Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams in Season 3 of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" on the Starz Network. Image from Starz.

Groovy, baby. Starz hit show, Ash vs. Evil Dead is back, and better than ever.

The cult classic picks up thirty years later. Our retired hero, working for Value Stop as a stock boy, comes out of retirement to face the Deadites once more. Armed with his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88, boomstick, and trusty chainsaw. He saddles up with two of his co-workers for a wild ride, evil dead style.

The Movies

Evil Dead

If you have not gotten the taste of Ash vs. Evil Dead yet, then I recommend you watch the movies first. First up, The Evil Dead. The movie hit the big screens in 1981, rated NC-17.

The plot of the film has to do with five friends who head out to a remote cabin in the woods. While there, they discover a book and an audiotape. Using the book and listening to the audio tape, they bring about the evil dead, who take them out one by one. One person is left standing, Ash Williams.

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Now that you’ve finished watching the first movie (very quick, nice), here is the second one. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn. This film came out in 1987.

The plot, like the first one, has our hero, Ash going to a secluded cabin with his girlfriend. They find a book of evil and a tape recording from a professor. Using the book and listening to the audio tape, they bring about the evil dead. Ash must survive until morning. All fails, and Ash falls through a portal to another time.

Army of Darkness

Third movie time. Before you go looking for the Evil Dead title, don’t. The third film, Army of Darkness, came out in 1992. This time, Ash, and his beloved Delta 88 are in medieval times.

The Wiseman sees Ash as ‘The Chosen One.’ He must retrieve the Necronomicon first before he can return home. Ash screws up and unleashes an army of Deadites. Ash saves the village, and he returns to his time thanks to a potion and some magic words. Ash is at S-mart to tell his tale. Admitting he, “…didn’t say every single, tiny little syllable, no, but basically…” he “…said’em, yeah. Basically.”

Well, his sort of saying the words correctly, might be the reason a Deadite came to pay him a visit at the store.

 

Now you have watched the three movies, are you confused yet? Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, come to mind? The reason for all the confusion has to do with one word, ‘rights.’

The first movie is from New Line Cinema and the second movie is from Dino De Laurentiis. Dino De Laurentiis did not have the rights to the first movie. The second film is not a sequel, but a retcon recap of the first film with different actors, except for Ash. There is only one Ash, baby.

Starz Television Series

Now, time travel 30 years later. Ash is having the time of his life parting with a beautiful blonde in his trailer. They read from the evil book, unleashing Deadites. By the time Ash’s mind clears up, he doesn’t remember much from that night, or anything about reading from the book.

Season 1

Ash’s memories of that night return and he is once again saving the world from the evil dead. He is not alone; Pablo Simon Bolivar and Kelly Maxell become his sidekicks.

The Deadites are the least of their worries. Ruby Knowby, one of The Dark Ones, is hunting Ash and will do anything to capture him. Ash makes a deal with Ruby for him and his team to go to Jacksonville and be Deadite free.

Lesson to learn from Season 1, don’t read from the Necronomicon when you are partying.

Season 2

In Season 2, Ash and his team are living it up in Jacksonville. Ruby is on the run from her children, unable to defend herself from them. She has one place to go, one person to call. Sorry, Ash. Fun time is over, back to saving the world from the Deadites and Ruby’s offspring.

Season 3


Starz will release Season 3 starting on February 25, 2018. Ash is no longer the murderous ‘Ashy Slashy,’ but his hometown hero. He now owns a retail store, slashing prices with his chainsaw. He finds out he has a daughter, Brandy, in high school. Plus, a supernatural war is brewing, and Ruby is somehow involved with it.

Can Ash and the Ash Squad save the world once more, and teach the Deadites a lesson, or two, or three, or four, maybe five? Something tells me the Deadites will fail high school.

They are all connected.

Hercules and Xena
The hit 90s’ shows, “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and” Xena: Warrior Princess” are connected to “Ash vs. Evil Dead.” Image by MCA Television and Renaissance Pictures.

Who are the lovely cast of Ash vs. Evil Dead? Some should be recognisable to you. Well, that’s if you were watching shows like Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: The Warrior Princess.

Sam Raimi

There are a few people who connect to each other. One is Sam Raimi.  Who is Sam Raimi? Well, he is a producer, writer, and director. You may know his work from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess.

Robert Tapert

Rob Tapert is a known producer, writer, and actor. You may know his work from… ready… Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. By the way, his wife is Lucy Lawless.

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless, is a producer, actress, and singer. You know her better as the strong wield, warrior princess, Xena. She has been in both Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and, well of course, Xena: Warrior Princess. She is now Ruby on Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi
Bruce Campbell as Autolycus and Ted Raimi as Joxer in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.” and “Xena: Warrior Princess.” Image from Image by MCA Television and Renaissance Pictures.

Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell, our beloved hero. The killer of Deadites, the savior of the world.  Known for his role as Ash in the Evil Dead trilogies, and the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead. He has stared in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess as the thief, Autolycus. He also directed a few of their episodes.

Ted Raimi

Ted Raimi. Yes, a Raimi. He is the younger brother of Sam Raimi. You know Ted best as Joxer, the Mighty in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. He also makes appearances in the Evil Dead trilogies.

Joel Tobeck

Joel Tobeck plays Baal in the Season 2 of Ash vs. Evil Dead. He may seem familiar to you. He plays Strife (along with alternative characters) in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and in Young Hercules. He plays Lucifer and Demios in Xena: Warrior Princess.

Michael Hurst

Michael Hurst, our beloved best friend of Hercules, Iolaus (and other characters in the show). Not only did he star In Hercules, but also Xena (you all already knew that, didn’t you?). He also directed a couple of episodes of Ash vs. Evil Dead.

Starz Spartacus
Sam Raimi, Rob Taper, Lucy Lawless, and Michael Hurst are connected to the Starz “Spartacus” series. Image from Starz

It is not just a Hercules, and Xena connection. Many of these people like Sam Raimi, Rob Taper, Lucy Lawless, and Michael Hurst are connected to the Starz Spartacus series.

With the connection in mind, with Hercules: Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess, will any other stars such as Kevin Sorbo and Renee O’Connor going to make an appearance? What about Karl Urban, who played multiple roles in the two shows, mainly Cupid and Julius Caesar? Or Hudson Leick, was Callisto, and Robert Trebor as Salmoneus, in Hercules and Xena? And Michael Hurst in front of the camera, instead of behind the camera?

There is a reunion going on in Ash vs. Evil Dead, and I for one like to see it continue, how about you?

Other stars of the show are Ray Santiago as Pablo, known for Javier in Raising Hope. And, Dana Delorenzo as Kelly, known for as Beth in The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

Tracie lives in the United States and is an enthusiastic and versatile writer with an academic background in journalism and creative writing. She's an aspiring journalist, screenwriter, and novelist.