28th Mar2018

‘Ash vs. Evil Dead 3×05: Baby Proof’ Review

by Paul Metcalf

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In horror there is certain territory that is hard to encroach on, and children is one of them. This week Ash vs Evil Dead brings a toddler into the horror in a way that is shockingly good and brings back memories of Army of Darkness.

While Ash (Bruce Campbell) is dealing with the baby from hell, Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Brandy (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) deal with the possessed Pablo (Ray Santiago). While all seems lost, it is only when Pablo accepts his destiny that the tide starts to turn against Ruby (Lucy Lawless) and her demonic plans.

The fight with Ash vs the toddler from hell at first feels risky, but one that first reluctance to see a child in that type of scene subsides, it becomes more fun. It is obvious of course that there are many tricks used to making it appear that the child is in the scene, but it is all smoke and mirrors.

This is what makes the fight so good though, especially as it progresses to become more complex. What I was surprised most about though was how reminiscent the scene is of Ash vs the tiny versions of him in the windmill in Army of Darkness. It uses similar styles of slapstick comedy and violence and feels very nostalgic.

When it comes to Ray, it is good that he appears to be becoming more of a focus, which is something that seemed lacking in this season. Now it appears that he is having his own chance to be a badass so he can stand tall with Kelly and Ash. His dabbling in the spirit world though may not be a good thing, and we’ll have to see how it goes. For now, it does seem to be a positive move for his character.

When it comes to Brandy, there was a moment I thought the show was reverting back to her fighting against Ash once again. It is nice to see her get her moment of finally becoming part of Ash’s team and moving against Ruby who once again tries to come between them. Now to get some focus on where this season is going, and what it will mean for the show.

Now that we have the foundation of the story, we need to see where the battle between Ash and Ruby is going. We know her new weapon against him, and that she is trying to attack his family so that she can wipe him out of the prophecy. Right now, we are stuck in a limbo where all the parts are coming together, but everything needs to be pulled together with more focus.

Now that we are half way through the season already and the push will come to set up the finale, where we’ll understand what part the demon baby plays, what Ruby is actually trying to achieve, and what is actually happening with Ray. The questions have been created, now we just need answers for them.

This season of Ash vs Evil Dead has started well and continues to build on that initial strength. There does feel to be an interesting story building up, and it is nice to see Brandy becoming a part of the team. Now the story needs to be pulled together into a satisfying conclusion, which hopefully doesn’t feature Ruby trying to turn Brandy against her father in every episode.

***** 5/5

Ash vs Evil Dead is available on Virgin Media video on Demand in the UK.

Review originally posted on PissedOffGeek
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