Look, I don’t watch every show out there (who does?), but I’m just going to go ahead and say it: Other than Daenerys Targaryen, television cannot possibly boast of a more badass chick than Kelly Maxwell (Dana DeLorenzo). When we first laid eyes on her a year ago, she was putting Ash in his place, so we knew straight out the gate that Kelly was not to be trifled with, but she has continued to grow and now is a bona fide force to be reckoned with.
While Ash is joke first, fight later, Kelly is all business all the time. She can still sling one-liners with the best of the them and trash talk like no other, to say nothing of her no-holds-barred ability to throw down, but unlike Ash, Ms. Maxwell embraces leadership and fights fiercely to not only avenge her parents, but let’s face it, no one has Pablo’s (Ray Santiago) quite like Kelly.
Back in August, DeLorenzo told iHorror that her character and Pablito would get closer this season, going so far as to drop a “hint, hint,” and it’s pretty clear that we’re currently strolling down that particular road. When Deputy Dipshit pulled a gun on Ash’s right-hand man, Kelly pulled Pablo in to protect him and when Chet (Ted Raimi) suggested that Kelly may have been Baal at the police station, Pablo didn’t hesitate to tell him to shut the fuck up.
Which brings us to Kelly’s Vince Lombardi level pep talk in Ash’s bedroom. Though we haven’t been made privy to whatever walks Kelly and Pablo have been taking, it’s obvious that they have a rapport that had not existed before, and if Pablo makes it through this Necronomicon debacle…? Well, if this trailer is a rockin’, don’t come a knockin’.
“There is a great surprise that fans will see with my character. I can’t tell you what that is, but it’s a great surprise. I think it will excite a lot of fans and be very unexpected but that’s all I can say.”
Speaking of destroying in the best possible way, that revelation Raimi told us about in July finally reared its head, and it was terrible but also awesome.
Terrible in that we lost a man who was committed to hydration but also awesome that he and Cheryl had been a thing without Ash knowing about it. For more than thirty years. Not that Ash being oblivious was anything new, but Chet doing his own spot cleaning of Cheryl’s picture wasn’t enough to clue Jefe in, so it took a quite literal metaphor to bring Ashley around to reality.
“Well, that’s just like…your opinion, man.”
It had been hinted at for months and teased since the season began, but when Cheryl’s (Ellen Sandweiss) resurrection was finally revealed, I was downright giddy.
I can say with the utmost sincerity that I regret not watching “Trapped Inside” with a roomful of fans, because the shot looking over Ash’s (Bruce Campbell) shoulder down the hall to Cheryl’s bedroom door and hearing her call for her brother almost certainly elicited cheers like the Cubs had just won the World Series. Again.
I’m sure Sandweiss appreciated the fact that she could see through the contacts this go ’round, but she picked up right where she left off in the cabin where our beloved Evil Dead universe began. The close-up as she floated down the hall, the stabbing sarcasm and delightful demonry were more than worth the wait.
So we know that Pablo and his uncle’s amulet have a connection to the Book of the Dead and it’s a race to crack the code before Baal ends him, but when we spoke with DeLorenzo, she also noted that Baal’s deal is torture and that “everyone who gets close to Ash dies.” While Season 2 has been more action packed and evil than splatstick, there is much to resolve in the four remaining episodes, which leaves two very profound questions to be answered.
Yes, there are Pablo and Kelly, but now that Ruby is mortal (for the moment at least), will the trio survive the season or join Cheryl, Chet and Brock among the deceased?
More than that, however, remains DeLorenzo’s cryptic talk of a “mistake.”
“There will be a mistake — in general, I’m not going to say who made it — that cannot be undone. Actually, I shouldn’t say a mistake because it’s not really a mistake. There will be an ‘action’ that cannot be undone.”
What does that mean and who will unleash what can’t be taken back?