If it’s one thing “Ash vs. Evil Dead” has gotten right, it’s the show’s knack for bringing “Evil Dead” movie canon into the ongoing story of Ash (Bruce Campbell), Pablo (Ray Santiago), Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Ruby (Lucy Lawless). After adding Ted Raimi into the mix for Season 2, , Sunday’s (Nov. 6) episode “Trapped Inside” gives us Ash’s sister Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss) making a surprise return.
It’s been over 30 years since we last saw Cheryl Williams — possessed by a demon, forcing her brother to up and kill her — and there are some issues Ash still hasn’t quite worked through yet. Back in his childhood house for the TV series, it was probably only a matter of time before Cheryl came back from the dead for another go-round.
Ted Raimi’s involvement brings on another, deeper meaning: He’s playing the role of Chet Kaminski — Ash’s oldest friend — but watching him fight off Deadite Cheryl had to make horror fans everywhere pretty happy. Not only was “Ash vs. Evil Dead” giving our hero some much-needed closure on Cheryl’s death, and gaining the trust of the Elk Grove townspeople in the process, we got to see three different actors from the original “Evil Dead” movie reunite and get bloody together one more time.
In the original, Cheryl was thrown into the cabin’s cellar after she was possessed back in 1981. The image of Ash’s sister attempting to break out of the hatch in the floor is an iconic one for the cult film. But one thing you may not know is that Sam Raimi has often enlisted his brother Ted to step in for various actors when they aren’t available to perform — and in “Evil Dead II,” Raimi ended up in the basement as a possessed Henrietta! The visual similarities here are hard to ignore.
Putting the two together onscreen not only paid tribute to some genre favorites, but the events that played out finally helped his peers see Ash’s heroism. We’re unsure how that’ll help him in the long run, because with Baal (Joel Tobeck) calling the shots, all bets are off — Pablo better get his act together soon, as it’s looking more and more like he may be Ash’s only hope for getting out of this alive.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.