Some more Afterlife musings.Egon Spengler is the most badass Ghostbuster of them all.
Singlehandedly he devised and executed the plan to turn a whole farm into a trap. He built the safety-cross-the-streams-array to keep the gateway at bay (should he fail?). Again, on his own, he trapped a terror dog. He had to play the lunatic for the villagers (a village founded and built by Ivo Shandor, how could he trust anyone there?). He had to burn bridges and end his closest friendships, and he spent the time in his lab exactly like this:
He failed because ghost-bustin is a team effort. All his ingenuity and prudence got him only that far. Amazing effort, but ultimately doomed.
Gozer is defeated by a bunch of (clever) kids and old men and a science-loathing single mom (and thanks to Egon's masterly groundwork). Through their courage, team-work and wit. Guess people changed a bit in the past 8,000 years. Love it!
Either Ronald Reagan got a surprise third term in the Ghostbusters universe or Ray's remark doesn't make sense. They might have spent a good portion of 1984/85 cleaning up the mess caused by the containment unit explosion, but it's pretty obvious they were sued out of business soon after the crossrip. Sigh. I'm still 50:50 on the phone call. I love the buildup, with the inter-cut commercial clips, and I understand why Jason wanted to shock the audience. But of everything Ray said, some makes sense, some could make sense because we just don't know, and some doesn't at all. And for such an important moment in the movie, it shouldn't be like that. GB1 and 2 established that ghosts appear because something big is imminent. Hence the "no ghost sightings in 30 years" by Grooberson. Ray however contradicts this by saying business dried out in the early 90s (it can't be the 80s unless we retcon Vigo, which Jason said he didn't) until Egon discovered the true nature of Summerville, failed to convince Ray (Ray Stantz...we talk of mass-sponge-migration Ray...who has a Revelations 6:12-tattoo for crying out loud!!!) of the truth and had to resort to drastic measures, and put the final nail in the coffin of Ghostbusters, Inc.! And this is the canon we have to live with from now on until Jason or Gil provide us with more background story. It's hard to swallow. Forget the Ecto-1/Ecto-1A controversy. This will haunt the fandom (pun intented) for the next years.