There were a lot of fantastic episodes in this series, but in this article, I'm going to highlight only the top 10 best episodes of the series. I'll admit, it was very challenging to pick favorites, but upon a lot of thought, these are the 10 I've picked.
10. I Scooby Dooby Do
"I Scooby Dooby Do" takes the number 10 spot in this list. On its own, admittedly, this was a very average episode of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! However, when you brought all the elements going on in this episode together, it made for a fantastic watch. The jokes were very spot-on and witty in this one. I particularly found myself amused with Fred's ascot joke, which honestly was perfect even without words. Shaggy's fear of giving his Best Man speech was a great addition to the plot, and Daphne's "views" on marriage are priceless! Speaking of Daphne, I loved the side-plot of the wedding dresses. It made her little freak-out moment with the Cliff Bride so much more hilarious (even though I must say she still looked super adorable in her wedding outfit!) My favorite part of the episode, though, was the bedroom scene, and the parents teaming up at the end so they could sabotage their kids' wedding together lol.
9. Mystery 101
Maybe this is too obvious of a choice, but the first episode still remains one of my favorites due to the humor in it, as well as the "reimagining" of the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episode with Elias Kingston. The puppets are definitely one of the classic gags in this series, and Fred's unorthodox fear of widths was very humorous. I'd say my absolute favorite line of the episode, just since it was so unexpected (particularly not being familiar with the series' humor style yet), was Velma's quote "Relax, the odds of all of us being attacked and/or further educated are negligible!"
I was reading my original review to this when I first watched it, and I found my comment here a bit interesting "Kate's voice really reminds me of Linda Cardellini playing Velma in the live action movies. I'm not sure that's what they were going for but I'm really liking it. It's funny, because I don't feel that way at all now having watched the full series. On a little side note, it's been really fun going back and re-reading all my reviews from the episodes on ScoobyAddicts these past few days!
8. Vote Velma
"Vote Velma" is the cutting edge of political satire, hands down. Just the fact that the voters just want to hear random stuff and not actually relevant information, is both amusing because of the implied joke and because it's actually so true in real life! All of the interactions between the gang were very snappy and flowed really well, particular when they were talking to the other mayoral candidates. Velma's "one great truth" that she likes pancakes nearly had me on the floor laughing! It was amusing as well that Violet looked near identical to Velma, yet no one actually mentioned it. And finally, Velma's final comment in the episode was perfect! "Well, I would have liked to declare martial law!" is the best way to end an episode lol.
7. In Space
Having watched the movie this episode was based off of (Ridley Scott's "Alien"), this really allowed me to enjoy this episode to its full potential. Turning the Space Kook into an alien virus where the infected become skull-headed aliens is such an amazing idea for a plot. Fred's "In Space" jokes were funny at first, but I'll admit this was the one part of the episode which became a bit old after a while. The addition of him saying it in Spanish ("En espacio!") at the end, however, did redeem the joke at least a little bit. This episode mainly stood out to me, however, because it got pretty dark compared to the other episodes. While I love the humor of this series, it was fun to have the series go a bit darker and explore the humor through the lens of a darker mystery. I won't ruin anything in case people haven't seen the episode, but I love how complex the mystery's solution was, especially compared to some of the other episodes in the series, which were a bit easier to solve. The little time warp gag where Shaggy and Scooby ran into the previously-caught monsters was a nice touch as well!
6. Party Like It's 1899
This one stood out to me because it placed the gang in different roles than we're used to seeing them in. I talk quite a bit about this episode in a different post, so I'll try not to repeat myself and just say that I enjoyed seeing the gang portray the unique and interesting characters at the murder mystery party. The addition of the Headless Count was also a cool one, especially when you consider how little-remembered the original Headless Spectre from Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? was!
5. Night of the Upsetting Shorts
Now that we're down to the top five, admittedly it got very tough to decide between my top 5 choices. All of these could easily be my favorite episodes for different reasons, and just because they each have such well-written plots! Though it was immensely challenging, I finally came up with an order.
"Night of the Upsetting Shorts" comes in fifth on my list. The humor was so witty in this one! In fact I found myself laughing throughout the entire episode. Fred's "upsetting shorts" were hilarious, and it makes me want to see what JCB actually had in mind for the original shorts design. For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, JCB mentioned on ScoobyAddicts that the design for Fred's shorts was supposed to be "even more upsetting," but WB changed the design at the last minute.
Velma dressing like a grandma was hilarious, and the fact that she didn't really intend to definitely enhanced the comedy level. Shaggy pretending Daphne was his girlfriend, and that he was the leader of the gang for his grandma was quite amusing as well. But none of that compares to my favorite part of the episode, which was Fred's America swimsuit at the end of the episode lol.
