There’s Always a Bigger Fish – An Ash vs Evil Dead Episode 2, “Bait” Review

On the second episode of Ash vs Evil Dead….gore, gore, and more gore.

Yes.

Yes.

As always, spoilers abound in this article.

The second episode picks right back up after the first, with Kelly running off back home, knowing that her mom came back from the dead to attack her dad. Ash and Pablo, finding the Necronomicon gone, go after Kelly. But you didn’t think for a second it would be that easy, would it?

Nope.

Nope.

The crew’s manager at ValueMart, now Deadite’d, attack Ash and Pablo and an action set piece that’s cool as it is hilarious ensues. In true Evil Dead fashion, there’s more than enough gore to fill at least a kiddie pool.

A literal bloodbath, as it were.

A literal bloodbath, as it were.

And of course, he finishes it off with a witty one-liner and a nice gory cut to title.

I’d make a joke about this, but Ash did it for me.

I’d make a joke about this, but Ash did it for me.

Elsewhere, Amanda Fisher investigates the bloodbath that happened in the episode previous, quite possibly setting a course for her to run into Ash in the near future. And let’s say she had some…pointers along the way.

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Ash and Pablo burst into Kelly’s house……

All guns, chainsaws, and broken bottles.

All guns, chainsaws, and broken bottles.

……to see a perfectly happy family reunion.

Talk about crashing the party.

Talk about crashing the party.

The duo got invited to dinner, and as it turns out, Pablo was the one who hid the book. All to goad Ash into going to Kelly’s. And it’s here Ash shows the thirty years hasn’t dulled him that much. If anything, his paranoia is worse for it. Something that paid off, fortunately.

Didn’t know they served punch at dinner.

Didn’t know they served punch at dinner.

Cue Deadite fight.

Wanna see a magic trick?

Wanna see a magic trick?

This one plays up the horror aspect by a lot, and I LOVE it. The scene with Kelly and her ‘mom’ also was another highlight of the episode. Yes, the Deadites aren’t just there to be slaughtered en masse. These are demons, manipulating your loved ones before brutally killing you.

Unless you’re Ash Williams.

Unless you’re Ash Williams.

After an impromptu funeral of Kelly’s parents, the gang set out again to fix the disaster Ash caused.

They’re actually Jewish.

They’re actually Jewish.

All in all, this episode does move the plot a little slow, but with the action set pieces we got, I’m honestly not complaining. Though two episodes in, the formula is starting to show a little bit. One part horror, one part gory comedy, a pinch of plot sprinkled in….I’d love for them to mix it up a bit in the next episodes. It’s nice to see Pablo and Kelly get their moments in this one. Even if this show is called ASH vs Evil Dead, we still need someone else to keep his great big ego in check, after all.

The lack of Ruby in this episode is a slight disappointment on my end, but from the previews, she looks to be a large part of the next episode and I’m excited. Less CGI this time, so not too much I can complain about the effects, as the practical effects are top-notch.

Even two episodes in, I’m still giddy seeing Ash on screen every time. Another fun episode, and this series keeps on going strong.

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