Bruce Campbell returns as the chainsaw wielding anti-hero, Ash Williams in Starz Network’s new horror comedy series Ash vs Evil Dead
Ash is back and that’s really Groovy for fans of the Evil Dead franchise
Season 1, Ep. 1 | Premiered Oct 10, 2015 at NYCC | Airs Oct 31 on Starz
by TS Alan
Attendees at the packed Ash vs Evil Dead panel was given an amazing surprise, when star Bruce Campbell and executive producer Sam Raimi revealed that the audience was not going to get the trailer like San Diego Comic Con had, but the entire first episode was going to be screened.
The audience exploded with enthusiastic cheers and applause at the announcement, giving those who made the trek — and the long wait in line — to the off-site venue (Hammerstein Ballroom) the best Halloween treat ever. The raucous capacity crowd did not stop their noise making once the pilot started. It was a roller coaster ride of blood, gore, scares and laughs as Ash Williams took on the deadites that he has been running from for thirty years, and the crowd reaction revealed that the audience was amazed and pleased that the iconic Ash character was back.
There is so much I could say about this half-hour horror-comedy, but I would give too much away and spoil the ride that the premiere episode will take you on. However, there is one reveal I will tell you, which came from Lucy Lawless during the panel discussion. Lawless told the audience that Ruby is actually Ruby Knowby, the daughter of Professor Raymond Knowby, and she’s hunting for Ash. Though Lawless’s part in the premiere episode was a mere cameo, it will build throughout the series, especially when she teams up with Amanda Fisher played by Jill Marie Jones. The how and why of the two getting together, however, I will not reveal.By the end of the first episode you’ll be wanting to watch more of the aging Lothario and his new cohorts kick deadite ass and save the world from the Evil Dead. You’ll also never be able to listen to Deep Purple’s “Space Trucking,” again without thinking of Ash driving his 1973 Olds Delta 88.
As I tweeted from the NYCC panel, the first episode of Ash vs Evil Dead is ‘balls out awesome.’ It’s a show not to be missed.