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Review: Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 2

ash-vs-evil-dead-season-2-dvd-coverSeason 1 of Ash vs Evil Dead was a great throwback to the Evil Dead/Army of Darkness franchise.  It cemented itself as the perfect installment for fans of old and new.  I thought season 2 would have been more of the same approach, but I was thankfully wrong.

Sure there was some of the B movie humor, which had me laughing hysterically at one point (The Morgue scene when Ash is going after the book).  But there was also some sincerity to it in a very Evil Dead 1 sort of way.  When Ash is in the asylum it is downright creepy.  Baal vs Ash in a mental battle was fun to watch.  Ruby joining the team was a step in the right direction of adding tension and mistrust.  Pablo becoming the book was interesting.  Lee Majors as Brock (Ash’s father) was perfect casting, and it made me miss his old 6 million dollar man days.

Then they took a completely unexpected turn and went back to prevent the events in the first movie from ever happening, only to change them for the worse.  My question is who picked up the Necronomicon in the post credits scene?  If the writers wanted to really throw the viewers for a loop they would make it one of the kids from the remake a few years back.  In that movie Ash shows up to pick up the surviving girl.  With that epilogue and him in the shadows there, it could easily be explained that he brought her in as a new team member.  This would make that movie canon.  Even if it was not a good interpretation it would still fit in what could become an even more exciting series.

I mean there really isn’t anything I can complain about here.  If B-movie horror/comedy isn’t your thing, then you won’t like this, but for any fan of the original films I highly recommend it.  I give it 4.5 out of 5 sCrypt ratings.  What did you think of Ash vs Evil Dead season 2?

Review: Robot Chicken DC Comics Special

review by Rick Pipito

I’ve been a fan of Robot Chicken since its debut six seasons ago.  It’s also no secret that I’m a DC comics fan.  When I heard that season 6 of the stop motion comedy serial was headed to single out and make fun of the DC universe, I was eager with anticipation.

Although it wasn’t the BEST Robot Chicken work I’ve seen, it did not disappoint.  For twenty three minutes I was smiling or laughing out loud.  The episode had a voiceover in parts and an opening sequence reminiscent of the old superpowers SuperFriends cartoons from the late 70s early 80s.

Complete with quite an array of superheroes and villains, they cracked jokes from making fun of two face’s inability to make a decision without his coin, to Aquaman being a useless hero, to Batman getting his butt kicked by Bane.  One of my favorite scenes involves a few of the DC universe Ice powered villains, and one hero.  It addressess the redundancy of many of the characters.

The riddler is made out to be the villain’s equivelant of Aquaman, and a cameo from RC’s humping Robot made Cyborg wish that he wasn’t in the episode.  The REAL CHARACTER segments were funny as well.  Steven Tyler even provided vocals for the parody song, “I don’t wanna kiss your thing.”

So, what did I learn from this episode?  Absolutely nothing.  But it was worth taking the less than half hour to watch it for a good laugh.  If you are a DC fan, then I’d say this would rank at an 8 out of 10.  If you aren’t a DC fan or aren’t familiar with many of the characters, then it would still be funny, but it probably wouldn’t make it past 5 out of 10 for a rank.