While this fall is positively loaded with new geek-friendly TV shows, perhaps none have been anticipated longer than Starz’s Ash vs. Evil Dead. Sure, the show itself was announced basically out of nowhere last year, but fans of the Evil Dead franchise have been not-so-patiently waiting for more demon-slaying adventures starring Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams since the release of Army of Darkness back in 1993. Teases of a fourth Evil Dead film became almost a running gag over the years since, with most losing hope of ever seeing Campbell’s Ash return after the original film was remade/rebooted in 2013. Well, never say never, as Bruce is now just over a month away from picking up his trusty chainsaw once again.
In Ash vs. Evil Dead’s latest behind-the-scenes featurette, Starz shines the spotlight on Ash’s new team of Deadite hunters. After all, Ash is no spring chicken. He may still be a badass when the chips are down, but he’s going to need some help this time if he intends to save the world.
First up in Ash’s crew is Kelly Maxwell (Dana Delorenzo), an attractive young co-worker of Ash’s at Value Stop who clearly is not impressed with the man’s chosen lifestyle of getting wasted and bedding random women in his trailer. On the flipside is Pablo (Ray Santiago), another co-worker of Ash’s. Pablo recognizes the dormant badass lurking within Ash, and looks up to the once-great warrior. One would assume that Kelly probably wouldn’t get herself mixed up with Ash under normal circumstances, but her close friendship with Pablo compels her to join the team.
Skirting the edges of Ash’s squad is Amanda Fisher (Jill Marie Jones), a cop who gets a peek beyond the veil at the monsters that secretly lurk within our realm. Naturally, she launches an investigation into what’s going on, which puts her in harm’s way.
This leads to Amanda crossing paths with mysterious buttkicker Ruby, played by Xena: Warrior Princess’ Lucy Lawless. Little is yet known about Ruby’s motives, although she is clearly hell-bent on locating Ash. She’s obviously not in league with the Deadites, so the possibilities for her are fairly open. Could she be a scorned ex? Or perhaps a fellow force for good that has heard tales of Ash’s past heroics and wants to recruit him to her cause?
If one thing is made perfectly clear by the above featurette, it’s that Ash is still the lovable schmuck he was in Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, and in many ways he’s actually more pathetic than he was back then. With no more demons to fight – one assumes he must have found some way to close the portal opened at the end of Army of Darkness – the groovy hero has lost direction in life. While Ash is said to reawaken the Deadites by accident in the video above, it’s not too hard to imagine that it was at least somewhat purposeful. In fighting evil, Ash Williams truly found his calling, and it’s only a matter of time before a new generation of fans prepare to hail to the king.
Ash vs. Evil Dead premieres Saturday, October 31st, 2015 on Starz.