Running time: 30 mins
Genres: Horror, Comedy, Action
Series Creators: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago
Air date: Saturday nights at 9pm on Starz
Ash Vs. Evil Dead continues it’s onslaught of insane practical effects and one liners nearly effortlessly. With even more buckets of blood pouring all over the actors’ faces and every line out of Bruce Campbell as quotable as the last, there is no sign of this show slowing down or growing dull any time soon. Ash never let’s his guard down throughout the plot, and for very good reason. The constant vigilance set the tone and rhythm of the whole episode, and was the reason it flew by so seamlessly, leaving me hungry for more.
As the pilot episode was the introduction to new characters and re-introduction to Ash, the second focuses it’s sights on cultivating a vendetta within Kelly and Pablo against the Deadites; further adjusting Pablo to the never ending heart stopping violence that is involved with hunting evil, and giving Kelly a personal reason to kick some serious evil ass. The guest actor for this episode who played Kelly’s mother (Mimi Rogers) did an excellent job in her role as well, especially doing her own stunts. They could have easily taken a different direction with these characters and made them feel like typical sidekicks for far longer, but establishing this backstory so early will make a lot more of the audience feel for them as they grow throughout the series.
There are only a few small very direct scenes involving Amanda Fisher, the cop who was traumatized by the events of the previous episode. Each of these instances were to the point and quickly concluded; almost too quickly, with facts and exposition thrown at her so heavily that there is no possible way the character could have any doubt that she was not on the right track. Their only purpose was to tie in the two stories and let the audience know that she is heading to the same destination as Ash and his crew.
For such a long wait, the continuation of this epic series is definitely worth a watch into it’s second episode. With the good energy and fun disposition the creators and actors have about this project, it’s no wonder the over the top gore and crazy antics translates well on screen.