The party is over for Ash Williams and cohorts in Starz Network’s Ash vs Evil Dead
The Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 premiere ‘Home’ kicks off a blood soaked 12 episode run this season.
Season 2, Ep. 01: ‘Home’ | Aired Sept 27, 2016
Ash vs Evil Dead season 2 Premiere Review
by TS Alan
Ash, Kelly, and Pablo have made it to Ash’s dream retirement home of Jacksonville, Florida, and are partying it up at a local bar where Ash is the center of attention. However, the party quickly ends when deadites interrupt the festivities and Ash discoveries his truce with Ruby (Lucy Lawlwess) is over, and he needs to return to his hometown of Elk Grove, Michigan to confront her. It’s a cold welcome for Ash as he is dismissed by his estranged father Brock (Lee Majors) and given a cold welcome by the town’s bar rats, who all remember him as “Ashley Slashly” for cutting up his friends and girlfriend at the cabin 30 years prior. That is all for one woman, Linda B. Emery (Michelle Hurd), who is the bar’s waitress and married to the Elk Grove Sheriff.
The first episode of season two is not balls out crazy as was the premiere episode of the first season, but that doesn’t mean it is any less entertaining. There is a lot of crazy shit going on and gallons of blood in this episode, but also the show has matured and that is a good thing. The Kelly and Pablo characters are more developed and their bond of friendship appears strong. Ash, too, seems to have matured, relying on his posse instead of being a lone wolf. Seems she may still have a thing for Ash. She was pretty pleased to see him.
Director Rick Jacobson (Xena: Warrior Princess), who directed last season’s finale episode ‘The Dark One’ did a fine job on the season 2 premiere, keeping the action ramped up but not overshadowing the story development. Visual effects company PRPVFX along with prosthetic supervisor Shay Lawrence and his team do a great job on all the combined effects, however the demon spawn (which are all now grown up) seem a little underwhelming. Though considering the budget Ash vs Evil Dead gets from the Starz Network compared the network’s other original series like Black Sails and DaVinci’s Demons, they still stand up.
All-in-all, this was a good start to the season and hopefully the blood, guts, decapitations and Ash antics will get ramped up even more as the season progresses. For fans of the Army of Darkness film, pay close attention to the crematorium scenes in this episode and you’ll discover an homage to the film.
Ash vs Evil Dead airs on Starz on Sundays at 10/9C. This season we get 12 episodes instead of ten, and for Ash fans that’s pretty groovy.