User Score: 457
I seriously do not like it when CN makes bad previews of shows. However, it once again makes another bad preview of a show known as Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inc. Like Adventure, it kind of falls into the category of both good and bad. So basically, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I was hoping for. There are a few key factors that save this show from being a failure. One is the dark mood of the story. It seems well planned, while still being able to maintain some goofiness. Another thing I like is the voices and the animation. The lip syncs are matched, and the voices felt exactly like they were back in late 1900's. What's also great is the twists in the story. It is very good to enjoy. However, there are a number of factors that keep this show from being like the original. One is obviously the characters. I don't mind Shaggy, Scooby, or Daphne very much, but Fred and Velma are the ones I have serious problems with. Fred is just pretty much obsessed with traps now. What I also don't like about him is that his body looks really weird now. Fred's dad is pretty much a fat jerk who has no respect for his son at all, and Velma's mom is weird, and not in a good way. Velma, by far, is the worst character on this show. She's pretty much a hypocrite who wants to be right all the time, no matter what. She also wants to take the credit that other people accomplished. Another thing I don't like is the artwork. It doesn't seem right for this show. What I also don't like is the relationships. I wouldn't mind them if they weren't shoved in our faces every two minutes of the show.
Overall, SDMI is a good show, but its lack of good characters, shoved in relationships, and awkward artwork keep this show from being one of CN's better shows. However, if you can make through all these, SDMI is one show to definitely worth a shot.
Presentation: 9/10 Pretty good concept, which is able to differ from its predecessors, and its dark mood also contributes.
Animation: 6/10 Animation is great, although the artwork has much to be desired.
Voice: 9.5/10 Voices fit perfectly and the lips syncs seem to be on cue.
Entertainment: 7/10 Good plots, and great action is overshadowed by crammed-in relationships and boring characters.
Lasting Appeal: 7/10 If you can make it past the awkward artwork, boring characters, and shoved in relationships, then this show is for you.
FINAL SCORE: 7/10 Decent
I will never understand why everyone likes this show so much. This is just a hole in the Scooby Doo franchise,and is bad. This show is about Mystery Inc going to a place called Crystal Cove,which is full of monsters and ghosts. The first thing that I hate about this show is the artwork. Seriously,everyone looks a bit different now. They all have dots for eyes again,Fred has a oddly shaped chin,and Velma looks a bit different. The characters don't even act like their normal selves anymore,and are idiots. Shaggy and Scooby still act the same,but are not obsessed with food anymore. Daphne only care about Fred now,and it's annoying how she keeps mentioning how she loves him. Velma is more annoying now,and it's now known that she and Shaggy were a couple. I am not kidding,they were originally in love,but he dumped her for Scooby. Since when was Shaggy in love with Velma? Fred plans the traps,but he now wears that stupid ascot again,(And even wore it while swimming!). They even made up things that were never in the original shows. For example,there was an original Mystery Inc. Um,last time I checked,Scooby and the gang started Mystery Inc. And Fred never met his real parents. Umm,remember in Pirates Ahoy! where Fred had his parents with him? Seriously,I feel like the creators haven't seen the original Scooby Doo. But this isn't the worst Scooby Doo I have ever seen. There are some things that I like about this show. For example,I like how this show brings suspense in it. And the twists are great. But to make things clear,I hate this show. I mean,it's not like that horrible Shaggy and Scooby Doo Get A Clue.but it's still bad. If you like this show,I'm okay with that,but I just don't like this show.
Evidently, this is a revamp of the Scooby Doo series. So...this would mean it is a separate universe from the previous shows and movies (though there are references to the latter everywhere). So I will not be comparing this show to those shows/movies...too much. There are definite pros and cons about "Scooby Doo-Mystery Incorporated," so I am willing to go through both for this review.
First...the pros. As far as an actual plot, this show has a pretty good overall one. The idea that there was a previous Mystery Inc. and they suddenly and mysteriously disappeared was an original idea. And it was a pretty good reason to keep watching. Not only that, this show is much darker than its previous incarnations. These villains (Professor Pericles in particular) are more than willing to hurt the gang, which heightens the tension. There was this whole aura of impending doom throughout the episodes, and it was exciting. The more subtle references to previous shows were a nice touch, too.
But now...we have to get into the cons. This is where most of the spoilers will occur if you haven't seen the final episodes.
First of all, three words: CLICHED TEEN ANGST. Sure, the gang are supposed to be teenagers, but...while they're trying to solve this big, underlying conspiracy that pretty much involves the whole town, they're worrying about...stupid things. The worst thing that happened in the show was the forced romances. Sure, Daphne and Fred's romance made a little more sense, since there's always been a hinted connection to them. But the idea of Shaggy and Velma together...it just doesn't work. That, and the characters have been so badly Flanderized that they aren't too interesting. Daphne is obsessed with Fred, Fred is obsessed with traps, and Velma is obsessed with making Shaggy a person he isn't just to suit her needs, which makes her look like a selfish jerk. Quite honestly, I can see why Shaggy picked Scooby over her. Shaggy and Scooby didn't suffer too much; they're still pretty much the same goofy cowards we all know and love. But Scooby being so jealous of Velma and Shaggy still felt...wrong.
Some of the other characters weren't that great. I didn't like the revamped Hex Girls. There were also some plot holes I saw that didn't get resolved. For example, the gang never figured out that Alice May wasn't really the Creeper's daughter. Really, who was she? Plus, Professor Pericles never seemed like a sympathetic character to me, even though he was supposed to be a friend to the original Mystery Inc. Even before his ultimate betrayal, it always just felt like he would be happier if the kids were dead.
And then there was the final episode of the season. The case of the missing Mystery Inc. was solved, but...it also ended with a big fat cliffhanger. We finally figure out why Fred's dad was acting all self-centered and sneaky: turns out, he was the mastermind behind the whole thing, willing to coerce the original group, betray Pericles, and even kidnap Fred (whose real parents are the Fred and Daphne of the original gang) to find the pieces of an artifact that supposedly leads to an ancient treasure which, as Fred points out, may not even exist. Immediately after this revelation, all the kids are split up (cruel irony there) thanks to their parents (who all seem to have this jerky quality to them), Pericles gets the two pieces of the artifact, and Scooby swears revenge.
So...let's hope that they're making a second season. They pretty much have to after dumping all those revelations on us like that. All they need to do is focus more on the plot and less on the cliched teenager junk, and this show will do just fine. Overall, this show gets a thumbs-up from me.
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