Fate brought Ash (Bruce Campbell) back to where it all began, the cabin where he found the necronomicon in the latest Ash vs. Evil Dead, ‘Ashes to Ashes.’
Growing concerned for his entourage, Ash went to the cabin alone, but he wouldn’t be alone for long as Amanda (Jill Marie Jones) caught up to him.
Ash asks Amanda where Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) are and Amanda responded they all split up looking for him. Ash reluctantly agrees to let Amanda come into the cabin with him after she insisted on helping him. From there, we’re full on nostalgia mode as some familiar faces pop up to terrorize both Ash and Amanda.
As Ash explores the shed, Amanda explores more of the cabin. Ash is met by his late girlfriend, Linda (Rebekkah Farrell), whose severed head he left on a vice, now remains a skull. Her head comes to life taunting him about how everyone he cares for will die including Amanda.
The scene was eerily reminiscent of when Betsy Parker, who played the original Linda, was taunting Ash similarly in the 1981 original film, Evil Dead.
You also see the return of evil Ash which makes a much bigger impact than he did in Army of Darkness. This time around, they combined the evil hand which came free from Ruby’s car and made its way back to the cabin and evil Ash from Army of Darkness, which makes sense.
Evil Ash terrorizes both Ash and Amanda, the latter coming off much worse.
The conclusion sees Pablo and Kelly coming to the cabin and into a grisly scene with Ash explaining himself and being too late to save Amanda.
This the best episode so far this season. It helps they’re all in ground zero for all the terror. This shows Campbell as his best when contrasting between good and evil Ash. You can see how far Ash gets away with his sleazy manipulative charms with very different results. All the scenes concerning his evil hand and his evil twin between Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness were some of the biggest highlights of the films and pure slapstick comedy gold.
The episode is directed by Tony Tilse, who has a reputable TV background including Farscape. He captured the chaos and terror of the cabin, which were the essence of the first two Evil Dead films.
With two episodes left in the season, it shows that all bets are off and everyone’s fair game. Will we see Ruby coming in next episode? Is she the key to destroying the necronomicon?