4. Some Fred Time
This was such a tough decision to put at #4! I want it to be #1, though the other three episodes beat it out just slightly. This episode made me laugh harder than any other episode in the series, and I'd go so far to say that it's one of the funniest episodes of the entire franchise. I wish I could list all the jokes I laughed really hard at, but it would probably take me several pages of typing to do so haha. The best jokes were the rich woman with her blinding diamond, Fred unmasking the "Vampire Werewolf Zombie Mummy Ghost from Outer Space" (pictured above) and especially him tackling the guy on the bike to unmask him! Fred pulling Velma's glasses off thinking they were a mask and his surprised look when saying "Velma Dinkley?!?" was definitely my biggest laugh-out-loud moment of the episode. The "no pictures" guy (can't remember his name at the moment) was also a memorable joke.
Jokes aside, I loved how much the gang's bonding was shown in this episode. Without Fred, you could really see what the series was going for, in terms of focusing on the gang's friendship and how they each contribute something to the group. This episode also allowed for the gang's personalities to really shine, and was the first episode I could really strongly see what JCB was talking about with the "three-dimensional characters" overarching idea of the series.
3. World of Witchcraft
This will probably sound silly, but this episode has such important message that really resonates with how I feel about the world. The only super memorable joke in this one (I feel kinda bad saying that, as there probably are some really good ones that I'm just not remembering at the moment) was Scooby's comment "logical, yet sociopathic!" which is probably my favorite line of Scooby's in the entire series.
The sub-plot about Daphne standing up for witches, and more importantly, being herself despite the townspeople's suspiciousness is such an important message. Being myself and not caring about what other people think of me has always been something that is really important to me personally. It is SO important to just be you, even if people are critical, and I loved that this episode tackled such a cool and mature topic - or actually topics, as it tackled both prejudice and being yourself. That is such an important message in my opinion, especially in the day and age of social media where people are worried about being "cool" to others. Those two underlying messages are what made me place this episode as high as I did, though I did enjoy Lewis Black (who voiced Mr. E) as the mayor and the cool and unorthodox choice of villain.
2. Professor Huh? Parts 1 and 6 3/4
I just reviewed this one earlier this week, so I'll try to keep this bit short and not be repetitive. The reason these two episodes are placed way they are, is because I felt all the parallels and references to the past episodes were such a great way to wrap up the series.
1. Doo Not Disturb
Taking the #1 spot in this list is "Doo Not Disturb!" This was definitely not a particularly funny episode, but just the fact of how creepy and dark it got made me fall in love with it immediately. In fact, JCB even said this episode was originally supposed to be much darker, but WB asked him to tone it down because it would be too scary for kids. To which my reaction was "I want darker anyway!" lol. The Ghost of Mother was sooo creepy, especially the little 15-second "ticking" warning before she appeared. As I mentioned in my top 10 villains post, I was practically yelling at my screen for Daphne to open the door in the scene where Mother is approaching Shaggy and Scooby haha. The dark plot of this episode definitely made this one my absolute favorite of the series.
New stills from the upcoming "Scoobynatural" crossover have been released, thanks to the the PaleyFest premiere screening last night. KSiteTV has posted 25 additional images from the crossover, which will air next Thursday, March 29 on the CW at 7 p.m. (central time zone).
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Week Day 4: How the Series Recreated Our Classic Favorite Episodes with a Fun, New Spin
Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! recreated a lot of classic memories for us fans, from recreating the gang with more three-dimensional, relatable personalities to giving us the origin of Scooby Snacks. But one of the things this show did best in my opinion is recreating old episodes in a fun, interesting way, without making them seem like we were simply watching a repeat. In today's article, I'd like to highlight some of the ways that the show recreated classic Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? mysteries with a new twist.
Though the episode was stylistically a bit different in setting, the premiere episode of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! does bare a striking resemblance to the original series episode, "What the Hex Going On?" Firstly, the episode redesigned a lesser-known classic villain, The Ghost of Elias Kingston (the difference is contrasted in the two pictures above). Additionally, several references were made throughout the episode to the original episode and setting. For example, when the university dean is explaining how the institution was built, he mentions that the founder, Elias Kingston, built it over his mansion. This is clearly a direct reference to the Kingston Mansion/Manor, which is where the gang stayed with their friend Sharon in the original episode.
I always thought it was cool that they decided to pick such a lesser-known/remembered episode, though I would presume it was probably due to this being Jon Colton Barry (the head writer)'s favorite episode of the show. He elaborates on this a bit in the interview I did with him on October 5, 2015, the day the show first premiered on television.
I grew up watching reruns of the classic, original series the most. I've always kinda liked the first season episode "What the Hex Going On?" with the Ghost of Elias Kingston. It's a strange episode. Watching the original series as we were developing the new series made me see the odd choices the gang would make sometimes in the past. Sharon's Uncle Stuart has been suddenly turned into a decrepit, elderly man by a ghost and they decide to "watch" him overnight instead of rushing the poor guy to a hospital? Who knows how much damage is done to someone when they're magically aged 40 years? And exactly where did this guy learn such remarkable make-up skills that he could fool them even up close? I've never even seen a big Hollywood movie where "old age" make-up looks very convincing. Haha.
