset.’ He then leaves in a hurry.

Suddenly, Olivia and Lucas run over in a panic and we can hear but not see the sounds of zombies. Students are panicking everywhere. Bethany comes back over and suggest they can evacuate to the audio visual room. They disappear whilst Rebecca helps other wounded students get out of there.

Bethany, Lucas and Mary reach the audio visual room but have gotten separated from Olivia on the way. Bethany looks them both inside whilst she goes back to look for Olivia.

Rebecca contacts Chris Redfield as the militaristic Biohazard 6 music kicks in. As she does so, she catches a glimpse of Tyler running past and recognises him.

We cut to another (cheaply made) video of a Gambit driving down a road. Chris and Piers Nivans are inside. Piers asks about Rebecca and Chris says she was a former member of S.T.A.R.S. They pull up to the gates of the university and Piers takes out a zombie with his sniper rifle with Chris saying they cannot let any of the creatures get out. They then move inside as a title card says the time is now 4:45PM.

Time for another (cheaply made) video now as we flashback to 1998 and we zoom down onto Raccoon City and move through the Arklay Mountains to the Spencer Mansion. A voiceover gives us a brief overview of the strange incidents that occurred at the time and then we see the main hall of the mansion projected onto the back screen. Rebecca is here, dressed in STARS uniform (great sight,) and is calling out her name and appealing to any survivors. She then finds her way to the infirmary and realises that most of the medicines stored here are from Umbrella. We then get another voiceover telling us all about Umbrella with information displayed on a screen.

We then get a mini retelling of Chris’s original introduction to Rebecca. He says he’s from Alpha Team come to rescue them all. She explains about the medicines being from Umbrella and Chris has never heard of them. He asks what this mansion could be for and she wonders about a secret lab. He asks if she is okay with a gun and they both leave.

(What’s interesting here is that this scene plays out more like a retelling from the 1996 original than it does from Remake. Rebecca does not spray Chris with bug repellent, but this scene is implied to take place in the infirmary and there is no mention of Richard anywhere. Rebecca’s random mention of a secret laboratory is also a little strange and out of place –Canon purists just let it go. It matters not.)

Another voiceover now and Moonlight Sonata plays in the background as we are told the mansion is a front for Umbrella’s biological weapons experiments. There is no mention of Wesker.

Another retold scene here with Chris and Rebecca having just emerged from the Tyrant lab. Rebecca wants to blow this place up due to all the viruses left lying around. Chris asks if she can manage it and she says she will ‘trigger the starting device.’ Chris says they will rendezvous outside and they go their separate ways. The screen then fades to black as the self-destruct countdown begins. Small spotlights show zombies in lab coats wandering round then we get the FMV shot of the mansion exploding.

Another voiceover says that although Chris and the others were successful in destroying this Umbrella operation, the corporation’s experiments were never uncovered. The narrator goes on to say that in 2003, anonymous data was submitted to the court and because of this, Umbrella practically went bankrupt, but many of the viruses and B.O.W.s were taken by former employees and leaked onto the black market. Since the GPC was afraid other pharmaceutical companies would begin B.O.W. research, they formed the B.S.A.A and Chris became one of its tactical specialists.

Soon bioterrorism began to happen all over the world and we now cut to 2005 – Rochester City. Police Officer Tyler Howard is embroiled in a t-Virus outbreak in nearby St. Cloud in Minnesota. He is working as a support member with the B.S.A.A. He is shooting zombies and wondering why they are not dying. He is saved by Rebecca who introduces herself as a B.S.A.A. advisor and tells him to shoot the zombies in the head.

Following this incident, Tyler was recruited as an agent for the U.S. Government. (It was reported he died in this incident, so the U.S. Government upheld this so he could work in secret. It is heavily implied but not mentioned outright that he joins the same Secret Military Agency as Leon.) He also recovered data from the incident linked to Umbrella’s bioterrorism.

Fast forward to 2009 – Chris is now Alpha Team Captain of the B.S.A.A. North America Branch as well as spending time with new trainees. Among the recruits is Piers Nivans, who has outstanding sniping skills. Chris takes him under his wing and says he will be the future of the B.S.A.A.

We are now back at the university in the present and are introduced to Posh Brown, a security guard. He is alone is a darkened corridor and shines his flashlight on the audience, asking why no one is evacuating when the university is going crazy. He then runs off.

We cut back to Chris and Piers who link up inside the security office with Rebecca. She is also with Sophie Home (the hottest female B.S.A.A. member to date in my humble opinion!), a member of the Oceanic Branch, and Barrington. Sophie introduces herself to Chris and Piers, and Chris introduces Piers to Rebecca, who explains several students have been evacuated safely to the audio-visual room. Barrington also introduces himself and shakes hands with Chris. Chris suspects the t-Virus or something similar has leaked out and spread, but cautions this may have been intentional. Sophie assures him that members of the Oceanic branch have the school perimeter sealed off and under guard. Barrington tries to explain they must avoid mass panic in the city at all costs. Chris says they will deal with the threat and rescue survivors causing as little damage as possible.

