It has been close to a year since Ash V.S Evil Dead premiered on Starz and signified the return of the cult favorite franchise in a big way. The series has been an excellent continuation of the films bringing humor, horror, and copious amounts of blood to the small screen including the return of Bruce Campbell to the role of Ashley J. Williams. The heroic and dimwitted character is iconic in the horror genre and Campbell brings the same energy for the show as he did the movie. With that being said Season 1 was a smash success and the with second season set to premiere on October 2nd I was given the opportunity to get to see the first 2 episodes of the new season and if you are a fan of the show you will like what you see.
Home – Episode 1
The season premiere picks up where the first season leaves off. Ruby is now in danger from her own demonic children so she breaks their truce and summons Ash to help her. From there the show dives into the main thrust of the story with Ash having a rude awakening from some Deadites in Jacksonville. This episode doesn’t waste any time in getting right back into the action with it’s signature copious amounts of blood and gore which is used in this show for comedic effect. This episode is not the best episode of the series nor does it compare to the very first episode of season 1, but still this is a very strong episode that catches us up to where we left off and continues on the fun journey that will be season 2.
Bruce Campbell still feels like he never left the role of Ash in personifying the chauvinistic and idiotic hero. Lucy Lawless returns to Ruby and still gives a good performance as a character that makes the audience like the characters in that you don’t know whether or not she is trustworthy. The rest of the cast return including Ray Santiago as Pablo and Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly. We are also introduced to some new characters including Ash’s Dad Brock played hilariously by the 6 Million Dollar Man himself, Lee Majors. Overall it is a decent start to what promises to be a great Season 2.
The Morgue – Episode 2
The second episode continues to follow what the first episode set out for the season with Ruby seen as a potential ally. I can’t get too much into the episode without spoiling the story, but this episode was a stronger episode than the premiere. Not only does it advance the plot, but it also has potentially the most disgusting gore sequence so far in the series. It’s so over the top that I couldn’t stop myself from laughing out loud at how ridiculous it gets. It fits perfectly with the tone of the show and their insistence on relying on practical effects, which makes scene like that look so much better than relying on CG. The episode ends on a cliffhanger that makes me excited to see what else this season has in store.
This new season promises to deliver the scares, gore, and the fun that the first season brought to us in spades. If these two episodes are any indication for the rest of the season I can foresee that season 2 will be a wonderful continuation of not only the show, but of this series. Check it out if you are a fan and if you aren’t I recommend going back to season 1, which I still believe is one of the most underrated shows on television.