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Extreme Ghostbusters: Darkness at Noon Part 1
Hello Dwellers and Welcome to the Basement... Extreme Ghostbusters turns 20 years old this year... and today I look back at the first episode 'Darkness at Noon, part 1'
KICKING GHOST BUTT
First a little
history: Back in early 1997, in an issue of Disney Adventures, I read
that one of the upcoming shows for the Fall was Extreme Ghostbusters…
and that got me super-stoked, because then home for Real Ghostbusters
cartoon, the USA Network’s Cartoon Express, were no longer showing
them, and we were still a year away from the launch of Fox Family
where the RGB would be staple of the early years of that channel. So
on Monday September 1, 1997, the day before I entered High School, I
opened the TV Guide and saw on WGTW, Channel 48, at 4 PM ‘Extreme
Ghostbusters’ was listed and I tuned in to watch it… and
instantly fell back into being the Ghosthead I was 10 years prior
with the Real Ghostbusters. It was a continuation of the Real
Ghostbusters, time has moved on and they openly acknowledge it, it
wasn’t a reboot and certain elements of it tied into what happened
between the fist two movies, which I’ll talk about in a bit.
Now this morning I
re-watched the first episode, ‘Darkness at Noon, part 1’ and let
me say the animation still holds up. Sure the designs weren’t
exactly how they were for RGB in regards to Slimer, Egon, Janine or
the Ecto-1, but everything still looks sharp and crisp in my view,
but lets the story.
The Mayor of the New
York wants a new Subway tunnel built, and the subway workers
accidently unseal something (similar to Knock Knock), and what they
unleash is Achira, a class six demon who can spread a disease via
touch with also possession abilities. Achira’s design is pretty
damn cool, looking fairly human normal but has a truly hellish ghoul
form, with her hands that turn into appendage creatures. Her
presence, sets off all the PKE and paranomal scanning equipment at
the firehouse, which has been fairly dormant since the 1980s. And
this is where I double back to talk about the first two movies and
where people have a problem with ‘Everyone forgot there were
Ghosts’, the fact is, something that’s a ‘craze’ for a period
of time can be easily forgotten, just look at various pop culture
elements where once it starts to fade away from public view, it’s
totally forgotten about, plus the events in the first and second
Ghostbuster film revolved around major paranormal events happening
which lead to the rise in Ghost activity. So when it’s said by Egon
in this episode that the Ghostubsters shut themselves down it was
because there were no more ghosts at that time, and thus people
forgot about the Ghostbusters and what they did.
this episode does play into the passage of time quite a lot, as Egon
has gotten older, the Ghostbusters equipment is not up to snuff and
the Ecto-1 needs a serious wash. Still he is teaching and has a class
at the local community college, where he has four new students,
Eduardo, Roland, Kylie and Garrett whose personalities are firmly
established. Eduardo is the skeptic / slacker, Roland is a tech head
but open to possibilities, Kylie is a believer in the spiritual sense
and Garrett… is the macho-mouth dude in the wheelchair who wants to
hear about Egon’s glory days. This is certainly a unique bunch that
play to the original four Ghostbusters without copying it outright,
because these are four college teens in the mid-90s as opposed to
four grown men in the heart of the 80s
The obvious stand
out is Kylie whose goth look and the fact she is coping with the lost
of her great-grandma Rose leads to her taking a ‘Ghost Beacon’
from the firehouse to ‘contact the other side’ and her becoming
possessed by Achira, in a scene that I’m surprised never got the
Rule 34 treatment in fan fic or fan art form considering the amount
of screaming involved. There is one problem, if Kylie wasn’t shown
in the opening sequence of the show, one could easily have written
her off as a one-and-done character, so we know she ends up getting
saved even when she gets into trouble.
That said this
episode does have some great quotes, when Eduardo makes a quip about
people believing in Ghosts have half a brain, and then he sees
Kylie’s books, Garrett’s remark of ‘Smooth move, open mouth
insert foot’ always gets a chuckle… then there’s the line from
Kylie ‘Ghosts walk among us’ followed by Eduardo’s line of ‘And
So Do Weird Chicks’ is awesome, and plays into some of the various
character interaction. Of course there is the stuff with Egon and
Janine, who likes to think their relationship was something more than
her being the Ghostbusters receptionist… of course, she handled the
bookkeeping and collections! (Egon’s words not mine), but you can
tell she’s still pining for him and Egon is a bit dense on the
subject, but that came into play in the episode the Crawler, which I
talked about a while back.
Next Time (in two
weeks) in the Ghostbusters Containment Unit, we’re going back to
the Real Ghostbusters with Look Homeward Ray!
Hello Dwellers and Welcome To Comics From The Basement…
Comic Books that act as an expanded universe for a franchise seen only on TV, Video Games or Movies are pretty cool in my book.
They get to either bring back characters and concepts that were one and done, which provides familiarity and acts like a gateway to get non-comic readers a reason to pick up a comic. Which is the case of this weeks comic: Star Trek The Next Generation #36…
And yeah, I’ve had this copy for years since I don’t have the back cover any more and am Iucky to still have the front cover.
But as you can tell from the cover, it features the return of Ardra.
For those of you who may not know: Ardra was the antagonist in the season four episode, ‘Devil’s Due’, where the Enterprise-D responds to a distress call from a planet that was being tormented by a person claiming to be their Devil. Ardra in actuality is a con-woman who uses her knowledge of the planet’s culture along with devices like transporters, holograms a…