I'm a huge fan of references and nostalgia myself, but what I like most about this series is that while it takes time to be nostalgic, and throws in those little nods to various series, it also knows when to add in a new spin on an old classic. The setting and situation is changed just enough where it doesn't feel repetitive or old and tired.
Party Like It's 1899
"Party Like It's 1899" is definitely one of my favorites of the first season. While it's great seeing the gang in their original personalities, it was also fun to explore this "new" version of the gang a bit more and see how they would act in such a "murder mystery" type of situation.
Besides this, it also reimagines one of my absolute favorite episodes, "Haunted House Hang-Up" in a really fun way. Throughout the years, I don't think we've ever actually seen the gang in a "murder mystery weekend" type setting before, even though that fits so well with the series (same argument I've had with how "A Christmas Carol" should have been parodied as it fits well with the tone of the show - which it finally was with "Scroogey Doo!" - but that's another topic). If I had to pick one villain from the original series that's underappreciated, it would definitely be the Headless Spectre. It's such a cool and spooky idea to have a ghost without a head (definitely spookier than the dreaded "sheet ghost" - quite literally just a guy with a sheet over his head, you can even see his legs! - which appears later on in the episode lol), so I'm glad this series gave him some love.
The setting, again, was quite similar to the original haunted house setting, and we even see a few subtle nods to the original episode. One of my favorite things about this episode though is Daphne and Fred's characters - the "bumbling gloves" line had me chuckling for quite a while. Daphne's line "Yep, that's me, set for stun. Pew pew!" was admittedly a perfect line as well, especially upon rewatch after you get to know the character more.
Where There's a Will, There's a Wraith
While the previous two villains were a bit more unconventional choices, these two villains are ones probably every Scooby fan knows. In "Where There's a Will, There's a Wraith," the same basic plot from the original episode, "A Night of Fright is No Delight," follows. The gang is forced to spend the night in a supposedly haunted mansion after Scooby is written into a deceased colonel's will. However, a ghost quickly appears and the gang has to solve the mystery. One striking similarity from the original episode is that "Where There's a Will" has the surprise twist of there actually being two identical ghosts as well. Though I love the original of course, I actually find myself liking the new design slightly more. The skeleton hands and tattered sheets add a bit more spookiness to the ghosts' designs, in my opinion. Additionally, the borrowed idea of using the relatives like in the original episode makes "Where There's a Will" much more nostalgic, especially as a fan who's been watching Scooby since childhood. The twist of the suspect's name being Casper Cosgoode is a really fun callback to Cosgoode Creeps as well! While having the house burn down is a much more extreme ending, it was also a cool new way to wrap up the episode that referenced the money being worthless in the original episode.
This episode definitely deviated the most from its original episode, but in my opinion, it's also one of the best episodes of the series. This episode, entitled "In Space" (after the recurring gag of Fred using this phrase after every sentence her says), reimagines the classic "Spooky Space Kook" episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? The plot is as follows: "After mistakenly parking on a spaceship's loading dock, Fred and the gang are sent in space where a virus turning people into skull aliens is rapidly spreading. The gang has to figure a way to solve the mystery and avoid becoming contaminated with the alien virus."
Pretty cool twist, considering the original episode just had the gang running around an abandoned airfield. This is one of things I love about Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! It can take something as simple as four teens and a dog running around an airfield and turn it into a creepy plot involving viruses that turn people into skull-headed aliens. According to a post made by JCB on the ScoobyAddicts forum, this episode was a request episode made by James Krenzke, who hoped to do an episode which referenced Ridley Scott's Alien film. Having seen that film, I must say that Krenzke and JCB did beautifully on this episode. The only thing I can honestly say I disliked was the constant repetition of Fred's "In Space" jokes. I found it funny the first few times, but it got a bit old after the first few times.
Naughty or Ice
This was another pretty good episode which called back to the classic "Scooby's Night with a Frozen Fright." The same basic plot is kept intact: a caveman is found frozen in ice, but is thawed out and comes back to life. The twist with this one, though, is that in the Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! adaption of the episode, the caveman is an exhibit in the Blakes' Ice Hotel.
I'd be lying, unfortunately, if I were to say that I loved this episode entirely. There were parts, like the bad ice puns and the Daphneism of the week, that I did not enjoy. From my perspective, Daphne blowing the vault didn't really make much sense, given it was her parents' hotel in the first place. Couldn't she have just asked them nicely to get her necklace back, rather than coming up with an elaborate plan and committing multiple illegal acts in the process, which ultimately got the gang thrown in jail?
