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Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 9th, 2019, 11:19 am
by pushmipullu
I just started watching real ghostbusters, and I'm liking it so far. I've heard all kids of horror stories about the 3rd-7th seasons, so I kind of wonder if I should even bother watching them. I feel like I should watch them for completion sake, but if the seasons are really that painful to watch maybe I should just ignore them. Thoughts?

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 9th, 2019, 2:37 pm
by Kingpin
Definitely! Of the post-Season 2 episodes, I'd happily recommend:

The Boogeyman Is Back - Not as good as the original, but still miles better than anything in Season 6
Halloween II½ - Not as good as the original, but still miles better than anything in Season 6
The Grundel - Extremely dark, could've been in the first two seasons, one of J. Michael Straczynski's best late episodes
Big Trouble With Little Slimer - The return of Walter Peck.
The Copycat
Camping It Up
Transylvanian Homesick Blues
The Joke's on Ray
Flip Side
Poultrygeist
Standing Room Only - Featuring one of the biggest, and creative ghost designs the series would feature, Mee-Krah.
Robo-Buster
Short Stuff
Follow That Hearse - Another great, dark episode.
The Brooklyn Triangle
Something's Going Around
If I Were a Witch Man
The Halloween Door

Some folks may disagree with some of the above, and my inclusion of this one on the list:

Elementary My Dear Winston

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 9th, 2019, 3:35 pm
by Fritz
I'd undoubtedly have to throw in "Janine, You've Changed", where JMS comes back to make some lemonade out of the ruinous "expert"-mandated changes to Janine. That means it's a bit meta, but for a faction of the fandom it also was major payoff for
six years of Unresolved Sexual Tension between her and Egon
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but Your Mileage May Vary on that point.

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 9th, 2019, 5:06 pm
by philmorgan81
I would recommend checking out the rest of the series. The only episode I would skip is Deja Boo. It is just a clip show of way better episodes from the third season. I personally am not a fan of the episode Very Beast Friends from season 6. That one really doesn't feel like a Ghostbusters Episode to me. The guys are without their gear in this one, but I don't think that is what kills it. A couple of really good episodes for earlier seasons managed to keep things feeling like Ghostbusters even when they didn't have their gear like The Devil to Pay, Dairy Farm, Play them Ragtime Boos, and even the Haunting of Heck House were very enjoyable. Heck House is a strong episode from Season 6. I also enjoy The Slob Episode from season 6 and that one is a sequel to Don't Tease The Slease from Slimer. Not Now Slimer from season 7 is a guilty pleasure for me. Probably because I just love it when the guys get slimed. ;)

Yeah I would say just give seasons 3-7 another look. As long as you are aware that there is going to be a dip in quality it won't feel nearly as jarring as when it originally happened. The quality of episodes is not as strong as it starts, but quite a few episodes are still a lot of fun. You really need to check it out and you might find an episode enjoyable that neither Kingpin, Fritz or Myself have recommended. :) :) :)

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 9th, 2019, 6:58 pm
by pushmipullu
Thanks guys. I ordered the complete series box from Germany, so I might as well make the most of my purchase, lol.

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 9th, 2019, 10:22 pm
by philmorgan81
That is Awesome pushmipullu. I hope you have fun watching the series. :) :) :)

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 12th, 2019, 8:02 am
by BRD 527
It was nice when all of (most of) the the episodes were still on netflix I find them all entertaining

My girlfriends son really likes the show too we were lucky to find that our local library has a complete set of the DVDs so we check one out whenever we go :love:

My favorite episode is "Its About Time"

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 25th, 2019, 9:15 am
by GBfan_CH
Inspired by this thread to dig out old episodes, I watched Ghost World for the first time.

:sigh:

I’d forgotten how much the show deteriorated. Everything about this is cut rate, from the synth-mix of the theme song to the sluggish delivery of the jokes. Is it just me or are the episodes slowed down to fit the time slot?

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 25th, 2019, 10:03 am
by philmorgan81
Yup during season 5 some episodes were sped up or slowed down to fit the hour Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters time slot. One of the most sluggish episodes is Jailbusters. I enjoy the episode, but I think it may actually be the one with the lowest quality of animation and one of the worst when it comes to pacing and continuity errors. Errors were common in the show like characters sometimes wearing the wrong uniform, but this episode really dropped the ball. :) :) :)

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 25th, 2019, 12:01 pm
by RichardLess
Is anyone else's favourite episode Call of Cthulu? That's one of the only RGB episodes where I'm like "they could've just adapted this to make for Ghostbusters 2". It's fits a lot into a half hour. The stakes are real. Cthulu is a legit threat and the entire thing with the cult is creepy. Probably my favourite episode. I don't think it has one of those cheesey montages with bad music, though I could be wrong.

Oh, I second Kingpin recommendation for The Grundel. It even has a sequel in the sequel series "Extreme Ghostbusters". Grundelesque is the episode name. It's actually better than the original RGB episode. Though I think that goes for most of EGB's episodes.

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 25th, 2019, 4:06 pm
by GBfan_CH
This could probably be it’s own thread but I always thought Collect Call, Ragnarok & Roll, and Knock Knock were the best candidates for future movies.

My favourite episodes are the smaller scale stuff like Mrs Rogers Neighbourhood, Janine’s Day Off, and Moaning Stones.

God I’m doing this from memory and it’s been 20 years since I watched any of them. I need to make time...

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 25th, 2019, 4:09 pm
by philmorgan81
Is anyone else's favourite episode Call of Cthulu? That's one of the only RGB episodes where I'm like "they could've just adapted this to make for Ghostbusters 2". It's fits a lot into a half hour. The stakes are real. Cthulu is a legit threat and the entire thing with the cult is creepy. Probably my favourite episode. I don't think it has one of those cheesey montages with bad music, though I could be wrong.

Oh, I second Kingpin recommendation for The Grundel. It even has a sequel in the sequel series "Extreme Ghostbusters". Grundelesque is the episode name. It's actually better than the original RGB episode. Though I think that goes for most of EGB's episodes.
When Halloween was Forever, Hanging by a Thread, Collect Call of Cathulu, Ragnarock and Roll, and the Halloween Door are episodes that had stakes as high as the films and could have been easily adapted into a feature. :) :) :)

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:August 25th, 2019, 4:21 pm
by philmorgan81
This could probably be it’s own thread but I always thought Collect Call, Ragnarok & Roll, and Knock Knock were the best candidates for future movies.

My favourite episodes are the smaller scale stuff like Mrs Rogers Neighbourhood, Janine’s Day Off, and Moaning Stones.

God I’m doing this from memory and it’s been 20 years since I watched any of them. I need to make time...
Hey you have mentioned some of my favorite smaller scale threats the show offered. Mrs Rogers Neighborhood is real high on my list. It is a smaller scale bust, but the threat hits close to home with a powerful deity wanting to breach the containment unit. Between most of the stories of The Real Ghostbusters episodes, The Extreme Ghostbusters Episodes, and some of the stories in the new Comics I think there have been plenty of smaller scale yet very interesting threats. That's why
when it came to the third film my attitude was always go BIG or don't bother. When it comes to the movies I always prefer them to be saving the world. Hell that is the major Tagline for the original film, "Coming to Save The World This Summer." To me that Tagline is just as important as, "We're Ready To Believe You" and "Who Ya Gonna Call?" :) :) :)

Re: Should I Bother Watching Past the Second Season?

PostPosted:October 7th, 2019, 6:39 pm
by Winston1986
Personally I'd just watch the first 2 seasons. Hate all the changes too much.