Running time: 30 mins
Genres: Horror, Comedy, Action
Series Creators: Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Stars: Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless
Air date: Saturday nights at 9pm on Starz
If there is one thing Ash Vs. Evil Dead has proven so far, it’s that Bruce Campbell has great chemistry and comedic timing with his co-stars, which hasn’t missed a beat. It’s enjoyable to see how each of the characters will interact with one another or what quick lines they will throw at each other while in certain predicaments, and they sure are finding themselves in a lot of them, especially in this episode as Ash gets the wonderful idea to finally pay a visit to the book dealer he has been trying to meet. As the trio finally make their way to the bookstore to speak with the dealer and occult specialist, it’s here where we finally get to hear some of the lore involving the Necronomicon. What ends up unfolding in the bookstore is the highlight of this episode, as Ash gets the bright idea to summon a demon. These scenes are pure traditional horror that most fans of the genre will appreciate.
What really stands out in this episode is the attention to detail in the set design and the practical effects that are used, giving it an amazing end result. We are also given progression to the lore which pushes the episode and story along. Even the two side characters, Amanda (Jill Marie Jones) and Ruby (Lucy Lawless) are starting to have more to do with the story, but there are still questions as to why Ruby seems to know about Ash and the importance of the book he carries with him.
Since the episodes clock in at the 30 minute mark, there seems to always be one key scene that the episode focuses on the most that furthers the plot. The only draw back to this is somewhat slow progression when it comes to Amanda and Ruby. Usually they are shown once or twice while the rest of the time the story is focusing on it’s lead, Ash. So far this is the only real negative, since the show has had a solid start so far with just three episodes in.