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Extreme Halloween - Part 10 ("The Jersey Devil")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 10, 2020 at 12:00 PM , Categories: Extreme Ghostbusters , Tags:
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From September 1st to December 8th 1997, Ghostheads were treated to the first new Ghostbusters media since The Real Ghostbusters aired its last original episode in September 1991. Back in the '90s, everything was EXTREME! So, naturally, we'd get EXTREME GHOSTBUSTERS!!! Yeah, the title was dumb even back then, but at least they weren't "super". The series saw a new crew of young 18- and 19-year-olds being mentored by an older Egon and Janine, who were the only original team members left after the city's influx of spiritual energy ran dry years ago.

A lot of Ghostheads disliked the show at the time, as they wanted to see Peter, Ray, Egon, and Winston; not Eduardo, Kylie, Garrett, and Roland. Those who stuck with it - assuming they could find it, as Sony dropped it into the shittiest syndication deal possible at the time - found a show that was a lot more mature than the "kiddie" stuff ABC was peddling with The Real Ghostbusters in the latter years. I rewatched all 40 episodes last year, and was surprised by how well the show has held up 20+ years later. The writing is sharp, the acting in on point, and the character designs are fantastic. The only thing that sucks is the piss-poor animation. Sorry animators, but flickering back and forth between Photoshop filters is not how you animate proton streams.

Spook Central is giving you the chance to watch this semi-forgotten piece of Ghostbusters lore all throughout the month of October. Every day leading up to Halloween, I will present one or two episodes, with optional English subtitles, and a little bit of commentary from me. A little something to whet your appetite until Afterlife comes out next year. So, sit back, relax, and let's get EXTREME!!!!!

The Jersey Devil
Play Video
Friday September 26, 1997
En route to a convention in Atlantic City, the Extreme Ghostbusters are attacked by the legendary Jersey Devil, and are forced to defend a small town without any of their ghostbusting equipment.
It's cool when the team gets out of the city and deals with supernatural shenanigans on a small-time level. What's special about this episode is that it features vocal performances by the father and son duo of Eddie Albert and Edward Albert, both of whom are no longer with us. Eddie is best known for his portrayals of Oliver Wendell Douglas on the television series Green Acres and as the dastardly Warden Hazen in The Longest Yard (1974). An avid environmentalist, his birthday of April 22nd is the reason why that day was designated as "Earth Day". Somewhere, Elon Spengler is happy about that.

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