Monday, October 28, 2019

Top 5 Real Ghostbusters Episodes



With Halloween approaching, anyone that’s a fan of cartoons like me is thinking of one show in particular – The Real Ghostbusters.  If any show embodies the spooky holiday, it’s that one without a doubt.  Some cartoons may have had a Halloween—centric episode (the Gargoyles Halloween episode comes to mind), but every episode of Ghostbusters was freaky, and it only ramped up with they did their own Halloween episode, like When Halloween was Forever.  To be honest, as much as I like the episode and Samhain in particular, the episode isn’t in my top five.  And with that, let’s take a look at what beats it out.




After a tussle with Peter, the boyfriend of Ichabod Crane’s descendant is almost killed by the current version of the Headless Horseman. Accused of putting a ghostly hit out on the boyfriend, a detective hounds Peter and the rest of the Ghostbusters as they attempt to catch the headless menace once and for all.


My favorite episodes of The Real Ghostbusters are ones that involve well-known folklore, and this episode uses one of the most popular stories out there, giving it a present-time twist.  I actually liked the story of the police accusing Peter of using the ghost as a hitman, the cop felt like something that should have come up more often.


Ray runs into a 100-year-old ghost trying to find his way home, but he runs off when a dark spirit draws close.  Ray learns the Simon Quegg stormed out of an inn, swearing to the devil he’ll be home before daybreak or never get there, and has been seen by locals for years, always asking for directions.  When Ray is stuck on the buggy in Simon’s place, the ghost is forced to face his shadow to finally make his way home.


I really liked the sad tone of this episode and simple premise.  We never even find out how he dies, he’s just perpetually on the road, and always a jerk.  I guess it could be a lesson on being nice, when he decides to help Ray on the buggy and face his evil half, but who expects lessons in a show about catching demons.  I was surprised to find out it was based on a folklore story as well. It turns out it’s inspired by a story called “Peter Rugg: The Missing Man.”



When the Ghostbusters get lost in a winter storm, they wander into a town and find three ghosts harassing an elderly man.  Without hesitation, they lasso the ghosts, then make their way home where they find out Christmas has been erased. They realize the man they saved was Ebenezer Scrooge, meaning the ghosts were the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.  They travel into the containment unit to rescue them and Christmas itself.


Probably the three most famous ghosts in the whole world, you knew the Ghostbusters would happen upon them someday.  It’s even better that they’re immediately seen as the bad guys of the episode. The Real Ghostbusters had a bunch of good Halloween episodes, but it’s great that they have a Christmas one as well.



A reporter is interviewing the Ghostbusters and asks how Slimer as become their friend.  Peter tells the story of what happened immediately after the battle with Gozer in the film while they rebuild the destroyed containment unit.  Peter is told to destroy the suits they were wearing, which had absorbed Gozer’s psychokinetic energy, but forgot to do it. The energy creates ghostly version of the Ghostbusters intent on destroying the originals, and it comes down to Slimer to save them.



One thing that you’d hardly ever see in an 80s cartoon was continuity.  Something that happened in one episode was never mentioned in another. The Real Ghostbusters has a good reason to do it, though: to connect the series to the movies.  While the series could have just told the story of Slimer without referencing the movie, it was great seeing the whole episode revolve around what happened in the movies.  



When the Ghostbusters are pain in a bag of gold coins to go to a remote village, they’re introduced to real vampires.  The team gets split in two, with a pair of Ghostbusters ending up with each side of a warring faction of vampires. Egon and Winston end up in a dungeon filled with the town’s original inhabitants – werewolves!  Once they’re released, a huge fight breaks down between the two species, with each bite transforming the victim! The Ghostbusters blow up a damn, trapping the creatures on an island, and drive off without waiting to see the winner.


