Happy Monday TV fans! After watching Starz’s Ash vs Evil Dead season 3 episode 1 season premiere last night, I think it’s important to stick to what you’re good at. In Ash’s case, this means fighting the good fight against evil while keeping a good sense of humor about it all. In case you have never watched Ash vs Evil Dead before, you should immediately watch the films: Evil Dead 1 & 2 followed by Army of Darkness. Actually, you can even skip Evil Dead if in a rush and go straight to Army of Darkness for some campy horror fun with outrageous laugh out loud moments. Seriously, Bruce Campbell is a genius. Many years later, Ash is back with his chain-saw arm and is pretty much the only thing standing in the way of “The Book of Dead.” Now that you are all caught up, please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the season 3 premiere yet. In last night’s episode, “Family,” Ash is living well in his hometown, Elk Grove, slashing high prices left and right with his new business venture. He gets an unexpected surprise, however; when he learns that he has a daughter named…wait what was it? Don’t worry Ash, you’ll get the hang of fatherhood soon enough. Meanwhile, Ruby is back and is unleashing some sort of hell, Kelly is rocking some serious leather, and Pablo’s not out of the woods just yet when the words of the dead resurface on his body. My top 5 moments from Ash vs Evil Dead season 3 episode 1 are:
In the beginning of the episode, it seems that Elk Grove has finally settled down and put evil in its rear view mirror. What’s next for Ash? I guess the only thing that makes sense is for him to open up a “hardware store/sex toy emporium” named “Ashy Slashy’s.” I mean he is slashing high prices with his legendary chainsaw arm which really gives it the dramatic effect that proves he means business. Plus, he’s getting to work with Pablo again and enjoying some well deserved margaritas along the way. Unfortunately for Ash, “The Book of Dead” has resurfaced and is coming for Elk Grove.
Ruby is back.
Ruby, played by the absolutely gorgeous, Lucy Lawless is back and sporting some fierce platinum blonde hair. Every time it seems like she may be dead for good, she resurfaces, causing trouble wherever she goes. While we see her chanting from the “Book of the Dead” and getting ready to give birth to something we can only assume is pure evil, where does she stand with Ash and the gang? Is Ruby out for revenge or is she scheming something new? We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it’s great to have one of our fan-favorites back for season 3.
Kelly shows up with a new friend.
As the episode went on, a mysterious guy dressed in leather seemed to be hanging around Elk Grove quite a lot, keeping a close eye on Ash and Pablo. Later, when Ash and the gang are under attack by a deadite, he shows up with Kelly to help fight the good fight. We learn that his name is Dalton and he is a “Knight of Sumeria,” which according to Kelly means he is a big fan, but it seems like we have a lot to learn about him. Either way, it looks like he’s on the side of good for now.
Ash has a wife…and a daughter.
When a woman claims to be Ash’s wife, he reminds her that he “never forgets a rack but faces are a little fuzzy.” Seems like a valid point, until his wife snaps him back to reality reminding him about a drunken night long ago where he met “Candy Bar,” otherwise known as Candace Barr. While the memories come rushing back, Ash insists that he can’t have a daughter because he was using his “lucky rubber.” Ash’s daughter, Brandy Barr is in high school and is literally about to be attacked by forces of evil. As Brandy and her friend, Rachel quickly realize that the Cougar school mascot has moved way past creepy into something full on terrifying, it’s up to Ash and his former wife, Candace to step in and save the day.
“Sorry jailbait my dance card is a little full.”
When Brandy’s friend, Rachel gets possessed by a deadite, she puts on quite the musical performance, even bringing out an old favorite, “Ashy Slashy.” Ash is not distracted by this in the slightest however, knocking her out with a trombone and telling her to “blow.” Unfortunately for Ash’s former wife, Candace, she gets decapitated with a cymbal to the horror of her daughter. After the deadite taunts Ash about destroying him and his seed, he puts her in her place and cleverly uses a harp as an interesting choice of weapon. After all, his dance card is full. This now leaves Ash to pick up the pieces and help his daughter; Sandy…wait was it…Mandy? I’m sure Ash will learn that her name is Brandy in time, but it’s good to have some fresh faces join the cast to add for some more campy horror fun. Either way, the family is back together again and they’re coming for evil…right after Ash smokes a jay.
I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and comments on Ash vs Evil Dead below. Happy viewing!
Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl