The episode we’ve been waiting for is finally here. This third episode of season 2 of Ash vs Evil Dead sees the debut of Ted Raimi. This is not only something of an Evil Dead reunion, but also Xena as I’m sure you’ll all know he was Joxer in that 90s fantasy show… you all remember him I’m sure!
In this episode Ash (Bruce Campbell) is once again in search of the Necronomicon, which is in his car “The Delta” which has been stolen. Ash’s plan? Hold a huge party in the local bar until the thieves finally turn up.
Evil Dead fans will love this episode, not only for Ted Raimi but also the love that is shown to the Delta. If you are a trivia freak, then you’ll know that the car (or a similar model) has made an appearance in Sam Raimi films as an Easter egg. It was also of course Ash’s car that was driven to the cabin which started it all.
In this third episode, we see the car become a character itself as it becomes embroiled in the latest Necronomicon shenanigans. The blood and gore will keep horror fans happy, and the homage to a certain car themed horror film is very welcome. It is fair to say though that the level of chaos caused is more Maximum Overdrive than Christine.
Ted Raimi’s character is Chet Kaminski, Ash’s best friend and owner of the bar (or maybe just a bartender). It will be interesting to see if he turns up in the series more, but it does feel like he could be a character that purely plays a part in the alcoholic chaos that is part of Ash’s plan. It will be nice though to see him turn up more as he fits perfectly into the show.
In between all the chaos, my favourite addition to the series also makes an appearance, Lee Majors. This is the episode where the father vs son issues finally come to a head, but I won’t spoil it any more than that. It is fair to say though that Brock Williams is a character that isn’t to be messed with.
In terms of story, there is good progression in this episode of Ash vs Evil Dead, with the group seemingly split up and taking different paths in episode 4. This probably won’t last for long, but a few story strands that have been sprouted here and will flourish. I get the feeling though it will be Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) who will be making the most progress. Though of course they are taking the harder route to get there.
What makes me happy about this episode of Ash vs Evil Dead is that it is the best one of this season so far. There is plenty of horror action, we get to know more about where the story is heading, and we have plenty of shocks. It feels like the makers of the show, and the actors are having a lot of fun in the Evil Dead world, and that translates into something special for the fans.
Ash vs Evil Dead is available in the UK through Virgin Media now.