WHEN:8:00 am EST on March 12th, 2013
WHERE: Number 1
FORMAT: DVD on Teletraan 1
I was sitting here at my desk, looking at my season one of The Real Ghostbusters and thinking about how awesome it is. I still have not re-watched any of it yet. But I got to thinking how awesome the translation from movie to children’s cartoon was for this franchise. I will talk about that more later, when I have had a chance to get reacquainted with the series. Anyway, I came to the realization that all of the things that I know make Winston Zeddemore a badass come from the show or the comics I have read. Winston is a Vietnam vet (comic) as well as an all-star baseball pitcher (cartoon), but none of this is stated in the movie, making it all non-canon.
So what do we really know about Winston? What does the movie tell us? “Almost nothing” is the answer. Winston shows up about halfway through the movie and is the only non-scientist of the group, not counting Janine. Winston is also in need of employment or just some money in general. We get this from the line,”If there’s a steady paycheck in it,” when asked if he would believe in some supernatural phenomena. Winston is also religious. He “loves Jesus’ style” and reads the Bible. He also loves this town.
And it loves you.
I still find Winston to be cool, though. It might be because we know so little about him in the movie. That makes him a little mysterious and puts an intriguing edge on his character. It also gave other writers a lot of room to expand when it came to The Real Ghostbusters and other Ghostbuster-related works. Winston is also sort of the everyman. Peter, Ray, and Egon are all fleshed out. Winston still has room (again, as far as this single movie is concerned) to grow. Because we know so little about him, we can place a lot of our own feelings and experiences on the character.
It is a little odd that we are introduced to three characters who know what is going on and create a lot of the technology and terminology that we experience. Then we have the fish-out-of-water character show up around halfway through the movie. It gives the audience a chance to catch up to any advancements made during the montage scene that would have become second nature to the main characters by this point. Why go over how the containment unit works if everyone already should know that? Even Janine should be familiar with the basic operation of something like the containment unit by this time.
Winston is an integral part of the team. He provides some out-of-the-box thinking and insight (the dead have been rising from the grave) as well as some much needed firepower when the boys battle Gozer. Peter, Ray, and Egon might have been able to get along without him, but why would you want to? After all, Winston has seen shit that will turn you white.