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!

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