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
3/20/2020 12:54:12 am
I also heard there were two unidentified monsters in the music number. I have seen an image of the bigfoot like creature, but not the other one. Did you by any chance notice it?
3/20/2020 10:44:12 am
Yes, there was a zombie bellhop included in the first musical number.
Jakob Chaves Polgrain
6/9/2020 08:15:39 pm
I personally hope those two unidentified monsters do get their very own episodes in Season 2.
6/10/2020 10:14:26 am
I can't specifically remember where, but I think one of the animators' Instagram accounts had a sketch of the zombie bellhop which makes me think it will be in season 2. But I agree it would be cool to see both those villains get their own episodes!
3/23/2020 04:58:27 am
How many door gags are in this show? There was one in SDWAY, in the Creeper episode. In this show, there's like 15.
3/23/2020 10:39:35 am
I can't remember how many were in the first 14 episodes, but there's been one in every episode since episode 15 (Mark Hamill).
3/23/2020 07:34:59 pm
I will say that lately there are too many door chase scenes. I wonder if it has anything to do with something going on in production we don't know about.
3/23/2020 09:01:04 pm
Personally, I think it's just that they're trying to so hard to make this series be exactly like the first one that they're purposefully overdoing the door scenes in a misguided effort to be nostalgic.
5/3/2020 10:28:04 am
Pretty sure Dance Matron of Mayhem didn't have one.
5/3/2020 11:12:38 am
I think you're right, actually.
3/29/2020 07:24:40 pm
My personal rankings
3/29/2020 08:19:16 pm
These are great rankings! I would say I agree more or less, though (as you can see by my list above) I'd rank a few things slightly different!
5/1/2020 09:13:19 pm
This is one of my least favorite episodes if not the worst. I enjoyed the Legend of the Vampire musical to a certain extent so I wasn't going in expecting this episode to be bad, but I wasn't a fan. I enjoyed seeing Simone for the fourth time, and Christian Slater wasn't a bad guest star, but his interaction with the gang and all the musical numbers were too forced, even for a musical.
5/2/2020 10:16:10 am
I didn't mind the musical numbers even though I hated Music of the Vampire. Not sure why, but this one worked for me because it kinda felt like a season finale with all the callbacks, even though it wasn't.
5/1/2020 09:24:51 pm
Here's my list all the way to this episode (hopefully Space Station Scooby arrives soon)
5/2/2020 10:17:17 am
I'm shocked to see "The Fastest Food Fiend!" so high on your list! What did you like about that one so much?
5/2/2020 11:32:06 am
I really enjoyed Gaffigan's interaction with Shaggy and Scooby. That and the monster design. The race setting wasn't too bad either. I think it's just one of those guest star episodes if you know what I mean. Kinda like how Samuel hated Mark Hamill's episode.
5/2/2020 04:20:22 pm
*shrugs* Makes sense. I personally thought it was one of the worst, but everyone's entitled to their own opinion. :)
5/3/2020 11:35:39 am
This episode was bonkers, but somehow has avoided bottom spot, probably because of Simone. Interesting fact, Simone's silhouette appears in the opening credits. Okay, back to the episode, the singing was Cringeworthy, plot meh and generally these facts just wiped all the good from it, like the werewolf and the hilarious door scene this time around. I've reworked my list and this places 21st/25, which I thinks fair.
5/3/2020 12:47:34 pm
Oh my gosh you're right on Simone! I think people were thinking that was Halsey initially, but that's crazy! You must like Simone then? I didn't like that the werewolf wore pants, but otherwise he was cool!
5/3/2020 02:21:37 pm
I just love her design and personality, she's completely bonkers!
5/3/2020 06:18:38 pm
Haha I like her too :)
5/29/2020 12:38:43 pm
What if I tell that episode was cringey and yeah it should have been a season 1 finale but strangely amazon thinks its season 2
5/29/2020 03:32:34 pm
I can see how someone would think this episode is cringey. I don't know why there seems to be some confusion with people thinking episodes 14-26 are season 2. The same thing happened with episodes 14-26 of SDMI, and the writers have in both cases confirmed that season 1 is 26 episodes, not just 13.
6/10/2020 10:48:23 am
WOW...just...WOW! This episode was a blast! I was glued to it the whole time! I especially loved the opening song, “Mystery Machine on Broadway,” I was not expecting THAT for an opening! Personally, I don’t get why people rank it so low but I do understand why people call it cringey.
6/10/2020 10:18:13 pm
I think people don't like musicals in general, unfortunately. I liked it for what it was though even if it wasn't my favorite episode of the series. It was fun and different!
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