Ash vs Evil Dead: Family
Original air date: February 25th, 2018
Alright, I will freely admit it—I binged all of season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead. There was a marathon on STARZ, what else was I supposed to do? Now I feel like I need to go back and watch season 1—if you all forgot, I’m sort of—I don’t want to say obsessed, but I’m obsessed with all things Evil Dead. I blame my dad from letting me watch it when I was six or seven, it was love at first sight.
Evil Dead always has a great balance of creepiness and hilarity. It can be gross at times, but gross is often funny. Splatterstick is its trademark, but the dialogue is just as great. I have grown accustomed to the thirty-minute run time; I think more might be too much. Each episode is fast-paced, almost frantic—this season’s opener seemed almost subdued compared to the others—but by the end the momentum was at full speed—the harp death was especially creative.
All was going well for our daring Ghost Beaters—Ash just opened his Hardware/Sex toy store, Pablo had Pablito’s Fish and Chip stand, and Kelly was running the bar in Elk Grove. I loved Ash’s commercial—the boom mic dipping into various shots was hilarious. Is it just me, but those small business commercials made with the owner are my favorite (it’s probably just me). Everything turned on a dime when some Antique Roadshow wannabe just had to read from the book of the dead. Heed the following PSA folks: if you find a book written in an ancient language, don’t read it out loud.
Of course, we wouldn’t have a season 3 if someone wasn’t an idiot. After the Necronomicon wreaked havoc on the hopeful antiquers and film crew, Ruby strolled in and reclaimed the book. After, she did a spell with her blood to erase Ash from the Necronomicon, and the she became preggers—I’m not an expert on occult rituals, but I think I can safely say this doesn’t bode well for Ash. I want to point out that Ruby did all this and didn’t get a drop of blood oh her white outfit—I wear white and just looking at coffee manages to get it all over me.
As this episode is setting things up for this season, I’m curious if she is recreating her Pablo puke babies (from season 1 and the beginning of season 2) or is this something else? Maybe an Evil Ash? It’s been a while since we had an evil Ash. Speaking of spawning evil, Ash has a daughter! He had a wife too, but she was decapitated in rather short order. I’m sure Ash is relieved to be single again. His daughter Brandy (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) just had her first run-in with a Deadite, lost her mother and found out the town hero/psychopath is her dad. She is going to need counselling—from the previews it looks like Ruby is going to step into that role. I’m sure that will work out just fine.
This episode also gave us a new addition to the Ghost Beaters—Dalton (Lindsay Farris) a Knight of Sumeria. (I’m sure we will learn all about them soon enough.) He is there to help Ash battle the evil and such. I will try not to get too attached to any of the new characters, as they probably won’t last long. I’m still grateful we have Pablo back with us, you know, alive and (mostly) well. Looking at the previews it looks like even those that have passed will pop up again—namely Brock Williams (Ash’s dad); he had something important to tell Ash before he was run over, maybe soon we will learn the secret.
All in all—the episode was a great kick start for the season. It did not disappoint in laughs or gore. I’ve waited so long for this, it’s like Christmas—the anticipation was excruciating and now it’s over. At least I only have a week to wait for the next episode.