There were parts, however, that I absolutely loved. Shaggy and Scooby teaching the Ice Man to talk was definitely my favorite part of the whole episode. I was practically on the floor laughing when the Ice Man triumphantly announced "My name is Ice Man! My name is Ice Man!" Although I must admit it (though still amusing) it was kinda sad when Shaggy and Scooby tricked the monster and ran away! He worked so hard lol!
Well, that about wraps up this article. Note that I didn't include some of the villains with simply had similarities to other previous villains, such as the Sea Monsters or the Ape Man. I believe JCB has said some of the villain references weren't intentional, though they went ahead and used them anyway despite the similarities. I hope you enjoyed reading this, and be sure to check back tomorrow for another new article!
One of my favorite parts of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! is how interesting and relatable the characters were. Though of course the previous versions of the gang were likable, I feel this series added a layer of three-dimensionality to their personalities. By doing so, it allowed them to be very relatable to us, the audience, and even more likable (at least in my opinion). Personally, I felt like I could relate certain aspects of my own personality to all 5 members of this updated version of the gang. In this article, I'll highlight how each member of this version of the gang has changed from their original characters, and how I feel like a bit of each of them relates to my own personality.
This updated version of Scooby is somewhat similar to the previous incarnations, but with a few distinct differences. Scooby still has his cowardly tendencies, but is a lot more witty in this version. He also only uses around 4 words per sentence, according to head writer Jon Colton Barry. In this version, Scooby is a lot more comedic than previously, and is often spot-on with most of his jokes.
As someone who enjoys making people laugh, I can definitely see a bit of Scooby in myself. Even if I'm not quite as witty and spot-on as Scooby is, regardless I still always love to put a smile on other people's faces and try to do so especially if I can tell the person is having a bad day.
Shaggy is still his same cowardly, hungry self in this series, and you may struggle to find any conspicuous differences in his character. However, I would argue that he's more full of a childlike-type wonder in this series. This is particularly present when he's with Scooby; the two of them seem to find a lot of enjoyment in the little things. You see this in a lot of episodes in this show, though the example that most comes to mind is "Pizza O'Possum's." In this episode, Shaggy is so filled with childlike wonder that he actually goes back to his childhood arcade just to get a child's toy.
I can definitely appreciate that quality in Shaggy. I still am very youthful even though I'm an adult, and still take a lot of pleasure in the little or whimsical things. I feel like I'll be one of those people that's still a kid at heart when I'm 80 lol.
In this series, Fred's character is closer than the original than it's been since...well, the original itself. Instead of being dimwitted and goofy as he's been since A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Fred is a natural born leader like he was in the original show. However, in this series, Fred is displayed as more of a control freak, and gets frustrated when life doesn't go his way. He likes order and expects everyone to follow him without hesitation.
Fred is probably the character that I can identify with the least, but I do have some minor similarities with him. Although I'm very laid back generally, I sometimes will be slightly overprotective of my own work and don't like people messing it up with telling me first. I also can be slightly nitpicky on things I'm passionate about, particularly the Scooby franchise haha.
Velma remains the smartest character of the gang in this iteration, but notably has more tendencies towards know-it-all-ism. However, the one thing she doesn't necessarily know is how to be social. She is very awkward socially and does not have a lot of people skills. Though I don't have the social awkwardness Velma does, I'm also very intelligent and occasionally have to push down my know-it-all-ism. I also pay very close attention to detail, and (as I mentioned) can get nitpicky sometimes if things aren't correct.
Daphne is the most changed of any character in the series. Departing from the original damsel-in-distress character, Daphne is an eccentric nonconformist, and regularly does very odd things. She's also very outgoing and optimistic, and enjoys being a "cheerleader" of sorts. She enjoys cheering people up and seeing them happy. Despite her perceived "oddness," she is always very perky and cheery.
Of all the characters, I identify with Daphne's personality the most. I am usually very cheerful and friendly, and tend to have a glass-half-full approach to life. I also love seeing everyone happy, so I act as a "cheerleader" of sorts when I see someone is down or clearly unhappy. Most prevalently, I have a very quirky personality and like Daphne, I totally own the fact that I do. I also don't really care what others think of me, as long as I'm happy with myself and who I am.
I hope you enjoyed this article! I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels they can relate to this version of the gang. If you feel you relate to any or all of the gang, I'm interested to see how if you choose to share in the comments!
According to TCM.com, there will be a third movie coming later in 2018. The movie will be titled "Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost", though the site also lists an alternate (possibly the original) title of "Scooby-Doo and the Hungry Ghost."
Last Spring, Giada DeLaurentiis posted a script on her Instagram account, which featured the Celebrity Chefs. This would also line up with the fan survey included in all Shaggy Showdown DVDs last Spring, which included an option where fans could vote if they wanted to see a Scooby-Doo film featuring Celebrity Chefs. If this Instagram post is related to the script Giada posted, the movie will feature Bobby Flay and Giada, and will have a "red ghost" as the villain.
