Ash vs. Evil Dead Series Premiere Review: He's Back, Baby

Ash vs. Evil Dead S01E01: "El Jefe"

The formula for Ash vs. Evil Dead is pretty simple: Ash goofs off, a demon shows up, Ash kills the demon in spectacular fashion, Ash says something hilarious. Repeat! And that's all Ash vs. Evil Dead needs, because it all hinges around one man: Bruce Campbell

Campbell is Ash vs. Evil Dead's everything, reprising his role as the wise-cracking, lady-slaying, demon-beheading hero at the center of the Evil Dead franchise. And his move (and the franchise's move) to television 22 years after the last Evil Dead movie was released was nearly seamless, as everything you loved from the movies is retained in the new series. Well, everything plus about 30 pounds, as the opening scene of Ash squeezing into a corset tells us. 

If you're unfamiliar with the Evil Dead franchise and Ash then you should rectify that immediately over a 12-pack, three loaded bongs, and a garbage bag of popcorn. But to those familiar with it, Campbell felt like he'd been playing Ash all these decades he's been gone. (Maybe it's because every character Campbell winds up playing is a riff on Ash, as Burn Notice fans will attest.) Ash speaks his mind, even when following up exaggerated bravado with an admission of his own shortcomings (while hitting on a woman he tells her she'll want him even though he's 10 30 pounds overweight and greying), and announces his intent to fight with childish insults at his opponents. And every single time it's funny. Campbell looks older, sure, but not nearly as old as he should look, and all the brash charisma is still there. He is a hero's hero, the man every man wants to be and every lady wants. Ash is a good time in a blue button up.

In fact, Campbell is so good in this that you might not even care that Ash vs. Evil Dead has little in the way of plot. From "El Jefe" we gathered that Ash cracked open the Necronomicon while stoned in an effort to impress a girl who was into poetry (sure, we'll go with that), unleashing the Deadites on Nowhere, Michigan. From there, demons showed up in Ash's trailer or in the form of a murderous doll in the warehouse of the ValueStop store he works, and Ash did his thing. The extended first episode didn't accomplish a whole lot, but it did reacquaint us with the zany Evil Dead universe and push Ash into the hero's journey we all expected. 

Along for the ride in Ash vs. Evil Dead are Pablo (Ray Santiago), Ash's coworker, and Kelly (Dana Delorenzo), a new hire at the store and a target for Ash's hormones, but these two are purely ornamental. Pablo's practically invisible in Ash's shadow, and Kelly is just the key to whatever story the series wants to tell about her dad getting visited by her dead mom. Presumably, the trio will go find out why her mother's back, I suppose, but honestly, it doesn't really matter because Ash vs. Evil Dead is plenty entertaining without any story. 

But if you must require story, new character Amanda Fischer, a Michigan cop, might be the person to have it. Her job led her to one of the episode's genuinely scary sequences when she came upon a Deadite and watched as her partner was impaled on the antlers of a stuffed trophy buck before turning into a Deadite himself. It's unclear how she'll fit in the story, but she did cross paths with Lucy Lawless's Ruby, a new character who also remained a mystery by the time the episode was over. 

When I said Campbell was Ash vs. Evil Dead's everything, I kinda lied. The other half of the series is Sam Raimi, the co-creator and director of the films. He's back behind the camera for the premiere with his cost-effective but also just-plain-effective work, adding energetic spirit to his action sequences featuring evil spirits, hurtling the camera along parking lots to simulate the presence of evil, rattling motor homes with thuds and emphatic zooms, and his trademark holds on the faces of the Deadites and their blank eyes. Raimi's one of the best directors in the business with a style all his own, and it will be worth keeping an eye out to see if the non-Raimi directed episodes look as good as "El Jefe." 

Ash vs. Evil Dead got off to a good, brainless start, and as long as the series knows that Campbell is its money maker and doesn't take itself too seriously, it'll be great Saturday fun. "El Jefe" didn't seem too bothered with story. Instead, it wanted to showcase Campbell, fire up the chainsaw, and splatter some brains, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that because those are the franchise's strengths and what we all came to see.  


