Sunday, December 13, 2015

'Ash vs. Evil Dead' Recap: The Right to Tear Arms

Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones and Ray Santiago in 'Ash vs. Evil Dead.' Matt Klitscher/Starz

It's gun-nut mayhem for Ash and company in a sharp, satirical (and bloody as hell) episode

"Life is hard and dangerous, and sometimes you just gotta chop off somebody's head to survive." Wait, since when did Ash vs. Evil Dead become The Walking Dead? We kid, of course. Unlike the smash-hit zombie series, Starz's resurrection of the beloved splatstick franchise is neither pretentious nor nihilistic enough to serve up that line of dialogue with a straight face. While TWD doles out its sadistic, kill-or-be-killed valorization of violence in all misguided seriousness, tonight's Ash episode — "Fire in the Hole" — treats it like the joke that it is. In this go-round, Ash J. Williams and his merry band come across a militia full of Rick Grimes–style might-makes-right gun fetishists, and promptly pull their asses out of the fire.

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