Thanks to MattPriceTime and 24994j on the ScoobyAddicts forum for the info!
Captain Cutler is the only recurring character in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! to be voiced by two different voice actors. In season 1's "Game of Chicken," Cutler was voiced by Shaggy's voice actor Matthew Lillard. In season 2's "The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty," Cutler is voiced by Jeff Bennett.
In an interesting parallel, Bennett also took over another recurring character, Mr. E, for one episode only in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. This was the only recurring character in that series to have a change in voice mid-series as well.
There were a lot of great villains in Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! So many, in fact, that it was quite tough to pick just 10 to cover for this post! Here is my top 10 list of villains from Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! that were the creepiest, best designed, or just super cool.
This villain wasn't particularly spooky or scary, but it was quite an interesting choice of villain. This one just barely made the list, since it was such an unorthodox choice of villain in general, and even more so for a Christmas special. Admittedly though, his red eyes do make him look pretty menacing!
9. The Ghost of Archie Barnes
Most likely, in a few years, this villain will probably be an easily forgotten one in this series for most people. However, I though this villain was really genuinely creepy and wanted to include him in this list. His facial expression, in this picture above especially, is just so spooky looking! Although to be honest, monsters/ghosts with no pupils always freak me out haha. Additionally, the fact that he doesn't talk at all throughout the entire episode definitely amps up the creepy level! His 'hissing' that sounds like a film projector solidifies how well designed and scary-sounding he is!
8. Skull Aliens
I loved the Space Kook in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? episode, though if I'm honest I like this version of him as much, if not slightly more. The whole premise of this episode, especially with the aliens being a 'virus', made for a super creepy plot in addition to the creepy Skull Aliens!
I'm not generally afraid of clowns, but this one certainly passes the test for me! The whole episode in itself had a very spooky setting, but the timeliness factor of it definitely made Madcap all the more frightening. If you don't remember, around the time this episode aired, there were actually real-life people dressing up in clown outfits and walking around town to scare people. I know Madcap, particularly in this position with his teeth out and mallet over his head, would definitely scare me if I ran into him in real life lol!
6. Swamp Beast
This villain is just so well designed! The seaweed-ish swamp stuff hanging off of him makes him look super creepy, and the fact that some of it is falling off around his arms makes them look like skeleton arms! The glowing yellow eyes are also a nice touch! I do wish, however, that his voice would have been slightly creepier. It sounded a bit nasally, in my opinion, and took away from his otherwise spooky design.
5. The Grim Reaper
I loved all 8 of the villains from around the world in "Mysteries on the Disorient Express," but the Grim Reaper was by far my favorite. I thought it was definitely a bold move for a Scooby series, especially considering that some kids might be really afraid by the literal representation of death. However, I thought this episode handled it really well, while still taking no liberties on making the Reaper any less creepy. The red eyes and skeleton-angel wings are an amazing touch to his design!
4. The Demon of Salem
This villain gets major points in my book for just being plain unique. After all, how many times can you say you've seen a deer walking on its hind legs with bat wings haha? I'll highlight this further in my post on the episode coming later this week, but I really like this episode in general for having a really important lesson as an undertone. I'll also admit to finding the description of the villain a bit lame when I first read the episode summary, but he turned out to look really cool!
3. Headless Count
I love the Count's glowing head! As I'll mention in an upcoming post in a few days, the Headless Spectre from the original Where Are You series is such an underappreciated villain. I love how this series redesigned him and made him even creepier than he was originally!
2. Professor Huh?
It was a near impossible decision to pick between Professor Huh? and the next villain for #1! In the end, I decided to place Huh? as #2 in this list, though I just can't say enough about how awesome this villain is. The one-eye design and hand-puppet is super creepy, and even his trench coat adds to the spookiness a bit. My favorite part about his design, however, is the green hand on his head, which I took to mean an "unmasking" of sorts. That glowing hand is sooo spooky looking and awesome!
My favorite part about Huh? is his randomness. I love that kind of "silly for the sake of being silly" kind of humor, so I thoroughly enjoyed almost all of his random comments. I'd say my favorite is "I am not a Canadian citizen!" and the fact that he enjoyed hot-gluing multi vitamins to secret armed forces base helicopters lol. I really found myself identifying with Daphne's comment where she states "I finally like your father!" As someone who has a slightly eccentric sense of humor, I really appreciate Professor Huh? and his nonsensical randomness. Honestly, it makes me want another episode devoted to the professor committing random and inexplicable crimes!
