I’ve expressed before how delighted I am with the latest incarnation of Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated. Now has come the time to report on it once again. For it ended! And what a treat. I’ll explain.
The show’s return surprised me. TiVo of course knew it would be on and voila, it appeared. Then another, every day thereafter for a while. I noticed two things. Perhaps you recall that one of the great strides this version takes is the introduction of an overlying story, an arc that plays out amid the standard type of episode we expect from a Scooby Doo show. Well, the overall story being told seemed to be drawing to a close. I would have been quite surprised if it didn’t. Everything in it all pointed toward the last episode being nigh. Especially due to the other bit I noticed. The Chapter number. Chapter 50 proved not far away. And then it came, but we did not get to the end. You know how it is - expanding the climax to greater glory, and then the denouement.
I’d talked to my best friend Laughter about it. He’d not been able to follow the show, but liked it very much. High praise, believe you me. So I told him that it appeared to be ending. He liked the idea of it resolving, but felt sad that there wouldn’t be anymore. For I wound up making that clear. It wouldn't just end… it aimed to end the whole thing. The Scooby Doo story, over. Or it seemed it would, at the very least. The reply, paraphrased, “No more shows??? But it’s so good!” I said how I wouldn’t WANT more. I love Finite Cartoons and it just wouldn’t feel right because I’d expected a great shebang closing.
Well, it turns out that I’d been mostly right. 50 seemed the logical choice of episodes, but then, 52 cards in a deck is more like a clue. Not of anything in particular, just for the fun sake. 52 episodes it turned out to be. And what a triumph! A fantastic bit of storytelling. It had so much to love – from callbacks to other episodes, to pathos, to exciting and gut-wrenching scenes, the perfect use of “Scooby Doo! Where are you!?” and parts that made you watch in horror because you never thought you’d see it happen. I really liked it, can you tell? And then we get to the end. I’d been right. It’s difficult to explain without ruining it, but the whole premise of the Scooby Doo programs is no longer valid. The larger mystery of it all is solved. In fact, I cheered as Fred actually said, “Okay gang, let’s solve this Uber Mystery!” But guess what. The writers proved themselves one last time. In an unexpected maneuver of plot that calls back to what drew me into this version in the first place, they set up a sequel. Don’t roll your eyes. The new premise, a callback itself, is one that I cannot wait to see. Bring it on, Mystery Inc.!