Mystery Inc. Magnum Opus of the Scooby Doo Franchise
In every franchise, a show is created so good, that some say nothing afterward will ever reach its quality
. For Power Rangers
it Was Power Rangers RPM
or Power Rangers In Space
. For Superhero cartoons, it was the DCAU
But for this, there is no doubt that NOTHING the Scooby Doo
Franchise ever produced or will produce will ever reach what they created in Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated
Planned in a 52 episode story arc in the veins of Darker And Edgier
, this series is the new gold standard for Scooby Doo products and perhaps even for western animation.
Starting with the old cliches of a teenage team of mystery solvers in their City Of Adventure
Crystal Cove, things change. Character Development
turns Fred into a brave but emotionally stunted trapster, Daphne into a complex character in her love story with Fred, Velma into a Teen Genius
who almost reaches Skeptic No Longer
with the supernatural (but for good reason), Shaggy and Scooby into people with braver sides. The monsters are far more scary. While most of the mysteries are still the Scooby Doo Hoax
, it's tradition.
The Animation is smooth and stylized, with its own distinct feel and sometimes using CGI for big groups. Although keeping the classic outfits, there's modern technology, and high brow concepts like String Theory are used in ways younger viewers can understand.
Most episodes are scary and intricate. (most) However, the Myth Arc
is awesome. Interesting, carrying points from every episode, haunting, and yes, Nightmare Fuel
. It's weird thinking about this when the first episodes have romance as the focus outside mysteries, but by the end, the whole show reads like a really good mystery.
Ultimately, that's why it's a series that should never have worked. Continuity Lock Out
is a major problem in the series, especially in season 2 if you lose track. Further, the cognitive dissonance between this being a scooby doo show and it being a borderline Cosmic Horror Story
with murder and death will put off some viewers. However, if you give it a chance (and at least 4 episodes), you'll find a show about friendship, hope, intellect, investigation, and facing down evil.
This was the greatest creation to ever use Scooby Doo, and I hope its legend will grow. What else can I say but, Scooby Dooby DOOOOOOO!!!!