Wow, what a great episode!
I thought Mark Hamill was the best guest star we've seen in this series. It actually sort of reminded me of Tim Conway's episode in The New Scooby-Doo Movies in several ways, between it taking place at a high school, some of Hamill's jokes and mannerisms, and even down to them hiding in a recycle bin (well, okay, the original episode was in a trash can, but hey, you gotta upgrade for the 21st century, right? haha). Mark Hamill added a great presence to this episode, and I thought his acting was on-point. He genuinely seemed really passionate about the role, which I don't think we've necessarily seen from all the guest stars. I liked all the references to Star Wars, the joke about Shaggy having the $1,000,000 personal check from Hamill, and even down to his Joker laugh. The references to old episodes like the Wonder Woman one and the Batman one showed how much care was put into this episode, which was refreshing as we've gotten some subpar ones in this series. The nostalgia also felt much more genuine in this one, rather than forced like it has in many episodes.
The villain was quite odd looking, but pretty creepy (I find bugged-out eyes to be particularly creepy!). He looked like something out of an anime! When it was first announced, I was thinking the fox monster was going to be the school mascot, but interestingly he wasn't. I felt the character interactions were pretty decent for the most part, besides the one sort of awkward bit where Velma loses her glasses.
I loved the school in Japan as a location too! Just added to the creepy vibe.
So this is gonna surprise y'all, but here's the updated scoreboard. We have a new top episode!
1. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
2. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
3. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
4. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
5. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
6. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
7. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
8. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
9. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
10. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
11. Quit Clowning!
12. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
13. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
14. The Fastest Food Fiend!
15. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided