Wednesday, June 27, 2018

I'm Terrified Beyond the Capacity for Rational Thought

Looks like Ghostbusters had it right.

Everything. Ghostbusters had everything right.

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr. Raymond Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Substitute "country" for "city" and "four" for "forty," and they pretty much nailed our current situation. didn't even EXIST in 1984. Yet here we are.

Hell, even the part about the dude from the EPA being a huge asshole is spot-on.

It's true. This man has no dick.
And let's not forget the famous line that eerily presages something our current head of state almost certainly uttered in a Moscow hotel room in 2013.

Finally...from Louis Tully aka Vinz Clortho:

"Gozer the Traveller will come in one of the pre-chosen forms. During the rectification of Vudlronaii, the Traveller came as a very large and moving Torb. Then of course in the third reconciliation of the last of the Meketrex supplicants they chose a new form for him, that of a Sloar. Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day I can tell you!"

I'm having flashbacks to Election Night 2016, aren't you?

Thanks, Ghostbusters. I'm sorry we were too busy marveling at Mr. Stay-Puft and dancing to the Busboys to take your oracle seriously.

You told us about the Twinkie. We just laughed. We know better now.

America has gone bye-bye now, Egon.

1 comment:

  1. When I go back and watch Ghostbusters now I think Walter Peck gets unfairly maligned. At first anyway he's genuinely concerned about public safety, but, in spite of forgetting to say "please" at the beginning, he's respectful. He doesn't send a lackey and he doesn't come with any backup. Peck puts on a nice suit to pay a visit and Venkman can't even be bothered to wipe the slime off his hands.
    Ultimately it's Venkman's arrogance and go-it-alone attitude and lack of concern about the Twinkie that leads to chaos and yeah it pains me to write that. Venkman's unnecessary childishness gives him a chance to play the hero but destroys a lot of lives in the process.
    To his credit Venkman is ultimately willing to put his own life on the line, which is where any comparison to current events falls apart, and at the beginning he says, "I believe everything in life happens for a reason."
    Maybe that's true. Maybe things will have to get worse before they can get better, but we can't leave that up to chance. We need to help each other get out of the way of the giant flood of melted marshmallow tha's about to come down.


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