TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead 3.4 “Unfinished Business”
By Dr. Zaius
Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Ash vs Evil Dead Episode 3.4 “Unfinished Business”
Directed by Daniel Nettheim
Written by Nicki Paluga
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Joel Tobeck, Katrina Hobbs, Lindsay Farris, Arielle Carver-O’Neill Starz
Air date: Saturday, March 18, 2018
“Ash might be a perverted drunk with racist tendencies, but he has his moments.” – Kelly
Continue below for a recap and review of Ash vs Evil Dead season 3, episode 4, titled “Unfinished Business.”
Warning: spoilers ahead…
Last week the relationship between Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his daughter Brandy (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) took a turn for the worse, if that was even possible. First Ash interrupted the funeral for Brandy’s mom by crawling out of the casket mid-eulogy holding Mom’s severed deadite head! Then after Brandy was getting to know her grandfather; the returned from the dead Brock Williams (Lee Majors), Ash interrupted that meeting by chainsawing dear old dad to bits and spraying Brady with her first bloodbath. The Ghost Beaters didn’t fare too well either. Returning to the spot where the cabin sunk into the woods to search for the Candarian dagger to kill Ruby (Lucy Lawless), the evil dead returned, seemingly killing Dalton (Lindsay Farris) and leaving Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Pablo (Ray Santiago) unsure of who to trust.
“She’s stubborn as sh*t and hates my guts” – Ash Williams
“So she’s smart.” – Brock Williams
As Ash cleans up demon Brock’s carcass, ghost Brock returns and is genuinely happy to find out he has a granddaughter. Before he died he was about to tell Ash something of grave importance, so we get a lovely little It’s a Wonderful Life scene where ghost Brock takes Ash back to 2012 where his hardware store was visited by a Knight of Sumeria trying to find and warn Ash of evil on the rise. Brock dismisses him and kicks him down the cellar steps, locking the door behind him.
Kelly meanwhile finds Brandy and tells her to stick close by. Kelly can identify with Brandy; parents killed by deadites, learning to trust Ash”¦ it’s a hard sell. Their sisterly bonding gets interrupted by an evil Pablo who savagely attacks them, biting Kelly on the leg. They lock themselves in Ash’s trailer and despite the situation, Kelly is not ready to kill off her former Powerful Vagina. And am I the only one thinking Kelly might have her own Evil Dead 2 moment with that evil infected leg wound???
Like the original film, Ash is forced into the cellar to confront possible evil. He finds the corpse of the Knight, and pages from the Necronomicon that hold secrets to stopping Ruby and apparently opening up a dimension for the Dark Ones, beings so bad that even Ruby fears them. Ash has to fight through a tentacled monster before going to find Ruby once and her all. Unfortunately, rather than Ruby he finds her offspring, now a demon toddler!
The creators of this show pack so much into so little time, it’s amazing. In less than 30-minutes we get bloody deadite battles, character development, and story building. I can’t wait to see what these Dark Ones are and how they change the landscape of the Ghost Beaters vs. Ruby dynamic. Kelly mentoring Brandy is a perfect symmetry to last season when “good” Ruby served the same role for Kelly. And Campbell and Lee Majors have terrific chemistry together, making this another great episode for the season.
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Also, stick around after as STARZ goes behind the scenes with Executive Producer Rob Tapert. Ash vs. Evil Dead kicks ass, and let’s keep it kicking!