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Kickass Fictional Ladies: Ruby and Kelly from Ash Vs Evil Dead

I’m perfectly fine admitting that I never thought that I would be writing this post. I was never a huge fan of the Evil Dead films and as a person who has seen many of her favorite intellectual properties canceled or rebooted with less than stellar results, the absolutely perfect Ash Vs Evil Dead series kinda annoyed me.  The tone is spot on, the horror elements are both unique and hilarious, and Ash is the same kind of person he’s always been. This series is proof that reboots can be done, and done well… And almost as if to add insult to injury, Ash Vs Evil Dead accomplishes the very thing that the previous films lacked – interesting and capable female characters.

What? An article arguing that Ash Vs Evil Dead is feminist and contains not one but two notably kickass female characters? Indeed. So here we go.

 

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Image: STARZ

 

 

For those of you not as familiar with the show, when we first meet Ruby Knowby (played by the suspiciously ageless Lucy Lawless) she claims to the be the daughter of Raymond Knowby – the professor in the Evil Dead films who discovers the Necromonicon and Kandarian dagger. I don’t think I would be spoiling too much to say that Ruby’s history is much more, um historical? complicated? spooky? than that.

What makes Ruby a great character is that she’s smart. Smart enough to connect herself to Ash’s past and insert herself into this life. She’s also smart enough to adjust her plans to the circumstances around her. You almost feel shocked when an idiot like Ash gets the better of her, but I think that’s the point. It’s engaging because Ruby is formidable and interesting in her own way. She gets annoyed at Ash but always manages to keep her goal in sight. A well-written villain (and acted – Lucy Lawless is GREAT!) is one that you’re excited to see, love to hate, but also find appealing on some level…even when you know you shouldn’t. Ruby is one of those villains. Oh, and she’s a woman. Well done, TV show.

 

Ash vs. Evil Dead Key Art and Marketing Shoot 2015

Ruby, Image: STARZ

 

The other awesome female character in this show is Ash Williams’ friend/teammate Kelly Maxwell. In many ways, Kelly starts off as a basic “strong female character.” She puts Ash in his place when he tries to flirt with her and is basically angry all the time and bitterly sarcastic. In a lot of shows, this would have ticked off all the boxes for their required strong female elements, but over the seasons of the show, Kelly has proven to be more than that. Her attitude is linked to her life and past rather than just it just being a personality trait. Better yet, she even becomes more comfortable showing other parts of her personality including extreme loyalty to her friends and loved ones.

 

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Kelly, Image: STARZ

 

Kelly becomes even more interesting as a character when you compare her with her counterpart on Ash’s team, Pablo Simon Bolivar. Rather than just having Kelly fill in what may be considered the more feminine role on the team, most of that role sits comfortably with Pablo. Kelly is the one who takes to fighting more naturally and it’s Kelly who formulates a lot of strategy and planning. Additionally, when it comes for the group to take a break, Kelly is the one who grows restless with no demons to battle while Pablo is perfectly content to stay in town with Ash to both support him and set up a food cart. Pablo is the one serving as the emotional heart and team cheerleader. Best of all, it isn’t a bad thing and he still is a force to be reckoned with on his own.

 

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Pablo and Kelly, Image: STARZ

 

I personally find it very exciting to find awesome ladies in surprising places. Ash Vs Evil Dead proves that you can not only reboot an older male-focused property but also update the story to include more women characters who serve as much more than plot devices. There are rumors that the third season of this show could very well be the last, so if you’re a fan of kickass ladies and inventive horror action sequences, you should be getting your hands on this in hopes that the series might continue a bit longer. You might be surprised by how much you enjoy it. I certainly was.

 

 

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Of Costumes and Cosplay

We are a group of Ladies (along with our fellas) who take Halloween, and other costuming events very seriously.  In fact, Halloween costumes are often kept under wraps because we enjoy “the big reveal” so much!  But today is Halloween and the perfect day to share this year’s work with the world….plus, we already went to the big Comicazi Halloweeniversary party held on October 20th, so the cat’s pretty much out of the bag, and down the street at this point.

TD: I will say this year was a banner year for costumes.  In fact, The Goog spent MONTHS creating the signature helmet for his Ant-Man costume.  Check out this post over at his blog Copious Collections in which he discusses the process in a post titled Cosplay, Crafting and Insects, (Oh my!).

The Goog and I often start thinking about costumes in June or July- often because they take planning, but mostly because that’s just the kind of people we are.  Ideas are tossed around, abandoned, picked up again…you might say the Halloweeniversary is the social event of the season.  We plan for it like movie stars plan for the Oscars (thanks to spandex there is often some dieting involved).   I, Tiny Doom, decided to make my size work for me this year, and it was  my decision to be The Wasp, that inspired The Goog to try out Ant-Man.  One nice thing about The Wasp is that she has numerous costume options…of varying coverage and comfort levels.  I went with what I think is the cutest and the most comfortable,  The Wasp from the animated series, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.   Now I can’t sew, but luckily thanks to Etsy, I found someone who could…and who makes themed running outfits.   Coincidentally, a week after the Comicazi party, I ran in a superhero themed 5K.  Two events, one costume!  Check out This Princess Runs, she is amazing and was able to make me an awesome costume just from a picture (complete with removable glitter cape since I was not going to run with those wings on).  Also, thanks to those wings, I am still finding glitter everywhere.

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The Wasp and Ant-Man! Yes, we have both been Avengers.

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