Weekly Poll #77
Here are the poll results from last week:
What is your favorite music-themed Scooby-Doo episode or movie?
I Put a Hex on You! - 16
Dance of the Undead - 13
Scooby-Doo! Legend of the Vampire - 11
Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright - 11
Scooby-Doo & KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery - 8
The Diabolical Disc Demon - 6
The Phantom of the Country Music Hall - 5
In Fear of the Phantom - 5
Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire - 5
Mamba Wamba and the Voodoo Hoodoo - 4
Screama Donna - 3
The Dooby Dooby Doo Ado - 2
The Spirit of Rock'n Roll - 2
A Fright at the Opera - 1
The Neon Phantom of the Roller Disco! - 0
Today with us, we have a special guest reviewing this episode! This person has actually not only met Terry, but co-starred in a commercial with him! This individual is my best friend, Bradford N. Smith, who starred in an Associates commercial with Terry when he was 7 years old. It’s also B’s 30th birthday today, so this made for a perfect opportunity for a joint review :)
I really liked this episode! Terry Bradshaw was a wonderful guest star, and his friendship with Shaggy and Scooby was so cute! <3 He for sure was not one of those guest stars that just felt like they were there. He seemed incredibly enthused about his role and it enhanced the episode through the great character interactions with the gang. The bit about him saying he was a sex symbol seemed very odd for a Scooby-Doo episode, though. The “There’s an alien in my kitchen #yolo #blessed” text was very cringey, even though I knew it was coming from the Turkish airing lol.
The alien was a pretty cool and weird looking villain. It definitely was one of the creepier alien villains that we have seen in the Scooby franchise. I can’t believe they just let the villain get away with it, and even gave him the money! That’s a first for a Scooby episode, and not something I was expecting at all. Atmospherically, I thought Terry’s house was super neat and kind of had a spooky cabin-ish vibe to it.
Overall, I found this to be a very enjoyable, feel-good episode, mainly because of how much energy he brought to his role and his interactions with the gang. I would rank this at #16/48. Since B isn’t going to have a list of all the episodes ranked like I do, I’m also going to give this episode a number ranking of 8/10. There were a few cringey things in the episode, but overall it was a very fun and entertaining 20 minutes.
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. Returning of the Key Ring!
11. Cher, Scooby and the Sargasso Sea!
12. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
13. Too Many Dummies!
14. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
15. The Feast of Dr. Frankenfooder!
16. Falling Star Man!
17. The Internet on Haunted House Hill!
18. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
19. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
20. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
21. A Run Cycle Through Time!
22. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
23. A Fashion Nightmare!
24. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
25. The 7th Inning Scare!
26. The Crown Jewel of Boxing!
27. Scooby On Ice!
28. Lost Soles of Jungle River!
29. Caveman on the Half Pipe!
30. A Moveable Mystery!
31. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
32. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
33. Scooby-Doo and the Sky Town Cool School!
34. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
35. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
36. The Tao of Scoob!
37. The New York Underground!
38. The Phantom, the Talking Dog, and the Hot Hot Hot Sauce!
39. The Lost Mines of Kilimanjaro!
40. Hollywood Knights!
41. Fear of the Fire Beast!
42. The Hot Dog Dog!
43. Quit Clowning!
44. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
45. Space Station Scooby
46. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
47. The Fastest Food Fiend!
48. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided
I too thought this was a fun episode. At first, the idea of Terry Bradshaw as a guest star seemed like an odd choice, but seeing him bring so much personality and excitement to the episode made it clear he was a good fit. His bond with Shaggy and Scooby was adorable and I loved that he was animated with a Super Bowl ring on -- sorry, a “football championship” ring, since the proper term couldn’t be used in the episode. It was also nice to see Terry not shy away from poking fun at himself, including making a comment about liking Shaggy and Scooby’s terrible acting, I assume in reference to all the criticism he’s received for his own acting talent.
While Shaggy, Scooby and Terry definitely got the majority of the spotlight, there were some enjoyable moments with the rest of the gang as well. I particularly found it amusing to see Velma, Daphne and Fred waiting around for the alien to spring their trap, when Velma was so confident that the monster was after Terry’s rings. Also, this is one of the seemingly few times where Velma got to drive the Mystery Machine, which is something I’m always on board for!
