The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 37: You Can’t Take it With You  » TV  »
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  • I know that this episode was written decades ago and that it isn't really fair to implant current events into it, but man, the Occupiers would love this episode
  • It wasn't mind blowingly amazing, but it was solid and did what it set out to do in telling a good story and entertaining the viewer


    • by David Finniss

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      A rich, greedy old man wants to make sure that his fortune stays with him. As such, he constructs a device that opens a doorway between our world and the spirit world and allows him to transport physical matter from one side to the other. Not surprisingly, this has some negative side effects like, oh I don’t know, unleashing a horde of spirits on the city.

      As if that weren’t bad enough, Egon explains that the ghosts are unstable and that over time, they will break up, creating more and more ghosts exponentially until the world is flooded.

      I know that this episode was written decades ago and that it isn’t really fair to implant current events into it,


      but man, the Occupiers would love this episode. The rich man is a two-dimensional cartoon of a character. He wants to keep his fortune for itself and absolutely loathes the idea of giving it to charity. It makes him reprehensible, sure, but he doesn’t have much in the way of depth.

      What the guy lacks in personality, he makes up for in cunning. He plays his staff for fools and when it looks like he’s about to be overwhelmed by the flood of spirits, he chases them off with his own variation of proton stream that he has equipped in his wheelchair. You’ve got to hand it to the guy, he thinks of everything.

      His whole tirade against scientists was a bit odd. I mean, the guy being condescending isn’t that out of the ordinary, but his speech is normally something science minded people would lay at the hands of other people. He even goes so far as to say that scientists believe in the Easter Bunny. I guess it was nice to reverse perspectives like that, but I still found it peculiar.

      The episode was simple, but effective nonetheless. It had its creepy moments, there was some great dialogue between Venkman and Egon (who have developed a rather amusing rapport as of late), and there was even some karma for good measure.

      I’m rather surprised that ...


      • The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 37: You Can't Take it With You
      the Ghostbusters turned their backs on that fortune, especially Venkman. I don’t know if I could. I mean, yeah they could’ve given a large portion to charity, but Egon could’ve funded his research or they could’ve hired on more members to the team. As it is, they just leave it, presumably for the cops who, to be fair, could probably use the extra cash themselves. Even so, the things they could’ve done, it just makes you wonder.

      While the action isn’t quite as big as “Ragnarok and Roll” there are some big scenes to be seen. I have no idea how Egon and Venkman survived that helicopter crash, but it was an impressive sequence in

      any event. Seeing the team get into a gunfight with automated lasers was also rather fun to watch.

      I’m surprised no one mentioned crossing the streams in order to reverse the particle flow through the gate. Granted, what they do is sort of similar, but it would’ve been a nice nod to the movie in any event.

      The episode was pretty straight forward, but as I said, it was effectively done. It kept you engaged in the story and there was enough humor to make it feel like it was Ghostbusters. It wasn’t mind blowingly amazing, but it was solid and did what it set out to do in telling a good story and entertaining the viewer.




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