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Dec 30, 2015
My only complaint is that Ash hasn't said "Come get some" or "Groovy" yet. Love this show - it has all the same stuff that I loved about the Evil Dead movies.
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Nov 26, 2015
Autolycus and Xena, together again.
Best new series, hands and chainsaw down
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Nov 12, 2015
I'm fucking insanely happy they did this.
Starz comes in like 4th when it comes to viewers.
This show,
and their decision to:
EVEN BEFORE THE PREMIERE!
Renew the show for a second season..
was the best decision they ever made.

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Nov 10, 2015
Hands down, best new show!
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Nov 07, 2015
Best new show of the season. i'm in.
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Nov 12, 2015
dern merk nur sense de-ya..
lerrrzzz out lerd.
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Nov 06, 2015
As much as I loved the original movie and the second one, I didn't like the comedy and cheesiness in the third, and this show is more of the same. To me Evil Dead was horror, not comedy. But a TV show based on the Ash vs Marvel Zombies comic would be great
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Nov 04, 2015
Just found out the premiere is currently on the Starz website for anybody to watch, couldn't help but watch it. And love it.

I felt the fearful Ash that we see through the middle of the story felt most like the Evil Dead version, while the rest was leaning towards Army of Darkness Ash, a dichotomy which definitely helped the tone shifts hither and yon. Certainly though, the Ash with the girdle, false teeth, and dyed hair was all Army of Darkness Ash (although they can't have access to him, thanks to Universal, so no pithy catch phrases).

Yes, the serialization took a toll on the plot, but Evil Dead doesn't need a plot, it just needs an arc and minimal growth. I actually liked Pablo and Kelly, they seemed just fleshed out enough to matter. Amanda's story is a promising B-story, and having Sam Raimi go to town on her scenes didn't hurt either, it lent weight and a fresh perspective to this story.

Sam Raimi, at first I thought the slow-moving POV camera was a sign that he'd learned some wrong lessons along the way, but then everything else was great. Everything except the occasional CGI shot, and those still had heart, still got the job done. Hopefully the rest of the series can enjoy his influence as a producer, I'd hate to see this promising show go flat, but even worse, I'd hate to see imitators work this material.

I am unfortunately now in the position of trying to justify to myself 3 months of Starz just for this show. Thirty bucks just to see it now, when the home video version will probably cost that? It's a tougher choice than I'd care to admit.
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Goody review for an excellent start. Tim, do you plan to review the next episodes ? The simple format you chose was perfect.
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Nov 02, 2015
When does Brisco County, Jr come back?
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Nov 02, 2015
As soon as he finds that bloody orb
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Nov 02, 2015
Hail to the king, baby.
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Nov 12, 2015
Sorry man..
It's already overused.
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Nov 12, 2015
this was 10 days ago, bother someone somewhere who cares?
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Nov 02, 2015
Have you ever watched something and didn't know what you were supposed to do? I love Bruce Campbell, and Sam Raimi for that matter, but I don't know what to do with this. It was my first intro to this universe and what I saw didn't make me want to stay. It was cheesy, but forced cheesy. Not real cheesy, but fake cheesy. It was like they forgot something important. Perhaps I'm too old, but I do love stuff like The IT Crowd. It just wasn't my cup of tea. Let's just leave it at that, shall we...
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Nov 04, 2015
Aw, this is a shame. Without the context of the original movies, it sounds like what you missed out on came off as forced, when really it's a style meant to balance a very narrow tightrope between humor and horror. I don't like horror movies, but I love The Evil Dead, and like the sequels quite a bit. This show fits shockingly well within that framework, but if you weren't familiar with Evil Dead then it's sad to hear it's hollow.
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Nov 04, 2015
Also, there's something great about it being home-brew originally, it makes a big difference.
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Nov 04, 2015
Sometimes in life you just have to pass on stuff, and I'm betting I wouldn't have made it through the first movie, anyway. I did write about one of them in the book I gave you that you never read, because it involved time travel. Is it July yet?
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Nov 04, 2015
I read your book, I just don't remember it. ... wait, that sounded wrong. :p
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Sorry to read you didn't get it ! It was by far one of the best experiences I had in years. Cheesy ? Groovy ! Open your mind and please don't feel old because the whole point of the pilot was to prove that having fun isn't a question of age. I mean can you believe what Campbell did at 57 yo ? With 60 extra pounds ?! And he is a one armed man !!!
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Nov 02, 2015
You REALLY have to watch Evil Dead I and II or at least II and Army of Darkness to "get" this show. It isn't for everyone but for those of us that grew up with it, it is long overdue.
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Nov 02, 2015
I watched them all this weekend. It was awesome.
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Nov 02, 2015
Yes, the answer is you have missed something important, a pop culture sign post you could say. As said above your duty is to see the Evil Dead movies although it essentially the third Evil Dead movie: Army of Darkness that fully embraced a campness to the horror. After watching you will notice the numerous omage's or ideas lifted from the movies elsewhere such as Foo Fighters Everlong music video, Campbell in American Gothic.

