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For some reason, the story of a gang of disgraced academics utilizing nuclear physics to battle misshapen demon marionettes was super appealing to everyone back in the ‘8 0s. Ghostbusters went on to become a slapstick classic, spawning a sequel, a cartoon series, and a crapload of toys for every conceivable character.
But since there were still a few dollars to be sucked from the dealership, Ghostbusters got a remake in 2016. And since the new casting was female, an legion of basement-dwelling creepings lost their goddamn minds over it. But while it was easy to defend the movie’s casting options, it was less easy to defend the movie itself. Sure it wasn’t terrible , but it was … less than great. Like, “multiple extended jokes about wonton soup” not-great. And “the Ghostbusters casually murder someone” not-great.
Now, Ghostbusters 2016 was a straight-up remake , not a sequel/ reboot hybrid like Creed or Jurassic World . Yet the trailer made it seem like the film took place in the same world as the original, with a “new team” taking over from the “four scientists” who “saved New York” 30 years ago.
Audiences expected something like The Force Awakens , but with sad old Bill Murray instead of sad age-old Han Solo …
But we terminated up get a movie that wholly wiped the ghost-busting slate clean. Or … here’s a reckon: What if the new movie was part of the original canon, but set in another dimension ? i> It’s not that crazy. Remember that the villain of the original Ghostbusters was Gozer, a demon that hop-skip across dimensions compiling leotards and setpieces from Bowie album covers.
So the notion of parallel universes isn’t new to the Ghostbusters -verse. How does that connect to the remake? In a post-credits scene, Patty makes a discovery while tinkering with some audio equipment 😛 TAGEND
She hears the name “Zuul” — one of the minions of Gozer from the first movie — so this brief scene is the movie’s style of teaches us that the two narratives are in fact connected . If what we’re visualize in the remake is a parallel world, it could also explain why the original Ghostbusters are still kicking around New York, but with different names and occupations.
And since the movie was released, the Ghostbusters comic book series has fully embraced these recommendations. Ghostbusters 101 acquires the two teams meet each other after unwittingly travelling between dimensions.
What started all this interdimensional embarrassment? Gozer the Gozerian.
It seems that by intersecting the rivers inside Gozer’s portal, the original Ghostbusters “connected to every reality at once” — meaning that all of their ideas were accidentally “seeded into the subconscious of the multiverse, ” as Egon throws it.
They even show us that the Real Ghostbusters Saturday morning cartoon is one of these parallel cosmoes. Presumably, Slimer helping Winnie the Pooh convince a teen not to smoke crack likewise exists in one of these dimensions, albeit the lamest one.
Of course, whether or not the filmmakers’ actual intent was to situate their remaking in a parallel dimension in which cosmic powers subtly affected a group of modern women to imitate some guys who explosion a pit in the universe back in the ‘8 0s, making their cognitive essence to be sprinkled throughout an infinite number of realities, remains to be seen.
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