The Real Ghostbusters episode 7 review

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode 007

Production number 75009 – 1986 ABC Season 1

“Mr. Sandman, Dream Me A Dream”

Written by J. Michael Straczynski

Plot Synopsis:

A rogue Sandman is putting the citizen of world to sleep for 500 years, starting with New York. It’s up to the Ghostbusters to stop him before he can realize his vision of a world populated only by dreams.

The Review:

This is the second episode from respected and prolific writer J. Michael Straczynski, often referred to in the nerd community simply as JMS. As he tells it, the genesis of this story came from writers’ block. JMS was sitting at home trying to think of a story for the Real Ghostbusters. He thought to himself, reaching into his pockets “I’ve got nothing but dust and lint” when on the radio came the song Mr Sandman. Wheels started turning and suddenly JMS had his story idea.It’s interesting how inspiration works sometimes.

The Sandman is unique as an adversary for the Ghostbusters. He’s technically a phantom that actually serves an important purpose on our planet. We learn that there are legions of Sandmen whose job it is to put the world to sleep and conjure dreams. This Sandman has gone rogue though. He’s like a disgruntled postal worker. His mind has slipped and he’s taking matters into his own hands. It’s interesting to see a spirit essentially going postal.

One of the great features of this episode is it really allowed for a lot of really crazy zany stuff since it dealt with dreams made material through the powers of the Sandman. Aliens, dragons, monsters, even the big guy himself, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man makes an appearance.

Through the dream states we also get a little bit of insight into our main characters. We see Venkman’s ego mania made manifest when he falls victim to the Sandman. Ray dreams of an endless mountain of pizza, and of course Egon dreams of talking physics with Einstein.

Winston and Janine are the heroes this episode. It’s one of the things that made Real Ghostbusters unique and great when it came out. All of the characters were important. It wasn’t always Peter or Egon or Ray saving the day. It was a pretty progressive show in that respect. By comparison it makes the lengths that Extreme Ghostbusters went to in order to be “PC” really laughable.

Story wise, it’s a perfectly solid if not a terribly interesting or exciting story. You don’t get bored, you have a good time, but it doesn’t engage the audience the same way other episodes have. Enjoyable but ultimately forgettable, if you missed this episode it would be no great loss.

Best line of the episode:

Egon: “Every time we take out one of those things it’s like holding up a sign saying “here we are!” Let’s try something else.”

Winston: “Something real ingenious, right? Something real scientific, right?”

Egon: “We’ll tippy-toe.”

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 on the PKE meter

~ by Pagz on November 16, 2010.

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