Just forty minutes ago, I was in the process of deciding what I was going to wear to a Christmas party tomorrow night when I suddenly realized that I had yet to write up a review of the latest episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead.
Seriously, I was shocked and ashamed of myself. It’s not just the fact that I take some earned pride in being consistent as far as my reviews are concerned. There was also the fact that The Host was one of the best episodes of Ash vs. Evil Dead so far.
It’s also one of the most important because The Host is perhaps the first episode not to solely focus on Ash and Bruce Campbell. Don’t get me wrong. I love Bruce Campbell and I imagine you do as well. Bruce will always be the main reason that we watch Ash Vs. Evil Dead. But, at the same time, Ash is not the only character on the show. There’s also Kelly and Pablo. While Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago have both had some strong moments, both Kelly and especially Pablo have largely existed in Ash’s shadow, with Kelly briefly capturing the spotlight during the 2nd episode. With The Host, Pablo finally got his chance to shine.
And really, when I rewatched The Host, it was hard not to feel that the show itself was specifically acknowledging that Pablo and Kelly needed an opportunity to establish their own identities outside of just being Ash’s sidekicks. This episode, after all, opened up with Ash bound and gagged (which, as we all know, is probably the only way to keep Ash from talking). For fifteen minutes, Ash was incapacitated and Kelly and Pablo finally got their moment.
And both Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago made the most of it. The highlight of this episode was definitely watching the very earnest Pablo interact with the possessed Kelly. There was actually something rather touching about the way Pablo nervously interacted with the suddenly aggressive Kelly. I was half-convinced that Kelly would be able to talk him into sucking on the barrel of that shotgun, just because Pablo seemed to be so genuinely upset about saying no to her. For the first time in this series, Pablo was something more than just Ash’s sidekick. During The Host, he finally emerged as an individual with a personality all of his own.
And it’s actually a pretty appealing personality. Pablo may not be any smarter than Ash but he’s still a lot less destructive. Assuming that he can ever get over his blind hero worship, Pablo could actually be a very good influence on Ash. You need Ash to save the world from the Deadites but you also need Pablo to save the world from Ash.
Speaking of Ash, he did eventually get untied. With the help of Pablo and Pablo’s uncle, he finally managed to get that demon to leave Kelly’s body. Of course, the Brujo was killed during the exorcism but that’s to be expected. With the exception of Pablo and Kelly, anyone who helps Ash ends up getting killed. That’s just the way it goes. At least the Brujo died an honorable death in a worth episode.
There are only five episode left of Ash vs. Evil Dead! Who will Ash end up getting killed next?