The first entry in the “Evil Dead” universe since 1992’s beloved “Army of Darkness,” “Ash vs Evil Dead” never really becomes a great show over the course of this first season, but it sure is a lot of fun. Bruce Campbell is, of course, perfectly in his element here as a middle-aged Ash, and seems to have an even better grasp of the character overall than he ever has before. He’s joined by a few likable characters along the way here, and the genesis for the season’s narrative is pure Ash, which makes the whole show feel somewhat both lived-in and refreshing by tapping in to nostalgia without settling into cruise control. It’s nice to see the show return to the original movie’s roots by the final few episodes, and the finale ends on an intriguing, memorable note.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)