So I wanted to do something special for the 100th week of doing fun facts, something that's been happening every week on Scooby Snax since October 13, 2014. This week, I did not write the fun fact. It was written by a special guest, Be Cool Scooby-Doo head writer Jon Colton Barry, explaining what his favorite episode of Be Cool Scooby-Doo is, from a writing point of view, of the episodes that have aired so far. Here's this week's fact:
From the writing point of view, my favorite episode that has aired so far is "Party Like It's 1899." It was the second episode I wrote and we were still finding the show. I loved the idea of the gang at a Murder Mystery Party. Forcing them to stay in their role playing characters the whole time (which went against their natures) and having Shaggy and Scooby discover that without real danger involved, they actually have absorbed a lot of mystery solving skills and are pretty good at it. I liked playing with Fred's conflict of wanting to win the game and solve the mystery but being forced to play a "bumbling detective" so he COULDN'T be good at solving mysteries. I also loved the moment when Bradford says to Daphne, "You look stunning," and she jokes sarcastically, "Yeah, that's me - set for stun. Pew! Pew!" It helped define, for me, how Daphne can't be won over by flattery and doesn't care what people think about her (superficially). And poor Velma can't break rules and is locked into being a lowly scullery maid, but, like most servants in those old, Victorian households, is the only one who really, objectively sees what's going on in the house. It was a good character story. As it was still a really early episode, the whole crew had not yet found it's stride and we were not all on the same page yet and hadn't all figured out how to make the same show, so the execution of the script was not quite what it would have been had we done it, say, in season two, but I always loved the episode, personally, and I'm glad to see a lot of fans feel the same way about it. It's a very character-centric episode and has a certain charm to it that appeals to me.
Thank you to Jon Colton Barry for taking the time out of his busy schedule to write this week's Fun Fact of the Week! Check back next Monday for another interesting Scooby-Doo fun fact, which happens every Monday on ScoobySnax.com!