As far as the monster of this episode - the alien - is concerned, while I do think it had a very cool design, I’m a little on the fence about how I felt about it as a whole. The villain’s motivation and the revealing of an entire backstory after the unmasking was a bit of a let down and even more concerning was that Terry decides to just let the bad guy get away with it! On top of those, I was a little disappointed we were never given an explanation for the meteor that sent the gang off the road to begin with. Was it an actual meteor? Was it the spaceship the bad guy rigged to explode? They kind of just leave that up in the air.
So overall, while I can’t rate this episode in the same way WildwindVampire can, I think I would at least put this episode within my top 20 of the series, with a rating of 8/10. However, I’d like to single out Scooby’s line, “I like the circles, Terry.” as possibly my favorite of the series. It was incredibly unexpected and made me laugh. Good work, gang!
Thank you so much to B for guest reviewing this episode with me! He’s actually coming out with a brand new pitch for an original series tomorrow, titled “Scooby-Doo! Monsters,” which you should absolutely check out! If you haven’t checked out his scripts or need to catch up on a few, you can read them all on bradfordwritesscooby.com.
Fun Fact of the Week #347
In an interview with Maxwell Atoms, who wrote Happy Halloween, Scooby-Doo!, he explains that the idea of the Mystery Machine being destroyed in Scooby-Doo! Return to Zombie Island was just thrown at him at the last minute by WB, and he decided for creative purposes not to address it in the film. Thus, the storyline of how the gang recovered or rebuilt the Mystery Machine will likely never be addressed.
I have actually known about this interview for quite a while, as I was actually invited to participate in it but unfortunately couldn't make it. I wasn't sure whether I could share this or not, but given it's been uploaded to YouTube, I imagine it's okay. Note that you may see a familiar face in the interview - the host of the Unmasked History of Scooby-Doo Podcast, Alexa!
Weekly Poll #76
It was a bit challenging to pick musical themed episodes as many of them could be subjective (i.e. I could have included "Riva Ras Regas" because Lindsay Pagano is a singer), but I tried to only pick ones that centered purely around music. If I've made any glaring omissions, please let me know!
Here are the results from last week:
What is your favorite vehicle that the gang has drove?
Classic Mystery Machine - 70
Be Cool Mystery Machine - 18
Mystery Machine (First two live-action films)
Red Van (13 Ghosts & Ghoul School) - 4
Velma's Scooter (A Pup Named Scooby-Doo) - 2
Get A Clue Mystery Machine - 2
Double Dyno Turbo Blaster - 1
LEGO Mystery Machine - 1
Green Jeep - 0
In this article, I wanted to do something a little different and analyze Scoobynatural from the aspect of how it lines up with "A Night of Fright is No Delight." While you can read my review here, I'm going to analyze how well crossover syncs up with the original episode.
Surprisingly, upon my rewatch of the two side by side, Scoobynatural definitely takes a lot more creative liberties than I remember! Until about the 10 minute mark, pretty much nothing that happens was utilized in the original episode. In fact, the episode utilized a lot of more of the various Scooby tropes that did not occur in "A Night of Fright is No Delight," such as the door scene and the gang being at the malt shop. While the malt shop appeared in almost every episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, ironically the malt shop did not appear in "A Night of Fright is No Delight."
After Sam and Dean race the gang in the Mystery Machine, this is when actual content from the original episode began to be utilized. The reading of the will scene was copied verbatim from "A Night of Fright is No Delight" (except Sam and Dean's lines, of course). The atmosphere was a bit redesigned, but it felt more like an updated version of the original setting. Following the will reading, the scene in the bedroom with Fred, Shaggy and Scooby is copied, but slightly abridged. The scene with Scooby trying to feed the fish was not present. When the gang hears Cousin Slicker cry out for help and attempts to go to his rescue, everything changed. No other scene is copied or reused, and everything is rewritten, which is honestly pretty great symbolism for how the events of the episode is altered by the presence of a real ghost. Various other scenes from the episode are reimagined with different outcomes, such as Shaggy and Scooby going in the wine cellar, Shaggy hanging on the drain pipe (Scooby was also on the drain pipe in the original episode, but not in Scoobynatural), and the trap with the washing machine was used. While Sam, Dean and Castiel eventually did convince the gang that Cosgoode Creeps was the villain (even though it was a trick), Mr. Crawls never makes an appearance in the episode.
