As a long time fan of the Evil Dead and Army of Darkness series, I'd given up hope on seeing a true continuation with any more involvement from the old crew than an endorsement.
Then this show was announced, and after years of hoping, suddenly I was nervous. What if it just felt like a tribute or a load of guys trying hard to relive their youth.
I needn't have worried. It has all the hallmarks of the series - the gross-out gore, the comedy that became more prevalent as the series went on, the physical comedy (good to see Bruce Campbell abusing himself with crockery once more), Sam Raimi's madcap directing such as the zoom boom shots,... even Joe LoDuca's score threw back to the films!
I do hope this series manages to forge its own way though and add something new to the series. If it doesn't, there's little reason for it to exist. If it's simply rehashing the other films, why bother. It seems that this could get lazy and just rely on Bruce cheesing his way through each episode with little in the way of character development. He's actually a more unlikeable character than he was in Army of Darkness and for me, his natural charm only just about cuts it. It felt a little forced at times. He also seems quite sad and pathetic with it and I'd like to see his character rise and become more than he started out as by the end of the season.
With the format the show is in, though, there is certainly a lot of scope for exploration so I'm hopeful!
All in all, this was a lot of madcap fun and I enjoyed it.
I can't wait to watch episode 2!