Even collaborations with Campbell and Raimi in earlier stuff an archetype is created (early Campbell pick up line: Can I get you a scotch and sofa). Like other directors with a loyalty or fondness for their actors I see it as a winning combination like Dreyfuss - Spielberg or Salma Hayak - Rodriguez etc.
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Nov 02, 2015
I also like passionate people because I, too am passionate about certain things--so I feel you folks. I've actually warmed up a bit to Scream Queens, which I can't say is good, but it's kinda fun, and I like fun. Ash vs Evil Dead reminds me a bit of Reaper--which I do like--even though it ran out of places to go too early. "Can I get you a scotch and sofa?"--wish I'd thought of that one...
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Nov 02, 2015
Awesome, way better than expected. Loved how Army of Darkness did not take itself so serious anymore. This how the series continues, love it! Surprise hit of the past years.
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Nov 02, 2015
I enjoyed the pilot! the only Evil Dead movie I saw was the 2013 one.
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Nov 02, 2015
Morphius244 is SO right. You MUST watch Army of Darkness. Evil Dead 2013 is fine. It was quite good, actually, but it isn't the same vein as this.
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Nov 05, 2015
Will do thanks
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Nov 02, 2015
You really should see the original Evil Dead movies, especially Army of Darkness. It truly is a gem in the rough. The show so far is in exactly the same vein as the original movies.
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Nov 05, 2015
Cool! will check them out
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Nov 02, 2015
My husband and I saw the first Evil Dead when we were 17, we loved it and turned many, many friends on to the series. My nephews as well have been Evil Dead initiated. Loved the premier of Ash vs Evil Dead we were so excited to see this series! Go Bruce!
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Nov 02, 2015
Gore as an art form:Splatter Horror. Characterized by the absence of plot but with an overabundance of blood and gore. There is also an emphasis on visuals, style and technique, including hyperactive camerawork. You can see this all clearly demonstrated here.


Beautiful isn't it? In a dark twisted way of course.

Not all reboots/revivals are a disaster. This is one of the excellent ones.
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Nov 03, 2015
Indeed it's a good example and the pilot features many similar scenes. The ones in the haunted house are so gory ! The ghost turning to be a girl, the girl turning into a scary demon (Crazy arms ! Exploded heads !), the partner walking on the ceiling like a fly… About the filmmaking candy I loved the sequence with the rotating light. One second she sees her dead buddy, the next it's all black. Spooky !
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Nov 01, 2015
Back when there were things called video stores, I rented the tapes as they came out. At the time, I hated 'em, but there was blood, so I made copies & kept those dusty bastards on the shelf for years & only watched 'em in total, maybe 3 times, tops.

...what's my point?

Oh yeah!

