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Extreme Halloween - Part 28 ("Rage" & "Heart Of Darkness")

 By Paul Rudoff on Oct. 28, 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!!!!!

Rage
Play Video
Monday December 1, 1997
When the firehouse has to be sprayed for bugs, Egon temporarily moves in with Eduardo, and these roommates make an odd-couple match. All the while the Extreme Ghostbusters battle a nasty brood of replicating trolls while Eduardo tries to hide the fact that he's a Ghostbuster from his brother.
Trolls make a reappearance since The Real Ghostbusters episode "Troll Bridge", and we get to meet Eduardo's family. Great stuff.

FAVORITE QUOTE
Kylie: Hey Egon, nice jammies.

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Heart Of Darkness
Play Video
Tuesday December 2, 1997
An old colleague of Egon's turns out to be behind a rash of ghost crimes. Egon and the team confront him in his subterranean lair, where he plans to open a gateway to the ghost dimension.
While the series primarily focuses on the youngsters, it's great when Egon gets a little attention. Here we meet a colleague from his past: Edward Kirilian, voiced by Star Trek: The Next Generation's John De Lancie. Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the peek into Kylie's sordid history :-)
ORITE QUOTE
Garrett: Kylie Griffin. Eight grade Cheerleader of the Year! [laughs]
Eduardo: Trouble, huh? Ooh, yeah. Looks like you were a real rebel.
Kylie: That was long ago, in a galaxy far away.

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