For sure. I liked how the episode seemed to have more of a "secret agent" feel to it, complete with modern technology outfitted into the Mystery Machine for this episode (and this predates the later Warner movies and "What's New Scooby-Doo!") The railroad trestle scene sure was exciting. I also liked how the Midnight Express train had parts of the Santa Fe logo and markings on the locomotive, like this:
(This is actually a model from my train layout, but you can see the resemblance.)
I also found it ironic, when Shaggy makes the "Whoo-whoo!" train whistle noises and Velma comments "We can get along without the sound effects, thank you," because we all know the classic Scooby-Doo/Hanna-Barbera universe was FULL of sound effects!
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2014 19:38:57 GMT -5 by wileyk209
Well this certainly seems like it's an early episode of the series. It just kinda feels like they made a mystery episode featuring The Scooby-Gang, and then decided to add supernatural elements at the last minute. Minds you it's not bad, it's just a little average compared to some episode of the series. I do appreciate Velma's quote "We can get along without the sound effects, thank you", though, and I liked how the episode opened with a daytime scene for a change.
Also I was always confused about who played The Indian Witch Doctor? Is that Hal Smith? Doesn't really sound like him.
I'm glad this did not air today lol. The intro episode was fresh, from Scooby's perspective in this episode. Then cut to the gang 'having fun' at the beach. And how they outran the train is funny, especially Shaggy, who pumps his very hardest on that handcar.
Post by jonathanmuddlemore on Nov 13, 2018 12:10:29 GMT -5
It bugs me that this episode doesn't even attempt to make the audience think that the Witch Doctor might be real. The very first time we see him, he talks and acts like a modern day crook and it just makes the disguise feel pointless.
Post by futurerocker on Nov 14, 2018 0:13:38 GMT -5
I've always felt like this episode was one of the weaker episode of the series. IT doesn't help that Buck Masters sounds exactly like the Witch Doctor. The abandoned village was pretty cool, but I felt like this episode had a lot of filler and not enough going on.