Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9 Review: Judgement Day

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A family that slays together stays together.

On Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9, Pablo learned a few new Brujo skills as he and Ash tried to thwart the Dark Ones' arrival. But as powerful as Pablo has become, even he wasn't strong enough to prevent the Dark Ones from unleashing hell on earth.

Bloodbath

The Knights of Sumeria lost yet another member with the death of Zoe, whose odds were already stacked against her after the fate of her fellow team members.

Seriously, these so-called "Knights" have been dropping like flies all season long.

For an ancient society of demon hunters, they have displayed nothing but ineptitude since their arrival. How this order has survived as long as it has is beyond me.

Brandy: Why do I feel like this?
Pablo: Uh, I have a feeling it's the residual effects of being brought back from the dead.
Brandy: [referring to Ash] Well, how come he's not sick then?
Ash: I don't get hangover's either.

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Brandy kicked some serious ass in this episode and is quickly embracing her Williams heritage. The fight with the phone demon in the shed was completely absurd, but seeing Brandy accept who she is and unleash her badassery was exciting.

When brandy had the hallucination of her hand getting infected, I thought she was going to have to lop it off.

Thankfully, it wasn't real, but how cool would it have been to have Brandy become even more like her father and getting her own chainsaw?

Brandy has grown tremendously throughout the season and has come a long way from the whiny brat that we got introduced to on Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 1. She started out as borderline unlikable, but she's quickly developed into one of my favorite characters.

The Dark One - Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9

This episode finally granted my wish of seeing what else lied in Pablo's bag of Brujo tricks.

Pablo's ability to see through the eyes of the Necronomicon was pretty cool, and it aided Ash in locating Ruby and Kaya.

But perhaps the most exciting development regarding Pablo was how the evil seemingly ignored him. Since Pablo has one foot in the earthly plane and the other in the Deadlands, he's now basically immune to the evil's grasp.

That's a nifty and unforeseen side effect.

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On that note, did you notice how both Brandy and Ash didn't get possessed from their Deadite inflicted wounds?

Could it be possible that Ash and Brandy are now immune as well since their trip to the Deadlands? If that's the case, it would mean that once Kelly is -- hopefully -- saved, the Ghost Beaters are going to be a serious force to be reckoned with.

It was difficult to tell if the Dark Ones simply chose not to kill Pablo, or if they couldn't kill him. 

Although, the same can't be said for Kaya, who met her end when the Dark Ones restored her soul to or true physical body, only to burn her to a crisp moments later.

What a crummy way to go.

Oh you stop right there sugar lips, the last time we made a deal I got jack shit out of it okay?

Ash

I am rather disappointed about Kaya's insignificant role this season. She had been talked up to potentially posing a serious threat and possibly even rivaling Ruby, but she ended up just being a throwaway character, and that's unfortunate.

Ruby's death, on the other hand, was more satisfying, although it didn't feel as permanent as Kaya's.

Note To Self - Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9

Ruby's plan for using Zoe's flesh to add a page to the Necronomicon was a neat little twist. While we don't know exactly what purpose it will serve, the new page will presumably act as some sort of insurance policy on Ruby's behalf.

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While we're on the topic of the significance of deaths during this episode, we also bid a shocking farewell to Ash's chainsaw. Out of all the deaths throughout this entire series, that one hit the hardest.

Maybe Ash will get a nice replacement or upgrade soon.

A Big Problem - Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9

With Ruby now gone and the wrath of the Dark Ones having taken over Elk Grove, Ash has a much bigger problem now.

This was by far one of the best episodes of such a short Season. It did a great job of setting up the final confrontation with the Dark Ones -- and as always -- Bruce Campbell added some memorable and hilarious quips. "Judgement Day" was a thrilling installment that set up what's sure to be a fun and satisfying finale.

Unfortunately, it's with a heavy heart to announce that next week's episode will be the series' last. With the news that Starz has officially canceled Ash vs Evil Dead, the Ghostbeaters will not be returning for a fourth season.

If there is a silver lining, it's that Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 10 was created to act as both a season and series finale, so we shouldn't be left with many lingering questions.

Hopefully, the series will conclude on a high note and provide a satisfying end to an amazing series.

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It's time to turn it over to you, TV Fanatics!

What did you think of "Judgement Day"? What did you think of the new abilities that Pablo displayed? Were you satisfied with how Ruby and Kaya met their end? What did you think of Brandy embracing her Deadite slaying side? What are your hopes for the Season Finale?

Sound off below and let me know.

The Season Finale of Ash vs Evil Dead airs on Sunday, April 29th on Starz at 9/8c.

If you want to check out Ash and Ruby's final confrontation again, you can watch Ash vs Evil Dead online right here at TV Fanatic.

 

Judgement Day Review

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Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Episode 9 Quotes

Pablo: Ay dios mio Jefe, I'm seeing through the eyes of the Necronomicon!
Brandy: The Necro-whatacon?
Ash: Oh, it's a gnarly book. It's the reason behind all this crap.

Brandy: Why do I feel like this?
Pablo: Uh, I have a feeling it's the residual effects of being brought back from the dead.
Brandy: [referring to Ash] Well, how come he's not sick then?
Ash: I don't get hangover's either.