Waiting for each new episode of Starz’s hit genre series, Ash vs Evil Dead is a painstaking process. It’s an absolutely stunning show, quickly earning a place on countless critics’ must-see list, and we get it. We really do. Up to this point the series is flawless. Bruce Campbell is back and just as groovy as he’s ever been, he’s got a great supporting cast to work with, he’s drenched in buckets of blood and… oh the Deadites. Those nasties are something serious! So as Sunday arrives, and Monday shambles in, we grow impatient. By the time Friday rolls around we’re just about in physical agony, ready to jump out of our skin waiting for the story to continue barreling forward.
That’s what a masterpiece does to a fan.
If you haven’t caught the latest episode, Books from Beyond, or if you’re not a Starz subscriber we’ll bring you up to speed with just a few swift sentences: Ash, Pablo and Kelly head to meet with a specialist of all things dark and scary. A demon is summoned, a cop who takes Ash for trouble sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong and a mysterious new player surfaces, also on the hunt for Ash.
A New Character Joins the Fold: Lucy Lawless makes her highly anticipated series debut, and we get that unofficial (no names being tossed about just yet… other than Ash, of course) introduction in the opening moments of episode three. There’s big intrigue surrounding this character, who appears both head strong and physically capable. She completely manhandles a Deadite while prodding it for information regarding Ash. The scene comes to an end after a nasty impalement and a little facial mutilation. Killer opener? We think so!
Pablo Gets Shot Down: This is a very, very brief scene, but it’s also rather important, as Pablo makes his feelings for Kelly completely known and we get an idea of what to expect in regards to a potential love connection between these two. Kelly counters Pablo’s position in awesome fashion, shooting the man down with the greatest of ease. Seriously, no remorse in this young lady! That all opens the door for more of Pablo’s priceless zingers, including this little treat: “Maybe I’m a bad boy, who can be trusted.”
A Demon is Summoned: What’s an episode of Ash vs Evil Dead without a head-to-head showdown between Ash and a member of the evil other world? That’s right, while at a shop owned by an old acquaintance of Ash’s we get to see what is expected to be a near-harmless Deadite summoned from the depths. But when this gruesome creature (which looks bad ass, and noticeably atypical of the Deadites we’ve come to know over the years) arrives, it doesn’t look so harmless. Its strange ability to rip though the living, brain first, inside out, is also a bit intimidating. Thus far this is the shining Deadite of the series.
The Bond of “The Pack” Grows Stronger: When Ash, Pablo and Kelly officially joined forces last week, it was a thing of true beauty. Ash has always been a lone wolf (or, as he likes to call it, an “alone wolf”), and seeing him pick up some quality backup was a fresh spin on things. But early in episode three Ash is all but prepared to head in a direction that doesn’t include Pablo and Kelly. But after the too-close-for-comfort confrontation with the demon they summoned, Ash realizes he’s not going to be all too successful in this war if he’s forced to engage in every battle alone. He decides the three need to stick together. Kelly plays it cool and indifferent, Pablo’s comforted by having something of a new family, Ash takes a little comfort in knowing he’s not flying solo and the audience is all grins, knowing we’ve got a great team of “Ghost Beaters” to follow through a thrilling season one.