Piers asks Barrington what he knows and the detective explains Philosophy Police know there have been students missing for a couple of months now. Aside from that, he crassly remarks he knows about Rebecca’s background as a S.T.A.R.S. member and that she’s into fossils. That’s about it. Sophie doesn’t like Barrington and begins to challenge him but Chris interrupts. He orders Sophie to team up with Barrington and start clearing out the East Wing. Chris, Piers and Rebecca will take the west wing. Sophie is not happy about this but Piers discreetly tells her that the captain does not want Barrington to be near Rebecca and him sending Sophie instead is a sign he already trusts her. Sophie is impressed and then casually flirts with Piers by asking his opinion on her.

Chris asks Rebecca about the university’s security guards and she says the office was empty when they got here. CCTV shows zombies milling around the various rooms and Posh Brown’s picture is also visible. Sophie offers to contact her team outside for more back-up but Chris declines, saying he doesn’t want any more dead team members. Their plan know is to clear the university room by room and close all the fire shutters so none can slip past them. By the time they rendezvous in the middle of the building, most of the infestation should be wiped out.

Before they leave, Chris asks Barrington about his personal gun. He is carrying an old-style revolver which Sophie mocks. Chris takes the revolver and tells Piers to give the detective a better gun with laser sighting. He then secretly empties the revolver of bullets and hands it back to Barrington without him noticing. Before Barrington and Sophie leave, Piers hands her a radio so they can keep in touch and she seems touched he is worried about her.

Once they have gone, Rebecca informs Chris that Erza has been bribing Barrington to keep quiet about the missing person’s cases. She doesn’t know if he is directly involved but guesses that the professor of molecular biology and director of the fossil museum, Professor Liam Howard, is likely involved. Chris says they will look for him as they clear out the infestation.

Rebecca then takes the lead and they are attacked by zombies. Because many are her former students, she hesitates and Chris and Piers shoot them down. Piers chastises her and Rebecca admits she hasn’t been in the field for a couple of years. Piers says these are not her students anymore but Chris comes to her aid and says she is a medicinal expert, not a solider. They then leave, and we learn that Tyler has been hiding underneath the stairs and been eavesdropping on their conversation. He looks at his pendant once more before drawing his gun and following.

We then cut back in a very brief scene to Matthew Russell, who in a monologue explains he doesn’t wish to betray Ezra, but maybe he no longer has a choice.

We are now back in Ezra’s office and the dean is speaking with Professor Howard. Ezra is upset and says nothing like this should have happened to the students and the university. This was not the research he wanted. Howard seems upset that Ezra is accusing him of causing the outbreak but Ezra says Barrington told him the missing students were something to do with him. Ezra also believes there is no one else in this university other than Howard who is capable of doing such a thing. Matthew then joins him and Ezra tells him to just go and find Mary Gray. Matthew is upset Ezra seems to trust Detective Barrington’s words more than his and at this point, we learn that Howard did not realise Barrington was a police officer.

Ezra explains he just wants to protect the university but Howard says the police will not protect them, they will just take something important away from them. He then touches a pendant around his own neck, one identical to that of Tyler’s. Matthew asks Ezra about the need for the human race to learn and develop and Ezra goes off on a spiel about how and why he created this university. It is also revealed he formally adopted Matthew because he had a high IQ score and that when Erza was a child, he was just an orphan with no environment to learn, that is why he built this place, so that others would never be in the same position.

Professor Howard then cryptically asks about a human being who did not need to learn any longer and it is implied here that he has done something to Matthew which has resulted in his high IQ. Erza seems horrified at this and believes a human being without the need to learn and further develop is the end of all things. If the obsession to learn and better ourselves is gone then it will be the downfall of the species. He hired Professor Howard to use the t-Virus to develop an endless upgrade of human intelligence for the future of the earth and for peace throughout the world. But Howard seems to have reached the pinnacle where it is not possible to further develop (I’m not entirely sure on this, the subtitles are not clear.)

Erza asks Howard why he would develop such monsters and Howard says he is thankful to him because he got to conduct his research fully with no obstacles and no restrictions at this university. Ezra is upset that Howard has been lying to him right from the very start.

We then cut back to Olivia Price, who is alone in the dark and being chased by zombies. She texts Lucas to find out where he is.

Still locked up in the audio-visual room, Lucas and Mary are trapped. He is on about opening the fire shutter so they can get out and look for the others. Mary suddenly asks him why he does not like her when they both get Olivia’s text. She is hiding in the art department warehouse in the west area and needs their help. Suddenly, zombies start banging on the windows and one of them is a zombified Bethany. Lucas panics but Mary is not bothered and continues to ask him about Olivia. Lucas has a complete meltdown at the zombies and is too scared to try and help his girlfriend. Instead, Mary says she will go and save her.

Olivia continues to run from the zombies and texts Lucas once again. She suggests she may be dead soon and tells him to stay alive and that she loves him. We hear more zombie growls and she runs away once again.

We then get a graphic depicting the map of the university. We see that Olivia is alone in the west area on the second floor. Lucas and Mary are still in the audio-visual room on the east area second floor. On the first floor, Chris, Piers and Rebecca are about to enter the fossil museum in the west area – cue door leading mechanic.

As they search this area, Chris reveals to Rebecca that several weeks before she contacted him, he was requested by HQ to investigate Philosophy University as well. Rebecca believes this maybe because she submitted her investigation report late because she was having a hard time uncovering the truth. They check out several bathrooms and find Posh hiding inside one of the toilets. He panics and is in the midst of a breakdown as the power suddenly fails. He is the comic relief of this story.

