At the start of “Ash vs Evil Dead”, Ash is preparing for a night out searching for a woman for the evening. Ash has always been good at two things: slaying deadites and getting women. Bruce Campbell slides back into this role with ease. Of course, Ash gets what he came for once he arrives at the bar. “El Jefe” does feature a pretty vivid sex scene, which is something I did not expect. Evil Dead did not have much sex in the films. However, it did have a point. During this scene, Ash’s lady friend becomes a deadite for a split second. This is when Ash starts to realize that something may be wrong, something that has not been wrong in thirty years. However, that does not stop him from doing the courteous thing and ensuring that he is able to finish what he started with his lover. Is she a deadite? Maybe, but that does not slow Ash down.
Once he goes back home, he checks on the Necronomicon. What he saw at the bar troubled him. He finds a bag of weed in its pages. So that is what happened; during a night of relaxation, he uses the Necronomicon to try to woo yet another lady friend. This results in the deadites’ new freedom.
The show then introduces us to detective Amanda Fisher. Her first run-in with a deadite is during a response to a call at a very dark and creepy house. Whom did Detective Fisher run into? You guessed it, the woman who was with Ash when he read from the book. This is where “Ash vs Evil Dead” shows us that they can still scare old and new fans alike. Although old fans know what to expect, the scenes will still catch them off guard. The scenes that took place at this house are full of jump scares and plenty of blood. The deadites in this new show do the old films justice. They are evil, terrifying, insane, and unpredictable. There was an amazing scene between Fisher and her partner after he was attacked by the deadite. He is eventually possessed. Raimi took advantage of a great lighting opportunity to add to the suspense. Fisher is forced to kill her partner, which means she starts the show with something in common with Ash.
There is not much of a backstory to Fisher yet. So far, she is just a detective who has just been through what Ash has been through. While she is at a diner after the events at that house, we learn that no one believes her story and that she is being investigated. She sees a girl turn into a deadite for a moment, which upsets her. A woman at the diner talks with her for a moment after the deadite girl turns back into a little girl. This woman is Ruby, though she has not been introduced in the show just yet. She asks if Fisher is okay, then proceeds to tell her that sometimes what you think you saw is exactly what you saw. We still do not know much about Ruby yet, though Fisher will likely cross paths with Ruby in future episodes. The conversation with Ruby leads Amanda to go back to the crime scene. She finds a piece of Carter’s clothing on the chandelier, which provides proof that the events did take place. Carter really did try to attack her and he really did climb on the ceiling.
In typical Ash fashion, he has decided he does not want to stick around in order to help people fight the deadites that he released. Unfortunately, he has to complete a shift at the Value Stop in order to get his paycheck. He needs his paycheck in order to skip town. While he is working, he gets into a fight with a small possessed doll. This scene pays tribute to a few scenes in “Army of Darkness” and “Evil Dead 2” with an expected Three Stooges style. When Pablo walks in on the scene, Ash is forced to tell him what is going on. While Ash explains his situation to Pablo, we get to enjoy scenes from “Evil Dead” and even a few word for word quotes from the “Army of Darkness” introduction. Pablo then tells Ash stories from his childhood in Honduras. They were always about “El Hefe”, who is a man who will rise to fight evil. Of course, Ash does not want any part of this.
After Ash bails, Pablo joins Kelly while she FaceTimes her dad. Her dad is acting strange, scared, and excited. He is rambling on about strange things that have happened to him. He tells Kelly that someone is at the front door and that is when Kelly sees her mother standing in the doorway. Kelly’s mom has been dead for six months. Naturally, Kelly wants to go to her dad. Pablo agrees to help her but he takes her to see Ash first.
Ash still does not want to own up to his responsibilities even if it gives him the chance to help an attractive girl. Unfortunately, he does not have a choice. The deadites have found them and they try to force their way into Ash’s trailer. While they try to get in, Pablo asks Ash if he is going to own up to who he is. Ash suddenly becomes the Ash we all know and love. He is an ass kicking, smartass, and confident badass who simply cannot lose when facing a deadite. It was an instant transformation and my favorite part of the episode.
His plan is to find a spell that will get rid of them for good. In order to do that he has to go see a guy who can translate the Necronomicon. “Ash vs Evil Dead” is incredibly fast-paced. There is no time to get bored during the half hour episode. While it normally takes a few episodes for a TV show to find its footing, “Ash vs Evil Dead” has had thirty years to do so. It is a fun, exciting, and corny ride that are sure to keep old and new fans satisfied every Saturday.