1. The Ghost of Mother
As I said, it was nearly impossible to pick the #1 villain just because there are so many great ones in this series. Eventually, I decided that my absolute favorite villain in the series is the Ghost of Mother, who takes the #1 spot on this top 10 list. This episode in general was so creepy, and the fact that Mother never spoke made her even spookier. The 'rules' and odd behavior of the supporting characters in this episode definitely added to this for me. The ticking noise when Mother was about to come felt like some sort of horror movie! And on a final note, I'll admit that I was practically yelling at my screen when Daphne wouldn't let Shaggy and Scooby in as Mother was closing in on them. That scene was creepy and haunting in so many ways!
I hope you all enjoyed this list, and if you feel inspired to share your own top 10 list of favorite villains, I'd love to read them! :)
Here are the Scooby-Doo comic solicitations for June 2018 from Newsarama!
SCOOBY APOCALYPSE #26
Written by KEITH GIFFEN and J.M. DeMATTEIS
Art by RON WAGNER and ANDY OWENS
Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant cover by MIKE PERKINS
With one of their own dead, the members of the Scooby gang wrestle with their grief. But there’s precious little time to mourn, because a new threat is rising—one that may spell an end to the gang’s hope of building a haven for the survivors of the nanite plague.
On sale JUNE 13 • 32 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
SCOOBY-DOO TEAM-UP #39 (Feat. The Justice Society of America)
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by DARIO BRIZUELA
To stop a spectral menace in the 21st century, the gang will have to travel back through time to solve the mystery before it even begins. But that’s easier said than done, as visiting World War II means facing spies, saboteurs and Nazi monsters! Good thing the gang isn’t alone, fighting side by side with the Golden Age’s premiere superhero team: the Justice Society of America!
On sale JUNE 27 • 32 pg, FC • $2.99 US • RATED E
SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU? #94
Written by SHOLLY FISCH
Art and cover by RANDY ELLIOTT
Scooby and the gang have faced yetis on distant mountain peaks before…but on a fitness center’s climbing wall in the middle of the city?! Our heroes will have to scale the heights to get to the bottom of the mystery of the Abominable Indoor Snowman—if they can conquer Shaggy’s fear of heights, that is.
On sale JUNE 20 • 32 pg, FC • $2.99 US • RATED E
Note that there is no cover art available at this time for this comic, and additionally that this is being released on the third Wednesday of the month, rather than the usual second.
Hi everyone and happy Be Cool, Scooby-Doo week! As I previously mentioned in my post last week, this week is all about celebrating the 14th incarnation of the show and the impact it's had on the Scooby franchise. Every day, I plan to post a new article highlighting and discussing a different aspect of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! Additionally, be sure to check the blog tomorrow for a special Be Cool, Scooby-Doo edition of Fun Fact of the Week. The show may have officially ended in the U.S. this morning, but here at ScoobySnax.com we're going to continue celebrating the show all week long!
As another fun way of remembering the show, the head writer of Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, Jon Colton Barry, will be doing a Q&A session with fans right here on the ScoobySnax blog. If you have a question you would like Jon to answer, please submit it to this form! While JCB will aspire to answer all questions, please realize that there may be certain questions he is unable to answer. This is an amazing opportunity which, admittedly, not many people in his position would take the time to do, so let's please remember to be respectful and appreciative!
To conclude the special week, Jon will post his answers to all your questions on Saturday evening. I'll post another reminder sometime on Saturday morning in case you haven't had a chance to submit your question.
I hope you all enjoy Be Cool, Scooby-Doo week, and be sure to check back every day for a brand new post on the blog!
One of the things many people asked for in the survey last week was for me to post more reviews on the blog. So, I thought, is there any better way to celebrate the series finale today than to post a review of the series finale?
I do realize, however, that Boomerang did choose to air "Pizza O'Possum's / The Curse of Half-Beard's Booty" as the series finale, rather than "Professor Huh?". However, besides the fact that "Professor Huh?" wraps up the series more logically, head writer Jon Colton Barry also confirmed that it should have been aired as the series finale. Since I trust JCB fully, especially when we're talking about Boomerang and their wacky scheduling decisions, I've decided to observe "Professor Huh?" as the true series finale even though it aired differently in the US.
Without further ado, here's my review of both parts of "Professor Huh?"
The episode starts off at a high-security prison. A prison guard is getting ready to feed the prisoners' the dinner they requested (along the way, we get to see several previously incarcerated BCSD villains). The prison guard is getting ready to feed a prisoner his meal request, which is what any normal person would request for dinner - a picture of the space station astronauts with the words "I DON'T HAVE DIMPLES!" written over it with orange marker, all garnished with a lime peel. Pretty standard request, right? Much to the prison guard's shock, the prisoner is not in his cell. He has escaped, while somehow getting a live llama (with a self-destructing note, I might add) into his isolated jail cell. The entire prison goes on lockdown, only to have the prisoner attack the prison ward.
