The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 8: When Halloween was Forever  » TV  »
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  • Once again, Straczynski shows that he knows how to craft an amazing episode of this show
  • I love seeing how he interacts with the villains
  • He is iconic, and definitely in the upper echelons of power in terms of Ghostbusters rogues
  • I've long held the belief that if Ghostbusters 3 was ever to be made, that Samhain should be the villain and I think this episode shows us why


    • by David Finniss

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      This episode features my all time favorite “Real Ghostbusters” adversary, Samhain, the spirit of Halloween. As such, it should come as no surprise to find that this is one of my favorite episodes overall.

      Once again, Straczynski shows that he knows how to craft an amazing episode of this show. He knows what makes it work, and he delivers the goods here as much as he has in previous episodes. The writing is top notch and it stands as a testament as to how this show is remembered so fondly, even to this day.

      There isn’t a flaw to speak of. The gags were hilarious. Having both Ray and Egon attempting to build a new gadget, only for them to find out that they both thought that they were working


      on completely different things was rather amusing. Egon’s attempted trash talk as well as his line about how the universe waits for him to get cocky were also quite good. While it wasn’t an intentional gag, I did smirk when Peter asked Egon what he wanted to do tonight as Egon is voiced by Maurice LaMarche, who would later voice “Brain” in “Pinky and the Brain”.

      Venkman’s deadpan snarkiness is also in top form. I love seeing how he interacts with the villains. The Sandman just got annoyed where it seemed like Samhain was perplexed by Venkman’s flippant attitude. He may’ve even appreciated it as it seemed like Samhain smirked at one point.

      While no direct mention is made to Gozer, it is made clear that Samhain is well within ...


      • that ball park. He is able to summon an army of spirits, and his beckon is so powerful that even Slimer can’t resist it. He’s able to slow time down and bring about eternal night, and is a potent apparition in his own right. As he is the spirit of Halloween, he is appropriately creepy, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming for small children.

        That’s probably why I’m such a fan of this particular villain. He is iconic, and definitely in the upper echelons of power in terms of Ghostbusters rogues. That’s saying something considering they’ve already faced some formidable opponents in the Boogeyman, Watt, and the Sandman. I’ve long held the belief that if “Ghostbusters 3″ was ever to be made, that Samhain should be

        the villain and I think this episode shows us why.

        I was kind of surprised when Venkman stuck up for Slimer at the end. When Samhain threatened the spud, I figured Venkman would OK it, even if it was just for a joke, but he comes right out and says that no one messes with Slimer, but him. It shows that, despite the annoyance, he does care about him on some level.

        I have no complaints about this episode whatsoever. It was great, highly enjoyable, and yet another episode that captured the essence of the franchise. The characters are all well defined, even if the episodes do become more plot driven, and they feel like their movie counterparts. This episode was great and definitely worth a watch if you get the chance.




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