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Small Screen Shivers: Ash Vs. Evil Dead Episode Six “The Killer Of Killers”

Directed By
Michael Hurst

Written By
Nate Crocker

Starring
Bruce Campbell
Ray Santiago
Dana DeLorenzo
Jill Marie Jones
Lucy Lawless

Well, holy shit. As I mentioned in my episode reviews of the past two episodes, Brujo and The Host, the show had somewhat stagnated during their stay and with the events at Pablo’s uncles home. And it seems that the show knew that too, because The Killer Of Killers essentially kicks ass from beginning to end.

The episode begins with Detective Fisher (Jill Marie Jones) and Ruby Knowby (Lucy Lawless) pulling up to Brujo’s home base, just after our heroes have left. Our good old friend, the driving force of evil, comes up to the burning body of Pablo’s uncle possessing him. He attempts to attack Fisher before being intercepted by Ruby with a scythe. The possessed skeleton calls Ruby “a double-crosser” continuing to imply that there is more to her story than we have been led to believe. He pulls Ruby into the fire and both of them disappear, leaving Fisher once again on her own. With no real idea of what is going on beyond wanting to arrest Ash for the murders at the trailer park, Fisher takes off after the iconic Oldsmobile, following Ash and company.

The rest of the episode takes place in a diner and Ash’s trailer. Ash (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) are taking a break in their journey to enjoy some grub, when Ash drops the bombshell that his vision at Brujo’s has informed him of what needs to be done to rid the world of the Deadites. As informed by his iguana Eli, he must return to the original cabin from Evil Dead and bury the Necronomicon deep beneath it. He initially informs Pablo and Kelly that they cannot join him as he does not want to put them in further danger. But Pablo and Kelly are intent on joining Ash, even at the risk of being turned into Deadites and having their heads cut off by Ash. Or, in the words of Pablo, “if I was a Deadite, I would be honored to have you chop my head off.” The group is soon interrupted by Lem (guest star Peter Feeney), an old friend of Ash. While Ash is off with Lem, Pablo is trying to come to terms with the sexual advances that Kelly used on him while possessed.

After Ash is left with the bill, he tells Pablo and Kelly to go wait in the trailer while he tries to pay with sexual advances on the waitress (Rachel Blampied). Meanwhile, Fisher has tracked the group to the restaurant, the Western Moose. Fisher calls her boss, Lieutenant Boyle (Andrew Grainger) to have him come and make the official arrest of Ash since she is technically off duty. Not wanting to wait, she ends up cornering Ash in the bathroom, where he has gone to try and pay his way through the bill with the thing in his pants. After a showdown between them, the proverbial shit hits the fan. In the trailer, the necklace that Pablo took from his uncle has an insane reaction with the Necronomicon, forcing them to keep the book locked down. Just as Boyle arrives to arrest Ash, the Western Moose is sieged upon by the driving evil force. Boyle and the waitress both become Deadites, with everyone else bar Fisher and Ash becoming corpses quite quickly, including a teenaged boy who becomes a member of Boyle’s “fan club”.

Just as things start looking dire for Ash, Pablo and Kelly show up with his chainsaw and boomstick, allowing him to take care of the Boyle Deadite. Kelly ends up taking care of the waitress Deadite as we learn Kelly is wanting more Deadites to show up just so she can murder them in brutal ways. Throughout the mayhem, Lem takes off into a nearby forest, but ends up becoming possessed. In the end, Fisher finally realizes that Ash and his crew are on the right side of the battle, and joins them as they continue their journey back to where it all began.

As I said at the top of the review, mayhem is the name of the game in The Killer Of Killers. After the slower happenings of the past few episodes, the insane amount of blood and guts on display here is most welcome. Ash gets to do what he does best, and we see a whole new side of Kelly as she absolutely unloads on the waitress Deadite with the help of a meat slicer and tenderizing hammer. If Kelly is going to be taking out the Deadites in this way for the rest of the season, we are in for one hell of a ride. The conversation between Ash and Pablo watching her is one of those great understated yet hilarious moments.

Director Michael Hurst delivers one of the best episodes of the show to date, undoubtedly since the battle at Kelly’s farm. Having directed several episodes of the old Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, he is very familiar with Raimi, Campbell and Tapert as they had produced the show as well as Xena: Warrior Princess. Some may not know, but Lucy Lawless and Rob Tapert are actually married, so everything comes together and it’s essentially one big family. In recent years, Hurst also directed the entertaining and underseen Bitch Slap (EDIT: As pointed out by commenter Sammie, Michael Hurst did not actually direct Bitch Slap but was instead of one of the stars of the film. I apologize for the error.). The writing for this episode comes once again from a veteran of Workaholics as Nate Crocker delivers a teleplay that balances the humor and the gore wonderfully.

The next episode should be a very interesting one as we are closing in on the final episodes, and there is still the matter of what happened to Ruby and what her real connection to the Necronomicon and the Deadites truly is. And how will the dynamic between Ash, Pablo and Kelly be affected by Fisher joining them. And what about Ash’s real hand?  It appears to be left in the car by Fisher as she joins Ash and crew for the rest of their journey. And of course, we can’t forget about Lem, who seemingly had to be introduced for a reason we are unaware of at this point.

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3 comments

  1. Sammie

    Michael Hurst was one of the stars of Bitch Slap, not the director. However, he directed 7 episodes each of Legend of the Seeker and Spartacus, as well as more than a dozen episodes of New Zealand and BBC tv shows. He’s a very talented and in-demand director.

  2. Pingback: Small Screen Shivers: Ash Vs. Evil Dead Episode Seven “Fire In The Hole” | The Deadhouse

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