Amazon has just posted the covers to the Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries novel series releasing on August 1, 2021. Here are each of the covers:
Weekly Poll #66
Here are the results from last week's question:
What is your favorite original video game villain?
Mastermind - 11
Dragon - 10
Phantom of the High School Musical - 5
Headless Stuntman - 4
Cotton Candy Glob - 4
Bug Man - 2
Ghost Pirates - 2
Ghoul King - 2
Guitar Ghoul - 2
Stone Dragon - 2
Yeti - 2
Evil Clown - 1
El Scaryachi - 1
Faceless Rider - 1
Fire-Breathing Groupie - 1
Kung Fu Maiden - 1
Ninja - 1
Red Knight - 1
Count Bagosi - 0
Circus Strongman - 0
Ghost of Hambridge - 0
Ghost Hunter Haunter - 0
Ghost Shark - 0
Lobster MKIV - 0
Toy Robotus - 0
Zombies - 0
I really liked this episode! It felt very The New Scooby-Doo Movies like to me with it just being Shaggy, Scooby and the guest star for most of the episode. I thought the Mud Men were amazing villains, and Axl Rose was a great guest star. The real star of the episode for me was the settings, however. Both of them had such a creepy vibe to it and really made the episode for me.
Note that I have labeled this episode #49 because that's what the Boomerang streaming service URL lists it as. I can rearrange the episodes if need be once the rest gets released.
For the first time in a long time, let's update the rankings! This one ranked very highly for me, at #6/42.
1. I Put a Hex on You!
2. Total Jeopardy!
3. The Horrible Haunted Hospital of Dr. Phineas Phrag!
4. The Last Inmate!
5. The Dreaded Remake of Jekyll & Hyde!
6. Dark Diner of Route 66!
7. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
8. One Minute Mysteries!
9. Dance Matron of Mayhem!
10. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
11. Too Many Dummies!
12. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
13. The Feast of Dr. Frankenfooder!
14. The Internet on Haunted House Hill!
15. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
16. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
17. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
18. A Run Cycle Through Time!
19. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
20. A Fashion Nightmare!
21. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
22. The 7th Inning Scare!
23. The Crown Jewel of Boxing!
24. Scooby On Ice!
25. Lost Soles of Jungle River!
26. Caveman on the Half Pipe!
27. A Moveable Mystery!
28. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
29. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
30. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
31. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
32. The New York Underground!
33. The Phantom, the Talking Dog, and the Hot Hot Hot Sauce!
34. Hollywood Knights!
35. Fear of the Fire Beast!
36. The Hot Dog Dog!
37. Quit Clowning!
38. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
39. Space Station Scooby
40. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
41. The Fastest Food Fiend!
42. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided
The Axl Rose episode, "Dark Diner of Route 66!" is now available on the Boomerang streaming service and app in the United States! This makes me think that we will likely get a new episode every week. In addition to this, an interview with Chris Bailey revealed that our final missing guest star will be Terry Bradshaw. By process of elimination, this means Terry's episode will be "Falling Star Man!" and KISS's will be "The Legend of the Gold Microphone!" (as having Terry be in the musical episode wouldn't make sense when we know there's going to be a football episode.
Note that this review contains spoilers so I would not recommend reading it if you haven't seen the film yet.
I really liked this film a lot! The setting of both the town of Norville and the kingdom of Camelot was really cool and genuinely felt mysterious. I didn't even really mind that the time travel was all fake, to be honest. The explanation for why it was fake made total sense and didn't feel like a cop-out like the two sequel movies from 2019. I did kind of like the twist at the end (both of them, actually), especially the one where no one knew where Merlin came from or who he was. I didn't really like how ridiculous they made Merlin (or the fact that King Arthur has "posh king" jewelry like a rapper would have lol)
The villain was excellent! I loved how creepy she was and how she could shape-shift into a dragon. That Black Knight was genuinely pretty spooky too once he had his helmet off, and I would have liked to see more him!
I liked how they dove into Shaggy's ancestry for this one. It's cool to know a bit more about his family, even if we didn't get to meet any additional members. I assume the Camelot ancestry was on his mom's side though since she gave him the amulet. His dad's side must be the one with the werewolf curse we saw in "Moonlight Madness" (The Richie Rich / Scooby-Doo Show) haha.
