One of the pleasant surprises of last year was Starz network announcing that they were bringing the classic EVIL DEAD franchise to the small screen, with “Ash Vs. Evil Dead.” While audiences praised Fede Alvarez’s talent with the 2013 remake, a large number of people were disappointed the film lacked both Bruce Campbell’s character Ash Williams, and the comedic touch of director Sam Raimi. There was a widespread fear that a new series wouldn’t capture the same magic that the original films had some thirty years before. All of our fears were calmed quickly with the premiere episode.
Sam Raimi had managed to put together a cast and crew that both paid homage to the original films, and built on the mythology that they were obviously such fans of. The humor was back, the gallons upon gallons of blood were back. That beautiful skin-bound book was front and center. And in the middle of it all, leading us on a demon-hunting journey was none other than the greatest hero of our age, Ashley J. Williams. The loud-mouthed, bumbling, selfish, and ultimately kick ass Ash came to the rescue as if Bruce Campbell had never even missed a beat. As the first series went on, we remembered all the reasons why Ash is one of our favorite characters of all time. Bruce Campbell recently spoke to Comicbook.com about the second season of “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” and revealed he feels the same way we did. Of the character, Campbell said:
“I’m delighted with Ash. He’s officially the best character that I’ve ever played, and it’s one that I’m going to investigate and explore until they tell me I can’t do it anymore,” Campbell said. “I find Ash, with all of his flaws, all his foibles, all his mistakes, so wonderfully human that it’s hard for me to relate to super hero movies.”
As the second season begins to unfurl in Ash’s home town, the show leaves us guessing to where the story is going to go. When you think about the fact that the franchise has already introduced time travel into the equation with the Sam Raimi film ARMY OF DARKNESS, there are untold possibilities for the future. Campbell seems to think so as well, as he’s revealed that he could see himself sticking with Ash for several more seasons after this.
“I’ll take five! I’ll take five seasons of this. Give the fans a big boost of the material; they’ll have 25 fresh hours of the show after this, after we’re done [with five seasons], and that’s like making 12 movies!”
As season two kicks off, it’s obvious that the team has been able to carry over that same feeling of fun and gore from the first season, and the EVIL DEAD films even before that. I’m not sure you’re going to find any fans of the franchise that will complain if we get to hang out for another few years.
Season 2 of “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” plays on Starz Sundays at 8pm, and stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lee Majors, and Ted Raimi.