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The best thing about any new incarnation of Scooby-Doo is that the formula is more or less the same as the original. There’s some supernatural beastie that happens to be a man or woman in a suit and a group of meddling teenagers and their talking dog save the day.

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated gives a bit more background to the group of mystery-solving teen sleuths. Viewers old and new remember the originals, four teenagers and their talking Great Dane, but we never saw their parents and we certainly never saw them attending classes at high school.

All we wanna do is solve mysteries... Jinkies!

All we wanna do is solve mysteries… Jinkies!

What were they doing? Were the mysteries something that only happened on the weekends? Or were the members of Mystery Inc. just out of high school rather than attending? Those questions are answered in this latest incarnation of our beloved Scooby gang.

“Beware the Beast from Below” introduces us to the redrawn and reimagined members of Mystery Inc. newly imprisoned for once again interfering with police business by solving a mystery for them (So, ungrateful!).

I'm sensing a color scheme here.

I’m sensing a color scheme here.

Viewers are introduced to the doting and exasperated parents of each member.

And really how many different shades of one color can truly exist?

I’m looking at you, Blakes!

Not only are families color coordinated, but some of the houses are even matchy matchy with their owners.

Give me some smoochies!

Give me some smoochies!

Group dynamics in Mystery Inc. are a bit off-kilter in comparison with previous incarnations of the gang.

Numero uno is┬áthat Shaggy and Velma are in a hush-hush secret romantic relationship, living and loving under the others’ noses.

Even his beloved Scooby-Doo has no clue that his old buddy, old pal is lip locking with Miss Dinkley on a regular basis.

On the flip side, Daphne is completely enamored with Fred, who is more obtuse than I could have ever believed. Fred is trap obsessed and focused entirely on solving mysteries, and he is completely oblivious to Daphne’s serious love for him (Pull your head out of your ass, Fred! But whatever, you’ll get there.).

Why is it always me?

Why is it always me?

“Beware the Beast from Below” is about a slime mutant that seems to be living beneath the streets of Crystal Cove (the most hauntedest place on earth), who is cocooning anyone who gets in its way.

The gang is told in no uncertain terms by their parents and other authority figures of the town to back off and leave the investigation alone.

A slime mutant means one more attraction for the most hauntedest place on earth, but the gang throws that advice out the window and attempts to solve the mystery.

Does this outfit make me look fat?

Does this outfit make me look fat?

After solving the mystery with as much humor, classy disguises, and less finesse than imaginable, the gang comes into contact with a mysterious man who refers to himself simply as “Mr. E” (Oh, the puns!).

He reveals that there is a far deeper mystery buried underneath Crystal Cove and that the real mystery has only just begun for the Scooby gang.

What really makes me smile about this incarnation is that it nods respectively back to its origins. Some baddies from the original Scooby-Doo! Where Are You! series make cameo appearances in the Haunted Museum as statutes, including Space Kook, Creeper, and Captain Cutler just to name a few.

Come on! Give it up, it's Space Kook!

Come on! Give it up, it’s Space Kook!

It’s a new beginning for the gang, bringing something new and old to another generation. I’m ready for the next mystery, are you?


Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Intertitle

Scooby-Doo has been a household name since 1969. It is an American cartoon franchise, encompassing several animated television series produced from 1969 to the present day.

The series features four teenagers – Fred Jones, Daphne Blake, Velma Dinkley, and Norville “Shaggy” Rogers – and their talking Great Dane named Scooby-Doo, who solve mysteries.

Mysteries that involve supposedly supernatural creatures, solving them through comedic antics and missteps to reveal the completely human villain underneath.

Scooby-Doo has once again been revitalized for another generation, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated premiered on Cartoon Network in April 2010. With this new incarnation, a bigger mystery behind the spooky little town of Crystal Cove has been brought to the attention of those four teenagers and their talking Great Dane as they solve smaller mysteries each episode.

I will be sharing some of the moments of the first season of this newly refurbished gang as an avid fan of Scooby-Doo since childhood, introduced to the four teenagers and their talking dog in their original form by my father.

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