Velma was a lot more likeable in this film, IMO. Even though she was still skeptical, it wasn't over-the-top like it has been in the past three films. I didn't really like the characterization of Daphne though. Her quirkiness felt incredibly forced to me, especially how she thinks reality is a simulation. The writers of Be Cool and Maxwell Atoms did a good job, but the writer for this film really just didn't capture the quirky Daphne I like.
Lastly, I felt like all the references were super cool. The ones I caught were the airport guy's name being HB, the gang being from Crystal Cove again (interesting they seem to have switched the location in the main canon), Barney Rubble, and then all the flashback scenes we see when the gang is time traveling. I caught scenes from the following episodes: Moon Monster Madness, Happy Halloween, Where's My Mummy?, Zombie Island, Beach Beastie, the A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Be Cool, Scooby-Doo! intros, the first episodes of Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated and The New Scooby-Doo Movies, "A Night Louse at the White House" from The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries. A scene from Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels is also shown. I thought it was super interesting how much they made Thundarr the Barbarian a part of it! For those who haven't seen the show though, it's actually pretty dark and is nothing like how silly it's portrayed in the film.
Overall, I found this to be a really good movie and as good as Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!
According to Rolling Stone, at the very least, we will be getting the Axl Rose episode of Guess Who on Thursday on the Boomerang Streaming Service. Here's the description: When Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy, and Scooby take a road trip down historic Route 66, they encounter a mysterious group of mud men who steal the Mystery Machine. While stranded in the desert, they check out an abandoned diner “to see if they have Wi-Fi inside” — Daphne’s priorities — where they discover Axl, who turns out to already be buddies with Shaggy and Scooby. As the gang dives deeper into the case, each member begins to disappear, and it’s eventually up to Shaggy, Scooby, and Axl to find their friends and solve the mystery.
A clip of the episode can also be watched on the Rolling Stone site linked above. Given the announcement for Kacey Musgraves last time we got the first 13 episodes around Happy Halloween, I think it is very likely we will be getting the remainder of the Guess Who episodes on the Boomerang streaming service on Thursday!
Thanks Peralaan for sharing this article!
Fun Fact of the Week #336
Between 1990-1994, a lesser known comic series featuring only Daphne, Shaggy and Scooby was released in the Look-In magazine in Britain. A total of 136 short two-page comic strips were released.
Thanks Peter for coming up with this week's fun fact!
Boomerang Africa has posted a brand new video featuring two clips from "The Tao of Scoob!" and "Cher, Scooby and the Sargasso Sea!" in English. Note that the first two minutes or so of the video is of a clip we've already gotten, Morgan Freeman.
Thanks Peralaan and Deandre for sharing this link with me!
Weekly Poll #65
Please note that for the sake of keeping this already long poll shorter, I did not include non-original villains that made appearances in a Scooby-Doo episode or film in this poll. However, I gave the Cotton Candy Glob a pass and included him, even though I know he's in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, just because he wasn't one of the options for the villain polls I did last year. Thanks to Drakosleuth for coming up with this week's poll!
Here's the results from last week:
Which of Scooby's love interests was your favorite?
Amber - 51
Nova - 35
Lady Annabelle - 8
Roxanne - 3
Shauna - 1
The cover of book 3 for Daphne & Velma has been revealed on Amazon. The novel will once again be written by Morgan Baden, which makes me wonder if the first book's author Josephine Ruby was just a psuedonym Morgan was using. Note that Amazon still has the wrong date on their site, the correct release date is June 1, 2021, not February 2.
Here's the description for the final book:
There are a lot of secrets buried in the town of Crystal Cove. And the biggest case of all still remains unsolved... why did the town's original settlers all disappear? What happened to them? Velma is determined to find out... especially because her family's ancestors were among the disappeared. And now that she and Daphne have started to get a reputation for solving mysteries, everyone in town is looking to them for answers. But digging up the past can be dangerous... especially when some people in town have profited from the mystery for so long. Can these two intrepid teen detectives crack the case... and escape with their lives?
~ WildwindVampire ~