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Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 Finale Review

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The Baal brawl to settle it all.

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

In what was, essentially, a half hour-long fight

sequence -- slyly shifting from Ash vs. Henrietta to Ash vs. Baal -- "Second Coming" wrapped up Ash vs Evil Dead's second season in ferocious fisticuffs style - though not quite everything worked, payoff-wise.

It felt immensely satisfying to see things end with the Evil Dead cabin collapsing in flames, hell opening up underneath it. Like I mentioned last week, it was great to have both seasons of this show end with a two cabin episodes, each endgame arc done under different circumstances. Here, in this blast into the past, it was Ash trying to course correct everything, though as we'd discover, Baal was still very much at large and working his trickery. He had not been defeated by Pablo and instead had manipulated Ash to go back into the past so that he could find a still-evil Ruby.

That all worked, as did Ash's big brawl with Baal. It was especially funny to watch Ash re-kill his own dad, Brock, who showed up somehow, on his own, in the past to try and once again tell Ash the dark secret about their family lineage. Did Brock get to spill the beans? Nope! Of course not. Ash drowned him before he got the chance to. At this point, we'll either never find out what Ash's true connection to the demon world is and it'll just become a running joke (which could be pretty funny), or this is something we'll dig into next year.

Bruce Campbell as Ash in Ash vs Evil Dead

Bruce Campbell as Ash in Ash vs Evil Dead's "Second Coming" Episode

Bruce Campbell as Ash in Ash vs Evil Dead

Bruce Campbell as Ash in Ash vs Evil Dead's "Second Coming" Episode

Lucy Lawless as Ruby, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly in Ash vs Evil Dead

Lucy Lawless as Ruby, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly in Ash vs Evil Dead's "Second Coming" Episode

Ted Raimi as Henrietta, Bruce Campbell as Ash in Ash vs Evil Dead

Ted Raimi as Henrietta, Bruce Campbell as Ash in Ash vs Evil Dead's "Second Coming" Episode

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The elements of "Second Coming" that didn't really land quite right involved the death of Ruby, the rise of new/old Ruby, and the flat ending to Kelly's Season 2 arc. It really seemed like Kelly was headed toward a big decision about her own journey in life, either as a solo hunter or Ash's successor (had something happened to him). But once good Ruby died, Kelly just wound up doubling down on Ash. Don't get me wrong, watching Kelly fight back against the legions of hell is awesome, but I was hoping she'd come to more of a crossroads at the end of this season - one where she'd have to make more of a lasting choice.

Plus, because Season 1 never really filled us in on who or what Ruby was exactly, making her a bit muddled, it wasn't exactly the best choice to bring back old Ruby. 1980s blonde Ruby wound up surviving the burning hell-cabin at the end, and transporting back to the present with our heroes (I guess it's somewhat of a mystery how they got back home too), but who is this character now? Is she still full evil? Is she a mix of both? Ruby turning that corner this year and regretting her actions was a good way to repackage her and fix some of Season 1's vagueness, but now she's back to being a puzzle box. Here's hoping Season 3 sorts her out well.

All that aside though, "Second Coming" was disarmingly gross and entertaining. From Ash being forced to drink Henrietta's demon breast milk (and the return of the final form "I'll swallow your soul" head!) to Baal being skinned by his own fiendish fingernail to Ash getting some "sugar" from Linda (PLUS FORCE GHOSTS!) - this was a wild ride. "Second Coming" also managed to nicely differentiate itself from the Season 1 finale by not giving us a stark, apocalyptic cliffhanger. Sure, Ruby popped up right at the end, but overall it was a clean finish. Ash got a block party, everyone lauded him as a hero, and the Ghostbeaters trio remained intact.

The Verdict

"Second Coming" was filled with violence and gore galore, wrapping things up in a triumphant Army of Darkness-type way. Kelly's seasonal journey didn't quite stick the landing, and it'll be a "wait and see" deal with regards to evil Ruby returning to the fold, but in the end this was a solid way to seal up Season 2.

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