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Extreme Halloween - Part 16 ("The Luck Of The Irish")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 16, 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 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 Luck Of The Irish
Play Video
Monday November 3, 1997
A Leprechaun, who is released during the renovation of an Irish society house, uses a Shillelagh to suck his victims into his "pot of gold." Garrett's simultaneous string of bad luck jeopardizes the Extreme Ghostbusters ability to catch the Leprechaun. But after he secretly kisses the Blarney Stone, Garrett successfully leads the Extreme Ghostbusters to rescue Mayor McShane at the height of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Not since Warwick Davis has there been such a delightfully-evil leprechaun. A fun episode, and great to pair with The Real Ghostbusters: "Scaring of the Green".

Please be aware that the video above has lots of minor split-second audio hiccups here and there, three frames of digital artifacts at 14:50 and 16:28, and crackles in the end credits music. There is nothing I can do about these issues. Hopefully, one day, Sony will release a perfect copy onto DVD for us all to buy.

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