The rest of the episode starts like a standard episode - at least, at first it does. The gang is invited to a bank by the president Gary Moon. They are escorted to President Moon's office by his assistant, also named Gary Moon. After they get in to see President Moon, he reveals that he was not actually the one that hired them. To Fred's horror, the person who asked the gang to come was his old detective friend, Rose, whom he has since broken off contact with. Rose blackmails Fred with a nonsensical request that he must drop a Caesar salad into the ocean (very good threat by the way, I should try that with one of my enemies some time! lol), which prompts Rose to ask him if it makes him want to say "Huh?" Fred's face immediately turns gaunt, and he drives to the prison with the gang. The security guards are initially reluctant to let him in, but once he says that he is Fred Jones, they allow him to enter.
The gang quickly finds out that the escaped prisoner is named Professor Huh?, and he is actually Fred's father. Fred explains that him and Rose had worked to solve the Professor Huh? case when they were kids, but eventually realized it was his own father committing the crimes. Meanwhile, Shaggy and Scooby wait outside for Fred, Daphne and Velma, but find a "conveniently placed pretzel stand" near the prison. They order two pretzels sandwiched between two larger pretzels, served on an even larger pretzel. (I'll admit I laughed pretty hard at this, though it actually sounds kind of good haha) The person who serves them appears to be a hand puppet, and gives them a man's sneaker instead of what they ordered. Shaggy and Scooby demand to speak to the manager, who reveals himself to be Professor Huh? (who is also connected to the hand puppet). As Shaggy and Scooby usually do, the cowardly duo run away from Huh? and hide in the Mystery Machine, hoping he didn't follow them.
The rest of the gang returns to the Mystery Machine to find a frightened Shaggy and Scooby. They say that they ran into a strange man with hand puppets who attacked them, which Fred identifies to be Professor Huh?. As they drive away, Huh? is revealed to be hiding in the back seat of the Mystery Machine. As the gang panics, Professor Huh? declares "I am not a Canadian citizen!" (One of the best lines from Huh? in the episode!) The gang confusedly asks "huh?" to which Fred says "exactly!"
The gang stops the van and bails out, whilst they split up. Shaggy and Scooby go into a haircut salon, and Professor Huh? follows them. As usual, Shaggy and Scooby dress up to trick the villain, this time as hair stylists. Because Professor Huh? never does anything for a logical reason, he requests that Shaggy and Scooby shave his eyebrows off and put them on his shoulders with a Croissant. Shaggy and Scooby become confused and inform Huh? that they do not know how to do that. Professor Huh? shows them how, and actually removes their eyebrows with a Croissant (complete with razor sound effects, which I thought was an interesting touch) and puts them on their shoulders. In confusion, Shaggy and Scooby run out of the salon and realize Professor Huh? has tricked them and ran away. In one of the best moments of the first part, Shaggy and Scooby finally realize how it feels to be tricked and yell out in frustration.
Fred and the gang find Shaggy and Scooby and ask them if they are okay, to which they say "we don't know!" as they put their eyebrows back in their proper position on their faces. The gang finds a subway ticket in the back of the van from Fred's father, much to Fred's confusion, as Huh? doesn't leave clues, or do anything for any logical reason. Fred gives the example of the time Professor Huh? committed a crime against an armed forces base, where he inexplicably hot-glued multivitamins to all their helicopters. (Btw, that is an awesome sounding crime lol) The gang follows Huh? to the Subway station, where they run into him and he chases them singing the "Happy Birthday" song. The gang climbs on top the train, just as Professor Huh? nearly catches them and subsequently yells "baboon face!" in frustration when he is unable to catch up to them. The gang eventually loses Huh?, but quickly realizes that he was leaving them clues to go to the space station.
When they finally arrive at the space station, the gang finds Huh? tampering with the security system. In a bold move, Fred handcuffs himself to Huh? twice (the first time he accidentally handcuffed Huh?'s pet llama). Rose appears with the police and accuses Fred of working with his father. Fred says that's ridiculous and the gang confirms that he would never help anyone commit an illegal act. Rose alludes to the fact that Fred is keeping a secret from them, prompting Fred to reveal that he chose to protect his father as a child. Despite that he had enough evidence to put his father in jail for his crimes, he covered up the proof. However, Rose found out about what Fred was doing and had his father arrested and thrown in prison. Rose claims that this is enough evidence to have the police arrest Fred and the gang, but before they can, the gang escapes with Professor Huh? on the space shuttle.
....and cue the suspenseful music to signify the end of part 1!
Part 2 picks up with Professor Huh? sitting by a fireplace, recapping to his audience the events of the previous part. He warns kids not to try this at home, but then shouts "TRY IT AT THE DENTIST'S OFFICE!"
The gang is still in orbit with Professor Huh?, but Fred reminds them of the modifications he made to the Mystery Machine while they were "in space!" Fred sets the Mystery Machine to airplane mode, and programs it to come up and rescue them. The gang jumps out of the spaceship into the Mystery Machine, whilst Professor Huh? stays behind and kindly reminds them "That delivery took more than 30 minutes. That means my zebra is free!" The gang lands safely on the ground, leaving the fate of Huh? unknown as the rocket crashes and blows up.
