TV Review: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Season 1 Finale: “The Dark One”
The blood-soaked season 1 finale of Ash vs Evil Dead was everything that I hoped it would be. If you’re not caught up, please do so and come back. I’ll try to keep spoilers down to a minimum.
First off, if you don’t already know, Ash vs Evil Dead was renewed for a second season before the first season pilot even premiered. That said, there has to be a bridge from season 1 into season 2. I came across this article from Merrill Barr, who doesn’t appear to be an Evil Dead fan, and leads off his mixed interview with this:
“When it was first announced, there was no reasonable expectation to believe Ash vs. Evil Dead was going to be good.”
Merrill, this show was created for the fans. I then came across this Bruce Campbell quote: “We’re not Star Wars—we never were”. Perfect. It’s not Star Wars and if that’s what you want, you need to close the Necronomicon, ditch the cabin, and climb back into your spaceship and go home. Moving on.
Without giving too much away, I’ll try to keep the recap short. We finally get to see the showdown between Ash and Ruby, only Ash decides to take the easy way out. Why wouldn’t he? It is Ash, after all. Ruby offers Ash a magic undo button opportunity to undo the mess that has been created, with a one-way ticket to Jacksonville. After some tough negotiating, Ash manages to get Pablo and Kelly in on the deal, with a little gas money to boot. But wait, it appears that Ruby was not telling the truth! The final scene closes out with our trio driving in Jacksonville, barely escaping a giant crater that spawned as soon as they drove past it.
The episode was action packed and filled to the brim of all that is good. Blood, guns, chainsaws, demons, and girls. I am really looking forward to the next season. The show sure does pack a nice punch in it’s 30-minute time slot. Until next time, stay groovy.