• Todd Puhl

TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead

Updated: May 27, 2019

Ash vs the Evil Dead seaon finale aired last night, so our Evil Dead enthusiast, GabbyPool, took it open herself to review how it did! No seriously, she is a huge Evil Dead nerd. Has the book, the knife and she touched Bruce Campbell. Once. In a Photoshoot. With lots of witnesses. YOU HAVE NO EVIDENCE!

IMDB Summary: Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.


As a HUGE Evil Dead and Bruce Campbell fan, I was absolutely ecstatic when I first heard about the movie series being revived as a television series. Especially when I found out Sam Raimi would still be the director, and Bruce Campbell was still the man himself: Ashley J. Williams, with his chainsaw and sawed-off shotgun.


Of course, there was some speculation on if the show would do the movies any justice. Would he stick to the old style, or take on a new one? Will Ash still be the rude, crude superstore clerk, or has he finally grown up? Were these companions of Ash wind up just like the movies, or maybe learn a thing or two from this gun-toting lunatic?


All questions aside, I dove right in, and right away I was hooked. I even introduced it to a friend who never saw the movies, and she was hooked as well.


The show did great justice to the old movies, while adding something new, even for the long-time fan. It paired together some of the older gags, lines, and mannerisms from the movies with some fresh, new ones that really brought the show to life. And as a fan, I always enjoyed when they made a reference to the past, whether it was a memory, item, or even a one-liner. Made me fangirl every time.


Though, I’m on the fence about the effects of the show. When they first announced the making of the series, and what Raimi’s plans were, there was mention of using the old claymation style instead of computer graphics, because that’s what was used in the films. But there was none, to my dismay.


On the other hand, the animation was done well enough, for the most part, that it didn’t look too fake. At least most of the time. And it was probably to help introduce a younger crowd to the series, one that’s used to Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, which both use a fair amount of computer special effects.

But Raimi’s love for copious amounts of blood, gore, and slapstick gags were high as ever. The blood and gore wasn’t to the point that it was just one big gore-fest, but when deadites were involved, no one was spared.


And Ash was still the same man we’re used to from the 80s, back when he still used to have two meat-hooks. His companions are a nice touch. Maybe someone to pass the torch on to one day. At the least, a couple of people to help keep him sane while he fights against evil forces.


But, as much of a fan as I am of the series, it’s only in season one, and its season finale The Dark One was a pretty big disappointment.


It was getting interesting, and things seemed to be escalating, but in the end, it was pretty anticlimactic, and didn’t really end with a cliffhanger like the last 9 episodes did, leaving you wanting more. And I was getting right into it, with the visit to the old cabin, or more specifically into its fruit cellar, where things were going awry. When the episode finally ended, I was questioning if this was really the season one finale, or if maybe it was all just the dream of a superstore clerk who was bored with life. But no, that was it.


So far, as a whole, the show is refreshing, as entertaining as ever, and captivating for old and new fans alike. Let’s just hope the second season starts off better than the first season’s finale. It would be a shame to see such a great show with so much potential go to waste.


IMDB Rating: 9.0/10

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 98%/100%

GabbyPool’s Rating: 9.6/10


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