The Real Ghostbusters episode 14 review

The Real Ghostbusters

Episode 014

Production number 76001 – 1986-Syndicated

“Knock, Knock”

Written by J. Michael Straczynski

Plot Synopsis:

Subway workers accidentally open a gateway to the spirit world meant to bring about doomsday. Now it’s up to the Ghostbusters to close that door before the entire world is overrun, but they may not make it back alive.

The Review:

This is the first episode of the syndicated season and right away you can detect a definite shift in tone. This episode is considerably darker and more intense than any of the ABC episodes were. A greater emphasis has been placed on the horror aspect of the show than in the Saturday morning episodes as well.

Right out of the gate the syndicated season starts with a bang, the end of the world! I’m always a big fan of episodes that place the guys in genuine peril. In this case it’s up to the Ghostbusters to close the door to Doomsday, which certainly hearkens back to the ending of the first film, right down to the distinct possibility the guys will not survive the climax.

This episode showcases everything that’s great about this series. Lots of really interesting and creative design work. The doomsday door, the ghosts, graffiti springing to life off of subway cars and even the spirit realm itself. It all looks great and genuinely creepy. There are plenty of great one liners from the boys too displaying that sarcastic wit that made the movie such a success.

A few fun notes about the sound design of this episode: Several sound effects from Star Wars were utilized throughout, including lightsabre activations, deactivations and blaster fire. Also, the sound effect of the guys sliding down the fire pole is actually the door opening sound effect from Star Trek.

Also, for anyone who has ever wondered, this episode finally answers the burning question and yes, Egon does have chest hair.

One last point of interest I’d like to bring up. I find it interesting that while the movies only ever show us 2 real scenes of actual ghostbusting, the series has delivered to us tons of it! I hadn’t thought much about it when I was a kid, but as an adult I came to realize that it’s the animated series that really gave us our look at what ghostbusting actually is. The first movie shows the Slimer bust, the second movie has the Scoleri Brothers, and that’s it! The animated series really delivers on the ghostbusting part of Ghostbusters.

This is one of my all time favourite episodes. In fact, this is the very first episode of Ghostbusters I, and a lot of people, ever saw. Originally the series aired Monday through Friday and then an ABC episode on Saturday. This episode had me hooked instantly. There’s a little bit of a pacing issue where the subway ride drags on far a little too long, otherwise I’d be giving this episode full marks. Still, a great episode not to be missed!

Best line of the episode:

Egon – “It’s Sumerian”

Winston – “Can you read Sumerian?”

Egon – “In my sleep, underwater and with the lights off.”

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 on the PKE meter


~ by Pagz on November 25, 2010.

One Response to “The Real Ghostbusters episode 14 review”

  1. A great episode! When I was a child, I liked the more “kid friendly” episodes better, even the Slimer ones. Now, I can appreciate the excellent darker nature of these episodes with more mature, life-threatening content.

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