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Extreme Halloween - Part 27 ("Mole People" & "A Temporary Insanity")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 27, 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!!!!!

Mole People
Play Video
Thursday November 27, 1997
The "Mole People," a tribe of humans who live beneath the subways of New York, are being blamed for a rash of power outages. But a young girl who is one of the Mole People comes to the Extreme Ghostbusters for help, and they discover the true culprit is a quartet of ancient lightning demons. A beauty and the beast like relationship develops between Garret and the girl, who must ultimately return to her subterranean home.
Garrett gets a girlfriend. Her name is Persephonetheus, and she's voiced by Jenna Leigh Green, best known at the time as Sabrina's nemesis Libby Chessler in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

FAVORITE QUOTE
Kylie: Ecto-Emergency!

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A Temporary Insanity
Play Video
Friday November 28, 1997
Fed up with being taken for granted, Janine takes a long overdue vacation, and the Firehouse falls apart without her. The Extreme Ghostbusters hire a temp, Lilith, who appears to be even better than Janine, but is in fact an energy-sucking ecto-leech queen bent on destroying the Extreme Ghostbusters from within.
I always love it when the ladies, Kylie and Janine, get the chance to shine. This episode, along with "The Crawler", are the de facto "Janine episodes" of the series. Please tell me again, Paul Feig, why you think YOU created female Ghostbusters?!? I think Janine, and Kylie, would like to have a few words with you.

FAVORITE QUOTE
Lilith: Who are you?
Janine: The question is, who are YOU, twinkie?

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