Basically, I can't be bothered with making the effort to rewatch the shitty movies, but by the time I got to the trailer fight scene, I went all in on this show. It's the exact same kind of shitty, but I can dig that shit now for what it is. :)

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Nov 03, 2015
It's called maturity ! Back then I found the first film idiotic because I was watching it seriously. I hadn't comprehended that it was almost meant to be funny, ridiculous. Wait, wasn't it ?! That's why I wouldn't mind watching it again because to tell the truth Army of Darkness is the only flick of the series I really know.
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Nov 01, 2015
Bruce Cambell belongs to that weird category of actors with boatloads of charisma, but who for some reason never get bigger roles. If someone just gave him the chance to put his hands on a really meaty role, I'm sure he would surprise everyone. Every now and then an actor like Bruce gets cast in a film role, mainly as a joke or for some nostalgia trip ("Hey, remember this guy? He's still around..."), usually in the later years of the actor's career, and he ends up shocking people with his amazing performance. And only at that point people ask what would have become of the actor's career if he had been given decent roles earlier. If Bruce, or an other actor like him, got an Oscar, I would cry.
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Nov 03, 2015
I get your point but totally disagree. Bruce Campbell is the acting genius we know and love because he didn't follow the common gold path. Playing in mainstream flicks and roll over the bloody red carpet would have turned him into George Clooney's evil twin or worse. Angelina Jolie's boyfriend ? To sum things up his career in the dark has preserved his grooviness and allowed him to become… The Bruce. The Campbell Naomi will never be even after American Horror Story : Hotel ! Small roles. Cameos. Cult works. Vote Bruce Campbell !
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Nov 01, 2015
I was hoping to get an explanation on how he got back to his own time line as we've seen in the end of Army of Darkness that he appeared in what looks like a post-apocalyptic future but it apparently there was another ending to the movie where he'd got back to his time with a Deadite hitchhiker and he got rid of it .
So it seems they've gone with that ending .Anyways ,it was a good hilarious ,gory ,and kinda of scary fun ,and captured the movies' atmosphere perfectly.
I can't wait for more .

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Nov 06, 2015
In Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness they changed certain things in the flashback scenes so I don't think they are too worried about continuity. Seeing as the films/show are on the comic side of horror I guess they think that whatever works best for the comedy will win out and an explanation of how Ash got home from 100 years in the future just doesn't seem necessary.

Having said that, I was always hoping they would make Evil Dead 4 so we could see that journey.

Loved this episode though and hope that the rest of the series can live up to it. Especially loved the throwbacks to the original series such as Ash slowly reaching out his hand to pull back the sheet outside his trailer. That's a camera technique that Raimi inventing which is described by film buffs as bravura filmmaking.
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Nov 01, 2015
Army of Darkness had multiple endings. The better one was the one where he ends up back at work in his own time period. That having been said they could have covered a bit more of when he got back but a long time has passed as explained.
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Nov 02, 2015
Just because they didn't explain it in the pilot, it doesn't mean they won't tell us how he officially came back later in the series.
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Nov 02, 2015
That is true of course and now that the show has been renewed they have more time to work with the idea. Though it is less likely if they don't own the rights to Army of Darkness at all. As someone pointed out. Regardless of weather the story covers it or not The show has what it needs to be awesome.
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Nov 02, 2015
Also, the don't own the rights to Army of Darkness (think Comcast/Universal does) the way they do Evil Dead 1 and 2 - hence the lack of an S-Mart as well...
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Nov 02, 2015
That I did not know. Does explain the diffrence in titles and movie style of Army of Darkness though. Shame really.
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Nov 01, 2015
I've never seen an Evil Dead movie, but now I want to.
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Then you have to at least watch Army of Darkness ! Cult and killing lines, a chain of horror comedy… Prepare to become an addict !! You can't resist the wicked and hilarious formula !!!
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Nov 02, 2015
Do it! I love ED2 and Army of Darkness. And I may get some hate for this remark, but I thought the 2013 remake was very good, and have watched that several times..
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Nov 02, 2015
There's a remake?

