Starz’s new series, Ash vs Evil Dead has been absolutely stellar through two episodes. It’s bloody, it’s hilarious and it’s insanely engaging. But the qualities don’t stop there, as this series completely captures the vibe of Sam Raimi’s original Evil Dead films. What the series feels like, in short, is a long anticipated continuation of a story that we all hold dear to our hearts. Seeing Bruce Campbell approach the role of The Groovy One once more has been a blast from the past that doesn’t feel dated in the least. I suppose the show could be summed up in one single word: Glorious.
Episode two, Bait, picks up exactly where the inaugural episode left off, as Ash stands tall above a head he just removed from a body. And the reignited war with the Deadites is already moving at break-neck speed. Episode one offered up more than a single mind blowing scene, and Bait has done a perfect job of following suit.
Here are four crazy good, must-see moments from the latest episode of Ash vs Evil Dead.
A Deadite Stowaway: The opening moments of Bait show us an amazing encounter with evil. Ash and Pablo are in pursuit of Kelly, who’s taken the Necronomicon and headed for her place, in hopes of helping her mother. While traveling, a Deadite – Ash’s former boss – pops up in the backseat and – as the hooligan kids love to say – it’s on and crackin’! The nasty critter is out to turn Ash into a corpse, but with the help of Pablo, our heroes are able to turn the tides. Pablo breaks a bottle over the monster’s face, and Ash gets his hands on the broken remains and sticks the nasty in the neck about 15 times. Blood sprays everywhere, damn near drowning our titular hero, but he manages to shove the bastard out of the window and swerve toward an oncoming vehicle which clips the Deadite – right in the noggin – sending an explosion of blood flying toward the camera. Excellent opener? No doubt about it!
One Classic Exchange: Just moments after ensuring Mr. Roper never jumps out of a backseat all possessed again, Ash and Pablo arrive at Kelly’s place. Before heading inside the two have a priceless conversation, designed to boost Pablo’s confidence and give him an idea of what to expect inside.
“Okay, here’s the plan: We bust in there, we fight through the carnage, we bail with the book.”
“Oh, God. What if Kelly’s mom gave Kelly the evil force and then you have to cut off Kelly’s head-“
“Pablo, just stay behind me, let the boomstick do the talking. Things get hairy, use your bottle.”
Pablo lifts the remains of the broken bottle. “Um, I don’t think it’s a very good weapon, jefe. You had to stab Roper like 50 times.”
“Hey, I was sharpening it for you.”
That’s some golden material right there!
Dinner with the Maxwell Family: Such a great moment. Ash not-so-subtly interrogates Kelly’s mom, who looks human. Ash is convinced otherwise; he believes she’s a Deadite in disguise. It’s an edgy exchange, but it’s awfully humorous as well. As it turns out, Ash is of course right, mom isn’t your typical human anymore. In the following moments we get a middle aged woman punched in the face, a fork to the eye, some slick chainsaw wielding and eventually, a wildly satisfying decapitation!
Kelly Officially Joins the War Against the Deadites: Immediately following the slaughtering of Kelly’s parents (Dad met his end at the hands of mommy dearest, for the record), Ash, Pablo and Kelly bury them out of respect and consideration for Kelly. And the three stand in a circle sharing the same hatred for the evil that’s imposing its will in their lives. While there are a few killer punchlines in this moment, the real kicker is seeing our team of evil hunters coming together for the same cause. Now, my friends, it is officially on, and Ash is no longer a one-man army!