Rebecca asks him what he is doing here when the security office is on the opposite part of the building. Posh replies that Professor Howard told him to close the museum today so he came to lock the door. Rebecca seems interested by this request and Posh explains Howard called him from the research lab on the 4th floor to lock the museum door. Howard now seems to be their likely suspect but Rebecca believes he will no longer be here. She last saw him at the front of the dean’s office right before the incident happened. Piers suggests they should find and search his research lab anyway and Chris tells Posh to come with them and show them the way. At this point, a crawling zombie attacks Posh and the others shoot it down. (He is bitten on the leg here but this is not revealed to the audience or any of the other characters at this point.)

Posh recognises the student as a girl called Betty who was always friendly to him and gets upset. Chris explains that she was not his friend anymore and now just a monster. Posh curiously asks what would happen if he got bitten and Chris says he would become a monster himself.

At this point, Rebecca receives a phone call from Mary who says she just got a call from Olivia telling her she is near the audio-visual room they are currently locked inside. Olivia cannot get inside because she cannot open the fire shutter. Lucas, who is still with Mary, disputes this, saying Olivia’s text said she was in the art warehouse in the opposite wing and wants to know what she is up to. Mary wants Rebecca to open the shutters so they can get out. Posh is able to do this with a remote device. Once they are open, the zombies pour inside but Mary leads Lucas out. (I think Lucas is bitten here but it’s not entirely clear). Lucas also kills zombie Bethany with an axe and has another breakdown. Mary then gets Rebecca to close the shutters once again and trap the remaining zombies inside. She thanks Rebecca then ends the call.

Back in the museum, Rebecca thanks Posh for his assistance. (At this point, Piers randomly runs off. I don’t know why – he just stands there. There is no dialogue, no radio call, he just leaves.) Chris asks Posh to lead him and Rebecca to the lab. As they head up the stairs, we see Tyler is still following them from the shadows. He opens a letter from his father who promises he will be back soon. He just wants him to wait a little longer and be patient for just a few more days. (It isn’t revealed here, but this letter is the last correspondence Tyler had from his father, who disappeared whilst he was working with Umbrella. His father’s disappearance was why Tyler originally became a police officer.)

Now we catch up with Barrington and Sophie in the east wing as they clear out another room full of zombies then close the shutter behind them. Barrington is enjoying this and they have a brief conversation about how killing B.O.W.s and zombies is different to regular combat. Barrington admits he has learned a lot from Sophie but thinks he is able to continue now on his own. Sophie questions how splitting up would be more efficient but Barrington holsters the weapon Piers gave him and says that is not what he meant….

He then draws his own personal revolver and holds her at gunpoint. She promptly disarms him and he tries to reason with her that Philosophy City police will take care of this incident discreetly and quietly to make it seem like nothing happened at this university. Sophie says she cannot let this happen and Barrington says Dean Ezra is rich. He cannot afford to be a stupidly honest detective at a time like this. They need money to survive. Without money, the world will soon dispose of them.

Suddenly, he is attacked by a zombie that bursts out of the cupboard. Sophie tries to shoot the zombie with his revolver but finds it has no bullets. Piers then appears and kills it instead, allowing Barrington to get up and flee. Piers realises Chris emptied the chamber of rounds because he did not trust Barrington. Sophie then remarks how he was supposed to save her when Barrington reappears and holds Piers at gunpoint. A small fist fight then breaks out and they both seem to get the upper hand when another zombie attacks and this time Tyler appears to shoot it. He says Professor Howard is innocent of all crimes and they must cease their investigation. He then fights all three of them, disarming both Sophie and Piers. Barrington asks Tyler if this means he is on his side and Tyler lets him go as the detective obviously knows something. Tyler then soon follows him, ensuring Piers and Sophie do not follow.

Lucas and Mary then appear, startling Piers and Sophie. They beg for their help to find Olivia and the two B.S.A.A. members agree to help them rescue her. As Lucas leads the way, Olivia hides and waits behind until they have gone. She then texts Olivia before continuing on alone.

Meanwhile, Chris, Posh and Rebecca reach the fourth floor and Rebecca recognises one of the exhibits as the ‘Irish Giant’; a mummified humanoid fossil that was found more than a century ago in a mine in Northern Ireland. The fossil is now here because Professor Howard is leader of the project researching it. They are suddenly attacked by more zombies and after another fire fight, Posh uses his device to close the fire shutter. He suggests they examine the description near the fossil of the Irish giant and they will both understand why Howard is an expert in fossil excavation. Chris investigates and suddenly pushes it aside to reveal a hidden entrance not even Posh knew about.

We’re now back with Mary who runs down a corridor. She is followed by two surviving students who are attacked by zombies only to be saved by Tyler, but one of them is bitten and transforms almost straight away. Tyler shoots him whilst watched from afar by Mary.

Meanwhile, Chris, Rebecca and Posh explore Professor Howard’s secret room. Posh is confused why all the boards and charts relate to bioterrorism and viruses. Chris and Rebecca both know the scrawlings is all data from Umbrella. Posh hasn’t even heard of Umbrella and Chris explains about their demise and subsequent legacy with the t-Virus still spreading across the world thanks to the black market. They find an attaché case on the floor containing the Howard’s new strain of t-Virus and its development data. Chris senses Rebecca hasn’t told him everything and asks why she began investigating Professor Howard.