I won't rewatch the old flicks, but I'm willing to bet I can trust your type of twisted & give the recent one a shot for the hell of it before the next ep.
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Nov 02, 2015
My type of twisted..hehehe I like that.
Yeah the 2013 version is pretty boss actually. Same type of stuff seen in ED 1&2, group in cabin accidentally screws with the Necromonicon, however it does have an added element that brings a freshness to it, and explains in part why the group doesn't head the fuck outta there the minute demons start showing up.. Certainly keeps with the over-the-top violence and gore the series is known for. I guess I can see why zsandman could say it isn't a remake, but it's certainly a faithful homage to the original two movies..
You should let me know what you think once you've watched it Marburg.
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Nov 04, 2015
Hey! I watched it a couple hours ago & IT WAS GOOD!!

It had a few ey-rolly moments, but overall, It was tense, claustrophobic & dreadful (in the cool way though. Dreadful as in the feeling, not the style)

This version is up there now with House of 1000 Corpses & The Devil's Rejects on my cool list.

Thanks for being twisted. I'm glad I took your advice :)


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Nov 04, 2015
But Bruce wasn't in it (ok a cameo) so it sadly missed some of the absurd dark humor of the other movies. But the movie was still be pretty good. I recommend it.
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Nov 02, 2015
Will do!
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Nov 02, 2015
It is pretty good, but it isn't actually a "remake" at least not in the traditional sense. Raimi and Campbell want to do a new movie that tie EDII and the new ED together. A direct sequel to both.
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Nov 02, 2015
Huh.. well that would be cool. I'd certainly be down with that. I wonder if the show may allude to or lead into this in some way?
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Nov 02, 2015
I wouldn't blame you for not wanting to re-watch the ED1 & 2 but Army of Darkness is a must! ;)
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Nov 02, 2015
Lol I watched AOD years before I ever watched ED1&2, and have certainly re-watched it far more. AOD is great.. It's too bad another company owns the rights to AOD & therefore it probably will not be referenced much or at all in the show.
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Nov 02, 2015
Also, why WOULDN'T you rematch the old flicks?? They're brilliant!
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Nov 02, 2015
Because I've learned that some things are better left in the past. Nostalgia tends to really fuck with how people remember things. I've no nostalgia for the Evil Dead, but I was a good sport & tried to re-watch it one night with new eyes while channel surfin' about 9 months ago, & I still couldn't get though that shit past 20-30 minutes.

I'm diggin' the show so far in spite of all that, so that's good enough for me in a pinch.


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Nov 02, 2015
I wouldn't consider it a remake as much as it's just a new Evil Dead movie, set in the same universe, with different characters. Ash isn't in it, which is why so many hated it. It's also not comedic at all (except maybe the shock value), much like the original Evil Dead.
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Nov 02, 2015
Compulsory viewing, although dated the 3rd movie Army of Darkness is self contained and could very well be a pilot for the series.
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Nov 02, 2015
Ash was the voice at the end of the credits.
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Nov 01, 2015
Bruce at his finest

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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Weird I can't play it so here it is : Jeffrey Donovan Crashes Bruce Campbell's Panel! - Denver Comic Con 2014 - YouTube. Enjoy & thanks for sharing !
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Nov 02, 2015
"Let me go back to television shows they cancel after one season." :(

I really liked Brisco County Jr.
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Nov 02, 2015
Brisco County Jr. & Bubba Ho Tep are the best thing Campbell has done after ED, it helps they are brilliant in their own right, but with Campbell on board, they are just a bit better
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Nov 01, 2015
Welcome back Ash! It was like you never left. I was giggling like a schoolgirl all the way trough the episode, I really really liked it. Ok, please take this with a grain of salt, as I am looking at the poster of The Evil Dead on my wall while typing this :)

First episode, the pieces are set, I can't wait to see what they have planned for us, I am excited about girl cop and the appearance of freaking Xena. Let's be honest, it was a little thin on the story part, as to what the hell is going on, but this can also be introduction to the new viewers to see what they have in store for them. I am sure that Evil Dead universe will be expanded and I am glad that I am coming along for a ride.

