Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on October 31, 2015

ashvsevildeadAsh vs. Evil Dead is Starz’s series that follows the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness franchise. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the Raimi/Tapert crew is on board with Sam Raimi directing the pilot, so it’s pretty in line with the movies… for the most part.

I remember reading in some article about the demise of Party Down that they were constantly getting notes from Starz that they wanted to put in more sex and nudity, and barely a few minutes into the pilot, there’s a sex scene that seems pretty out of place. To me, anyway. Maybe I’ve forgotten stuff because it’s been a while since I’ve seen them? I dunno. But I think it’s Starz just wanting to add some lowest-common-denominator stuff. Also they say “fuck” a lot more than I remember. But aside from that, very similar to Army of Darkness, except it’s in modern times and Ash is old.

This takes place about 30 years after the events of Army of Darkness, though it appears they have no rights to anything from that movie. He works at an S-Mart-like store, but it’s not called S-Mart. They flash back to the events of Evil Dead II but skip the part about time travelling and all that. The Deadites have been gone that whole time, and Ash has apparently been directionless and letting himself go the whole time. So when they inevitably come back, it’s a challenge he might not be up for.

Lucy Lawless and some people I don’t recognize (I would’ve expected Ted Raimi, since I don’t think he’s doing anything, but he doesn’t appear) round out the cast. It’s certainly good enough to watch. Especially on Saturdays, with little else on.

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