Ash vs Evil Dead (Season 2) (2016)

This impressive, lovingly crafted second season of Starz’s cult show is made up of ten episodes that end up feeling like an extended movie. While there are still budgetary issues here and there, the show truly comes alive in this sophomore outing, and it’s a dream come true for fans of the “Evil Dead” series. Re-introducing elements from all three previous movies, “Ash vs Evil Dead” has a knack for continuity, which makes the experience feel distinct and rewarding for longtime fans, but really none of it would matter were it not for Bruce Campbell: He seems to be relishing every minute of his screen time, delivering an impressive performance that leans into his manic comic energy for all its worth, and it’s a pleasure to watch. He’s well-matched here by a variety of guest actors and supporting characters that are effectively used, resulting in a compelling, gloriously gory season that goes for broke every chance it gets.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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