The gang goes incognito in the outfits of the team from "Grand Scam" and paint over the Mystery Machine with white paint. The police quickly realize what's going on and chase them, but Fred activates the new "split up" function of the Mystery Machine, which quite literally splits the Mystery Machine in half. The majority of the police chase Fred, per his ex-friend Rose's request, but one car chases Shaggy and Scooby. In an odd turn of events, Shaggy and Scooby end up behind the police car and pretend to be policemen. They pull the real policemen over, whilst taking a picture of them and then asking them if they had seen the people in the picture. The policemen dimwittedly believe the ruse, and Shaggy asks where they last saw themselves. The real police say they are right there, to which Shaggy answers "Good, then you couldn't have gotten very far!" before speeding away in the Mystery Machine. The policemen realize they have fallen for a trap, and one of them yells in frustration, claiming "it just came out."
Still fugitives from the law, the split-up gang runs into each other (literally) and the Mystery Machine comes back together. They become trapped by the police, but Fred drives off the bridge in order to escape. Rose and the police believe that the gang has met their demise. Unbeknownst to them, Fred had planned it that way all along and switches the Mystery Machine to "bottom feeder mode." While underwater, Velma realizes her phone is being tracked and begins to wonder if Rose is part of a conspiracy. Meanwhile, Fred reminds Daphne of her beef with all sea creatures (from "All Paws on Deck") and uses it to the gang's advantage. Daphne gets the sea creatures riled up, and they attack the police and military boats, allowing the gang to escape in the Mystery Machine while in helicopter mode.
The scene switches to Rose and her gang entering the bank to see Gary Moon. Gary says he believes Rose is now committing illegal acts, and says he will have no part of it. Rose admits that she is committing illegal acts in order to frame Fred and the gang, so she can become the most successful mystery solver ever. The gang then comes out of a closet and catches Rose red-handed. Gary Moon reveals himself to actually be Fred in disguise, and the "Fred" that caught Rose was actually Shaggy in disguise. Oddly, Scooby is in the bottom half of Fred's costume as well (which looks unimaginably uncomfortable, as there's physically no way he could have existed in that costume lol). Velma and Daphne reveal that they are actually dressed up as each other, because they wanted to be part of the fun and felt left out.
The gang recorded Rose's confession on Fred's phone, but Rose grabs the phone from him and throws it out the window. Just when all seems lost, Professor Huh? drives the helicopter-mode Mystery Machine up to the window and gives Fred the phone, so he can clear his name. He also complains the potato chips are stale, despite that there aren't actually any potato chips in sight lol. Professor Huh? says he wants to turn himself in, but Fred uses his remote control to seal his father inside the van, and allows him to escape in the van. Rose and her group are tied up and taken into custody by police.
The next morning, Fred goes out to his garage (his house is painted the colors of the Mystery Machine, which I found a stylistically interesting addition to the episode). He finds the Mystery Machine parked in the garage, and expects to find his dad waiting in the van for him. He opens the van, but instead finds Huh?'s llama with a note. The note reads, "I love you son. This note will self-destruct in 3, 2, 1." The llama then eats the note, leaving Fred no trace of the note or his father. End of series.
Aww! Doesn't that get you right in the feels? </3
Admittedly, I was so sad when I watched this for the first time! I was totally like, "It can't end like this! It's supposed to be a happy ending!" lol.
I absolutely loved this episode, and it was a great way to end the series. The dialogue was very witty in addition, which is one of the things I really loved about this show. Daphne's "That must be one bad llama to end up in here!" comment when she sees the llama in jail is priceless! The references to past episodes, in particular, were a really nice way to wrap the series up neatly.
Easily my favorite part of the episode was Professor Huh? I love jokes that are just silly for no other reason than to be silly, so naturally Huh? was awesome. I love randomness too haha. Daphne's comment that she finally liked Fred's father was similar to the way I felt, as I have a bit of an eccentric sense of humor, so I tend to appreciate off-color jokes more. I wish, however, that Huh? would have been more random in part 2. His jokes were great in the first part, but in honesty, his jokes in the second part were kinda lame, other than the dentist's office and zebra ones. I heartily enjoy the idea of a villain committing random crimes for no logical reason haha.
I thought the story arc with Rose was really clever as well, especially how it tied in to the season 1 finale and "Ghost in the Mystery Machine." As I mentioned, I loved the ending as well, but I felt it would have been stronger if it somehow tied back into the gang's friendship, as that's what the underlying plot of the series was.
Overall, these two episodes were great and I absolutely adored them. I'll be optimistic here and end with saying that I hope they go down in Scooby history!