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 5 of Ash vs Evil Dead, “Baby Proof,” shows that Ash’s life are anything but as little baby Evil goes on a rampage of violence that even surprises Ash and Ruby. The little monster lives up to the Williams name and is even starting to look like his dear old dad . . . baby chainsaw arm, anyone? Oh! Why, yes. Please.
Here are the need-to-know events of episode 5:
⇒Babysitting IS as dangerous as they led us to believe in the 80s.
⇒Pablo briefly inhabits a bite on Kelly’s leg (what?). Brandy starts playing for team Ghost Beaters – and then stabs demon Pablo with the dagger. (Way to be a team player . . .?) Luckily, with the help of his uncle and blood magic Pablo finally chooses between good and evil so that he can become El Brujo Especial. Pablo wakes, he and Kelly make out this season –finally– and Pablo gets ready to help Ash defeat evil.
⇒Ash realizes that baby Evil is his offspring as he and an unwilling Scandinavian nanny do battle with the bloody brat who manages to be cute even as he tries to eat them both alive. Episode 5 offers the single most delightful act of re-animation I have ever seen on television, and we should all take a moment to honor the memory of miss Ricola who is violated in a way I’ve never actually thought of before.
⇒The episode ends on a strong family note as Brandy finally shows her true Ghost Beater colors. She helps Ash escape from Ruby and a local cop who are a tiny bit concerned about the very bloody baby in his trunk. Ash says to Brandy, “That’s the first time you’ve ever called me Dad,” as they race away into the night as the musical number of the episode, Iggy Pop’s “Passengers” rolls right along with the feels.
With that we clear the mid-season mark. Pablo is back in the band and Brandy finally believes. The Ghost Beaters are ready to fight some deadites, and every episode left in the season promises major surprises.
Check back next week for a review of Sunday’s Ash vs. Evil Dead, episode six, “Tales from the Rift.” We’ll see how Ash’s little demon baby is coming along.