Rebecca explains Howard is the father of Tyler Howard, a police officer that supposedly died five years ago. She first met him whilst working as an advisor to the B.S.A.A. at an incident in Minnesota. We then flashback to that time when they first met each other. Tyler hands her a data pad he found and wants to know if ex-Umbrella researchers are involved in this incident. He is angry because he believed Umbrella was dead and buried. The corporation were responsible for taking his father who was a researcher of molecular biology. He worked for them a couple of years ago yet never came home. That is why Tyler became a police officer; to find his dad and reveal the secrets of Umbrella. He believes his father was used by them. They are eventually split up in a zombie attack but Rebecca makes him promise not to mention his father to anyone but her.

Back in the present, Rebecca explains she found out that Tyler’s father was working at this university. However, before she can continue, Barrington reappears and takes Rebecca hostage, holding her at gunpoint and accusing Chris of being out of his jurisdiction. He threatens Chris that if the truth about what happened at this university is made public and the bioterror incident is revealed, he will not be paid by Ezra. If that happens, he will kill Rebecca. He warns Chris that he’d better go about his business quietly, kill the remaining zombies then keep his mouth shut. He then leaves, taking Rebecca with him.

Chris asks Posh to take him to see Ezra, but as they try to leave, Mary walks past and the door closes. I’m not sure exactly what happens next but I believe it’s a crushing ceiling trap in a homage to the first game. Chris and Posh both panic before managing to escape at the very last moment, taking the attaché case with them.

We cut back to a very brief scene showing Piers and Sophie moving down one of the hallways sweeping for dangers. Lucas is with them as they continue to search for Olivia and he suddenly realises Mary is no longer with them. He begins to go back for her only to be scared by a nearby zombie moan so hurries to catch up with Piers and Sophie.

Next we move back to Chris and Posh who stumble into Professor Howard’s research lab having realised the hidden room in the museum is linked to it. Posh rambles on about how the secret entrance meant he never needed his keys after all. As Chris is distracted listening to him, Tyler emerges from the shadows and holds him at gunpoint. Chris raises his hands and surrenders the attaché case to him. Tyler tells Chris to cease his investigation into the Professor and Chris realises from what Rebecca said earlier that this is Tyler Howard. Tyler doesn't seem surprised but said his identity died five years ago. He tells Chris to leave this place but Chris says he cannot. Tyler reveals he is a U.S. Government agent and insists he can take care of the remaining zombies on his own without the help of the B.S.A.A. But when he realises Chris is not going to back down he says he will simply have to make him leave.

They then have an evenly matched fight, and Chris tries to reason with him, saying that Tyler won’t want to believe his own father could be responsible for this outbreak, and that’s the real reason he doesn't want the B.S.A.A. here. But despite the involvement of Tyler’s father, Chris says they are on the same side and have a common goal to rid the world of bioterrorism. Just as Chris gets the upper hand in the fight, Tyler draws his weapon and brings it to a close, saying that if his father is indeed involved, then he is being misled and deliberately used. He would never turn his hand to bioterrorism. Chris walks towards him until Tyler’s gun is pressed against his head. He looks right at him and says all Tyler has to do is prove his father’s innocence, and he will gladly help him do that. In the meantime they need to stop fighting each other. Eventually, Tyler lowers his gun and they call a truce.

He explains that Rebecca saved his live five years ago but after his death was faked he was alone in this world. He still wanted to find his father and let him know he was okay, repeating his line at the very beginning of the play when he said he was not really dead. We then flashback to sometime just prior to this incident when Tyler formally approaches his father and says he is still alive. Professor Howard does not believe him and accuses him of playing a sick joke about his dead son before becoming paranoid and accusing Tyler of being a spy hired to steal his research data. He knows his son died in 2005 and all because he became a police officer without telling him. Tyler argues he became a cop specifically to look for his father as he had vanished. He even shows the letter his father wrote with his promise to return home, but still Professor Howard will not believe him and threatens him with a gun, throwing him out of the lab and warning him not to interfere with his work.

We move back to the present and Tyler recalls to Chris that his father would not believe who he was, and how he seemed obsessed with his research. Tyler had a bad feeling about this research and suppressed suspicions that he may have been somewhat responsible for the incident five years ago along with the remnants of Umbrella. During the incident he recovered an Umbrella data pad containing graphic pictures of humans used as guinea pigs and test subjects for viral experiments as wells as biological weapons data. He also recalls his conversation with Mary Gray a few hours earlier when she said Professor Howard was going to ‘reset’ the world.

Suddenly, Piers, Sophie and Lucas arrive and Sophie says Barrington has betrayed them all. Chris says he already knows and that he has taken Rebecca, explaining that Barrington will kill her if any of them try to reveal the truth about what has happened here. Given Barrington’s actions, Chris suspects that Dean Ezra is an innocent pawn in the whole affair and not the man pulling the strings behind it all.

