213: Ghostbusters Marathon

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Ghostbusters Marathon
If you walk out that door you'll be crossing the Rubicon with me, and that's one stream I'm not ready to cross.
Title text: If you walk out that door you'll be crossing the Rubicon with me, and that's one stream I'm not ready to cross.


Ghostbusters is a 1984 supernatural comedy film that spawned a sequel, two animated television series (the latter of which lasted less than a season, didn't feature the same cast of titular Ghostbusters, and therefore is probably being pointedly ignored...or maybe left as a 'surprise' for later, after getting through the animated series), and, several years after the publication of this comic, a reboot and then another sequel (to the original movies, not the reboot). The box, a "Muon Containment Trap," is a device used in the film to capture ghosts. It is connected to a footswitch by a cable. The man trying to leave is about to be pulled into the box and held there indefinitely (against his will, of course).

The title text refers to Julius Caesar's crossing of the Rubicon, a river (or very large stream) that marked the border between Roman Italy and an area of land Caesar was the appointed governor of. At the end of his term, the Roman Senate ordered him to disband his army and return to Italy. Instead, he brought his forces past the border, an act of treason and rebellion against the Republic, instigating the Roman Civil War. The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" now means making a move with gigantic consequences that cannot be undone. In the film Ghostbusters, the protagonists use "proton packs" that fire "streams" of energy. The inventor of the device warns that these streams should not be crossed against each other, as doing so "would be bad." Just how bad? "Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light." Important safety tip.

Final quote taken from the 1984 movie Ghostbusters.


[Cueball and a friend are in a room. Cueball is standing up. There is litter around them.]
Cueball: Okay, that's all the Ghostbusters marathon I can handle. Later!
Friend: You can't leave! We just started the animated series!
Cueball: I've had my fill. I'm going home.
Friend: I can't let you do that.
[Cueball walks along a cord and past a box. The friend clicks a switch.]
[Cueball is bathed in some kind of aura emitted by the box.]

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Should the horrific "reboot" even be mentioned in this context, since the nightmare that was Amy Pascal's paranoid movie-making effort occurred many years after this comic? — Kazvorpal (talk) 01:06, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

It should at least be put into context, if it was not released at the time of this comic, and according to your comment was not well recieved? (I never even heard about it...) --Lupo (talk) 07:06, 21 October 2019 (UTC)
I think much of the pushback against it (especially before release, so merely reacting against the idea of it) was just a form of 'anti-woke' frenzy from the kind of people who use "woke" as an insult (who don't deserve my time, I've long since decided).
When it comes to basic reboots it's not really destroying the legacy much at all (*cough*Highlander 2*/cough*), it's just a gender-flipped alternate universe version that feeds on some of the original plot but weaves its own mix of fun in the same general feel. Not a classic in its own right, and probably wouldn't be a classic if created as is but with no history of the original (times have changed, it has '80s humour and 2010s treatment), but remove the pre-judged animosity from the equation (and the kind of prejudice that rolls on from that) and it is a similar style of 'romp' and the original ideas still stand, unlike some basic premises that could be 'borrowed' from the '80s. (Obviously just this editor's opinion, but as an observation of how some people acted at the time, like sharing the initial trailer to try to say that "this is what is wrong in today's world...", and presuming I'd automatically agree with them, rather than realise how far down their own particular rabbit-hole they had fallen.)
For whatever reason, I've never seen the subsequent 'original-timeline sequel' (Afterlife?), because I just never got to the cinema much in 2021 (and, unlike the 2016 one, it hasn't yet noticably reached a TV channel that I have access to), so I have no comment to make about that. YMMV on all of this, of course. 13:55, 24 April 2023 (UTC)

I think we missed the joke entirely... The Cueball on the right is "ghosting" the other Cueball. 03:37, 22 August 2023 (UTC)