We're down to 23 minutes guys and gals but guess what? When episodes are as good as this it doesn't matter one bit. The Killer of Killers which opened up the second half of the season had the perfect balance. The first half focused on more bonding with Ash, Pablo and Kelly whilst the final third was all about the red stuff that we so love. The writing seemed back to its best and quite frankly this was a nice little gem of an episode.
RUBY HAS A LOT OF SKELETONS IN HER CLOSET
The Killer of Killers kicks off with Ruby and Amanda arriving at Uncle Brujo's too late but something still stirs in the walls. Then a skeleton deadite appears from nowhere and tells Ruby, "Ruby! You double crosser! The others will never let you get the book for yourself, and neither will I!". This seems to suggest that Ruby isn't human? She is then thrown into Brujo's fire with the skeleton and well, just disappears. A perplexed Amanda does what only she can - gets the hell out of there. Surely Ruby can't be dead that quick off the bat as we don't know anything about her character. But one thing is sure this story plot has certainly taken a U turn.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
With the shock horror of Brujo's death digested the team need food digesting and find a cosy diner to eat breakfast in called The Western Moose. This is the episodes set up- and the first scenes are hilarious. Ash is eating like a pig whilst Pablo and Kelly can only look on. But Ash likes the food so much that he rates it a 5 star service. Meanwhile Pablo tells Kelly what she was like towards him when she was a demon. Unfortunelty for Pablo, Kelly thinks he's cute and sweet and nothing else. Poor Pablo.
THE NECRONOMICON AWAKENS
Always nice to see some blood splattered pages from the book of the dead isn't it? Remember Brujo's necklace that Pablo picked up? Well the Neco doesn't like it and when Pablo gets to close to comfort the book comes alive, flips its pages open and is, in a nutshell bad news. Pablo and Kelly react quick and put the book back in the treasure chest and everything else including seemingly the kitchen sink on top of it.
"SO NANCY WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO STRING YOUR RACKET?"
Time to pay the bill at the diner but no one has the $22.89 cents to pay. Ash tells Pablo and Kelly to go wait in the trailer as he tries to sweet talk Nancy the waitress. He chats her up and offers her sex in the toilets (how romantic). Not even the fact that she points out her boyfriend is the chef that just cooked up Ash's meal is enough to put him off. Ash cleans up ready for Nancy, but instead gets Amanda. After a quick tussle that involves Ash's face in a pile of piss Ash is on the verge of official arrest when this happens.....
THE WESTERN MOOSE MASSACRE
So, up till now we have seen no gore at all, but that's all about to change when the deadite force which has been swaying through the woods all episode finally hits the Western Moose. The body count piles up when two bystanders are blown away in nanoseconds, another unlucky teenager gets an ice skate straight to the face, Nancy and her chef boyfriend are fried up, the detective dies and even a little kid gets sliced up by a hanging celing fan. At this point Ash and Kelly let out a "noooo", in a fashion that this show can go so far, but not that far- wink wink! It's all pretty beautiful stuff. The dead soon return as deadites as the gang make them chop suey before Kelly slices deadite Nancy's face off with the ham slicer and hammers her to death- she just needed to get that off her chest according to Ash and Pablo. The way in which this sequence was directed and executed (pardon the pun) has to be one of the highlights of the season so far.
AMANDA SEES THE LIGHT AND JOINS THE TEAM
We were wondering when Amanda would finally understand what Ash is trying to do and it took her umpteenth times of witnessing demons and ghouls to finally figure it all out. At the end of the episode Ash asked her to join up with them in the quest of defeating the deadites. He also wants to shag her but that's beside the point, right? This meant leaving her very cool car behind (we think). And so the team now consists of Ash, Pablo, Kelly and Amanda.
ARE WE REALLY GOING BACK HERE ?
The Killer of Killers ended with the group leaving The Western Moose and everything hints that there next stop could well be the legendary cabin. After all Ash mentioned that he must return there at the beginning of this episode. Now Ash vs. Evil Dead has given the fans so much to get hyped up about from the book of the dead to the return of Ash's evil hand. But the cabin ladies and gentlemen is just that extra bit special. Roll on next week and Episode 7.