As they are talking, Posh is rummaging around Professor Howard’s desk and he finds some kind of remote authentication ID device that will only recognise Howard himself. Tyler asks if he can try and presses his pendant against the ID pad. This does the trick and several shutters open up in the lab revealing stasis tubes containing all the missing students. They have been zombified and held as test subjects, amongst them now is Olivia, which sends Lucas manic once again.

This is the official end of Act 1.

Act 2 begins with a blank screen and we hear dogs barking before they are killed and eaten by zombies. In a very Japanesey-scene, we get a techno rock musical number as the main characters slice and dicing their way through all the escaped zombies. This lasts for quite a long time and during the melee, Sophie is injured and Lucas is bitten. Sophie kills Olivia and the fight is observed from above by Mary. When all the zombies are dead, Lucas lifts up and caresses Olivia’s dead body, breaking down and declaring his love for her. He then succumbs to the virus and transforms, unsuccessfully trying to blow his own head off. He is put out of his misery by Piers.

As the others leave, Tyler picks up the attaché case and remains behind when he spots Mary standing alone on a gantry up above. He speaks with her and she cryptically asks what he would do if they could become something that was not themselves, could it be a way to save them? But Tyler says turning into monsters will not save anybody. She is upset because she really liked Lucas and she gets angry with him, saying everyone always turns their backs on her. Tyler says he does not feel alive but she scoffs she has seen him alive when he was fighting alongside Chris and the others. He is no longer alone, but she still is… She leaves on her own and Tyler watches her go.

We are now back with Chris and the others, and Posh can barely walk now thanks to his wound. Piers offers to carry him but he says he will only slow them down and insists they keep going and rescue Rebecca. Sophie volunteers to stay behind with Posh. Although injured herself, she says she is still able to fight and protect Posh if it comes to it, and she still has the radio Piers gave her if they get in trouble.

Chris goes over to Tyler who is still struggling with the revelation that his father created all the zombies. Chris says they need to keep moving and that none of this is his fault. He also hands him the Umbrella attaché case for safekeeping as a sign of trust.

Next comes a very, very brief monologue from Mary as she laments Lucas’s death. She touches the strange device on her wrist and says the she now has something she needs to do.

We cut now to Rebecca, and it is revealed that Barrington has also abducted Professor Howard and they are both tied up together in a room just adjacent to Ezra’s office. She asks him why he got involved in biological weapons development. He asks what she has seen and she tells him about what she found in the hidden room with all the Umbrella data and B.O.W research papers. She wants to know why he did this to the university. Howard explains he was bitter because he couldn’t bring his dead son back.

Monologue time for Howard now as he explains he lost his wife to illness immediately after Tyler’s birth, so he raised him on his own. But he ended up out on the street because all his research grants were suddenly frozen. He started working with Umbrella when they suddenly contacted him and asked him to work in their biological weapons division. Consequently, he was stuck in a lab every day and could never return home. But he kept working because if his research was successful he would become very rich. He did it for his son. But his life completely changed the day he realises Tyler had joined the police without even telling him then got killed in the line of duty five years ago. He knew the work he was doing with B.O.W.s was morally unforgivable, but believed he could somehow create a virus that would resurrect his son. At the time he was working on DNA samples recovered from the Irish Giant fossil and had access to the t-Virus. He believed he had the skills to combine them and create a new variant that would bring Tyler back to life. All that was missing was Tyler’s body. But then Umbrella collapsed (another annoying continuity error), so Howard fled with all his research data and samples of the t-Virus then got close to Dean Erza. (He is shown injecting a virus into a female silhouette here – it’s not revealed who it is but it seems to be Mary Gray). He goes on to say he tried without success to find Tyler’s body and only recovered a DNA sample but it was not enough to test his theory. He caresses the pendant around his neck and says that from that moment on he would dedicate himself to changing the order of this cruel world that killed his son. Using his knowledge and power in this way is the only purpose left in life for him. Over time, he transformed his passion of bringing his son back into the development of biological weaponry and now his final plans are just beginning.

Rebecca pleads with him to stop and says Tyler is still alive, but still he refuses to believe it. In true Resident Evil plot convenience style, Rebecca is able to cut herself free and says she will find Tyler and bring him back here herself for him to see. She has to slip past Ezra and Barrington who are in discussion but she slips on the steps and flees the office as Barrington chases her. Ezra just looks up confused.

We move back to Chris, Piers and Tyler fighting more zombies, although now Tyler is refusing to shoot them, which angers Piers. Chris reminds him that they are going up against his father but Tyler has convinced himself Professor Howard must have had a good reason for creating all the zombies. He wants to know the truth. Tyler says his father is all the family he has got and Chris says the same about his sister, although his subordinates in the B.S.A.A. are also his family now. He also says that whilst Tyler is fighting alongside them he is part of that family too. Tyler scoffs that he is already dead but Piers also echoes his captain’s comments. This seems to work and Tyler agrees, and when more zombies attack he begins shooting them again.

Now we’re back with Ezra in his office talking with Matthew. He explains to Matthew that Professor Howard’s virus is to enhance human intelligence and her body (Mary Gray) is what proves it is a success. Ezra’s vision is for a future where humans stop using weapons to fight each other and this the research he hired Howard to complete. He asks Matthew to please understand. Matthew is not happy that Ezra didn’t confide in him, but believes they can upgrade human intelligence to the very limit and evolve to the extent where it is not possible to learn anything further. All they would require then is a purpose, a place they can display their enhanced abilities as biological weapons. That is their battlefield. But this talk of using them as weapons upsets Ezra and he strikes Matthew to the floor before breaking down in tears. He tells Matthew to stop talking then sadly walks away on his own.

