Ash vs Evil Dead

RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E01, El Jefe

By Kev B.

Ash is a badass

So don’t even tell me you still haven’t seen the premiere of Ash vs. Evil Dead yet. It’s been on Starz like every other hour since Halloween night. The staff here at Tortured Souls basically seems to concur that the show was awesome or they don’t get that channel. To them I said, It’s streaming free at Starz.com and also on the Ash vs. Evil Dead Facebook page. And now that you know, you have no excuse, either.

Now I’m not going to sugarcoat my review, but I really only had one small gripe. It’s those three words that make every old school gore hound cringe… Computer-generated imagery. Yep, they got some CGI goin’ on in there. We want practical effects and buckets of real (fake) blood a la Dead by Dawn, not CG splatter a la Sharknado. I guess all we can do is hope that with time and growing interest that the budget will increase and they can sell the computers and buy some buckets. Aside from that, I liked it a lot!

The king is back, and boy have we missed him! We join our reluctant hero some thirty years after the events of the Evil Dead or Dead by Dawn (not quite sure as the continuity is hazy at best). From what I gather, they don’t even have the rights to reference Army of Darkness. Ash is still stuck in the same kind of shitty job (at Value Mart now, no longer S-Mart) and he still drives the same classic ’73 Oldsmobile. He now lives in a mobile home in a trailer park in Michigan.

The show opens with Ash rockin’ out to some Deep Purple and suiting up to go out, maybe to kick some deadite ass? No, he speeds on down to a local bar, and enters strategically at 10 minutes before closing. He’s just out looking for some sugar, and his pick-up game is hilarious. His story of losing his hand by stopping a train to save a young boy (well, the truth would be harder to believe than this BS fiction) is too funny. Campbell’s performance is great, as always, and he seems right at home back in the role of Ash.

The episode sets up the show, introduces the characters, and got me all amped up for more. Unfortunately, the lovely Lucy Lawless was only in this episode for a short time. But she will play a big role in the future as a descendent of Professor Raymond (the one who discovered and translated the book), Henreitta, and Annie Knowby. The show as a whole looks to be promising, has me optimistic, and gives all of us Evil Deadheads something to look forward to each week, with new episodes Saturday night at 9pm on Starz.

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