In Ghostbusters 2, why is the patch on the uniform giving a peace sign? Obviously in the context of the real world the new logo makes sense. However, in the reality of the movie, why would they make a patch that basically looks like a symbol meaning "No ghosts offering peace"?

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    Could be V for victory rather than being a peace symbol. – MJ6 Jun 22 '14 at 18:01
  • I really like your thought but can you back it with references? – Mr. Manager Jun 22 '14 at 20:20
  • Well, why do you think it is a peace sign in the first place? It could be a two (when counting anglosaxon), a ny for nike, a v for victory, or a peace sign. The only thing that immediately makes sense -out of universe- is the two. I can't remember any preference for one or the other in universe except for the cheap trick that Walt explained, which favors the two. (Personal note: Reading it without context as peace sign would be the last item on my preference list.) – his Jun 24 '14 at 0:24

I'm guessing the (rather flimsy) in-movie excuse is that it's supposed to illustrate they're back in business, which is emphasized in the (deleted) full version of their in-movie TV commercial:

STANTZ: That's right -- Ghostbusters. We're back and we're better than ever with twice the know-how and twice the particle-power to deal with all your supernatural elimination needs... And to celebrate our grand reopening, we're giving you twice the value with our special half-price 'Welcome Back' service plan.

  • This was actually in the movie on the Netflix version. – Mr. Manager Jun 23 '14 at 11:28
  • The entire commercial? Good to know! – Walt Jun 23 '14 at 11:29
  • Yes, I believe we are soon going to live in a world where "Deleted Scenes" a thing of the past. I think these "non essential" scenes were usually removed because VHS/DVD could only store so many minutes. – Mr. Manager Jun 23 '14 at 11:32

I never thought of this as a peace sign; I always just thought of it as two fingers for the number two, as in "Ghostbusters II". This makes more sense in the context of the original poster.

Ghostbusters II

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    Er, that's not what Mr. Manager asked. I think he's aware that it refers to the sequel in reality; he was just wondering how they explain the sign in the movie, where it makes less sense and it just looks like a ghost making a peace sign. – Walt Jun 22 '14 at 17:39
  • @Walt Well, the answer to this seems "not". – Napoleon Wilson Jun 22 '14 at 19:35

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