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Recap / Scooby Doo Mystery Inc S 1 E 1 Beware The Beast From Below

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The series premiere starts off as a typical mystery in which the gang, who aren't quite like you remember them, chase down a more menacing monster than we're used to and ending with Daphne stumbling onto a clue to a deeper, more dangerous mystery.

The episode provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: As per usual for Scooby-Doo, but justified here: The adults want the monsters for tourism no matter what happens. Averted with Professor Raffalo and Angel though the professor is the Monster of the Week but Angel sticks around for the rest of the series.
  • Ambiguous Situation:
    • Mayor Jones silently expresses shock and averts eye contact when Daphne reveals that they found a mysterious locket in the caves. His reaction suggests he is familiar with the locket.
    • An unknown man contacts the Mystery Inc. over the phone at K-Ghoul.
  • As You Know: The Cold Opening reveals that the Mystery Inc., unlike previous continuities, is not loved by the the town for debunking mysteries. It also turns out that this town is their hometown, as they still live with their parents. The Sheriff also reveals to the audience that Fred's father is the mayor of this town, revealing that the show takes place in a different continuity from Scooby-Doo! Pirates Ahoy! as Fred's father in that film was an ordinary guy.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Daphne asks why Professor Ruffalo would need money when he's got a job as a teacher. The flat look the man gives them as a reply makes them realize it was pretty obvious why he needed money.
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  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Inverted. It turns out that Professor Raffalo is doing the scheme for money because he can't make a lot of money at his teaching job. Also averted with Frankilin Fruitmeyer, who isn't behind the plot using his dessert to cocoon innocent people.
  • Disguised in Drag: Shaggy and Scooby to investgate Fruitmeyer, since Velma and Daphne had a good reason for not doing it: they refused.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: The mysterious caller at the end of the episode warns the gang of this now that they've found the locket.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: The teaser segment finds the gang in the county lockup on a trespassing charge. It's implied that this is a common occurrence.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The gang's being chastised by their parents for upsetting the town's financial applecart tells us a lot about them and the town of Crystal Cove.
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  • Foreshadowing: Many things Velma brings up during the tour are major plot points. And so's that locket Daphne finds and Mayor Jones' reaction to it.
  • I Love Nuclear Power: Turns out in this cartoon, radioactive material not only doesn't kill you, it makes for a delicious frozen treat.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The lead foreman, voiced by Gary Cole, looks like his voice actor. Mayor Jones also looks like a younger and black-haired version of Gary Cole as well.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: At first, it seems like another lax action-adventure Saturday morning cartoon with the usual everyday problems between the cast. It starts to get noticeable that there's something bigger going on when Daphne finds a lost locket that has nothing to do with their current mystery, with Mayor Jones and an unknown caller apparently knowing what it means but refuse to divulge details for an unknown reason.
  • It Has Only Just Begun: What the unknown caller says to the gang at the end of the episode.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: The parents would like their kids to focus on some other things besides mysteries, since they can't just focus their whole life on mystery-solving. However, it's mostly because they want to mold their kid into what they want, not what their kids want or need.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Velma snarkily calls her parents, “reboot parents”.
  • Memento MacGuffin: The locket seems to be an object of emotional importance, as it holds a picture of a young woman and man.
  • Nostalgic Music Box: Whenever the locket is shown onscreen, it plays a short but somber, mysterious song, implying that it holds a Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Rewatch Bonus:
    • The episode title has a Double Meaning. It is revealed later in the show that the Big Bad behind the show's Myth Arc is also sealed away in Crystal Cove's caverns. Daphne finding Judy's locket sets off the show's chain of events.
    • Why was Mayor Jones shocked and angry to see the locket, but didn't say anything about it? The locket was the Iconic Item of the original Mystery Inc., whose disappearance he was responsible for.
    • Similarly, why did Sheriff Stone seem to have no idea what the locket was, either? It's a Red Herring. He doesn't know anything about it either, he was just being his usual awkward self.
    • How did the man at the end of the episode contact the kids at K-Ghoul? Angel contacted Mr. E. after she saw that the kids had one of their lockets from their Mystery Incorporated days, hence why she doesn't look surprised when they receive his call.
  • Rube Goldberg Machine: Fred's trap, and unnecessarily so. And he put the cage over the gang, instead of the monster! Oops.
  • Secret Ingredient: Fruitmeirs seem to be made up of biohazardous if not radioactive material that had been abandoned for some time in the catacombs below Crystal Cove. Surprisingly, nobody seems to be disturbed by this revelation and instead focus on the fact that this means that the monster's weakness is that it is edible.
  • Secret Relationship: Velma and Shaggy's, though it's only a secret because Shaggy is afraid of Scooby's reaction. This sets up most of the conflict in their relationship for the first half of the season and a bit afterward.
  • Shout-Out: To the 1985 horror film The Stuff about a dessert treat found in a mine that no one can properly identify.
  • Two Scenes, One Dialogue: The dialogue between the kids and their parents overlaps.
  • Wham Line: When Daphne asks Professor Raffalo about the locket, he responds that he's never seen it before. As this means that the locket has nothing to do with the episode's mystery, it's the first sign that there's more to this series than a typical Monster of the Week show.


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