Michael Bassett directs the third episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead”. This episode is a lot different from the other two episodes of the season. “Books From Beyond” tells us more about the demons that can be summoned from the Necronomicon. Although this episode does not have as much action as the previous episodes, it still gives us useful information about the world of Evil Dead. In “Books From Beyond” Ash has the bright idea to summon a demon that specializes in preying on those with weak minds. What should have been the weakest demon in the book was actually a quite terrifying creature. This one should not be messed with. He was not like the Kandarian demons that fans are used to. Going by the name of Elagos, this creature looks and acts nothing like the deadites Ash normally encounters. In fact, he looked more like something Clive Barker would have created. This is a nice change from the same decaying and possessed bodies that we normally encounter. In addition, it shows us that the Necronomicon can summon much more terrifying things. This demon’s attack involved doing something to Ash and Pablo’s brain. What was he trying to do to them and will he appear in future episodes?
We finally got to see more of Lucy Lawless as Ruby in this episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” as well. We still do not know who Ruby is and what her plans are. However, we do know that she is tracking Ash and has a dagger that could be Kandarian in nature. She uses this dagger to torture deadites and fish information from them. However, this is not the same dagger found in “Evil Dead”. The exchange between Ruby and the deadite Ash left behind at Kelly’s house tells us that deadites can actually feel pain.
Amanda finally caught up with Ash at Books From Beyond. Ash managed to keep her handcuffed while he tried to find a way to put the deadites back where they came from. We learn that the Necronomicon is like a passageway. It is a tool that is used to summon evil and bring it into our world. While there is a way to reverse the damage, it is not very clear. Ash wanted an easier answer than the one he got so he naturally decides to summon a demon in order to find out more secrets. As it turns out, demons are not willing to give away such precious information.
Amanda had two choices. She could help Ash and his friends fight this evil or she could put everything on hold and fight Ash instead. After Kelly lets her go, she opts for the latter option. During her scuffle with Ash, she accidentally breaks the seal that was keeping Elagos trapped. Although it was Ash’s bad idea, the whole thing can ultimately be blamed on Kelly and Amanda. The team had to fight this demon together. As it turns out, Ash is no longer “an alone wolf” anymore. He would have been dead if it was not for his new friends. Even though Kelly has her doubts about Ash, this battle with a stronger demon brought everyone together. However, there is the chance that it is not gone for good. They never finished the spell that was meant to send him back. Kelly slapped the demon in the face with the Necronomicon, causing him to disappear. Does this mean that there is more power to the Necronomicon than we thought? Does it mean that the demon is simply playing games with them? Will there be future problems caused by what the demon did to Ash and Pablo?
“Books from Beyond” was not as fast-paced and bloody as other episodes, but it was still a fun ride and my favorite episode so far. I loved the shots Bassett took and I loved the music in this episode. I am a huge fan of Joseph LoDuca. This is the man behind the “Ash vs Evil Dead” soundtrack and his music in this episode helped bring back old memories of “Evil Dead”. In the next episode, they will be seeing Pablo’s uncle. How will Amanda deal with the deadite shop owner now that she is stuck in handcuffs? Why does Ash leave unfinished business? Will there be churros in their future?