I’ll be honest, this is my favorite because I love werewolves.  I remember as a kid wondering the same thing that this episode answers – since werewolf and vampire bites both produced more werewolves and vampires, what happens when they bite each other?  I know the whole idea is the focus in the Underworld series, but I honestly like this episode more than those – especially since the Ghostbusters decide to just let them fight it out instead of getting further involved once they were stuck in the island.  It also has one of my most endearing quotes –Winston in regards to Egon, “Brilliant man, but the attention of a tumbleweed.”
So what are your favorite episodes? Who's your favorite ghost?  Sounds off below and let me know!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

A long Overdue Update - October 2019


It's been a while since I've made a post that covers my upcoming plans for Old School Evil and everything else I've got going on.  I posted something to Facebook a few weeks ago, but I wanted to do one that more for everybody.

So there're a few things on the horizon for me, starting with the biggest, which is NaNoWriMo.  I've done NaNo a few times before, doing Old School Evil, its sequel, and a spin-off called Keystone.  I took off the last few years, because of family obligations, but I think I'm ready to try again.  I'm planning to do another spin-off of Old School Evil based on Scooby-Doo and his imitations like Speed Buggy and Funky Phantom.  I'm going into it just like I did with the original Old School Evil - a few character ides and a simple concept.  No outlines, no ending in mind.  It'll be fun to just see where it goes.  I do still need to finish up one thing before I go into, which is something I did before the original, and that's making up the cartoons that will populate this world.

Since NaNo is going to be taking up all of my time in November, I'm working on some stuff before the end of this month to post.  It's another theme month just like last year's SepTMNTber, but it won't be nearly as in-depth.  Just 4 posts called Disnovember that will be looking at Disney's animated movie villains.  I'm really looking forward to this and I'm thinking next year I'll be covering Disney's cartoon shows.  I'll be posting one list each Monday in November, so look out for the first one - Villain songs - on November 4th,

I do have one other thing I'm posting before the end of the month.  I wrote up a list of Spooky cartoon bad guys for The Retro Network and it got me thinking I need to post my own list for Halloween.  So next Monday I'm posting my Top 5 episodes of The Real Ghostbusters.

Lastly, I finally posted the last round of Bad Guy Beatdown before the quarter-finals.  Once I am finished with NaNo, I'll be posting a recap of what happened in this tier before diving into the first bout - Skeletor vs. Megatron.  It's going to be a DOOZY!

Anyway, I'm going to wrap this up so I can post it tomorrow morning.  There'a lot of stuff coming up and I'm pretty excited about it!  I hope you are too.  Along with the Disnovember posts, I'll be doing a lot of updates on my NaNo progress, whether they're on here or just on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Bad Guy Beatdown Round 24 - Results


Word of the human ship crashing on Skalorr was enough to bring Mon*Star to the planet.  Hoping to find something on it capable of defeating Quicksilver, the Planet Smasher quickly found the wreckage of the ship.  Steering his steed, Sky-Runner to the surface, he investigated what was left of the Galaxon. He realized the news of the crash was outdated, as the ship was stripped for salvage and nothing worthwhile remained.
He dismounted and entered the derelict starship, hoping to find anything useful.  As soon as the outside was no longer visible to him, he felt a huge crash outside.  He ran out to find that Sky-Runner being chased away by huge amounts of laser fire. He followed to shots to their source, a massive blue robot, firing blasts from a cannon mounted on its shoulder.
“You’re trespassing in Terrakor property,” the robot booms.  “Remove yourself or you’ll be terminated!”
Another voice came from within the robot without the tinny squeal of a speaker.  “Just destroy him now!” it said. “He could be here to help Exetor!”
“That creature is a human?” the robot voice asked.  Mon*Star wondered why the creature would be arguing with himself but didn’t interrupt as it gave Sky-Runner a chance to return.  “Your kind can get uglier than you?”
“Shut up, Nemesis.  Just squash the alien and get it over with.”
As the robot returned its attention to Mon*Star, he took the opportunity to fly up to face his attacker.  Underneath the robot’s bird-like face, he could see a human sitting in a cockpit built into the robot’s chest.  Even if he didn’t look like him, the sight of the human reminded Mon*Star of that insufferable Commander Stargazer!  He steered Sky-Runner into the atmosphere, bathing him in the light from the Moon Star. Taking the power in, he outstretched his arms and cried out, "Moon Star of Limbo, give me the might, the muscle, the menace, of Mon*Star!"  The flesh and hair covering his body ripped to shreds, revealing metal panels and rivets. His face distorts, the flowing mane of black hair replaced by metal spikes. A light flashed as his ruined left eye is returned and glowing with the energy of the Light Star.

