Ash vs. Evil Dead: What's Up With Ash and Technology - Or Lack Thereof?
Editor’s note: This post was written by Alice Williams who has an MA in Communication Studies and enjoys writing on business, tech, and social media. She is currently based in Salt Lake City where she enjoys going on hikes with her husband. She can be found on Twitter at 1alicehw.
When I first discovered that Starz was making a TV series based off of the Evil Dead movies, I freaked out. In a good way, of course! My father has great taste in movies and introduced me to the Evil Dead movies early on. He strategically got me to watch the third installment of the series, Army of Darkness, which any good fan knows is absolutely hilarious. Being about 10 years old, I was still a little spooked but not enough to swear off watching the other two movies. Needless to say, there’s a certain amount of nostalgia whenever I think about the Evil Dead movies and Bruce Campbell’s fantastic rendition of Ash.
I wasn’t surprised to read that some fans were skeptical and unsure of whether or not the series would live up to the glory of the films. It’s always a little frightening when Hollywood decides to mess around with a beloved classic. I don’t know whether you could call it naivety or blind loyalty, but I knew the series would be good. I mean come on, Lucy Lawless, i.e. Xena the Warrior Princess, was going to be in it!
When I finally got to watch Ash vs Evil Dead, I breathed a sigh of relief; it was fantastic! Ash was back in all his cocky glory and the show retained the humor that had been present in the original movies. There was only one point of contention that I had with the series; why does Ash reject technology to help him fight the Deadites?
Okay, I get it to some extent – Ash does live in a trailer after all. But seriously, how hard is it for him to borrow a smartphone or tablet from someone, upload a video, and ask for help in translating the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (i.e. the source of all evil). The internet is an incredible technological feat which connects the world together. It’s safe to say that someone could help Ash out or at the very least, the military could step in and help out with the Deadite problem.
A Technological Alternative
It’s no secret that the internet and more recently, social media, have been important tools in changing society and driving change. Just think about the uprisings in the Middle East and how they were facilitated by activists who tapped into social media networks. The world has become a much smaller and interconnected place. It’s pretty incredible to think about how we can receive news from all over the world and hear about new developments in real time.
So how does this all relate to Ash vs. Evil Dead?
Well, in a perfect world, which would make for some pretty boring television, Ash would realize this and tap into the power of technology instead of bearing the full brunt of the Deadites. The internet and social media have long been used to show the rest of the world what’s happening, so how is this any different?
Take this scenario for example: whenever Ash has to fight off a hard as hell to kill Deadite, Pablo (played by Ray Santiago) could use an iPhone or Android phone to record the gory encounter and then upload it onto Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, you name it, for the rest of the world to see. Pretty soon, the video would go viral and the media would show up in droves demanding an answer. It’s safe to say that the United States military would probably get involved too, or at least launch some sort of investigation. Well, you would hope so at least.
But Here’s the Thing
How boring of a show would that be, right?
Way too realistic and we all know that television and movies don’t do realistic. If they did, you would never hear the phrase “Oh, I’ll just check out what’s behind that door,” in a horror movie. How many times have characters died after saying that, am I right?
The beauty of Ash vs. Evil Dead is that, just like the movies, it transports you to a world where anything is possible including creepy and hard to kill Deadites. We all root for Ash to win but at the same time, we want to see what he can do to stop the evil. We don’t care about what the United States military can do to stop it (although in a lot of zombie movies, they don’t seem to do much). Besides, we want a series that will be stretched out to at least three seasons long and that can’t possibly happen if Ash’s ‘situation’ goes viral. A smartphone would sure save Ash, but that wouldn’t make for a more than a few episodes.
That being said, it would be nice to see Ash have some form of 21st-century technology, although he would probably just use it to facilitate one night stands.