It is never shown to the audience but Matthew apparently commits suicide here by hanging himself.

(The translations are very vague in this scene – the general implication seems to be that Ezra wants to use increased intelligence to fuel the human desire to learn further and explore, nullifying the need for fighting and conflict – but Matthew believes they can increase intelligence to maximum levels of tolerance and use these superior humans as weapons – though he has no motivation for wanting this. Ezra’s apparent scalding of his plans is the reason Matthew decides to kill himself.)

We’re back now with Posh and Sophie who are moving slowly onwards. They stop for a rest as Posh’s injury is slowing them down and he gets upset that he hasn’t been fulfilling his duties as a security guard.

At this point, Rebecca comes across them both and she asks to see Posh’s wound, revealing the bite. She gives Sophie a green herb and hands Posh a first-aid spray, then warns that Barrington maybe close by. Sophie remarks she’d rather fight Barrington than these new enhanced zombies but then Posh begins to turn into a zombie. He begs them both to kill him so Sophie shoots him in the head. She is upset and sits by his body and sings ‘Hush, little baby’ in English… Strange!

Barrington then turns up and doesn’t seem surprised to see Sophie is still alive. He holsters his weapon and pretends to negotiate with them both, saying they surely both want to be rich. He tries to appeal to them both by saying they can end all this madness quickly and quietly by cleaning out the remaining zombies and he will conclude his police report by saying a murderer was on the loose. If they both agree, he will talk to Dean Erza about the bribe money. Rebecca is appalled by this suggestion. But Barrington says they cannot conclude the missing students became zombies and started eating people, there has to be a cover story. Dean Erza has already agreed to this. Matthew Russell has already killed himself so he will be pinpointed as the murderer. But they both decline his offer and a standoff ensues. Suddenly it is revealed Posh is not really dead and he bites Barrington on the leg.

Following a small fight, Barrington transforms into a zombie and is shot in the head by Sophie. With Posh still squirming around on the floor, they thank him for his assistance once more and shoots him dead properly this time.

Back in Ezra’s office, we see Matthew’s body hanging from the ceiling. Ezra himself is tied up now and there is no sign of Professor Howard. He is still upset and apologises to Matthew, saying that he was deceived and all he wanted was to protect the university. This leads into a projected flashback of Ezra’s life.

As a boy he was involved in the midst of a war and saw both his parents shot by an Italian soldier right in front of his eyes, making him an orphan at the age of 6. His job after that was cleaning up dead bodies at the rescue tent. In tears, Ezra asked one of the medics why everybody always dies, and the man replies that “All the people in this country and others don’t try to learn,’ implying that humanity never learns from their mistakes. This meaning sticks with Ezra as he grew up and is the reason he created Philosophy University. He met Matthew Russell at an orphanage and Matthew was so eager to learn Ezra felt the future in him and he became special to him, even admitting to being jealous of his abilities. Ezra’s plan was to leave his whole legacy to him so that people could continue to ‘learn’ and have a peaceful future without any war.

At this moment, Professor Howard steps into view, saying that Ezra’s vision is now corrupted after he hired him to artificially enhance human intelligence using viruses. He asks if Ezra is done with his confession and prepares to shoot him just as Tyler, Chris and Piers arrive in time to stop him. Tyler again tries to appeal to his father but Howard is more interested in the Umbrella attaché case he is holding. He offers to trade the case in exchange for Ezra’s life, confirming that inside the case is a new strain of t-Virus created using DNA samples taken from the Irish Giant’s fossil. Piers doesn’t want Tyler to hand the case over but Chris says they cannot let Ezra be killed.

Tyler places the case on the floor as Howard unties Ezra. He kicks Ezra to the floor and moves to retrieve the case but Ezra kicks the chair and knocks Howard over. In the ensuring scramble, Chris secures Howard but Ezra manages to escape the office, taking the case with the new virus inside before anyone can stop him. Now Tyler holds his father at gunpoint, saying he will not allow him to begin any further experiments. Howard uses Ezra as an example of how pathetic the human being is in their current form, all they do is run away with cowardice. Without him around, the virus will be useless in Ezra’s hands. But then, he says, that’s not the only virus…

Right on cue, a T-103 appears off screen (looking really good I might say. Imagine an Engineer from Prometheus wrapped in the trademark green limiter coat) and Howard explains he injected the Tyrant with his new virus. He asks Chris, Piers and Tyler to fight for as long as they can as he won’t be able to collect any useful data if they all die too easily.

The T-103 runs onto stage and proceeds to beat the shit out of all three of them. A cool little fight sequence ensues, but eventually Piers shoots it in the head from point blank range which is enough to incapacitate it. Howard is now laughing and Tyler asks again why he is doing all this. The Professor says again he is doing it all to change the order of this world that killed his son. Tyler screams at him once again that he is his son and he is not dead, grabbing his pendant once again. But Howard ignores him and says there are two roads in life; one leads to absolute ideal, and the other leads to death. He has chosen the path of the ideal and will change the world if God allows him too. Humanity in its current form has developed too many complications so this world needs to destroyed and then rebuilt. The world that put him and his son under so much misery should collapse and so he prepares to inject himself with his own virus. Tyler begs him not to leave him alone again but Howard injects himself and begins to mutate – William Birkin style. But Tyler says god will never forgive him so he will stop him and shoots his father to death before he can complete his transformation.

