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Rookie

New Recruit, Trainee, Intern, Fifth Ghostbuster

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Also Known as Bryan Welsh (IDW Canon)
Appeared in Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Versions)
IDW Comics
Played by Ryan French

The Rookie is the main protagonist in the Ghostbusters: The Video Game, hired as the team's new "Experimental Equipment Technician" to test out Egon Spengler's new gadgets and do grunt work.

HistoryEdit

Primary CanonEdit

The Rookie arrived at the Firehouse for his first day of work in late November 1991 when a Psi Energy Pulse suddenly passed through. With the modified Proton Pack prototype strapped on, the Rookie faced his first entity, Slimer. However, during the attempted bust, the Sloth Ghost was released from the Containment Unit after the Rookie shot it by mistake. When the Sloth Ghost was recaptured and returned to the grid, the mission to recapture Slimer began. The Rookie soon became embroiled in an Apocalypse event with the other Ghostbusters and proved his mettle as they unraveled the machinations of the Cult of Gozer.

After Ivo Shandor was destroyed by the Ghostbusters, the Rookie was offered the opportunity to lead a potentially lucrative Ghostbusters franchise in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Cincinnati, but whether or not he takes the offer is unknown. [1]

Secondary CanonEdit

IDW ComicsEdit

Bryan Welsh started out as an intern with the Ghostbusters before being graduated to guinea pig for an experimental Proton Pack. [2] In Thanksgiving 1991, the three Rookies Bryan Welsh, Maddie Collins, and Chad Fuller made newspaper headlines for their part in the battle with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in Times Square. [3] After the Shandor incident, the Rookie's experimental pack shorted out in Las Vegas, Nevada. By the time of the Gozerian Terror Bear incident, Bryan Welsh, the Rookie, was no longer working with the Ghostbusters in New York. [4] Chad Fuller and Maddie Collins [5] [6] were no longer working for them either. Bryan, the Rookie, settled in Chicago to start up a new franchise. However, a local bureaucrat wouldn't allow Rookie to start a training program and hire locally. [7] Thus, he couldn't even get a union certification. [8] He endured by exploiting whatever loopholes he could find such as hiring temps from Minnesota for when something big came up and hired unwitting people to serve as bait. [9] He kept the experimental Proton Pack and his "Rookie" name tag as a good luck charm and it deflected angry clients. [10] Despite the bad, Rookie came to love Chicago.

Years later, Rookie was reunited with the Ghostbusters when they stopped in Chicago at the tail end of a summer cross country trip. Together, they trapped a Ghost Shark on North Lake Shore Drive near the John Hancock Center. Afterwards, Rookie treated everyone to some pies at Dick's Pizza. After Rookie told the guys about his ongoing issues, Peter advised him to take a full Trap to the antagonistic bureaucrat's place and have an "equipment failure" in order to continue forward with his franchise's development. The guys bid Rookie goodbye and returned home to New York. The next year, in February, Janine called the Rookie for help after the Ghostbusters were kidnapped by The Collectors. However, he was too busy dealing with the ghost of a Prohibitionist who turned the Chicago River into non-alcoholic beer. [11]

The Chicago Ghostbusters grew by one and Rookie was joined by Ron Alexander following the Ghostbusters' return from the Collectors' Limbo. Ron was billed as a technology consultant from the New York office, circumventing Rookie's hiring issues. Rookie soon became very irritated with Ron for bossing him around in front of clients, taking all the credit for a bust, and for leaving him to do all the hard work when a woman caught Ron's eye. While they were split up searching a building, Rookie confronted Ron about his qualms. Rookie refused to be ignored and kept on talking over the radio. However, Ron was a little preoccupied with the Red Blob on the 13th floor. In September, the Chicago Ghostbusters visited a Nevermore Elementary School class. The students were upset they weren't the Ghostbusters from New York. Rookie tried to remind them of the Ghost Shark he caught but a student pointed out the Ghostbusters did that. Ron took control and continued despite Rookie's glares. After Ron told his story about a Bogeyman, Rookie admitted that while they never encountered one, all the legends and what they've seen lent some credibility to its existence. After Ron lost his temper and threw chairs at the students, they were both escorted off school premises. Rookie was aghast Ron hoped a Bogeyman would go after the student, Jason, who insulted his hair. Rookie filed a report with the New York office about the Bogeyman sighting. [12]

Dr. Selwyn called on the Chicago Ghostbusters to look over a new World of Gozer exhibit. Rookie was more than happy to help but he was surprised the stuff wasn't all destroyed after the Shandor incident. Selwyn revealed the artifacts were newly discovered. Almost on cue, Ron was jumped by the Two-Headed Man-Eaters of Tsavo. Rookie ignored Ron's plight and followed P.K.E readings. Plus, he figured Ron would probably be fine. Rookie's hunch paid off and the bigger threat was discovered, an active Gozerian artifact. After Selwyn confirmed a warning written in Gozerian, Rookie destroyed the artifact. Ron, in standard fashion, gave the Man-Eaters' bloodied skin and mused she could sew it up. Rookie admonished him for disrespecting another client, but Selwyn was undeterred.