“Whatever that creature was, he knew well enough not to face the power of Nemesis,” the robot said on the planet’s surface.  
“I’m just glad I don’t have to look at it anymore,” Kanawk replied.  “Now, let’s finish stripping the ship. As soon as we’ve pilfered its armor, we can attack Argus and retrieve Compucore.”
“And the sooner, I can abandon you on this worthless rock.”
Kanawk stewed at Nemesis’s open contempt.  They have not been working together for long, but Nemesis should have realized Kanawk’s contribution to his power by now.  As he contemplated taking full control of the robot body they worked with, he noticed a streak of light through the sky. “Nemesis, look!”
The robot turned to face the flying object and immediately took a penetrating blast of laser fire on the side of his face.  A barrage of lasers followed it, striking Nemesis’s body. While not as powerful as the first shot, the continued blasts made him stumble backwards.  Nemesis raised his claw to his face and felt the metal panels next to his beak had been ripped away. The streak of light emerged into the sky, revealing itself to be the flying squid they’d scared away earlier, this time with a different pilot, now an orange metal monstrosity.
“Bring him to me!” Nemesis screamed and inside the cockpit, Kanawk worked his controls.  The red claw at the end of Nemesis’s left arm shot out on a cable. The claw latched around the squid’s pilot, forcing him to drop the star-tipped rifle that had torn into Nemesis’s cheek.  Nemesis yanked back the cable, holding him face-to-face.
“No one can hold Mon*Star the Planet Master!”  Squeezing his captive as tightly as possibly, Nemesis still struggled to hold him. Mon*Star lifted his arms and fired the rockets in his elbows, blasting the claw with super-heated exhaust.
Nemesis flinched in pain and released his target, who flew back up to his steed.
“Now let’s see how you both stand up to the Light Star!”  Mon*star’s left eye glowed bright red, the light spinning around.  In a flash, the disc of light shot out from the eye, streaking through the sky towards Nemesis.
“Don’t let that touch you!” Kanawk yelled.  Nemesis flailed around, trying to knock the energy disk from the sky.  On one swing, the disk connected on the giant robot’s forearm, sending incredible energy through its circuits.  Nemesis’s body shuddered, unable to move any of its limbs.  
“You’ll make a fine addition to my mob,” Mon*Star said, guiding Sky-Runner closer to his prize.  “I think I’ll give you to Hardware and see what he can do with you.”
“I hope you’re not forgetting about me!” Kanawk said from inside the insulated control center.  Using the interface to take control of Nemesis’s systems, he activates Nemesis’s red claw again, this time turning it into a saw blade.  Mon*Star barely had time to scream before the spinning weapon bisected both Sky-runner and its pilot. 
Click here to see Nemesis's and Mon*Star's respect post. 

While Kanawk could be considered a disadvantage in Nemesis's first battle (since he was a fan of Misfits, something I came up with to give them even a little chance), here he was a huge advantage.  While I'm not even sure Mon*Star's Light Star could affect the Robotix, I'm pretty sure that even if it could, the command center would be insulated from it.  I mean, the robot body was made for construction; obviously, it would have to protect its user from any kind of industrial threat.  The Light Star does seem to cause electrical damage to the victim since it has a paralyzing effect, which is the most basic problem engineers would deal with.  And without the Light Star, Mon*Star didn't have a chance to defeat a massive robot.

The Winner

Click here to see Nemesis's opponent in the quarter-finals and click here to see the rest of Bad Guy Beatdown's preliminary battles.