As Sophie and Rebecca turn up, Tyler recovers a letter from his father’s body addressed to him and offering his final justification. He thought he could bring his dead son back alive through his research expertise but he knew that in doing so he would be turning his back on God. He admits to later losing himself and selling his soul to the devil because his wish to bring Tyler back alive did not come true. He has come so far now he cannot stop himself. He also writes that if Tyler were alive today to see what he has become, he would hate him and probably kill him anyway. He wants to die now, along with Mary Gray.

At that point, Mary turns up and holds Rebecca at gunpoint. She says she has a brain that is far superior to them all and that they cannot defeat her because they are only human and she is something more than that. (She is laughing uncontrollably at this point and is quite insane – whether this is a side-effect of the virus is not revealed.)

She tries to break it down by saying she is now the ultimate being but yet still has no purpose, because purpose is created by an accomplishment and she has none. She has just been living out her destiny and compares Rebecca’s unsolvable equation at the start of the play to the same problem she has – a science that humanity cannot solve.

Mary had an incurable blood disease so her father tried to cure it using the t-Virus. He was a researcher at Umbrella. Her father asked Professor Howard, an expert of DNA fossil regeneration research, to perform the procedure. They discovered shortly afterwards that Mary’s body completely adapted to the virus. From then on, Howard became in charge of her prolongation and gave her constant injections of the virus (likely through the remote device she wears on her wrist.) Professor Howard secretly protected her and kept her dosed with the t-Virus even after she lost her parents after the fall of Umbrella. By that time, Professor Howard has lost his son so thought of her as his daughter. So now she says Professor Howard is her father and that is why she felt a connection to Tyler. She punches him once and takes her father’s final letter. The single punch drops Tyler to the floor instantly and it is implied she has increased strength and reflexes as she holds the others off whilst still laughing manically.

Although she felt close to Tyler before, now she won’t forgive him for killing their father and she also will not forgive the stupidity and selfishness of humanity. Humans are so arrogant and the world keeps becoming twisted because they never admit their mistakes. So now it’s down to herself to save things. She stopped using Barrington and Matthew because they were no longer any use to her, she also doesn't hate Ezra so will let him live.

(The way she is moving around the stage now is implied to be super fast because as each character tries to aim their guns at her, she moves behind them and presses her own gun to their heads, each person at a time. But obviously this doesn't come across well on stage.)

She tells them all to kneel down and beg for mercy if they want to live as she is now their god. She mocks Rebecca by saying the future she dreaded has finally arrived and that something more than human is now ruling this world. Humanity can’t accept what they've done to the Earth because they are scared and therefore they all now need to be exterminated otherwise they will never learn and will keep repeating the same mistakes over and over. Humans need to be gone so the world can be started over from scratch. Everything must be reset (Remember her research paper for Professor Howard was entitled ‘Reset).

At this point Chris surmises Mary has persuaded Professor Howard to do all the vile things he did and she admits she did more than just tempt him, she led him. Chris tries to imply that if she ‘resets’ the world, then humanity will cease to exist and therefore how can she be God? He says humans need to keep learning and that’s why they always stick together. But he says because Mary believes she is perfect and better than everyone else, that is why she is always alone, and she is doing all this now only because she is so lonely and afraid. This seems to get through to her and she gets upset and surrenders her gun to Chris. However, she then punches him away and we get another fight scene where all the characters try to incapacitate her, but due to her increased strength and agility, they cannot get anywhere near her. Rebecca manages to hold her at gunpoint but she just laughs manically in her face.

Eventually she runs off and they all chase her up to the roof of the university. Tyler appeals to her once again, saying that because she was able to bond with the t-Virus and live peacefully, she began to see herself as no longer part of the human race and instead something superior (interesting parallel with Wesker) and labelling the rest of humanity as foolish and stupid. But the ironic thing is she was born with an above average IQ and yet the constant injections of the t-Virus over time has eroded her mind and made her lose her sense of rationality.

Mary breaks down again and we get a small flashback of her being rejected by Lucas. Olivia says she knew Mary liked him but he chose her instead. She tells Mary that no matter how beautiful, how intelligent, how perfect she is – it doesn’t mean she can automatically get what she wants. There will always be things she cannot have, despite how perfect she appears to be compared to others.

Still sobbing, Mary asks if she can still start over and Tyler says she definitely can and that she is no longer alone. But suddenly she stops crying and says coldly that she will reset everything. Mary then mutates into a large creature that looks a bit like the Nyx from Outbreak File 2. Chris, Sophie, Piers and Tyler open fire but it has no effect. Then Rebecca turns up with a rocket launcher (no idea why a rocket launcher would be lying around a university) and Chris fires and kills the creature.

In the epilogue, Chris and Tyler shake hands as a helicopter comes to pick him up. Chris hands him his father’s letter he recovered from earlier, then jokes he has lost his car key and asks Tyler for a lift. Considering they are now all fighting on the same side, Tyler allows them to come aboard. As Piers and Sophie part ways so she can return to her own team, she gives Piers her phone number.