Rookie was part of the team that filled in for the Ghostbusters during the wedding of Winston Zeddemore and Tiyah Clarke. During the ceremony, the team responded to a call from Bates CPA, PC. Rather than take the lead, Rookie deferred to Special Agent Melanie Ortiz. Rookie took solace in Melanie ordering Ron around. After Kylie Griffin freed the Five Points Killer's victims, she and Rookie escorted them to safety. They returned just in time. Once Melanie ducked, Rookie shot and confined the ghost in a Proton Stream while Kylie trapped it. Rookie then tried to help the injured Ron into Ecto-1b.

NameEdit

The Video GameEdit

Despite Ray Stantz asking for his name, Peter Venkman noted they should not get to know the Rookie's name for fear of getting too attached; especially after "what happened to the last guy." [13] However, this doesn't stop the team from calling him by several nicknames such as Sport, Hoss, Ace, Cadet, Rook, and Newbie. The name patch on his uniform simply reads "Rookie."

When the team returns from Times Square after facing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, a message is left on the Firehouse's call waiting service, with an older male voice stating: "You're doing adequate work out there, Rook, keep it up!" and sometimes you can hear Winston Zeddemore saying "Slam it, Rook!" in the Times Square level. The phonetic similarity led many to incorrectly believe the Rookie's name is Luke.

IDW ComicsEdit

In the IDW Comics Canon, Tristan Jones created the name Bryan Welsh for the Rookie from the Realistic Versions. [14] [15] The name "Bryan Welsh" is a play on Ryan French, the person the Rookie from the Realistic Versions was modeled from.

PersonalityEdit

The Rookie is notably quiet, most likely to give players the ability to enjoy the interactions of the primary Ghostbusters and is sometimes portrayed as being quite clumsy (e.g. slipping off ledges, falling through a trap door, accidentally zapping a tree with his Proton Pack and being hit by moving book-cases). Very little is known about the Rookie, due to his quietness. He seems to be in his 20s.

If the player starts to slam lots of ghosts really hard, members of the team will say things like; "You're playing hardball, Rook!", or "NOBODY messes with the kid!". The Rookie is still shown to be a bit skittish at times as displayed when running away from a Golem or as seen in the Graveyard level, where he seems to be visibly scared at times. This is also true back in the Firehouse, as when he enters the bathroom and activates the showers he flinches with a yell from the intense heat from the water. He does manage to save the Ghostbusters a couple of times including on the Shandor Island level.

Other VersionsEdit

In the DS Version, the Rookie does not appear in the game at all.

In the Stylized Versions, there is also the choice to play as a Male Rookie or Female Rookie, however the Ghostbusters still refer to her as a him. Only in the Stylized Versions can the Rookie's gender be changed from default male to a female Rookie.

DevelopmentEdit

In 2006, the original Player character was modeled after Eric Schatz, a Terminal Reality level designer, but was replaced to due to a striking similarity to Half-Life's Gordon Freeman character. [16] [17] In reality, the model was always a temporary character made only for the green light build. [18]

Sierra Associate Producer Ryan French was the basis for the look of the Rookie, because the developers needed a "cheap and easy actor." After the green light build was approved, the development team knew they would have to select a new person to provide his likeness for the Rookie. Ryan French immediately volunteered and was met with some skepticism. At some point, it was decided a Hollywood celebrity actor would not be used for the Rookie's likeness. A few months later, the team approached French and asked if he was still interested. French agreed and Sony and Sierra ultimately agreed to use him. [19] [20] [21]

QuotesEdit

"Me too" is a line falsely believed to be spoken by the Rookie as the Ghostbusters are about to cross the streams to defeat Ivo Shandor. It is in fact Peter Venkman's line, which can be verified if one plays the game with subtitles on. The Rookie has no lines of dialogue in the game. He does, however, scream, grunt, and gasp a lot. Occasionally, he looks like he is going to speak only to be interrupted by one of the other Ghostbusters.

