Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Twist On Old Classic

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So Netflix put Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated on their platform. It may be new to Netflix but this gem came out in 2010. I’d say Scooby-Doo is pretty up there on my list of childhood shows but I’d have to check with my mom. Since it was winter break, I binged all 52 episodes. Spoilers ahead!

What makes Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated different from the norm?

To my knowledge, this is the only Scooby-Doo series that has an overarching story. The show has a base set of Crystal Cove: the Spookiest Town on Earth! A place where witches, goblins, ghouls, and phantoms run rampant. The gang is a bunch of thankless high school students solving the mysteries of the town. 

The overarching story starts when the gang hears the town is cursed and receives letters/mysteries from a ‘Mr. E’. From there, it’s a whole rabbit hole. They learn there used to be a mystery-solving gang in the town before them and all of the members of the original gang disappeared. Turns out one of the original Mystery Incorporated was a bird called Prof Pericles and he’s imprisoned at the start of the show. They have a Saw-like experience in this giant underground mansion and in the end, they receive a pizza-slice-shaped object. This pizza slice is the key to an unfathomable treasure. There’s much more in terms of the overarching story but I don’t want to spoil too much. 

Another interesting part of this series is the gang’s relationships with each other which is not really covered in any of the other Scooby-Doo adaptations I’ve seen. At the start, Shaggy and Velma are dating but not publicly. I.e. no one but Shaggy, Velma, and the audience knows about it. They break up eventually and it was a cool exchange to see these two go from friends to lovers to good terms. Velma doesn’t put up with Shaggy’s BS for a second and it’s interesting. Daphne and Fred also have an interesting relationship. They start out with Daphne having a crush on Fred to Fred realizing he has feelings for her to dating to engaged to broken up to back together. An emotional rollercoaster for sure. That’s not even mentioning Scooby’s cute cocker spaniel girlfriend, Nova.

What I liked:

  • They bring back iconic characters like the Hex girls, Blue Falcon, and Dynamutt but put their own twists on the styles of the characters
  • the mystery-solving gangs of the past are a cool concept.
  • The inner gang dynamics
  • the conspiracies behind the town
  • the classic monsters/bad guys
  • the overarching story
  • Janet Nettles and Angel Dynamite are my favorites
  • there are actual consequences (death) in this show which I appreciate
  • No oblivious parents either!
  • Kronk and the sheriff have the same voice actor and it’s awesome.
  • There’s an on-going avocado joke

What could have been better:

  • Scooby-Doo makes for very good background noise but it’s not enthralling so they lost me in the second half of the second season.
  • In all of the Scooby-Doo I’ve seen, the bad guy is always a person. It’s never something actually supernatural. This adaptation decided to break this rule for the overarching story villain and I don’t feel as though it packed as much of a punch as the season 1 finale. It felt almost disappointing.
  • I feel like there could have been more balance between overarching story episodes and filler episodes.
  • The parents are neglectful in this show.
  • When the gang enters a romantic relationship with someone, none of the relationships are healthy. The healthiest is between Scooby and Nova.

Final Thoughts:

Thank you for reading my take on Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, I’d give it a solid 7/10. Comment below who your favorite Scooby-Doo character is! If you like my content, consider subscribing to my mailing list and if you want a review on something similar, click here.

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