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A red and white striped Umbrella lays on the floor, tattered, ripped and broken. Ezra comes walking past, still clutching the Umbrella attaché case containing the viral samples. Underneath the Umbrella he spots a severed human arm. He recognises the device strapped to the wrist and knows it is from Mary. He tenderly caresses the arm and apologises to her for making her the way she was, saying she is not alone anymore. He says they can now create a new world together and today is the day of the beginning. It starts to rain and he says he will take her home with him. Suddenly the attaché case begins to beep, getting faster and faster until the screen fades to black. Then we get one final graphic…

To be Continued…

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Excellent work Bats.

My only small disappointment is that they retconned the year Chris and Piers meet.


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This sounds fabulous. There are some slight issues, but the additions seem amazing, and I'll be drunk with joy just to see Rebecca again. I've waited so long for this.


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Excellent work Bats.

My only small disappointment is that they retconned the year Chris and Piers meet.


Did they? I don't recall it ever being said. Unless it's in the manga, which I haven't read.

Edit: Piers' Career file, right.


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^ Thank you for the Break-down.
Reading it just reminded me of the CGI movie they are making for 2017. Trying to imagine this narrative in a play seems a little out of place- is it canon? If so, I wonder what kind of impact, if any it would have in future content.

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Thanks for the summary!

I've a doubt, when Sophie asks Piers about what opinion has he got of her, ¿what's Piers reaction? ¿was something like when Finn said how wonderful is Chris? (I agree) or does he really answered her with his own opinion?


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Original post updated with part 2.

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^ Thank you for the Break-down.
Reading it just reminded me of the CGI movie they are making for 2017. Trying to imagine this narrative in a play seems a little out of place- is it canon? If so, I wonder what kind of impact, if any it would have in future content.


Interesting you should say that, as I believe the semi-cliffhanger the play ends on suggests a potential tie-in to the third CG film. Ezra is still out there in possession of the new virus and Chris and Rebecca being the key characters in the movie would also suggest so. It's entirely possible of course they may just do a sequel stage play, but a tie in to the movie would be good and continuity wise Ezra would have had seven years to work on his plans.

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Thanks for the summary!

I've a doubt, when Sophie asks Piers about what opinion has he got of her, ¿what's Piers reaction? ¿was something like when Finn said how wonderful is Chris? (I agree) or does he really answered her with his own opinion?


He doesn't have a reaction as Chris interrupts the conversation. But she casually flirts with him throughout and gives him her phone number at the end. Earlier reports suggested Piers and Sophie knew each other prior to this incident but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Overall, while the story is nothing to write home about, I thought as a stage play it was well executed. It was much more action packed than I thought and obviously very Japanese, but it was certainly enjoyable nonetheless. Aside from the Piers recruitment error, there is one larger continuity error as this story suggests Umbrella was still going as late as 2005. But there are creative ways round this I suppose.

It was also good to see Rebecca back, although she is only a bit-part player in the second act, and there is no big reunion scene between her and Chris, it is treated like they communicate frequently.

Without doubt there will be many elements lost in translation, the English subtitles are very poorly done with certain things not making any sense. Hopefully later down the line we can get access to the full script and get it translated properly.

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Well, this 2nd part looks shorter for me, but nice also. That Ezra, so friendly, so ideologist, and at the end, looks that he will be also a twisted mind more. (well, if he has lived all that drama in his childhood, it could be even comprehensible).

I don't like this Tyler :s but the rest of the characters were nice, I also give my aceptation to Sophie as a badass BSAA agent, (but she must keep the claws away from Piers!! She hasn't got that passed yet! ). Good also the nod of Rebecca armed with the green herb and first aid spray (despite this last one was unuseful).

I think that what I most liked was the Mary Gray evolution, surelly her performance in the stage may have been more simple that the one in my imagination, but even though, I liked her as emo villain more than Howard, and her aspirations remind me a bit more to the great queen Alexia (who also died shortly after her transformation...)

Anyway, thank you again for the summary BatMan, ( nice to have more Chris and Piers background for the collection *.* ).


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So does the play ever explain anything about the Irish Giant? What's its significance, why would combining its genes with the t-Virus enable Howard to resurrect his son's corpse, etc.

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So does the play ever explain anything about the Irish Giant? What's its significance, why would combining its genes with the t-Virus enable Howard to resurrect his son's corpse, etc.


No, and therein lies the problem with doing this as a stage play. We have no files or other supplemental material to firm up these elements of the story. Nothing else is mentioned about the Irish Giant other than Rebecca has heard about it. One would assume it is bigger than the average human so could hint to some kind of ancient, evolved race that died out perhaps, I don't know. I think Howard's plan to resurrect his son was concocted more out of desperation than anything tangible. He worked with Umbrella's 'viruses' so no doubt was aware of corpse reanimation and other potential revival properties. He had also witnessed Mary adapt perfectly to the t-Virus. It mentions he recovered Tyler's DNA sample from one that was taken when he first enlisted as a police officer, but other than that we get nothing.

Like the two CG movies, the overall story is pretty straight forward but some of the core components are left annoyingly vague.

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