We start with a montage of Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 as Ash wakes in a psychiatric hospital and gets told that he has made up everything. The doctor introduces a puppet called Ashie Slashie and goes slightly mental, well the bad mental not the good mental, regular Ash mental.
Of course this seems like a trick that the deadites or Baal would pull. Ash meets Ruby as a nurse, Kelly as another patient and Pablo as an orderly. We then get a Requiem for a Dream style shock therapy but AvED style.
A One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest homage and we get into the nuts and bolts of the episode, trying to escape the hospital. Despite Ash still believing the evil is real, he is showed what he did in the hospital to orderly Pablo and patient Kelly. This now changes his perspective and he starts to believe that everything over the past 30 years is made up. He murdered everyone at the cabin in the past. Baal convinces Ash that he must destroy the Necronomicon…which Pablo is becoming.
This episode was a roundabout way of getting Ash to go against the crew he created, to create conflict within the group and changing the dynamic and giving Baal an ally within the group. We know that Ash’s ‘new’ reality it isn’t real but we sure want to know just where it’s going to lead us. Despite nothing really happening, the episode had some really cool visuals and for an AvED episode is quite sombre in tone. With only a few episodes to go, I hope we are in for an epic finale!
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78
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