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Ash vs Evil Dead
Review of Episode 9: Bound in the Flesh
Directed by: Tony Tilse

Air date: 12/27/15

Editor’s Note: P.J.'s Ash vs Evil Dead reviews are done on a weekly basis and are for watchers of the show. Therefore, it's worth mentioning that there will be spoilers and heavy speculation in all of the reviews. For those of you, who wish to not be spoiled, please stop reading.

Season one of Ash vs Evil Dead is coming to a close soon but the show itself isn't winding down in quality or situation at all. Ash and his crew find themselves at the cabin, yes the cabin where it all started. Their numbers are restricted back to the core group dynamic; Ash, Kelly and Pablo. The big moment of Bound in the Flesh was the mysterious and elusive Ruby (finally meeting Ash). Luckily for Ash and the group, while she thinks of Ash as an idiot whose spreading destruction with his antics, she seems to know he's at least trying to stop the Deadites and didn't intentionally bring them back.

The Ash vs Bad Ash fight at the beginning was equal parts hilarious and nostalgic. The concept of Ash splitting off is previous territory but not only is it great to see referenced, it evolves and finds new life with the addition of Pablo and Kelly thrown into the mix. The sequence instantly makes the episode a lot of fun and paves the way for what is to follow.

Ruby explains that it isn't enough to simply bury the Necronomicon, it must be completely dismantled. This means cutting off the face. Ash decides to follow her advice and the group settles in for what they hope is the completion of their ultimate goal. Things are coming together now and it plays out in plays out in skillful form.

Ever since the campers were introduced I was waiting for them to get minced up good and Bound in the Flesh delivered wonderfully at this. The surviving member of the campers is still in the mix as of now. With one episode left in season one it's unknown if she will carry over into the next or serve as a blood bag when the primary characters really start to throw down with the Deadites. It's possible she will also play more towards Kelly and Pablo's story, but we'll just have to wait and see.

Although Ruby turns out to not be as homicidal against Ash as viewers may have thought, she is far from harmless. The world need fear her as she is revealed to not only be more sinister than we thought, but also is behind the book itself. Ruby may not be quite the enemy we thought, but her position against Ash and company is still intact. She has a malicious intent and seems to know exactly what she is doing. Ruby seemingly saved Kelly and Pablo from the demon inhabiting Fisher's body, but her real goals and motivations are at the moment still shrouded mostly in mystery.

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I'm fully invested at this point and curious as to how it will all play out. The truth may still lie in burying the book for all we know, but Ruby has firmly planted herself as an obstacle to that goal. The next season may find our heroes set off-course again, or we may discover that it isn't as simple a task as they currently think at all. Maybe we will go further into the story, deeper than the cabin and see what secrets are held in the unknown.

The promo for the season finale looks epic as can be. Pablo seems to still be dealing with the face of the book having attached itself to his face, which took place in the conclusion of Bound in the Flesh. Maybe this will cause him to struggle between himself and sinister forces trying to control him. No matter where the story is aimed to go from here in the grand scheme of the show itself, next week will no doubt be bloody, thrilling and satisfying. The show has only given me reasons to trust it up until this point and I'm sure the season one finale will give just as much reason to keep eyes towards season two.

The promo for the season one finale entitled The Dark One is below. Check it out and get excited!

P.J. Griffin, HMS

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