The Real Ghostbusters: Season 1, Episode 58: The Ghostbusters in Paris  » TV  »
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  • My first thought was that the tower was akin to Dana Barrett's apartment building, designed to channel and focus spiritual activity, but in an interesting twist, the opposite turns out to be true


    • by David Finniss

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      As the title would suggest, this episode sees the team whisked away to Paris, France when supernatural activity erupts and decimates the tourist economy. This is one of the rarely mentioned perks of being a Ghostbuster. They’ve already visited a few locales and it is generally on somebody else’s dime. You’ve got to admit, that’s a pretty sweet gig.

      Seeing as this takes place in Paris, it should come as no surprise that the Eiffel Tower plays a prominent role. In fact, it’s the focal point of the ghostly activity. My first thought was that the tower was akin to Dana Barrett’s apartment building, designed to channel and focus spiritual activity, but in an interesting twist, the opposite turns out to be true. As it turns out, the Eiffel Tower was really a containment unit.

      The idea may sound silly, but it is pulled off rather well here. It shouldn’t


      be surprising that there were others who tried their hand at capturing ghosts before Egon and the gang came along, and it only adds to the awesomeness of the iconic attraction. The plot does have the team go from tourist location to location, at first it’s just Peter milking the situation for all it’s worth, but as it turns out, important information was hidden in places like Notre Dame and the Louvre.

      I’m not sure how I feel about the ending. It makes sense, to an extent, but all of those ghosts must take up a lot of space in the HQ containment unit. Wouldn’t it beneficial to rebuild the device so that they could send all those ghosts back? Heck, you could even use it to a greater extent now that you know what it is capable of. It would give the team a lot of breathing room in those ...


      • instances where ghost activity is so high that the unit nearly fills up.

        There’s not really a whole lot to say about this episode. It’s pretty cut and dry. It had some amusing moments, but nothing that really stood out as laugh out loud funny. Also, while the threat of a containment unit exploding is dramatic, it doesn’t come off as epic as one might hope.

        I did like the battle in the museum, seeing Ray battle what looked like animated statues of Anubis, a Mummy and some other deity was exciting. Granted, they were just animated exhibits, but it was still pretty cool. I was surprised that the Ghostbusters were so quick to run away when ascending the tower. They had packs and have dealt with large numbers of ghosts before. It just seems like they were quick to panic, even going so far as to

        opt to use the elevators despite it being a safety risk.

        Winston’s blue collar background gets touched on here as he says that he worked in construction during the cart ride up. It was a nice touch. Granted, it confirms something we pretty much already knew, but I liked it regardless.

        The episode is decent enough. It doesn’t do anything wrong, but at the same time, it doesn’t really leave a lasting impression. I just finished watching the episode and I’m having a hard time coming up with things to comment on. It passes the time well enough, but it doesn’t shine the way that you might hope an episode of Ghostbusters would. If you do decide to sit down and watch it, you’ll enjoy it quite a bit, but it isn’t one that I would qualify as a “must watch” like the Cthulu or cartoon world episodes.




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