Sunday’s Best: Ash vs. Evil Dead

While it’s not particularly surprising that last night’s biggest event did not win, place, nor show in this review round-up as The Walking Dead franchise definitely polarizes (a fact especially true for its premieres and finales), but I am lightly amazed that its prequel–for which ink has been spilled about its surpassing the original–drew barely a notice from episodic reviewers.

On a night where most reviewers just weren’t feeling most shows (except for TV Fanatic, who loved just about everything), it was another zombie show which came in first place in our tally for another Sunday.

Sunday, April 16th’s Best Reviewed: Ash vs. Evil Dead (9.0/10)


Ash is headed for its great beyond with a blast, and for the most part reviewers are loving its third and what might be its final season. Michael Roffman of AV Club loves how “[n]early every character gets a rewindable hero moment” and notes “writer Bryan Hill turns what could have been a Stranger Things ripoff into essential world-building, and a much-needed reunion washes over like a steamy shower after a cold night within the woods.” Over at Den of Geek, Stephen Harber notes Ash “reminds us that this show has a surprising amount of heart in it, and that death is not the last stop in Evil Dead, either for its main characters, or the random victims that have met their grisly, over-the-top demises over the course of this rowdy season.” TV Fanatic‘s Steve Ford dubbed it “easily one of the best episodes of an already fantastic season,” but tempered his excitement, but adding that “Ash’s rescue attempt did seem a bit too simple and effortless.”

The Rest of the Night:


Killing Eve – 8.2

This Sandra Oh-starring British crime drama is off to a roaring start, so much so, that even an episode that AV Club‘s Lisa Weidenfeld admits is “a bit of an exposition dump” earns an “A-” from that same reviewer. Inhoo Kang at Vulture fears some cracks as the reviewer is “feeling a little let down by the plot and character shortcuts that are already appearing to show.”

Timeless – 8.2

The second season of the little time-travelling-show-which-could continues to roll on to above average reviews, with this week’s episode sporting a young JFK. Vulture‘s Rose Maura Lorre called it a “nimble and slyly funny episode,” while Michael Ahr at Den of Geek loves how it “continues to experiment successfully with its storytelling.”

Barry – 7.6

In an episode jam-packed with storylines, Vulture‘s Charles Bramesco asserts that acting coach Gene Cousineau “claims the spotlight this week with a surprisingly intense, layered turn from Henry Winkler.” Vikram Murthi at AV Club agrees, but is a bit less sold on the episode as a whole, observing “the Barry story this week might have been a little too stale (despite its solid foundation, it’s still a ‘guy oversteps in a new relationship’ plot), but the Cousineau-Moss subplot saves the episode from being too bland.”

Trust – 6.9

Reviews for this week’s installment of the televised version of the Getty kidnapping are all over the map, with Caralynn Lippo of TV Fanatic at the positive end, gushing “even knowing the general beats of the true story, I’m loving all of the twists and turns the writers are introducing in each subsequent installment.” Den of Geek‘s Nick Harley, however, is totally not feeling it, positing the show “isn’t frustrating because it’s bad, it’s frustrating because it doesn’t inspire much of a reaction at all.”


The Walking Dead – 6.7

Television’s easily most reviewed show brought its eighth season to a close to, you guessed it, mixed reviews. Steve Ford at TV Fanatic found the ending promising for the show’s future, asserting The Walking Dead “has a clean slate and a blank canvas to paint on to take this series in fascinating new directions.” Meanwhile, Nick Nafpliotis of AiPT! is on the other end of the spectrum, musing “if the show recycled garbage like it did ideas then The Scavengers wouldn’t have had any place to live.”

Silicon Valley – 6.7

Mike Judge’s swung for the fences with some sort of message about Christianity in tech, and mostly whiffed. As AV Club‘s Les Chappell puts it: “religion … [is] a potentially heavy topic for the show to cover, which makes it more disappointing that this feels like the lightest episode of season five to date.”

Homeland – 6.4

While no one particularly loved the adventures of Carrie Mathieson and chums this week, Vulture‘s Brian Tallerico did like one particular character actor guest star, beaming “Beau Bridges rules. Always. While I wish his character had been more prominent all year to give this end game more heft, it’s nice to see him getting a juicy episode.”

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