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Location: NYC Streets (At An Impasse)
Similar Location To Ghostbusters: When Slimer was preparing for the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest in a NYC street vendors food cart.
Thoughts: Remember when ghost Rowan was destroying equipment such as the Proton Packs? Good thing they had other equipment, presumably in ECTO-1.
[meeting Onionhead for the first time]
Thoughts: I didn’t mind ‘Slimer’ being apart of Ghostbusters: ATC. The character is iconic to Ghostbusters. Introducing this version with its favorite thing to do and referencing Ghostbusters was fine. Better than just completely “ripping off” Ghostbusters and having ‘Slimer’ be the first ghost they catch.
Also, I didn’t know he had his license.
Thoughts: Yeah, they need that car, especially today. Should the green car thief be something they’re wasting their time with?
Oh, and a nuclear reactor? The city must love that.
Location: Times Square/Mercado Hotel (Exterior)
Similar Location To Ghostbusters: 55 Central Park West
Thoughts: I had more of a problem with using both Stay-Puft, (where did this come from anyway, was the Stay-Puft brand around during the ’20s?) and it in a similar way as to Ghostbusters. Compared to ‘Slimer,’ it felt more forced. I would have preferred if Stay-Puft had to be used, it could have been as some small easter egg reference.
Quotes: “Aw, women. Always late. Probably couldn’t decide which dirty jumpsuit to wear.” Let’s give them a proper New York welcome, shall we? Welcome to the glory days of New York City. – ghost Rowan
Ghostbusters Reference: Hostess Twinkies, both a snack food and a reference tool when describing BIG ghosts. Hostess made Key Lime Twinkies and White Fudge Marshmallow Twinkies during Ghostbusters: ATC promotion.
Thoughts: Maybe its because ghost Rowan could, I don’t quite get why (or how) he Disneyed Times Square to revert to earlier time periods. Yes, this means there are more ghosts, it isn’t like the Ghostbusters can’t deal with them.
Quote: “Oh, impressive.” – ghost Rowan
Thoughts: I don’t know if dangerous ghost busting equipment should be used in those ways. With that many ghosts, form over function kinda thing.
Also, when did Ghostbusters become a martial arts movie?
[Approaching the Mercado]
Thoughts: After ghost Rowan, (which we previously saw) posed all these nice service people they were going to dance. The dance scene was filmed and not used during the movie. It was decided to use the dance scene as a kind of closer in the end credits.
Without knowing that, all these people not moving gives off a creepy vibe.
Quote: “Yeah, great work fellas.” – Abby Yates
Quote: “Well that thing’s having the time of its life.” – Abby Yates
Thoughts: This ‘Onionhead’ seems to be more sociable then the one we’ve normally known. Picked up some friends along with lady Slimer.
Ghostbusters (II) Reference: Lady Slimer is voiced by Robin Shelby. Robin Shelby played Slimer (in actual costume) in Ghostbusters II.
Thoughts: I wondered why Lady Slimer had hair when I saw Ghostbusters: ATC in theaters. Besides the distinction from Slimer, I read (though not official) her look is based off the character ‘Babs,’ played by Martha Smith in Animal House.
Which is in itself is a tie in to Ghostbusters as Harold Ramis also co-wrote that film. One of its stars was John Belushi. His character is somewhat the basis for Onionhead.
I’m happy that Robin Shelby is part of Ghostbusters: ATC. Before ghostheads knew she was going to be I thought she could have been in it for example as a customer at the Chinese restaurant.
Location: Mercado Hotel (Lobby)
Thoughts: Hm, is that a reference to Casper?
Thoughts: I might have rolled my eyes some in the theater as the movie went from “friendly little ghost” to animated “no ghost” logo. It did finally make sense from the trailers and merchandise as to how (and why) their is an evil ghost version of the Ghostbusters logo.
How can Rowan in paranormal form take on that much mass? Hope they’re taking notes.
Quote: “Okay, this is not good.” – Abby Yates
Location: Portal Opening
Thoughts: Where have I heard something similar before?
Thoughts: Wait for it because you knew it was coming…
Thoughts: Honestly the previous line should have been enough and at this point (unless it wasn’t scripted) its referencing Ghostbusters when it didn’t really need to.
Also, no way Allstate is going to cover ECTO-1 getting sucked into a spirit world!
Quote: Abby, hang on! I’m coming!” – Erin Gilbert
Thoughts: Conveniently that tow cable is as long as it needs to be to keep Erin Gilbert anchored to save Abby Yates. Could really use that protonic reversal thing about now.
Thoughts: Even with the 180º reversing the polarity it also undoes all the damage to NYC property? Seems hard to believe when we’ve been suspending disbelief that ghosts are real and they can be caught.
Also, why would Drs. Gilbert and Yates hair turn white? Was it the nuclear explosion combined with the reversal in the portal?
Thoughts: Art imitating life.
Thoughts: Are they still glad they saved Kevin? I’m kidding. Where is everyone going?
It’s good to see he’s basically back to his old self. Also, I know its NYC. What deli was going to be open when, ya know the world was ending?
The Cover Up
Thoughts: A politician through and through who of course is going to have plausible deniability. Even though millions of people did or eventually saw (technology!) what happened.
Location: NYC Restaurant
Thoughts: NYC, (or at least this NYC) has come a long way in 30+ years in how they treat Ghostbusters. The Ghostbusters were sued, forced out of business, and as we learned in Ghostbusters II not paid by the mayor’s office.
Being fully funded, it’s time to move to better quarters.
Location: Ghostbusters Firehouse (Minus any kind of iconic plastic sign)
Thoughts: As ghostheads, if the city paid for you to live and work out of H&L8, who wouldn’t want to at least have that opportunity?
Thoughts: I know they’re cameos, who didn’t want to see Ernie Hudson have a bigger part? He loves Ghostbusters and this town. As I established, I’m from Jersey, I laughed.
Also, flapjacks was the (worse kept) secret title as to what was being filmed when Ghostbusters: ATC was in production.
Thoughts: Overall, not a bad cameo by Sigourney Weaver. Before Ghostbusters: ATC was filmed and I thought these Ghostbusters would be starting a business I thought it could be funny if Sigourney Weaver had played a banker approving a loan for them. She would have asked what business they were really starting. They would have told them and she could have said something like, “Well good luck with that.”
Also, yes we all need safety lights. It is what keeps people safe out in society! Though I suppose an argument could be made if the Ghostbusters didn’t have safety lights Wally Wick couldn’t have shut down the Containment Unit.
With Ms. Weaver’s cameo, we’re reminded that other Ghostbusters alumni didn’t want to or weren’t asked to be in Ghostbusters: ATC. Cameos can be a balance. I would have said if this is the only new Ghostbusters film ever made, yes have some more, if it made movie and real life sense.
Post Credit Scene
Thoughts: If this scene was seriously set up to sorta remake Ghostbusters again I wouldn’t want a sequel to go in that direction. I would take a second “wait and see approach.” As ghostheads we know what Zuul means, we can vividly see Ghostbusters in our heads.
This scene was filmed for fun, one last major Ghostbusters reference. A sequel doesn’t have to use this scene as a set up for any future Ghostbusters movie. I think what’s been re-established in a different way could take some of those things and create a new story for Ghostbusters and ghostheads in generations to come.