The season finale did not waste any time, kicking of with action and gore from the opening scene, the series has never held back, in fact thinking back on all ten episodes, i cant think of a single one that didn’t have someone splattered in blood at some point. But the final episode was on another level altogether!
The finale episode begins with Kelly trying and failing to pull the Necronomicon’s face off of Pablo while Ash tries to digest the fact that Ruby wrote the book. Eventually deadite Amanda joins the party and tries to chop Ash up with his own chainsaw. Ash does manage to behead her, but while he’s busy with that, Ruby drags Pablo away – down into the cellar.
Ash prepares to go in after him solo, but Kelly insists on tagging along. Ash agrees to rescue Pablo together, but almost immediately after taking his first step down the cellar stairs, the evil rattles the house, causing Ash to tumble down, sparking some sort of vision that sends him back in time to when he first read the passage to Lucy, the girl with the tattoo on her wrist. Suddenly Ruby shows up and explains that one day, Ash appeared in her book as El Jefe and that’s when she knew that he would be the one to stand against her. However, the end of his story isn’t written, so Ruby attempts to make a deal with him so that she can get what she wants – to consolidate the dark forces under one ruler, her. Ash is the only one stopping her from achieving her dream, so she offers him what he’s always wanted – Jacksonville. As tempting as this magical undo button may be, Ash doesn’t go for it and is hurled right back to the real world where he’s laying on the cellar floor.
Meanwhile, back upstairs, Kelly has her hands pretty full. She can’t get the cellar door open and the cabin doesn’t appreciate her trying to chop it up. It gives Kelly the boot, but locks poor Heather inside (Who can suddenly walk pretty well despite the broken leg). From the cabin window, Kelly watches as the cabin tosses her around, crushes her with a couch, drills a whole bunch of nails into her face and then finishes her off, hurling her body parts and deadite head out the door.
But all that does is piss Kelly off more (Kelly displays this with the weakest looking kick ever). She runs around in the rain trying to figure out a way to hurt the cabin and settles on setting it ablaze. The plan works well enough and forces the cabin to open a door, finally letting Kelly back inside to help Ash. This actually reminded me of the Evil Dead remake it that well done!
Down below Ash is getting a taste of what Ruby is capable of. The mask has somewhat possessed Pablo and that gives Ruby the ability to conjure little demon children through him, with Pablo essentially giving birth to them through his mouth.
Ash bursts into Ruby’s ritual room, pumps a few shotgun bullets into her stomach and tries to help Pablo. Trouble is, he isn’t getting that mask off his face without Ruby’s help so there’s no decapitating her just yet. After a pretty vicious scuffle with a possessed Pablo, they hit this deeply upsetting point where Ash could easily saw his head off, putting him out of his misery.
Pablo begs him to do it and even though Ash refuses, Pablo’s pleas are still quite chilling. Then, at just the right moment, the chainsaw runs out of gas. We get the briefest breather before evil Pablo pulls the shotgun on Ash. But, fortunately, Kelly bursts in just in time to stop Pablo from shooting him.
While Pablo begins to choke the life of out Kelly, Ash manages to get the kandarian dagger from Ruby, so she panics and gives him one more chance to call a truce. If he kills Ruby, the book will kill both Pablo and Kelly, so what choice does he have? Ruby tries to convince him that she really wants humanity to flourish and in order for that to happen, she needs to get evil under control. Pablo and Kelly strongly advise him against trusting Ruby, but that doesn’t stop Ash from taking the deal.
Ash, Kelly and Pablo are then magically transported back into Ash’s car with his trailer in tow. Ash thinks he’s living the dream, but mere seconds later, the emergency alert system blares and the road caves in behind them.
I was starting to think that Heather could make it through the finale, but now I’m glad she didn’t because her demise might be one of the most brutal kill scenes of the entire season.
And as for Ash’s decision to take her deal, it’s true to character but also takes Ash a baby step in a new direction. The large majority of the season is about Ash coming to accept that he can’t do this alone and that he needs to have other people in his life, beyond one-night stands.
By choosing Jacksonville, he saves Kelly and Pablo but it also represents the easy way out, a path we know Ash is prone to taking. The Ghost Beaters remain intact, but it looks as though Ash just unleashed an evil upon the world that’s far more extreme than anything he’s ever seen before, opening up the door to endless possibilities for the second season which can’t come soon enough.
Overall i really enjoyed this series, its stayed true to the source material whilst providing something fresh and new at the same time.
Out of a possible five stars season one earns:
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