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For some reason, the story of a gang of disgraced academics using nuclear physics to combat misshapen demon puppets was super appealing to everyone back in the ‘8 0s. Ghostbusters went on to become a comedy 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 franchise, Ghostbusters got a remake in 2016. And since the new casting was female, an army of basement-dwelling creepings lost their goddamn minds over it. But while it was easy to defend the movie’s casting choices, it was less easy protecting the movie itself. Sure it wasn’t awful , but it was … less than great. Like, “multiple widened jokes about wonton soup” not-great. And “the Ghostbusters casually slaying someone” not-great.
Now, Ghostbusters 2016 was a straight-up remake , not a sequel/ reboot hybrid like Creed or Jurassic World . Yet the trailer built it seem like the movie has just taken place in the same universe 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 ended up get a movie that totally wiped the ghost-busting slate clean. Or … here’s a believe: 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 worlds 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 cinema — so this brief scene is the movie’s style of telling us that the two narratives are in fact connected . If what we’re discover in the remaking is a parallel cosmo, it could also explain why the original Ghostbusters are still kicking around New York, but with various names and occupations.
And since the movie was liberated, the Ghostbusters comic book series are completely embraced this suggestion. Ghostbusters 101 receives the two teams meeting one another after unwittingly travelling between dimensions.
What started all this interdimensional confusion? Gozer the Gozerian.
It seems that by traversing the streams inside Gozer’s portal, the original Ghostbusters “connected to every reality at once” — meaning that all of their suggestions were inadvertently “seeded into the subconscious of the multiverse, ” as Egon puts it.
They even show us that the Real Ghostbusters Saturday morning cartoon is one of these parallel worlds. Presumably, Slimer helping Winnie the Pooh convince a teen not to smoke cracking also 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 girls to imitate some guys who exploded a pit in the universe back in the ‘8 0s, inducing their cognitive essence to be sprinkled throughout an infinite number of realities, remains to be seen.
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