Slimer the facepalm of Ghostbusters’ judicial process

Ghostbusters one of the many classic go to eighties films for childhood nostalgia. Sitting down to curl up with Bill Murray and Dan Ackroyd heading up the ghost busting super team, you know it gonna make you feel good. And if you have any level of google fu, the day following watching these films will be spent ‘studying’ up on everything Ghostbusters. Ready for next time someone suggests you watch these films and you can whip out tibbits about the design history of the logos.

Sadly the comfort I derived from re-watching the films, didn’t happen when I decide to take cartoon route down memory lane.  Surely the loveable don’t cross the streams team, could stand the test of time in all formats?

Not if you make the same foolish mistake of putting on a lesser known ‘Ghostbusters’ cartoon that involved a gorilla called Tracey and Skeletors’ cousin Prime Evil who lives in Hauntquarters that is eerily similar to Westminster.  The difference between the Real Ghostbusters and the Ghostbusters has truly been burned into my consciousness. But lets’ save that for another days blogging – today I’m calling it – why Slimer is a massive problem for the Ghostbusters universe.

I can never say I’ve been a fan of the floating green slug bucket that is our teams supposed loveable sidekick. Apparently I heard from one friend he is meant to be a ghost of a dog (I grew up with cats). Unfortunately in the pilot episode of the cartoon this is never really established. Like a lot of things that go un-explain. Our powers of suspension of disbelief are called on. Which is fair enough.  

But it isn’t the outright irritating, zeppo nature of Slimer’s character that is bugging me. It is his existence as a good ghost. Hang on – wasn’t he a bad guy in the films leaving an ectoplasm covered path of destruction. Ok well lets say he has had a massive character change, been successfully rehabilitated to become upstanding citizen of society and the nether realm. This is brilliant, a second chance even in death to turn away from crime. Yes we have progressive attitude in this wise-cracking universe. And this is the eighties – a nice tokenistic screw you Thatcher et al.  This will have happened off screen because the show leaves little time for rehab for any of the other ghosts. No the chance to change, to become better is never offered to the other ghosts. There is no grey areas, just all other ghosts are evil, all forms of crime carried out by the ghosts are to be treated equally – eternal lock up (well until the power goes out).

And there you have my nonsensical problem with Ghostbusters –  its judicial process. For some unknown reason Slimer has been deemed worthy of rehabilitating, to have that one community service place with the Ghostbusting team. Whilst the rest of the ghosts are zapped. This isnt 28 days detention without trial this is is infinity without trial. For that reason Real Ghostbusters you have left me tutting. With your no questions asked approached to lock up and crime, you have pricked my eccentric lefties senses and now this silliness has joined the ether… Thankfully you invested a lot into those dance choregraphy lessons and it seems to have paid off – its New York city you’ve stopped some ghosts lets have a parade. For the killer dance moves I can forgive a bit of fascist tactics for controlling ghost crime.


2 thoughts on “Slimer the facepalm of Ghostbusters’ judicial process

  1. I was always confused and vaguely disgusted by Slimer, I didn’t really see what he added to the team. The dog part is interesting, and would explain a lot, but as you point out I don’t think this ever actually dealt with on the show.

    You also bring up a good thing about the ghost-prison-vault-doohickey. That thing used to upset me as a kid, especially one episode where Slimer has to go inside to retrieve something and there are hundreds of ghosts trapped there. I felt really bad for them.

    Then again, their imprisonment can’t be truly infinite. Sooner or later all the Ghostbusters will die, or the power grid will go out due to lack of fossil fuels or something and the ghosts will once again run amok. Fun times.

  2. Slimer was originally modelled on John Belushi, Dan Ackroyd’s writing partner and fellow Blues Brother (as well as Carrie Fisher’s partner and fellow coke fiend) who had died a couple of years before.

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