Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: The Complete Season 2 DVD Review

Drugstore Divas was sent this DVD from Warner Bros. for review. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

It’s been a long time since I watched Scooby Doo. So long that I when I sat down to watch Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: The Complete Season 2, I was genuinely shocked to hear Scooby Doo talking.

“Well that’s new,” I told my friend. Who informed me that no, Scooby Doo was always a talking dog. I was just remembering it wrong. I had asked that same friend to sit down with her three-year-old twins to check out the DVD’s (there are four containing 26 episodes) but they refused. They wanted nothing to do with Scooby Doo, so I was left to watch it on my own.

The series picks up right where Season 1 presumably left off. I haven’t seen the first season, but it sure seems like a continuation. The gang is all spread out between the military and a man (Shaggy has no hair because he’s in the military and Fred has a ton of hair because he’s in a depression over Daphne’s new man). Daphne is enjoying her life with her chiseled boyfriend and when the gang tries to get her to mystery solve, she calls them her school friends and refuses. So the gang has to bring in Velma’s pick, her former rival Hot Dog Water. This all results in Fred going to therapy, his word association resulting in “Daphne” no matter what.

And I’m gonna stop there for a minute because that was so strange to me. Yes, there’s a plot twist and the therapist goes missing, but by that point, I was so confused. The Cartoon Network series is geared towards kids, or so I thought. Yes, Cartoon Network shares channel space with Adult Swim, but Scooby Doo is played during CN’s airtime so this is for children. And what a strange topic for children: therapy due to unrequited love. It’s just so dark. In fact, the entire series is darker than I remember Scooby Doo (although, judging from the way this post started, you’re save to assume I don’t remember most of it). It focuses more on relationships than mysteries and seems geared towards tweens and teens rather than the young cartoon crowd. So let’s continue this review assuming that this isn’t for kids, but rather their older siblings.

The show is safe for young adults. Yes, there is violence and action, but it’s stuff like a monster who is a house causing destruction to the town. It’s not guns and blood and fear, so that’s good. But it’s also good that my friend’s three year olds refused to watch this. I guess they knew the adult-ish themes existed before we did (that’s a joke because they didn’t. But I’m glad they didn’t watch this now that I know it’s not a cartoon for little ones). Mystery Incorporated has a continuity to it too. Mysteries are solved, sure, but each episode isn’t a stand alone. There’s a story arc, and that’s something that’s never been done in a Scooby Doo series prior to this one.

This is actually the eleventh Scooby Doo series, so there are going to be changes to the original because, honestly, how many times can you retell the same story?

Maybe a twelfth. Season 2 is the final season of this series, but I can’t imagine it will be the last time we’ll hear about this crew.

Pick up Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: The Complete Season 2 from Amazon.