“Ash vs Evil Dead” picked up right where the second episode left off. “Bait” starts right after Ash kills the granny deadite. This is the first episode we have seen that has not been directed by Sam Raimi, although Raimi wrote it. Because of this, we still haven’t seen what “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be like without Raimi behind the scenes. Although it does not feature the same shots that “Evil Dead” fans are used to, Michael Basett still proved that he could keep fans interested.
“Bait” featured Mimi Rogers as our deadite of the week. In this episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, we see how Pablo and Kelly handle the deadites when it deals with someone they know and love. Ash has been through all of this before. He tries to warn them that the deadites enjoy playing games. They enjoy pretending to act like loved ones. He has fallen for that trick before and he refuses to do it again. However, Kelly and Pablo cling to the false hope that Suzy was never really dead in the first place. In this episode, Kelly and Pablo realize that Ash may suck at every other aspect of life but he knows what he is talking about when it comes to dealing with deadites. This is the episode that forces Kelly and Pablo to face reality.
Lucy Lawless was nowhere to be seen in this episode. Things are not as fast paced in “Bait”. “Ash vs Evil Dead” used this time to set up some more of the story. That does not mean that there wasn’t plenty of blood and one liners in “Bait”. It just means that they took the time to let our three main characters bond. Amanda Fisher is still trying to figure out what is going on. Her scenes are the slowest scenes in the episode. Amanda Fisher is a lot like fans that are new to the Evil Dead series. She has no clue what she is dealing with, but she’ll get a taste of the real deal soon enough. It seems as if “Ash vs Evil Dead” is still trying to find a place for her in this world full of deadites. Fortunately, she has found a few clues that might lead her straight to Ash next week. I have a feeling that Ruby has been following Amanda so we might see more of her in the next episode.
Mimi Rogers plays Kelly’s mom who has come back from the dead. The story is that she was only missing and never dead. She has been suffering from amnesia for the past six months and has finally found her way back home. Ash does not fall for this at all. He does his best to try to expose Kelly’s mother as a deadite but with no luck. He knows that Suzy is using Kelly as bait but he cannot seem to convince Kelly or Pablo of this. Ash is not one to fall for a trap even if his sidekicks are asking him to behave. He eventually gives up on being polite and simply punches Suzy in the face in an attempt to draw out the deadite. Suzy pretends to be injured at first, but like all other deadites, they can’t resist a fight with Ash. All hell breaks loose and Ash has to use his chainsaw hand once again. He is still the insensitive person we all know and love but at least he can easily handle any trouble that comes his way.
Even though some of the scenes were a little slow compared to what Evil Dead fans are used to, “Ash vs Evil Dead” still keeps fans interested in what is going on. Every scene had a point and will bring everything together later on in the season. We learned more about how Ash has managed to stay alive all these years, we got to see a little character development, and we got to enjoy a few great fight scenes between Ash and the deadites. I loved the scenes with Ash and Kelly’s mom. Even though we all knew what was going to happen, the show did a good job of making us wonder if Ash was simply being paranoid. We have to remember that Ash has been through quite a bit and he has a good reason to be wary of the things around him. He cannot trust anyone; he must prepare himself for the worst in every situation. There was a great mixture of tension and comedy in these scenes. “Ash vs Evil Dead” will continue to keep fans glued to their seats for every half-hour episode.