The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 1: Ghosts R Us  » TV  »
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  • For some reason, I had never actually sat down to watch them yet, so I decided to amend that today and start from the beginning
  • They return to the firehouse and call it a day, unfortunately Slimer raids the fridge, and in the process of avoiding a woken up Winston, deactivates the containment unit, allowing the three ghosts to escape
  • It made for an interesting dilemma as the Ghostbusters had to figure out how these new competitors were besting them at every turn
  • It was definitely a fun trip down nostalgia lane, and I'm surprised it's held up as well as it has


    • by David Finniss

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      When Time Life announced that they were going to be releasing a box set of the entire “Real Ghostbusters” series, I pounced on it. I grew up on the cartoon and have been a fan of the franchise for years. For some reason, I had never actually sat down to watch them yet, so I decided to amend that today and start from the beginning.

      The episode opens with the Ghostbusters catching a family of ghosts. They return to the firehouse and call it a day, unfortunately Slimer raids the fridge, and in the process of avoiding a woken up Winston, deactivates the containment unit, allowing the three ghosts to escape. They then decide to get revenge by starting up their own business to ruin the Ghostbusters.

      As annoying as the villains were, I do have to give them credit. It was a clever plan and a solid con


      overall. It made for an interesting dilemma as the Ghostbusters had to figure out how these new competitors were besting them at every turn. I’d question the rate at which people turned on the Ghostbusters, it seems like one incident was enough to drive everyone away, but with the time limitations, I guess it couldn’t be avoided.

      As the three ghosts wouldn’t make for much of a climax, the script allows a more formidable opponent to be brought into the equation as the trio call on a powerful phantom to help put the final nail in the Ghostbusters’ business coffin. Unfortunately, the phantom they were looking for was defeated by a more powerful entity that begins to wreak havoc on New York.

      We’re not given any sort of backstory on this new entity, heck it doesn’t even have a name. All we learn is that it’s a class 10 and that it’s ...


      • more powerful than anything the Ghostbusters have faced before, thus beginning the trend of undercutting the threat that Gozer posed in order to build up whatever baddie the Ghostbusters are facing currently, though to be fair, the Sumerian God isn’t mentioned by name this time around. I just felt like that was supposed to be the implication.

        It’s pretty much agreed that Slimer was the bane of this show, and while that holds true here, it’s not to the extent that one would think. Slimer was used sparingly, and they actually did come up with some pretty good gags for him. While Peter’s right to call the spud out on being responsible for the whole mess, at least Slimer stepped up and helped when it counted.

        The dialogue is hit or miss. The banter between the Ghostbusters is dead on and feels very true to the style of humor used in the

        movie. There are one or two throwaway cornball lines, but most of the weak spots come with the three ghosts. They’re annoying, not threatening, and not funny. I’m not sure what they were going for when designing these guys, but it didn’t work for me.

        As a series opening, it worked rather well. While it was enough to get a newcomer acquainted with these characters, it didn’t go into the Ghostbusters backstory as that was established in the movie. As such, we’re not bogged down with an origin story and were able to just focus on the crew going out and busting ghosts as they tend to do.

        It was definitely a fun trip down nostalgia lane, and I’m surprised it’s held up as well as it has. I definitely look forward to going through the rest of the episodes and seeing how the rest of the series fares.




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    quick note by anonymous :

    I’m pretty sure the ghosts here are patterned after Chuck Jones’ Three Bears characters.

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