Honestly, when I was rewatching this episode to write this article, I expected there to be a plethora of scenes from the original episode reused or perhaps slightly abridged, but I was surprised to discover upon my second watch that there was a huge difference from the scenes in the original episode to what we see in the crossover. I, and I'm sure a lot of other people, kind of had the perception that the episode was just an updated version of the original episode, but intentionally looking for all the similarities and differences demonstrated that there was a lot of creative freedom throughout the episode. The writers completely reimagined this episode and created something new from it, which I think is super cool and very symbolic, given pretty much every aspect of the original mystery was changed when the gang discovers that Cousin Slicker was actually murdered rather than kidnapped. Oh, except Dean exclaiming "Son of a bitch!" when all the gang said their catchphrases. That was totally part of the original episode haha. :P
As I mentioned in my review a few years ago, I really appreciated how well they integrated the two shows here. Even if they didn't use a lot of elements from "A Night of Fright is No Delight," the fact that the two separate writing teams of Scoobynatural and Scooby-Doo could completely integrate themselves to create a flawless representation of both shows is incredibly unique and not something that a lot of shows could do. This crossover truly felt like it was "A Night of Fright is No Delight" with the tone of Zombie Island, and I hope we see more like it someday!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, even if it was a little different and shorter than I originally thought it would be when I originally decided to write about this idea. I'd love to hear others' thoughts on this subject, or just your reviews of Scoobynatural in general!
Also, apologies if anyone has been having trouble with getting the site to load recently. From what I've heard, Weebly (the domain that hosts this site) has been attempting to upgrade all of the sites they host recently, which may be causing some loading errors. Hopefully it will be taken care of soon, and sorry for any issues people may have in the meantime.
According to TVPassport, the remaining five episodes of Guess Who will be airing in Canada on the Teletoon network beginning this Sunday, May 9 with "Falling Star Man!", followed by "A Haunt of a Thousand Voices!" on May 16, "Scooby-Doo, Dog Wonder!" on May 23, and "The Legend of the Gold Microphone!' on May 30. Presumably, "The Movieland Monsters!" will air somewhere in there too, presumably June 6.
Fun Fact of the Week #346
In "Scooby-Doo, Dog Wonder!" from Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?, Blue Falcon is animated to have gloves in an original version of the title card that Tracy Mark Lee posted on Instagram. However, this was removed in the final version of the title card, as seen by the Turkish airing.
Thanks to Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? Fan for inspiring this week's fun fact!
Weekly Poll #75
Thanks so much to super genius B for suggesting this amazing question! This is such a cool idea that I had never even thought about asking as a poll before! Note that I did include the Be Cool Mystery Machine as a separate vehicle, since it is was so aesthetically different in terms of all the various things it could do. To keep this poll at a manageable abmount of options, I did not include every vehicle one of the gang members has ever driven, just the ones that had major roles in the episode/film.
Here are the results from last week's poll:
What is your favorite What's New, Scooby-Doo? chase song?
I'd Do Anything - 13
Man with the Hex - 9
It's a Rad, Rad World - 7
Santa Claus, Santa Claus - 6
Petrified Bride - 6
You Don't Mean Anything - 5
Shout It Out Loud - 5
Walk on the Wire - 4
The Ghosts of Me and You - 4
Hong Kong Holiday - 3
Scooby, Scooby-Doo - 3
Saying Goodbye - 2
Now I Wanna Be a Good Boy - 2
Ça Plane Pour Moi - 2
New Planet - 2
Time Running - 1
Stronger - 1
Rockaway Beach - 1
Pressing On - 1
Something Special - 1
High Five - 1
Doing Time - 1
Here I Come Vegas - 1
0 votes: Music of America, Gue Gue Guepa!, Hatari Safari, I Don't Want to Walk Around With You, Hal Capito, Play My Game, Urei, Punk Rock y Subversion, Sabre Dance, Southbound, No Control, Sahara, Haven't Been Myself in a While, All Twisted, Nonchalant, I'll Search Forever, Hot and Holiday
~ WildwindVampire ~