The Real Ghostbusters episode 13 review

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode 013

Production number 75013 – 1986 ABC Season 1

“Xmas Marks The Spot”

Written by J. Michael Straczynski

Plot Synopsis:

The Ghostbusters stumble through a wrinkle in time and bust the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Now the future hates Christmas and it’s up to the guys to set things right.

The Review:

The last episode of the ABC Saturday morning season is here at last, and fittingly it comes in the form of what is essentially a Christmas special. JMS is a big fan of Charles Dickens and brings this season to a close with a “what if?” story in which the Ghostbusters capture the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, apparently saving Scrooge and in the process killing Christmas forever.

This is a really fun take on A Christmas Carol. Granted at 22 minutes there’s not enough time to really explore the story, but the episode does an admirable job of getting to the meat of it: Why is Christmas important? One could make an argument for this episode being a character piece about Peter, but I think it’s best enjoyed as a holiday special.

There are a lot of great set pieces in this episode. The sequence where Egon has to travel inside of the containment unit in order to free the ghosts of Christmas is especially well done. Entering the containment unit is very 2001: A Space Odyssey.  The Victorian England style city the Ghostbusters come across is also very well realized.

The whole point of the episode is to teach Peter the value of Christmas. Like Scrooge, Peter’s childhood was full of disappointing Christmas’s due to the absence of his father. In order to save Christmas though, Peter is forced into the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past where he has to try to sway Scrooge’s feelings on the holiday. It’s kind of an elegant way to have Peter come to his own epiphany about the holiday season.

This is a fun holiday episode and a great way to close out the ABC season. Top notch animation, great gags and a really fun and inventive story. Definitely worth being included in your holiday special rotation.

Best line of the episode:

Ray – “It’s not my fault! I told her to keep her cat out of the way. It’s not like the fur won’t grow back or anything.”

Rating: 4 out of 5 on the PKE meter

~ by Pagz on November 24, 2010.

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