One of the biggest (or only so far...) criticisms of Ash Vs Evil Dead is that it is only relevant to fans of the original series. We decided to put that to a test and watched the the Pilot Episode "El Jefe" with a bunch of filmmakers from Hack Studios in Austin, TX that somehow have never seen the original movies.
Did it hold up to noobs who have no relationship with the originals?
Plot wise, it is pretty easy to jump straight into the show and figure out what's going on. There's a good exposition scene complete with projected scenes from Evil Dead 1 & 2.
The majority of them liked it although they were surprised by the camp factor and the tone. They were expecting more Walking Dead and we're all pleasantly surprised at the lightness and amount of humor.
All that said, the viewing experience will definitely benefit from watching the originals. The amount of Easter eggs adds an extra level of enjoyment.
Everyone who decided to continue the show plans to watch the original trilogy first.
Catch you on the flip flop!