It took 22 years to make, lol
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
22 years ? 30 pounds ? Numbers never add up ! As for your poster I'm sure the Gates of Hell are behind it. That's why I daily play darts on my Army of Darkness' on. You never know my friend ! Prepare your weapons !!
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Nov 01, 2015
Actually, the only part of the story/plot I was confused about was it was unclear if Army of Darkness was part of the story or not. In the tiny recap it did have, it only focused on Evil Dead 2, and Ash didn't say he tangled with the deadites more than once, so that was unclear.

I damn near laughed my ass off though with all the little winks and such back to the original films (I laughed so hard with the antlers) - oh monster-cam, how I love thee.

But I think it's wrong to only mention Sam and Bruce and miss some of the other important figures back for the series: Rob Tapert, Sam's long time partner in all things cinema, and Joseph LoDuca, the most brilliant composer to ever live when it comes to scoring TV/film. Joe's music is a vital part of any Raimi/Tapert production, and it's thrilling to have all four of them back.

But in addition to that magic, you have a very strong presence behind the scenes of fantastic crew from "Xena; Warrior Princess." Some of this we'll see in later eps, as the series has employed a wide range of "Xena" directors (OMG, how I am DYING to see Michael Hurst tackle Evil Dead....it's going to be AMAZING!), but there were quite a few familiar names from the amazing "Xena" crew, many who worked as well on "Hercules" and "Spartacus." This core group of people produce some of the best TV series there have ever been, and they shouldn't be overlooked. Yes, there was so much Raimi and so much Campbell, and that's going to be the true core of the series, but there's a long standing fantastic crew behind the series, and, frankly, I think too many people overlook the crew. Gosh, the number of people I know who shit on "Xena" but then love work done by "Xena" crew members....Liz Friedman, Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman, Rob Tapert, yadda.

Loved the pilot. Laughed my head off. Classic Campbell/Raimi/Tapert/LoDcua, and also great work by "Xena" crew, and of course, ooooo, how interesting is the fantastic Lucy Lawless with even just that little intro in this ep? But, oh dear, where's Ted Raimi? We know he's gonna show up eventually, but I really expected to see him in the pilot...revising the fat, old, deadite woman perhaps? Come on, he's just GOT to do that first! ;)
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Nov 03, 2015
I'm glad I'm not the only one yaddayading these guys ! I'm sure Hurst, Jacobson and the others will nail it. I only know them for Spartacus but damn I loved it ! So thanks for sharing your respectful thoughts with us and long live The Xena Crew™ !!
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Nov 29, 2015
It's a great group of people that have been working well together for decades, meaning it can only be more awesomeness. ;)
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jmw
Dec 01, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to reply. Let's wish these inspiring and talented souls the best !
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Dec 06, 2015
I do indeed! And how Michael Hurst was tonight's ep!? HA! Oh, and the chakram behind Lucy Lawless in the opening scene - now that was bloody PRICELESS!
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Nov 03, 2015
I'm glad I'm not the only one yaddayading these guys ! I'm sure Hurst, Jacobson and the others will nail it. I only know them for Spartacus but damn I loved it ! So thanks for sharing your respectful thoughts with us and long live The Xena Crew™ !!
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Nov 03, 2015
That would be both The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II ;) Most deadite shots were from the frirst, most of everything else from the second.
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Nov 02, 2015
From what i understand, they couldn't get the rights to Army of Darkness, so it's not referenced. Too bad, as it's brilliant.
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Nov 02, 2015
Correct, that is why he doesn't work at S Mart.
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Nov 01, 2015
Epic.
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Nov 01, 2015
Groovy! Let's hope they keep up the fun!
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Nov 01, 2015
Ash Williams is back!! Sam Raimi know it... the deadites know it... and now we know it!
Welcome back you magnificent dumb bastard!!!
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Nov 01, 2015
I finally got to watch it, and I loved it! It has all the fun of the movies. I can't wait for next week!
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Nov 01, 2015
Such an amazing premiere. It all felt like the old movies. Go Campbell + Raimi!
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Nov 01, 2015
Don't forget Tapert and LoDuca - just as vital to the original films, and back for more groovy!
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Indeed many people tend to forget that it isn't just a two men project. However it's normal to only mention the most famous people even if such a shortcut is a straight way to hell !
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Nov 01, 2015
It was funny ride. I want more.
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Nov 01, 2015
Perfect.
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Nov 01, 2015
Although I found it tried too hard in some scenes, I still loved it and can't wait for more. Bruce plays his part to perfection.
It was more or less everything I expected.
Hail to the king baby.
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Nov 01, 2015
IDK - there is good and bad, a tad too much aimed at hipsters for my taste...

