The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 45: Egon on the Rampage  » TV  »
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  • He reveals that the containment unit that the cost of maintaining the containment unit is high, so he decides to use a new device to send them to another dimension
  • You'd think that the circumstances would lead them to at least consider throwing in the towel, but such is not the case


    • by David Finniss

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      The Ghostbusters find themselves the unwilling subjects of a news expose. The fact that the two are apparently set on exposing the group as frauds doesn’t really help matters. I did like how they tried to remain impartial while only asking questions that painted the team in a negative light. One of the reporters even flat out says that she doesn’t buy it. Looking at the news media today, you could see this as somewhat prophetic.

      I was unsure of how the “news report” format was going to work out, but it actually ended up being the highlight of the episode. A majority of the jokes are digs at “hard hitting journalism” and it allowed the writers to play with the television format at certain points. The reporters themselves start off as unlikeable, but as the episode progresses, they start to grow on you. I was certain that there was going to be a reference to Walter Peck at some point, but alas, there was none. I’d like to think that he was the source who tipped them off and set the whole thing in motion though. It wouldn’t be


      that much of a reach.

      We do see Janine put up a fight when trying to keep the reporters at bay. She’s apparently rather strong as she is able to hold the door closed for quite a while despite the fact that two people are pushing back against her. She loses in the end, but kudos for making them earn their entry.

      While the others are hesitant to let the press in, Egon decides to allow it and takes the opportunity to showcase their latest experiment. He reveals that the containment unit that the cost of maintaining the containment unit is high, so he decides to use a new device to send them to another dimension.

      Things seemingly go off without a hitch, until one of the reporters tinkers with the equipment. Once the smoke clears, Egon has been transformed into a hulking monster. It turns out that his soul was sucked into the other dimension and a demon took the opportunity to leap into his body. It’s up to the Ghostbusters to switch the two back before the change becomes permanent.

      It was rather amusing watching the reporters try to maintain their composure as chaos ...


      • erupted around them. You’d think that the circumstances would lead them to at least consider throwing in the towel, but such is not the case. Heck, one of the reporters captures the demonic Egon and tries to get an exclusive interview. It goes about as well as you’d expect.

        While Ray and Winston go to retrieve Egon, Peter ventures into the other dimension to find Egon’s soul. Of course, one of the reporters decides to accompany him. To the reporter’s credit, he’s not completely useless as he does help fight off the various monsters that attack them. I couldn’t figure out why he kept talking into his microphone though. Moreso, he would look at the camera while doing it. It’s a nice break of the fourth wall, but there’s no camera man there, so who was he talking to? Would the microphone even transmit through dimensional portals? It was very peculiar.

        As if the references to the news media weren’t enough, we get a couple of nice references to “Poltergeist”. Janine flat out referencing the movie after hearing Venkman’s “pull us back when you feel a tug on the rope”

        was a nice line and a good bit of genre savviness, but the reference gets brought up again with Egon’s last line when he declares that the room is clean.

        I liked the idea that this place was too spooky even for ghosts. We see the ghost that they originally sent over beg Venkman to be taken back. It’s not really touched upon, but it does show you that there are levels beyond what even supernatural entities would want to deal with.

        All in all, this episode turned out to be quite a bit of fun. I wasn’t sure about the whole “watching television” setup, but it only comes up a couple of times throughout the episode so it isn’t that overbearing. The reporters themselves added a bit of flavor to the episode and the jabs at the news media made for some solid laughs. The Egon demon wasn’t much of an enemy, just a rampaging beast, but it proved problematic as the team didn’t want to hurt their friend. This wasn’t a landmark episode, but it made me laugh and it mixed things up a bit. It’s definitely 20 minutes well spent.




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