So last night was Halloween, a night for tricks, treats, scary movies and parties. But more importantly, it was the series premiere of the "Evil Dead" sequel show, "Ash vs Evil Dead". Bruce Campbell returns as the bumbling badass, Ashley "Ash" J. Williams to kill some Deadites and save the world, and damn this show is good. Decades after returning from medieval times, Ash is... not doing much. Everything seems back to normal for Ash until the Deadites attack and now he has to find out what's happening and how to stop it.
What's interesting about the Evil Dead movies is that each one is really in a different genre. "The Evil Dead" is fully in the horror genre. "Evil Dead 2" was a horror movie, but also a dark comedy. And "Army of Darkness" (my personal favorite of the trilogy) though, was more of an action/adventure movie than horror. And "Ash vs Evil Dead" is a combination of all three. This episode alone has creepy moments, funny moments, and great action scenes, so I can't wait to see the rest of the episodes.
And Ash isn't alone in this show.
Joining Ash to find a way to stop the Necronomicon Ex Mortis are his coworkers, Pablo (played by Ray Santiago) and Kelly (played by Dana DeLorenzo). Both actors are good and I'm happy the characters are different from Ash and each other. Pablo considers Ash to be the best thing about the store they work at and helps him when he screws up. Kelly is a new coworker who doesn't fall for Ash's attempts to flirt with her, though she is impressed by Ash's Deadite fighting skills. We don't know a lot about her yet other than her mother died and is now back, but that's what the rest of the season is for. Another new character is disgraced Michigan State Trooper, Amanda Fisher (played by Jill Marie Jones), whose partner was killed by a Deadite when they were investigating a murder scene. She also meets a mysterious woman named Ruby (played by Lucy Lawless).
And while I can't wait to see more of these new characters, Ash was the best part about this episode! Bruce Campbell is so great in the role. And I'm so happy this show has already been renewed for a second season since it seemed like every show with Campbell as the lead only lasted one season. Ash is such a great character and you can see how he grew throughout the franchise. He starts out as the victim of the Necronomicon who then decides enough is enough and takes a stand, and then becomes a reluctant hero. Ash in the show is very much as he was in "Army of Darkness". He wants to avoid and be done with all the chaos, but he can become a chainsaw handed, boomstick wielding, Deadite slaying badass when he needs to. Also like in "Army of Darkness", Ash is comedic and foolish. Especially when it's revealed that Ash may be responsible for the Deadites since he brought out the Necronomicon Ex Mortis to impress a woman that's into poetry.
Another great thing about the Evil Dead franchise is the special effects, and I'd say this show is no exception. Now yes, there is cgi in this episode. Now this is something I don't really have a problem. While I do prefer practical effects, I don't hate cgi. And there was some pretty good uses of practical effects. But certain scenes like with the doll attacking Ash could've been practical effects.
I loved this episode. It definitely had the feel of the other Evil Dead movies (hell, Sam Raimi directed this episode), it did really good in setting up for the rest of the season, and it even had footage from the first two movies. I give this episode 5 out of 5 chainsaws! If you're a fan of the Evil Dead movies... I'd say go watch it, but you probably already have. So go watch it again.