I’ve held out on reviewing the ninth episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, because it seemed like the first part of a two part episode. So here we go with a review of episodes nine and ten of Ash Vs. Evil Dead “Home Again” and “Second Coming”.
Right off the bat I have to wonder if every season will end with a return to the cabin. That choice kind of turned me off because it seemed like a rehash of the previous season and then they topped it off by rehashing elements of Evil Dead II. I know this series is based on nostalgia but I approached these two episodes from a negative standpoint.
Fortunately, I was way off base. Both of these episodes brought us back and really pulled off something classic and something different. The return of Henrietta Knowby was fantastically done with Ted Raimi once again donning the costume. We also got to see the return of Cheryl and Ash’s father one more time in the cabin so that was a lot of fun.
The real winner here is that while this has been a bit of an uneven season, these two episodes tied everything together. The first four episodes were great but the series felt like it changed gears during the Baal arc. In some ways it felt like two separate seasons rather than a complete one but it all tied together perfectly once it was revealed that Baal inhabited Pablo’s body. That was a twist I really did not see coming and having him and 80s Ruby come full circle and birth those weird demon children once again tied everything together.
There are still a few questions that linger once the credits roll, however. The big one is that for all of their time travel not much of the future was affected at all. If the point was to get the book before young Ash Williams could get his hands on it then should it not follow that he never killed his friends and sister? Wouldn’t that have changed the entire events of the first season at least now that Ruby wasn’t looking to birth demon spawn? The Evil Dead franchise has never been known for its consistency but I can’t help think parts of this season finale weren’t well thought out.
But where it lacks consistency it makes up for in a hell of a lot of bloody fun! At the end of the day I will always forgive plot-holes just as long as I’m well entertained and these were possibly the best two episodes of the season.