|Episode 9 – Season 1|
The first episode featuring a specific Ghostbuster has arrived and it’s Ray Stantz. It’s about how Ray used to be from a small town but made it big as a Ghostbuster in New York. He returns home to be head of a parade that celebrates a giant puma not being around. Things naturally go wrong for him and it’s up to all of the Ghostbusters to set things right.
|Elaine - Ray's long ago crush!|
|Favish up to some dangerous trickery.|
Ray returns to the firehouse in depression mode. Winston mentions Ray has problems and goes to see what’s going on. Peter states referring to what Winston said, “We knew that back in college.” Ray tests the equipment to be sure nothing is wrong with it and there isn’t. Winston and Peter have a small wager that Ray will attempt to go rectify his previous embarrassment back at his hometown. Ray promptly does and is joined by Elaine who must like to wander around in the dark woods as much as him. They team up to take a second crack at the two ghosts who bested him earlier. Meanwhile Egon barges into the sleeping quarters, “I think we have a problem.” Peter refusing to wake up, “Well wake me when you’re sure.” They decide to go help Ray out.
|Two in the box ready to go!|
|Ray's new fashion!|
Later Ray and Elaine find Alan’s secret spell book and more specifically the chapter about ‘negative energy’. “To make shoes?” I love Elaine’s comment on why Alan has such a book! Is she that clueless? Anyway Ray figures it all out now and rushes to warn the others at the parade he is no longer a part of. The rest of the Ghostbusters are watching the floats go by and Egon states, “This is very bad.” Peter adds, “Hey give him a break he can’t help how he looks.” Peter is referring to Alan Favish going by on his shoe float but Egon has the PKE meter out getting strong readings from below the ground. The ‘negative energy’ animation looks slick for this show as the winged puma finally makes its appearance. I suppose that banter from earlier is true and dumb dumb Alan caused the legend to come to life. The puma goes berserk and destroys poor Alan’s shoe store as Peter says, “Oh cute it followed him home.” I tell you sometimes the jokes keep coming and really make the show worth watching.
The throwers have no effect since their positive energy so I guess you need the same energy to affect a ghost. Ray saves his buddies by luring the puma away and reversing the polarity on his thrower to frighten the gigantic puma ghost off for the moment. Winston says, “You’re worth your weight in pizza homeboy!” Great lines! As they give chase to the puma they construct a funky air float comprised of the shoe and Ray Stantz in float form. It’s a somewhat anti-climatic capture scene but it wraps up the episode well enough. Ray gets to be the grand marshal of the parade once again, Alan Favish is stuck rebuilding his crappy shoe store and a float resembling the puma gets blasted by Ray! How they constructed that float so fast transcends me but that’s how this show goes at times.
The puma is a decent ghost in this series and really helped this episode out in my opinion. The origin was shallow but it was more about Ray which is also a good thing. It was cheesy at times and the timeline of events staggered a bit but I’d say it’s a pretty good episode in the end.Rating: 7.5 of 10
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