A visual commentary is provided with this episode that let’s Richard Mueller share his thoughts on it along with the series in general. It’s not to be missed by fans of this show and it comes on the DVD set released by Timelife. It’s very interesting to learn that Mueller wrote about these characters before this series even came to be by means of a novel based on the movie Ghostbusters. He is the one who fleshes out characters like Aunt Lois and introduced in this episode Peter Venkman’s conniving father. He began belief in the supernatural in college when his dormitory was believed to be haunted so a basis for writing material on such events is genuine. He worked in the coast guard and incorporated that into this particular episode seamlessly as well. All in all I’m impressed thus far with Mueller’s writing in this series and his confession that The Real Ghostbusters was his favorite job he had. If you’re further interested in the behind the scenes material I’d highly recommend watching the visual commentary for this episode.
A ship is alone in the Atlantic Ocean when suddenly the New Jersey Parallelogram appears in front of them. Unable to alter course, the ship collides with it and vanishes. The idea of this Parallelogram is amazing and fits right into the world of the Real Ghostbusters. Who else could battle against something so supernatural?
|Proton pack? Try a ghost-repeller!|
|Why does this seem to explain a lot?|
|Incredible technique and animation to boot!|
|"Ah nuts." -Egon|
After going through a nifty dimensional portal they arrive in place comprised solely of ectoplasm. Egon sets the PKE meter to hone in on reality instead of ghost frequency. It’s a neat concept and should aid well in finding the lost expedition. I love it when the captain says the boat is running fine considering there isn’t any water underneath them. The helmsman is steering with all his might in the meantime, is it necessary if you can’t steer anyway? Aren’t they aimlessly floating along? Perhaps they can steer but it’s still pretty funny to watch. Ray picks up a signal but Egon claims it’s too small to be the liner and it must be something else. They ignore that reading and continue. What if someone else is trapped in this place though? Sorry the Ghostbusters only rescue or investigate what they get paid for, true heroes. It’s not like Peter’s father was nearby. The ghosts chasing his father sound like the subway ghost trains from the episode Knock, Knock. His father goes right by the expedition ship and says, “Hey how do you steer in this stuff.” I’d say that cements my point of the helmsman going steer happy at the wheel. He drifts away into the unknown, “I don’t think I’ll be able to con my way out of this.” First you have to admit you have a problem before you can take the next step to correct it.
|Quit giving us the 'bug eyes' Winston|
|I guess this is how you con your way out?|
|Part of him wants to blast his father no doubt.|
The ending has a postcard sent to the firehouse as Peter’s learns his father is selling ice boxes to Eskimos. It ends with Peter causing Ray to laugh wildly as the camera zooms away from the firehouse. What occurred during that moment is beyond me.
The animation in the episode was amazing and was done by a Japanese company at least for this particular one. You could tell as it had unique animation throughout that isn’t often seen in the series. It goes down as one of the best I’ve seen yet but not quite the top.
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