Thank you for waiting with me all this past week. Have you seen the series? Have you seen the new movie? Please leave your thought on either one in the comments section below. I’ve learned some, spacing these five points and counterpoints over the course of as many days. We’ll be looking at the crossover today. It was going to be on my 5 things right, but I was giving it some thought, and it went into the con section instead. So I made a whole new entry this morning. If I had just waited for a whole list, that would not have happened.
Last thing right.
The Sources: Not just where the spooks come from, but where they seem inspired from. I’ve mentioned Cenobites before on this list, but there was also a Killer Klowns from Outer Space episode. And what they did with each of these. First, the Cenobites (called Deadliners here) were Spirits that promised an author greatness, in exchange for a physical form, dictated by his work. Thus they go on to enslave him, tied to a chair hunched over a typewriter, dictating their victories. Can you imagine Pinhead or other Cenobites doing this to Clive Barker, author of the Hellbound Heart and their own creator?
Then the Killer Klowns from Outer Space episode “Killjoys.” These were not literally those same Killer Klowns, but disguised tentacle monsters the show compared to vampires. But you could definitely see the resemblance to the Killer Klown costumes, but they definitely went their own way with it. With a massive Clown decoration at Coney Island also (spoilers) was one. That wasn’t in the movie.
Also where in-universe the ghosts are coming from. A leprechaun is released from his seal, detailing that New York had a society called the Sons of Erin (that Mayor McShane is descended from) that trapped at least one ghost in their day. Egon incorporates their means into the Garrett’s Proton Pack in order to trap the green goblin. See “Luck of the Irish.” Also a demonic possession that involves transformation after releasing it from 2 Emerald Eyes. See “Eyes of a Dragon.” The point is, they’re not all from the subway tunnel accident that released Achirah in the pilot. They got pretty creative by the end, even battling the offspring of the Bermuda Triangle by the end. Yes, that happened. See the crossover.
The Crossover: Speaking of which, let’s end our little list (great to have you over this ride) with the moment you’ve all been waiting for, ever since you found out this was even a series. The Real Ghostbusters meet the Extreme Ghostbusters. Just putting it into a sentence makes it sound like a slam. Which it is, in a way. The Real Ghostbusters got their name because Filmation was already using “Ghostbusters Moniker,” making the “Real” part a take that of sorts. Which unfortunately carried over into this crossover. Heck they’re even called the “Real” Ghostbusters by Roland in bout of insecurity.
Speaking of which, tell me if you’ve heard this one before. The central group of protagonists meet up with a prior generation of doing… whatever it is they do in that series. Older generation has still got it, even looking a little better than the current one to the point of coming to their rescue. Newer generation leaves, comes back to save the day, both gens merge their forces for a proper hustle. And that’s just part one.
Part two, they’re completely outstripped by something that would make Gozer blush. Yeah, I went there. You know how I said Stay Puft Marshmallow Man wasn’t in this, and how I said they battled a Bermuda Triangle offspring? Yeah, they catch it with a reprisal of the Ecto-Garbage Truck, and an Ecto Fire-truck. They made a new Garbage Truck, and while there was a toy of the Fire Truck in the last series, there wasn’t a truck in that series. I haven’t found information about toys based on these. If anyone has the pictures, please post them in comments section below.
So overall quality. The two teams hanging and operating by themselves for part one till they gel and then mixing throughout the second I like, but it makes Egon an outsider to the four he’s been mentoring, even though he brags to Venkman that Kyrie is his student after she says something impressive. Speaking of Venkman, he’s the only real addition. He gets the snappy lines, the old interaction patterns with Slimer, it’s Ray and Winston who try to leave town early, and Peter Venkman uses the “Old Venkman Charm” in an amusing way to secure the team a helicopter. It’s horribly unbalanced, and it needed more episodes. Finally, there’s the issue of the series ending. This is where we leave everyone from the new team but Kyrie who shows up in the comics. For that I hope she makes a cameo in the new movie. But how we leave everyone is on Slimer. He has just eaten everyone’s Thanksgiving turkey, and the backup turkey. And as everyone is throwing things at him in anger, we leave on a funny note, that gives me some Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters flashbacks. So really, not that funny.