Ash vs Evil Dead
Episode 2.4 “D.U.I.”
Directed by Michael J. Bassett
Written by Ivan Raimi
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Samara Weaving, Indiana Evans, Ido Drent, Rebekkah Farrell, Lee Majors
Air date: Sunday, October 23, 2016, 8pm
Spoilers below for Ash vs Evil Dead…
While everyone was busy twisting away over who Negan would beat to death on that other Sunday night horror-themed show, I was more concerned with Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his neverending pursuit of the necronomicon. Last week on Ash vs Evil Dead, Ash and the gang tried to lure the annoying teenagers who stole the Delta out with a huge party, but it was no dice as the kids were being picked off one by one thanks to the Evil Dead. Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) doesn’t feel like she’s being appreciated and finds solace in a new partnership with Ruby (Lucy Lawless). While Ash is busy acting like a primitive screwhead, they are going to take the reins on finding the book and stopping Ruby’s hellspawn. And just when Ash thought things were getting back on track after saving his dad (Lee Majors) from a deadite attack, their family reunion is interrupted when Brock is mowed down by the demon-possessed Delta.
In this week’s episode 2.4 “D.U.I.,” Ash mourns over his father’s corpse, even trying to put his brain back in his skull, before the Delta pulls up coated in blood. The lone surviving girl trapped inside (Pepi Sonuga) tries to warn Pablo (Ray Santiago), but he gets roped in by the seatbelts. Ash is hilariously more broken up that his prized Delta is possessed than the fact that his father is dead.
Pablo tries to get acquainted with Lacey in the Delta while Ash follows suit in Chet’s (Ted Raimi) piece of crap hatchback. “Why is there a chainsaw in my car?” “That’s mine… ice sculptures,” Ash tells him. When Chet asks about the shotgun: “That’s if they don’t pay for the ice sculpture.” Meanwhile, the Necronomicon talks to Pablo and forces another vision upon him, where he ends up impaled and then Ash turns on him.
The episode winds up with a double battle as Ash battles the Delta in a demolition derby-style arena while Ruby and Kelly battle the demon children. Ash vs the Delta was reminiscent of Army of Darkness, especially when Brock is sending Ash heavenly advice. Pablo meanwhile gets the upper hand on the book, before opening a portal to hell (in the trunk of the car) and tossing the book in there. Ruby feels this disturbance in the Necronomicon after she and Kelly slices through several of her demon kids.
Of course, we end with a demonic force bursting from the remains of the Delta, likely the new big bad of the season as Ruby promised her spawn’s father would be coming. She described him as a slick seductive demon, so the interactions between him and the ladies should be interesting to say the least. This season continues rolling along with 30-minute episodes of pure balls to the walls chaos, with extremely quotable dialogue and a frenetic energy that can’t be matched. What TWD offers in heart-wrenching emotional catharsis, Ash vs Evil Dead offers in pure fun. And hey, both episodes featured main characters getting their heads split open!
Ash vs Evil Dead returns next Sunday night on Starz.