Upon the conclusion of the first season of Ash vs Evil Dead, I would just say that it was friggin' excellent and has quickly become my current favorite television show. As much humor as horror but with plenty of gory violence too. The Ash Williams here is more like the Bruce Campbell character from MY NAME IS BRUCE (Complete with ramshackle trailer). Part middle aged loser and moron, part killing machine and terminator of demons.
This show is more than just a collection of moments although there are many brilliant ones in the first season - The battle with the elderly possessed neighbor in the premiere, the battle with the possessed parents, the battle in the restaurant, with Evil Ash, and the finale which potentially sets up a bigger confrontation and a bigger setting for confrontation in the second season.
I don't think I have seen a show or movie that had so many different funny wisecracks delivered during a kill. Mostly they save them up for a few key scenes but in Ash vs Evil Dead, they are sprinkled freely. My favorite might be "Now that's what I call cleavage".
The key here is Bruce Campbell who is Ash in a way no other actor could ever be. His persona is so mixed in with the character - hard to know where our perception of Ash ends and Campbell begins. Basically, it's always good to see Bruce Campbell in anything.
The gore was nasty and uncompromising but usually part of an equally humorous action scene so one has a hard time taking it seriously. Yes, people die horribly but there is Ash with his chainsaw arm and shotgun cracking wise and righting the situation.
Truth is I could care less about the secondary characters although they didn't get in the way (The beautiful Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fischer was an engaging foil for Ash until her untimely end). I just hope next season is as much grisly fun!