TV Club: No time for love on Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Subtlety isn’t a strong suit of Ash Vs. Evil Dead. As we’ve learned, if there’s a meat slicer or a busted pipe nearby, it’s going to be used in the bloodiest possible way. This isn’t a fault of the series, it’s a necessary evil of traditional storytelling, no pun intended. As Anton Chekhov advised over a century ago, “One must never place a loaded rifle on the stage if it isn’t going to go off. It’s wrong to make promises you don’t mean to keep.” Don’t get too hung up on the “loaded rifle” analogy–although that certainly applies to this series on a literal level more often than not–just know this argument can apply to anything. In this particular quote, Chekhov’s criticizing a superfluous monologue of a friend’s play, arguing that it’s unrelated. So, why the hell …

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