So far, “Ash vs. Evil Dead” has succeeded at continuing the “Evil Dead” story through one-and-a-half seasons of the genre series. And while it’s tapped into the nostalgia horror fans desire, Sunday’s (Oct. 23) episode, titled “DUI,” finally brought two staples of the movies together in one outlandish ride to hell: The Necronomicon and Ash’s (Bruce Campbell) 1973 Oldsmobile Delta… better known as The Classic.
Last week’s episode ended with the car going full on “Christine,” possessed by the demonic book, murdering Brock Williams (Lee Majors) in a very gory manner. But while we thought that might have been the last of the terror, it wasn’t.
While Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) assisted Ruby (Lucy Lawless) in a mission to find (and kill) her demon spawn, Ash’s baby — that Delta’s been with him through thick and thin, you guys! — goes on a murder spree. And after it takes Pablo (Ray Santiago) as its hostage, the standoff between Ash, the car and the Book of the Dead ends at a demolition derby. To save Pablo, Ash must do the unthinkable and kill the Classic.
Riding the vehicle as if it were a devil bull, the scene felt like full-on fan service… in the best way possible. After all, the Classic has been with Ash since the beginning. It was only a matter of time before it went bad. And like we’ve seen with his hand, when something goes bad, Ash cuts it off.
At the end of the day, both Pablo and Ash walk away from the battle in one piece. Making a deal with the Necronomicon, Pablo recites an incantation that sends the book back to hell — which is really the fiery trunk of Ash’s car — but, as we’ve learned in the past, coming to an agreement with the book is like making a deal with the devil.
Did Ash and Pablo just unleash Baal to the world? Ruby felt it as soon as the book disappeared, but the powerful demon she has been warning Kelly about has to come sooner or later. Something mean and flaming ended up bursting from the trunk. Whoever — or whatever — that was, we’ve got a feeling Elk Grove, Michigan is about to be in a world of hurt.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.