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The Comic Years Podcast: Ghostbusters: Afterlife Spoiler Review

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BY November 26, 2021

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is fast becoming the right way to reboot a franchise, while still being a sequel to the original. Did you hear that, the Star Wars sequel trilogy? The fan favourite franchise saw a 2016 remake, (or was it a reboot?) featuring an all-woman cast which, despite being funny in places, failed to capture the heart of the original. So who better to do just that, than the son of the original movie’s director, who himself was a kid during the original’s release. Jason Reitman homages his father’s original while pushing the story forward. And how he does that, successfully, is the topic of this episode of the Comic Years Podcast. Join Joshua M. Patton and Meghan Hale as they sit down for this Ghostbusters: Afterlife spoiler podcast. 

Please note: this is a spoiler podcast of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, so be sure to read our non-spoiler review, before diving into this episode. 

Ghostbusters Is A Popular Franchise Among New And Old Fans

Ghostbusters: Afterlife spoiler podcast cast. Image via Columbia Pictures.

The Ghostbusters franchise is a popular one for any generation of fans. Released in 1984, the original movie appealed to many audiences with its tongue-in-cheek humour, set against a supernatural and ghostly story. It blended drama and supernatural elements with light-hearted comedy, which was still, at times, terrifying. It’s a difficult blend that Ivan Reitman pulled off successfully. Now his son, Jason Reitman, captures lightning in a bottle again, as he provides a fresh story that appeals to all generations of this fandom. 

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Spoiler Podcast Discusses The Nuances

The guests on this Ghostbusters: Afterlife spoiler podcast themselves are fans of the franchise, but coming to it in different ways over the decades since its release. Managing Editor of, Joshua M. Patton, is a classic fan of the movie’s original release. While Meghan Hale, discovered the franchise very recently, as you can read in her Retro Review of the original movie. Together, the two break down what worked in the new Afterlife movie, and how it was able to bring together all fans of this franchise. 

Check out this episode of the Comic Years Podcast, and be sure to subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts or any of your favourite podcasting apps. Leave us a 5-star review and rating so we may continue to provide nuanced discussions like this.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is now playing in theatres. 

Do you think Afterlife does a good job of continuing the original, while also building a new franchise? Let us know in the comments below. 

Featured image via Columbia Pictures.


Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at or on Twitter @theshahshahid.

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