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Nov 02, 2015
Please explain how this is "aimed at hipsters."
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Nov 01, 2015
its to short runtime but damn this was awesome
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Nov 01, 2015
Excellent start. For a couple of moments I was worried it was getting a little too serious for its own good, but every time it returned to Bruce Campbell center stage it was all good again, and by the end it was just plain groovy.

Along with the usual Ash/Evil Dead humour I think my favourite part was when he dropped the F-bomb after realizing that he had read from the Necronomicon again -- never has there been a more perfect example of when it fits.
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Nov 01, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0h5NNl48w1M
Sooo Good not even one dull moment.
As Bruce Campbell say's in the Premier event.
it grab the audiance and it's shake them around and then it punches them in the face.
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Nov 01, 2015
It's freaking Ash, what else there's to say?

The episode was awesome and i'm really glad they are not relying on cgi for the effects because it looks just great as it is
"...and it will be worth keeping an eye out to see if the non-Raimi directed episodes look as good as "El Jefe." - Hope they do

"as long as the series knows that Campbell is its money maker and doesn't take itself too seriously, it'll be great Saturday fun." - Yeah!
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Did you miss the CG doll ? I'm sure other sequences were digital even if they were less identifiable. As for the directors don't worry some of them have worked on Spartacus plus Raimi and his team cares too much about their project to disappoint.
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Nov 01, 2015

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Nov 01, 2015
The only thing that can make this show even better is if they end season 1 with some sort of cliff hanger tying it into Jason Vorhees.
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Nov 01, 2015
My partner said she enjoyed this, right up until the detective fired her two-shooter too many times. So I killed her. Buried her in my backyard. But, yes, I can still hear her complain.
Let's hope there's a lot more of Lucy Lawless next week. I do miss seeing most of her conniving in Roman baths.
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Nov 04, 2015
It's Evil Dead, Ash got 3 shots out of a 2-barrel shotgun in AOD, same thing. Maybe even an homage, in fact I suspect that's the case because what cop uses a Derringer 2-shot as a backup piece?
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Nov 05, 2015
Perhaps less of an homage than a signature. Same actors and writer/director, after all.
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Nov 04, 2015
An old bitch buster, apparently.
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Nov 01, 2015
Yes and yes, you two! Unfortunately Ash wasn't looking at real estate abroad, for example, or more slack may've been given...
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Nov 01, 2015
I guarantee that was intentional -- you simply don't miss that -- and they did that in the original movies a number of times. Look at the pit in Army of Darkness, for example, where he fires his double barrel shotgun numerous times. Tell her it's an in-joke.
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Nov 01, 2015
She clearly never saw the originals where Ash never had to reload any of the shots until they Deadites were all dead, or when they needed a dramatic reloading scene to build suspense.
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Nov 01, 2015
great time to be alive! Ash vs Trash TV!!!
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Nov 01, 2015
Only have two things to say:
The Chin is back, and this show is... groovy.
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Nov 01, 2015
Hail to the king baby! Great start - soooo glad they finally got around to making more Evil Dead! Sure these are fairly mindless affairs, but so much fun. Bruce is still great as Ash - such a groovy character. Couldn't have asked for much more from a great pilot. 9/10.
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Nov 01, 2015
Now this is TV at its finest! There is so much other crap on, this really is just plain fun! Love the movies!
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Nov 01, 2015
Its the little things:
*Ash "finishing" even though he had a vision
*The doll
*The camera work during the shoot out
*Ash ripping off his red shirt to reveal his blue shirt.

