Monday, October 31, 2016

TV REVIEW: ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD (SEASON TWO, EPISODE FIVE)

TV REVIEW

ASH VS. THE EVIL DEAD

SEASON TWO, EPISODE FIVE- "CONFINEMENT"
Last night's episode of "Ash vs The Evil Dead" got its "Thing" on. Now, what exactly do I mean by that? Well, have any of you ever seen "The Thing?" The movie about a microscopic organism that can replicate anything it touches? Well, last night's episode reminds me of that movie. Instead of a microscopic organism, we had this evil demon who uses his nifty long nail to cut the skin off of people so that he can become them. He's so good at his job, that he'd make Buffalo Bill envious. Ash is in prison for the deaths of last episode, and the rest of his team comes to bail him out. When everyone learns that there is a demon in the midst, everyone gets paranoid. Since this demon can wear anybody's skin, he can literally be anyone.

This leads to everyone suspecting everyone. With some gore and death thrown in around the edges. I will admit that the introduction of Baal, the skin-loving demon, is kind of a disappointment. He seems more gimmicky as a character than interesting. This is supposed to be the Big Bad for the rest of the season, and I just don't know if I buy him as a great villain based on this introduction alone, so we will have to wait and see.

I was interested in what was growing on Pablo's chest. Some kind of weapon that will help defeat Baal. Sadly, the episode ends on a cliffhanger, so we don't learn too many particulars about what is happening next week. But they handled it in a fine parallel to the episodes greater "Thing" like story structure and I found that to be great fun.

This was another funny and violent episode. I just thought the introduction to this new villain was a bit of a bust. I hope the show will do a lot to get us excited for Baal. I also remain very curious to learn more about that mysterious, demonic rash growing on Pablo. There are some fun things that are going to be played with, and I remain excited.

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