Do you believe in the existence of evil? If you’re here and you’re reading this then I know you do. Thirty years ago our old buddy Ash Williams found the Book of the Dead, read from it, and now EVIL has found us, again.
Episode One – Family
Season three of Ash vs. Evil Dead starts off where we left Ash at the end of last season, having (allegedly) conquered the ugly mug of evil in Elk Grove. Ash is promoting his new business endeavor, Ashy Slashy’s Hardware Store (and Sex) Emporium and a new life with all-new, practical uses for his infamous chainsaw arm.
As Ash’s peeps flock to the new shrine of their local hero all seems right in Elk Grove, until . . .the Book of the Dead reemerges to be read aloud by an Antique Roadshow type that seems to know exactly what he’s reading and reads it anyway! We learn that peanuts are for PAYING customers only, and a glance at the TV tips Kelly off to the reemergence of the book so she makes the call and is on the move–Evil is coming back.
Pablo gets his own warning when Sumerian markings appear carved into his torso again. As Ruby–aka the Evil Warrior Princess–gets reacquainted with the book, a high school horror involving a dark hall, Cougie the school mascot, and an appropriate amount of bloodshed leads to the introduction of Ash’s (wait for it) DAUGHTER and (one more time) his WIFE who has an appropriately stripper-like name. The song this episode is “I Want Candy” by Bow Wow Wow and this musical moment leaves me feeling like a perky Patrick Bateman.
The episode ends with: Daughter Brandy: traumatized, alive. Part of the crew now? Candy Bar (Wife): decapitated, but Bruce with that mustache amirite!? Brandy’s cute friend: A demon in disguise! Also, dead by musical instrument. Which one? Have fun guessing! There’s Dalton who looks like both of the guys from Supernatural at the same time. I’m skeptical of him. Keep reading below to see what happens next time!
Episode Two- Booth Three
In episode two of Ash vs. Evil Dead the whole gang is fully immersed in the high school horror flick. Evil is back, Ash has a daughter, and Dalton is creepy. Brandy tries to make sense of her first brush with evil ⁄ death of her mother while Ruby gives birth to a devil baby made with blood magic. The devil baby racks up a body count fast. Yay, devil baby! Just like his father. . .
It turns out that Pablo is suspicious of Dalton too and he and Kelly definitely still have chemistry. The Ghost Beaters multitask as Ash tries to connect with his kid but she runs unsuspecting into the arms of evil—did you guess who? Ruby! who is posing as the school’s counselor and doing more blood magic in her spare time. What a busy modern lady!
The big bloody musical moment this episode unfolds to Take On Me by A-Ha, and the violence during the song is tremendous. Ash, evil, sperm bank. I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. Ash understands after the musical murder number that evil is after his offspring, all of them, except for Ruby’s blood baby. Also, that blood baby? Ash’s offspring! Ruby’s got a plan to replace Ash as the Prophesied One and doesn’t want her little monster to have any competition.
After two episodes, I can tell you that there is blood. There is gore. There are laughs. I love it. Check back next week for a review of Sunday’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, season three episode three, “Apparently Dead.” I can’t wait to see what next week’s song will be!