Ash and the gang are forced to rise up against the Deadites once again
after Ruby's plan goes haywire and her demonic children turn on her.
Ash vs Evil Dead (Season 2)
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo,
Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi, Joel Tobeck, Lee Majors,
Michelle Hurd, Stephen Lovatt
Sequel to 1992's Army of Darkness
The first season was Ash's return. The second season is Ash's revenge. With this season, Ash vs Evil Dead cements itself as the definitive horror/comedy show, fixing every problem from the first season and taking the first steps towards building a massive universe that spans dimensions. Beginning in Ash's own personal heaven, Jacksonville, FL, and ending in the cabin where it all started, this season sees our chainsaw-handed hero go up against a bona fide, extra powerful demon called Baal. With the inclusion of Ash's father and an actual appearance by Professor Knowby (longtime Evil Dead fans will know exactly who I'm talking about), Sam Raimi effectively continues his signature franchise with gusto.
Bruce Campbell continues to shine as Ash, the Chosen One chosen by no one. I must say, the supporting cast steps it up big time, with both Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo making me like their characters a lot more this time around. Both of them were far more essential to the plot and the plot itself was much more tightly focused and well-written. Lucy Lawless gets the character development she deserved and Joel Tobeck steals the show as the evil Baal. Overall, this is just a major improvement for a series that still would have been pretty damn funny without it, but it helps.
This season actually had the balls to go back in time and try to undo the events of The Evil Dead. Nobody but Sam Raimi himself could've pulled that off without pissing off fans everywhere. The final two episodes are hysterical and terrifying, representing the franchise as a whole extremely well. Add in Lee Majors as Ash's gruff but sarcastic dad and Ted Raimi as Ash's funny but creepy best friend, and you've got a winning season of one of television's most under-appreciated gems.