The entire episode hummed along at a nice pace.

Really enjoyed it.
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
The killing intro, evil old lady, Lucy Lawless angelic appearance, the make-up, the lighting, the over the top flying… A long list because the devil is in the details !
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Nov 01, 2015
Even though the line was already in the previews, the line about him needing to get some cardio in was priceless.
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Nov 01, 2015
yeah - the "little things" were great!
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Nov 01, 2015
It's been a very long time I have always loved the movies and when this was announced it was the best news. Thank you to everyone involved especially Bruce for giving the fans what we have wanted for a long time. The only thing that I can say is bad is simply how short it is and having to wait between episode.
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Nov 01, 2015
This was everything I'd hoped it would be... just not as much of it as I wanted. The king is back, and looking as good as ever! (Cardio requirements not withstanding...)
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Nov 01, 2015
Bruce Campbell is a god.
'nuff said.
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Nov 01, 2015
Laughed the whole way through, asking for more!
... Which could be a problem, now that the series is turning into a half-hour show. I know there will be no commercial here, but still... packing that much zaniness into 30 minutes isn't going to be this simple, especially now that Raimi won't be behind the character.

But I'll be back - I'm not dumb enough to miss whatever Campbell has in store for us in the coming weeks. I'm wondering if the crossover everybody was talking about with the new Evil Dead movie will actually happen in this series... no lie, if that happen, that would totally be sorta groovy!

By the way... what happened to Ash's mechanical hand?
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jmw
Nov 03, 2015
Don't worry Raimi is an executive producer and their team is just too talented to screw up. The 2nd episode ? Written by Raimi ! Directors ? Michael Hurst, Rick Jacobson… They all worked on Spartacus !!
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Nov 03, 2015
I think Army of Darkness is out of the continuity, so the hand never happened. It makes sense; it's tricky to fit into the overall narrative and they don't have the rights to it, so better leave it completely alone. Personally, it's also my least favourite of the trilogy, so I don't mind at all.
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Nov 01, 2015
Bruce Campbell is TV gold! How had this guy not ruled the airwaves for the past 30 years?

And I really have no love the for horror genre. But it really takes a backseat to Bruce and his antics.

The opening bit was funny:





And I swear to God I didn't know if I'd stop laughing after this:



I could go on, but we've got Tim's review. Besides, I'm not a professional, I just play one in my own mind...

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Nov 01, 2015
Damn that episode felt like it just flew by too fast. Want more....
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Nov 01, 2015
I was disappointed. The whole thing just felt like tryharding to regain the nostalgia of the original Evil Dead trilogy, a strategy that will come across as dated relics to most (gratingly corny cinematography, especially). The fanbase that will get and appreciate this all as part of the appeal... is just too small an audience to maintain a show. Expect a huge drop in ratings come episode 2.
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Nov 01, 2015
Go watch Downton Abbey - this show isn't for you.
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Nov 01, 2015
I think you are VASTLY underestimating the number of Evil Dead fans - and the power of the the B-movie king himself Bruce Campbell to just dominate a performance. Sure it was a bit different - but this is what so many of us have wanted for so long - and loved it! Sorry it didn't live up to your standards but this IS the continuation of The Evil Dead and as such I'm on board for as long as it's on the air - which we already know will be at least 2 years woohoo!
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Nov 01, 2015
It was already renewed for season 2, by the way. So, if the show needs to worry about ratings, it would be if they were horrible in season 2.
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Nov 01, 2015
There have been cases where a renewed and then cancelled afterwards. I hope this won't be the case but it has happened.
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Nov 01, 2015
Oh I know that, but with Starz, shows usually get at least 2 seasons and I haven't heard of them of cancelling shows after renewing them.
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Nov 01, 2015
I don't even like horror and I'm in! Bruce! Bruce! Bruce! I might be just as juvenile as Bruce...
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