Wow, what a crazy episode!
But before I dive into it, I want to make sure everything regarding the next episode is clear since some people still seem to be confused. Unfortunately, Spain is holding back episode 26, "Space Station Scooby!" which guest stars Bill Nye and Neil DeGrasse Tyson, for an unexplained reason. This is the last episode that will be posted for now, unfortunately. The episode has aired in Italy, however. I asked a friend on the ScoobyAddicts forum who has seen it (though no, they don't have a link unfortunately), and he said that the monster will be a Tardigrade Monster. A Tardigrade Monster is essentially like a giant moon worm, so I'm imagining it looks similar to the giant worm from What's New, Scooby-Doo?'s "The Fast and the Wormious!"
But let's get into the episode!
This episode is a full-on musical. It was definitely an odd episode that was sort of reminiscent of the Music of the Vampire DTV. I don't know if I can rank one song over the other, as they all sounded pretty similar, but here's the track list if anyone's interested:
1. The Mystery Machine's On Broadway!
2. Do-Over Prom
4. Diners for Dinner, Dinner for Diners
5. Trappin' Man (A Man Called Fred)
6. Beautiful Meddling Kids
Diving deeper into a few of the songs, "The Mystery Machine's On Broadway!" includes a montage of several classic monsters. The following classic monsters appear: The Phantom, Captain Cutler, Miner 49er, Charlie the Robot, Zombie, Space Kook, Ghost of Redbeard, Green Ghost, The Creeper, The 10,000 Volt Ghost and the Headless Horseman. Unfortunately, The Headless Horseman is misidentified as the "Headless Specter" by the gang in the song, even when the design is clearly the Headless Horseman from The Scooby-Doo Show.
Also, during "The Mystery Machine's on Broadway!" numerous clips from previous episodes of season 1 of Guess Who are shown. This sort of makes it seem like this should have been the last episode of season 1 given how it looked back at the season, and that "Space Shuttle Scooby!" should have been earlier in the season.
In "Suspects," we get a very interesting twist on the introduction of suspects. Three suspects are introduced to us during this montage, as well as their potential motives for being the werewolf. I thought this was a really cool plot device and it was well done. And speaking of suspects, Simone returns for the fourth time! It's interesting how the writers seem to have latched onto her. Simone is said to have gone to high school with Christian Slater, but was kicked out for an unexplored reason. The gang also seems to recognize Simone, as they ask Slater in surprise, "You know Simone?"
In "Diners for Dinner, Dinner for Diners," we get an interesting reference that I never would have expected in a million years...Scrappy-Doo! Christian says "I love hearing a dog talk, and you know I don't mean Scrappy!"
Similar to how "Screama Donna" had Velma sing the culprit's motive at the end, this episode also has that. Velma's dancing is...interesting...to say the least, and almost seems like she's having a seizure or something lol.
We do unfortunately get another "Scooby Dooby Doors" scene, as well as a "dress-up to fool the villain" bit. I thought the latter bit was done well this time, and the werewolf was pretty cute practicing a solo. He looked so proud of himself haha! It was kinda of cruel for Shaggy and Scooby to slam the piano down on his paw as they ran away!
I thought a high school was an interesting setting, though I didn't think the redo prom idea was explored very well. It was very lightly touched upon because most of the episode was singing, which was disappointing.
Getting into the gang, we learn that Shaggy failed third grade five times. Velma also seems to have a bit more personality in this episode, which I was glad about given past episodes have made her very two dimensional.
Christian Slater was a decent guest star I thought, but didn't have as much personality as some other guest stars because the songs took up so much energy in the episode.
The villain was good too, and although you can't see it in my picture, I thought it was goofy how the werewolf was wearing pants. It looked silly and made the villain far less scary.
The last bit I wanted to talk about was Timmy, a suspect who was briefly mentioned. It's said he's living out of his car in one song, however, the picture looks like he's in jail! And this guy really hates Christian Slater lol. You have to really hate a person to literally get a gigantic tattoo on your chest that you hate them haha.
I'm ranking this #17, just above the Steve Buscemi episode. By no means was this a bad episode, but the singing took up so much of the episode that there was absolutely no time to develop plot, and the culprit's motive was really cheesy too.
1. I Put a Hex on You!
2. The Sword, The Fox and the Scooby-Doo!
3. One Minute Mysteries!
4. Dance Matron of Mayhem!
5. Elementary, My Dear Shaggy!
6. Too Many Dummies!
7. When Urkel-Bots Go Bad!
8. What a Night, for a Dark Knight!
9. Attack of the Weird Al-osaurus!
10. The Cursed Cabinet of Professor Madds Markson!
11. A Run Cycle Through Time!
12. The Nightmare Ghost of Psychic U!
13. The Wedding Witch of Wainsly Hall!
14. Revenge of the Swamp Monster!
15. The Scooby of a Thousand Faces!
16. Now You Sia, Now You Don't!
17. The High School Wolfman's Musical Lament!
18. The New York Underground!
19. Hollywood Knights!
20. Fear of the Fire Beast!
21. Quit Clowning!
22. Peebles' Pet Shop of Terrible Terrors!
23. Ollie Ollie In-come Free!
24. The Fastest Food Fiend!
25. A Mystery Solving Gang Divided