TriviaEdit

  • At one point, Terminal Reality Character Artist Jesse Sosa pushed hard for John Candy to be the Rookie. [22] [23]
  • At one point, Sarah Silverman was considered for a female Rookie and Andy Samberg for a male Rookie. [24]
  • On the Subscription Cover of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Rookie's photo is to the right of Janine.
  • In Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4, Peter likens Rookie to a Junior Birdman of America, a club for boys interested in building model airplanes. [25]

AppearancesEdit

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

IDW Comics

ReferencesEdit

  1. Peter Venkman, Rookie (2009). Ghostbusters: The Video Game (Realistic Version)- Central Park Cemetery Level, During Game's End Credits "After confrontation with Ivo Shandor" (2009) (PC/PS3/Xbox 360). Atari.
  2. Dramatis Personae page (2014). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #13" (2014) (Comic p.ii).
  3. PCOC File (2011). IDW Comics- "Issue #4" (2011) (Comic p.22).
  4. Egon Spengler (2011).IDW Comics- "Issue #3" (2011) (Comic p.12). Egon says: "Not the experimental pack our former associate used."
  5. Tristan Jones IDW Forums post #1
  6. Tristan Jones IDW Forums post #2
  7. Rookie (2012). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #13" (2012) (Comic p.4). Rookie says: "I'm not allowed to hire locally until there's a training program, which I'm not allowed to start. The guy who makes that call just does not like me for some reason."
  8. Rookie (2012). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #13" (2012) (Comic p.3). Rookie says: "Do you know how hard it is to hire in this town when you can't technically get a union certification?"
  9. Rookie (2012). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #13" (2012) (Comic p.4). Rookie says: "Eh, I got a couple'a temps outta Minnesota, for when something big comes up. And I hire some schmucks to sit around as bait every once in a while when I need that, so I make do."
  10. Rookie (2012). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #13" (2012) (Comic p.3). Rookie says: "It's my good-luck charm. Well, that and it really helps deflect angrey clients. They always blame my "supervisor.""
  11. Janine Melnitz (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4" (2013) (Comic p.8). Janine says: "I did. He was too busy - Chicago River turned to beer. Non-alcoholic beer. Ghost of a Prohibitionist."
  12. Special Agent Melanie Ortiz (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #11" (2013) (Comic p.5). Melanie says: "Y'know, there was a thing under the bed trying to take a little girl a few weeks ago and your guy in Chicago sent a report about a "Bogeyman" sighting at a school."
  13. "Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ryan French Interview" (ts. 4:14-4:22) Ryan says: "And the Ghostbusters don't even want to know your name. Because of what happened to the last guy. They don't want to be attached to somebody that's going to disintegrate."
  14. Tristan Jones IDW Forums post #1
  15. Tristan Jones IDW Forums post #2
  16. Game Informer "What You Didn't Know About Ghostbusters"
  17. skankerzero post #1 Ghostbusters Fans Forum "Terminal Reality (Ghostbusters TVG devs) has shut down" 12/20/13
  18. skankerzero post #2 Ghostbusters Fans Forum "Terminal Reality (Ghostbusters TVG devs) has shut down" 12/20/13
  19. "Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ryan French Interview" (ts. 0:50-1:41) Ryan says: "They needed a ah average looking Joe Blow off the street to play the Rookie character and I successfully campaigned for the spot. They all laughed at the time. This was back a year and half ago. They said, "You know one point we're going to have to choose a new character for this Rookie guy." And I literally raised my hand and said, "I volunteer." And everybody laughed. "Oh French, you're so silly." And then fast forward a few months when they really need this character done, they come back and say "So French, were you serious about that?" "Hell yeah, I am." I'm a big fan like everybody else working on the project. We're all all big fans. I did what I could and it worked out."
  20. "Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ryan French Interview" (ts. 1:49-1:54) Ryan says: "They needed an actual face to put on it and they didn't want to go with some big Hollywood person."
  21. "Ghostbusters: The Video Game, Ryan French Interview" (ts. 2:16-2:24) Ryan says: "I basically volunteered myself to lend my likeness for the Ghostbusters game. And Sony and Sierra ultimately agreed."
  22. "Crossing the Streams Radio Show Episode 29" 53:33-56:25
  23. skankerzero post Ghostbusters Fans 7/7/13
  24. "Crossing the Streams Radio Show Episode 29" 53:33-56:25
  25. Peter Venkman (2013). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #4" (2013) (Comic p.8). Peter says: "So how come you didn't call our little Junior Birdman out in Chicago?"
  26. Peter Venkman (2012). IDW Comics- "Ghostbusters Issue #9" (2012) (Comic p.28). Peter says: "Isn't this why we trained up that guy with the... I dunno, what's is face? With the eyebrows! And those other two!"


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