The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 7: Mr. Sandman, Dream Me a Dream  » TV  »
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  • It makes for a more compelling villain and I think it actually makes him a bit creepier to be quite honest
  • The threat itself is taken very seriously, and the turn from dreams to nightmares definitely gave the episode a darker turn, but there are plenty of laughs to be had as well


    • by David Finniss

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      The Ghostbusters find themselves dealing with a rogue Sandman, who is using a potent sleep powder to put people to sleep for 500 years and bring their dreams to life. This was a great episode. The villain was a credible threat and had an actual motivation beyond just being an evil entity.

      Oddly enough, the Sandman thinks he’s doing the right thing by putting an end to war and violence and just having dreams inhabit the earth. It makes for a more compelling villain and I think it actually makes him a bit creepier to be quite honest. He also has a penchant for big speeches as he monologues a couple of times in the episode. It even, somewhat, contributes to his downfall at the end of the episode.

      While the Sandman


      did make for a creepy villain overall, giving him lines like “time for beddy-bye” and using words like “nappies” kind of undercut the threat a little. Luckily, it was just a drop in the bucket, but I still could’ve done without it.

      As the episode does center around dreams, we get to see a lot of weird stuff. Normally, I’m not a fan of when the show gets overtly cartoony, but I think it works here. It doesn’t overwhelm the plot, but we do see all sorts of surreal things race past the screen at points when the Ghostbusters are trying to figure out how to get the upper hand. We even get to see a cameo from the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Granted, it’s just a kid dreaming about the corporate logo character ...


      • and has nothing to do with Gozer, but it was still a nice touch and you could see that the Ghostbusters had a sudden flashback by the look on their faces.

        The story did a good job of building up suspense. As the episode progresses, the Ghostbusters fall one by one into the Sandman’s slumber. It makes things more difficult, but it also allows for a bit of comic relief as we see what the various characters dream about. By the end, it’s up to Winston and Janine to figure out a way to turn the tide.

        One thing that irked me was the fact that during various confrontations with the Sandman, the particle beams collide. You’re not supposed to cross the streams, it’s bad. Maybe Straczynski figured that the change in polarity was explanation enough

        for why no one seemed to make a big deal out of it.

        The episode had a healthy balance of both seriousness and humor. The threat itself is taken very seriously, and the turn from dreams to nightmares definitely gave the episode a darker turn, but there are plenty of laughs to be had as well. As mentioned before, seeing the Ghostbusters’ dreams was good for a laugh, but the banter between the four was also quite strong.

        All in all, this was a great time to be had. You had a great villain, a great story, great dialogue, and it even allowed Janine to contribute to the team’s eventual victory. The complaints I do have are nitpicks at best, which really says something about how good this episode really is. I highly recommend it.




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