Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated

Season 1 Episode 1

Beware the Beast from Below

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Aired Weekdays 5:00 PM Apr 05, 2010 on Cartoon Network
9.0
out of 10
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44 votes
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After being jailed for solving another mystery, the Mystery Inc. gang stumbles upon another mystery: a gruesome monster lurking underneath the town and cocooning everyone who comes near in green goop.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great Start!

    9.5
    This was an awesome episode and a great start to the new series.
  • This is the version I was waiting for!

    10
    Thrilled that Scooby Doo finally got back to its roots! I thought "Scooby Doo, Where Are You?" was the best out of all the shows. But with each subsequent version emphasizing too much on the goofy comedy and not enough on the spooky I lost interest. This show, however, has a great mix of both in story, characters and mood, and the production design looks as great as Iwao Takamoto's work on the original show. Plus the direction makes this look like its shot like an actual movie with camera angles and lighting, creating the overall feeling that you're in this cartoon rather than just seeing the characters on a flat background.



    The people making this version obviously take the original material seriously while throwing in some nice original touches. The characters are given more depth and interesting backgrounds (love the parents), the humor is sarcastic and meaningful (not to mention actually funny) and there are legitimately scary moments! And the 'who' of the whodunit part was nicely unexpected. There's stuff for kids and adults alike, and both the kid and adult in me are really happy with this one.moreless
  • The return of Shaggy, scooby, and the rest of the gang takes a confident step forward in this reboot of the popular children's series.

    8.0
    I always liked Scooby-Doo, I grew up with him, i watched him every day, and I eventually grew out of him. However when I heard the series was getting a reboot, I decided to check it out. The episodes starts off slow, introducing all the characters in the show for those who don't have a clue of who mystery inc. is, and it's a rather nice intro I might add. The series gives some more depth to each of the characters, which I was not expecting. I just thought this would be like that older Scooby series "Scooby-Doo, Where are You?"... you know how the gang travels around and conveniently arrive just in time to solve a mystery wherever they go? Well it appears that this time they're staying in a single place, some town called Crystal Cove, which I thought was a nice change of pace.



    This reboot was ok, although the mystery was a little iffy, I never would have guessed that the (sorry, no spoilers ;D) was the one to do it, and they really didn't give any reason for you to suspect that was the one who did it, which sorta got to me. After all I always used to solve the mystery before Scooby and the gang did when I watched the show.moreless
  • Like, it's a solid start for the new Scooby series.

    7.5
    Yet another Scooby-Doo series, the last one "Get a Clue" wasn't that great. So now we have a new series, and how is it? Well, judging from this first episode, it looks like it's going to be great. This one was kind of slow, which is fair, it has to set up the characters for those unfamiliar with Scooby-Doo, though I have a hard time figuring out who hasn't heard of the Mystery Inc. gang. The style is very Bruce Timm-like, and it's great actually, quite dark in places with nice horror elements. When the attacks started happening and the monster is revealed, I thought "hey, this is different, they're actually gonna have a Scooby series with real monsters", something which I believe hasn't happened since the "13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo" thing and some of the movies. But no, it was a guy in a mask, which didn't really make sense, how was he able to shoot that stuff from his hands? How did he make himself and his victims look 200 years old? Yeah it wants to have it both ways, but I'm glad it stays true to the formula, and there have been way more ludicrous mysteries in previous series.



    A few interesting new elements here, Matthew Lillard who played Shaggy in the live action Scooby movies and is a great actor, he is excellent as Shaggy here. There's also a romantic relationship between Shaggy and Velma, which is certainly unique. The ending also sets up an on-going mystery, which I'm sure will last all of season 1. All in all, I'm very optimistic about this new Scooby-Doo series, this first episode was good but not amazing, it's kind of slow, and isn't very funny, it could've used a bit more Shaggy and Scooby scenes, yeah I know they've been a bit overexposed in previous shows, but a few more humorous moments would've been appreciated. Anyway, this is a solid start for the new show.moreless
  • Shows Promise

    9.5
    When I first saw the trailers for this upcoming show known as Scooby-Doo-Mystery Incorporated, I was sort of upset that What's New had been cancelled and a little happy at the same time (What's New did have some rather suckish moments). Then I saw the teasers for SDMI and I grew a little less skeptical and upset. It looked like SDMI was going to be a rather worthy successor, at least in terms of mystery and laughs. I'm happy to say that I was proved right. At least as far as the first episode is concerned, this show serves up a healthy, heaping dose of mystery, comedy, and (a first for any Scooby incarnation) romance. I was most happy for the last one of these because it shows that the producers are willing to break some barriers with their new show. No more is mystery inc. composed of a group of "just friends". The inclusion of the possibility of two relationships (Fred and Daphne, Shaggy and Velma) adds a new depth to the show and I hope that the producers will be smart enough to capitalize on it and not squander potentially good material as has been done in so many other television programs. I like the tension between the gang and their parents (who are depicted for the first time in any Scooby franchise) because, once again, it adds a new dimension to the Scooby world. No longer is the gang a carefree bunch of kids. They have actual relationships, actual defined beliefs, and actual disputes to settle with their folks and the established authority now. Finally, I absolutely LOVE how the producers included the mysterious locket and the sinister-voiced man at the end of the episode. It marks the end of a not-so-decent era: the era of open and shut cases. Hopefully, the producers will continue on with this storyline and, who knows, maybe we'll have a mystery that actually carries out over just one case for the first time in Scooby history.moreless
Frank Welker

Frank Welker

Scooby-Doo / Fred Jones / Mr. Blake

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle

Daphne Blake

Mindy Cohn

Mindy Cohn

Velma Dinkley

Matthew Lillard

Matthew Lillard

Norville "Shaggy" Rogers

Jeff Bennett

Jeff Bennett

Professor Emmanuel Raffalo

Guest Star

Dee Bradley Baker

Dee Bradley Baker

Franklin Fruitmeyer / Slime Mutant

Guest Star

Casey Kasem

Casey Kasem

Mr. Rogers

Recurring Role

Patrick Warburton

Patrick Warburton

Sheriff Bronson Stone

Recurring Role

Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

Angel Dynamite

Recurring Role

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