What The Hell Is ‘Ash Vs Evil Dead’ Doing With Lee Majors?

10.24.16 1 month ago

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At the end of Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi’s fantastic onscreen reunion in “Last Call,” Ash vs Evil Dead delivered a shocking (though somewhat expected) surprise to its fans. Ashley “Ash” J. Williams (Bruce Campbell) and the cantankerous Brock (Lee Majors) were in the midst of having a much-needed heart-to-heart outside of Chet’s (Raimi) bar, where the titular hero saved his father from a flirtatious deadite. It seemed a long overdue reconciliation between the two was on the cusp of happening when, without warning, Ash’s possessed Delta 88 plowed through Brock’s body as if it were nothing more than a special effects dummy weighed down with fake blood.

The episode concluded with Ash screaming beside his dad’s mauled corpse while Roy Rogers and Dale Evans’s “Happy Trails” played through the credits. A week later, “DUI” confirmed Brock’s death with Ash’s cheesy, exposition-heavy review of their strained relationship: “You can’t be dead now. Not after everything we’ve been through — with all the bitterness and the hatred, and now we’ve finally made peace with each other.” After all, Brock blamed his son for the death of Cheryl Williams, Ash’s sister, in the first Evil Dead film. Yet like Ash and his companion Pablo (Ray Santiago), the story leaves Brock behind as quickly as it decided to toss him under the Delta 88.

Perhaps the creative team wants Ash vs Evil Dead‘s audience to do the same, but this is The Six Million Dollar Man we’re talking about. You don’t just go and add a legendary actor like Lee Majors to the Evil Dead mythology, then kill him. Or at least that’s the go-to argument many viewers were probably considering as soon as they saw the tires turn Brock’s head into jelly. However, concrete clues from the past four episodes, Ruby’s (Lucy Lawless) increasingly paranoid utterances about the villainous Baal (Joel Tobeck), and an upcoming episode’s description suggest there’s more to Brock Williams than decorating a random street with brain matter. Hell, even the second line of the chorus to “Happy Trails” says “until we meet again.”

Aside from a few ridiculous details about the “The Morgue” and his first experience with blood spatter in “Last Call,” Majors didn’t have much else to say about the plot, which is to be expected when avoiding spoilers. Then again, the 77-year-old actor let slip he’d filmed “most of [his] stuff there at one time,” suggesting his involvement in Ash vs Evil Dead won’t extend far beyond his character’s death. So maybe Brock really is dead and gone, and Ash’s heartfelt-but-seconds-long goodbye to his dad is it.

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