Ash vs. Evil Dead Review: “Trapped Inside”

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Ash vs. Evil Dead Review: “Trapped Inside”

Ash vs. Evil Dead, "Trapped Inside"

Ash vs. Evil Dead has been delivering on all fronts this season, and the introduction of Baal to the story is a great development with a ton of potential. Let’s take a look at what happened in this week’s new episode, “Trapped Inside.”

The episode opens with Pablo still in complete freak-out mode after his recent experiences with the Necronomicon, and it’s clear to everyone around that it’s time to finally deal with this situation. Baal, meanwhile, is attempting to convert more people to his world, and, unfortunately for Ash, he’s succeeding. As strong as Baal may be, he can’t fight Ash’s team alone, and this town ends up being ripe for the picking when it comes to ganging up on our hero.

Just like most episodes, “Trapped Inside” takes place in a mostly singular location. The episode title is relevant to just about everything that happens in the episode itself, too, as we find out that Pablo is not the only element of Ash vs. Evil Dead with something trapped inside of it. Inside Brock’s house, Ash comes across the possessed spirit of his sister Cheryl, brought to life by the Evil itself. As awesome at it is to simply see another connection to Ash’s past on the show, the best part of Cheryl’s arrival is the direct tie that it has to the original The Evil Dead film. Cheryl’s story contains one of the most infamous moments in the film (and the one that people tend to remember most, for better or worse), and it’s great to have that connection here. Ellen Sandweiss is a blast in the role, too, and it’s just a perfect nostalgic moment for the series.

The saddest development in “Trapped Inside” is Chet’s death at the hand of Deadite-Cheryl, and Ted Raimi is going to be missed. Chet was one of the most fun additions to the cast this season, but his purpose was served entirely. As sad as it is to see him go, I’m glad that the writers aren’t simply keeping him around past his due date, and it’s clear that they still know exactly what story they’re trying to tell.

Once again, Ash vs. Evil Dead has delivered an incredibly strong episode. This series often makes use of the nostalgia factor (without relying on it), and “Trapped Inside” is the perfect example of when that nostalgia works. Ash vs. Evil Dead is such a masterpiece of a series, and it’s great that we’re getting to witness what this show can do each and every week.

What did you think of this week’s new episode of Ash vs. Evil Dead? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!

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