Ash vs. Evil Dead “Bait” Review S1E2

After the first episode, where Ash’s stupidity shows – reading the Necronomicon while stoned and trying to impress a woman – we get near double the violence and about ten times the blood this episode! Also, I will give you fair warning to leave before SPOILERS here as they will start right after this sentence – which was written especially long and boring and filled with way too many words to make sure you leave if you don’t want the episode SPOILED. OK, here it goes! In this episode we start off seeing Kelly run off to get to her parents after seeing her dead mom in a video with her dad last episode, and she has absconded with the Necronomicon! So Ash and Pablo head off after her to her parents house to get back that damned book of the dead and to hopefully save Kelly. Who is ready for another bloody, and perhaps possessed, good time this week?

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Pros:

Plenty of great Deadite action!: This episode, from the start, has enough stress and fear you expect from these evil Deadites; it carries onto to just about the last second, and man oh man are the fights intense.

A bit more of Jill Marie Jones: This episode gave us a bit more of Jill Marie Jones’ character, Detective Fisher, and what she will bring to the ultimate story. As I said last week, the more we see of her the better her character will get, and after this episode, I imagine Fisher will become quite the character – yet another great female force for the franchise!

Oceans of Blood: This episode has quite possibly the bloodiest death of a demon/Zombie in all of cinema, and all thanks to a broken beer bottle. Holy crap, does it make the blood pour? Unfortunately, it doesn’t cause that much damage. The scene with Kelly’s parents was also intense and very bloody. We can only expect it to get better (worse?) since it is only two episodes in and more Evil Dead style deaths are sure to be in store.

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Ash’s One Liners: Ash has plenty of quick-witted quips and one-liners this episode, from the instant classic, “Thanks for the heads up!” followed by a Deadite head being splattered, and the line, “You’re kind of like a young me; Deadites ruined your life and you’re hot as hell.” Definitely going to be hearing Evil Dead fans quote these for many years!

Pablo and Kelly continue to be great additions: When it was announced that Ash would have traveling companions for the series, it left some Evil Dead fans wondering, “But Ash is a lone wolf and the king needs no peasants!” But every second Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo are on screen as Pablo and Kelly, you get a very Ash feeling from them both, although they are both much nicer people. These two, as Pablo said about himself in the first episode, “Have seen some shit!” Now that they both have a basic understanding of what the Necronomicon brings, and what the power of a Deadite truly is, I feel they will be on full badass mode – even if they are only carrying a broken bottle as protection. But really, can we talk about Pablo and his Knife?? And the head attack on Kelly’s Deadite mom? Yeah… Like I said, Badass!

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Cons:

No Lucy Lawless: The biggest disappointment this episode was the lack of Lucy Lawless’s character Ruby, but by the looks of next week’s preview, we will likely see her in a much larger role, which makes her absence tolerable… for now.

Why must they only be 30 minutes?: I promise it will be the last review that I complain about this, but man this show needs to be an hour. The thirty minute intervals work and makes each episode insanely epic, but when you think of other shows along the same caliber and entertainment wise, they all tend to be an hour long. Again though, with 5 hours of Evil Dead (with 10 half an hour episodes) and a second season already green-lit, I am sure binge-watching the series will become the norm.

Predictions:

Detective Fisher will both help and hurt Ash’s Journey: It is looking like both Detective Fisher and Ruby, who is likely to come into play next week, will be pursuing Ash because of how he started the Deadite mess, but just like Ash, they want to stop it. I am guessing Detective Fisher and maybe even Ruby will become anti-heroes by the end and actually may end up with the Necronomicon to prevent Ash from releasing evil once again. However, since there will be a second season, they may not do too well of a job protecting it, either.

Pablo is to broken bottle/knife as Ash is to chainsaw hand: This week’s scenes with the broken beer bottle and Pablo’s back of the head stabbing with a kitchen knife may prove to make Pablo with a bottle or knife nearly as iconic as Ash and his chainsaw hand and broomstick. I may be way off base and Pablo could become more and more powerful as far as weapons go, but he sure wields these tools well.

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Hush Comics gives “Bait” 10 out of 10 broken beer bottles, or an A+, for continuing to keep up the pace from episode one. Although it is an A+, the bottles are broken for the lack of Lucy Lawless, but like Ash and the car fight with his former manager, this episode was just sharpening the bottles for use later.

All images belong to Starz.

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