Chicken, He Clucked wrote:As someone who likes and enjoys ATC, I'd like for it to remain in it's own distinct canon.
The worst thing Afterlife could do is try to bridge universes at the end. Eg. if it features an end credit sequence with one of the characters on a radio to Patti talking about Zuul I will be bitterly disappointed.
If they were going to officially bridge universes, they should have done it in ATC. The post credits scene with Patty asking what Zuul is should have been removed and replaced with a scene like this:
INT. FIREHOUSE - DAY
Holtzman has various schematics and forumlas on a whiteboard behind her. Abby, Patty, and Erin are seated at a table watching her. Holtzman is very animated.
Holtzman: So after reviewing our readings from our battle with Rowan and calculating the ionization rates, it's obvious that ectoplasmic disbursement is unattainable, at least with this technology. I know we set out to catch a ghost to prove that our business wasn't fraudulent, but it seems that we'll need to lower our power output on our proton packs when battling ethereal entities so that we don't blow them apart, and catch them with the trap instead.
Abby: Okay, but where do we keep the ghosts after we catch them?
Holtzman: That's what I wanted to show you.
Holtzman moves the white board to the side revealing a large metallic loop with wires and cables leading to a control panel stationed nearby. She hands everyone some goggles.
Holtzman: Here, put these on. The pulsed UV and Gamma generated by this device could damage your retinas over time without some added protection.
Patty: Oh, great, another dangerous piece of equipment. Just what we need!
Holtzman pulls a lever, flicks some switches and types in a passcode. The metallic ring starts starts to become engulfed in blue electricity. A large flash of white light emits from the center of the loop.
Erin: So what does this do?
Holtzman: This is a portal to an alternative dimension! Once we catch ghosts, we toss the trap through the portal, dump the ghost out, and close the portal. Problem solved.
Abby: Maybe for us, but I think these guys might feel differently about it.
The camera turns back to the portal. In place of the white light is the interior of the firehouse, but it's set up differently than the one occupied by Patty, Abby, Erin, and Holtzman. The Ecto-1 from the 1984 ghostbusters film is there. In front of it is PETER VENKMAN, WINSTON ZEDDEMORE, and RAY STANTZ.
Zeddemore: Yeah, don't even think about it.