This was a pretty good episode, which definitely called back to the classic gags and tropes of the original series. The characters were pretty on-point with how they were in Where Are You. However, I didn't like Scooby in this episode. He seemed like the writers didn't really know what direction to go with him, as he was partially the classic Scooby from Where Are You, but also his witty lines (which failed, tbh none of them were funny to me) seemed like they were trying to copy what JCB was doing in BCSD. The Scooby Snack freak-out was annoying to me, if I'm honest. Wanda was a good guest star, though I could have done without her saying "that's nasty!" like 15 times in a row at the end of the episode. But it's definitely an improvement from the Funky Phantom one. I did like the message they put in their about being yourself with Scooby and Wanda, and the villain was pretty neat. Magilla Gorilla was an interesting little addition at the end. I'm enjoying these cameos, but I hope they're not gonna just do one every single episode as that would get old quickly. One minor criticism I also had is they seem to be copying JCB's Shaggy and Scooby trick the monster bit. They certainly did it in the original series, but it wasn't as frequent as they're doing it here.
Overall, good episode though the Chris Paul one is still a little better in my opinion.
Post by futurerocker on Aug 10, 2019 1:04:20 GMT -5
This was a good episode and like what others have said it definitely feels like a classic Where are You episode. All the characters, beside Scooby, felt like their originals incarnation which helped make this episode feel like a classic episode. Scooby felt more like his Be Cool incarnation especially with his Scooby Snack withdrawals gag, but halfway through the episode, he switches from his Be cool character to an older incarnation when trying to save Wanda and it comes off weird. The guest star wasn't really that memorable to me as I've never really heard of Wanda Sykes before, but I felt like they did a good job with her character in this episode. I never felt like she took time away from the gang and she had interactions with each one, especially Scooby. This episode also felt like it wasn't rushed and was perfect on time.
I know some people were excited to see Magilla Gorilla and Mr. Peebles, but I wasn't the biggest fan. I'd much rather they stay away from crossing over with any of the H-B characters. A cameo is enough or a little easter egg, but leave them out of the plot like this episode did. The Fish Monster was real easy to figure out, but I'm glad to see they add clues that have some connect towards a character. The first two episodes I had to rely on Scooby tropes to figure out the baddie. The Fish Monster design was alright but really wasn't that scary or memorable. Much better than the Swamp Monster.
Overall, decent episode and can't wait to see how future episodes playout.