Let me remind you why you want to watch this show. Did you love the original Scooby-Doo when you were a kid (even if, when you got a bit older, you could peg the bad guy in the first 5 minutes)? Did you love Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Okay, imagine Scooby-Doo written with a Buffy sensibility, and what you get is Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. That’s why you should be watching. I mean, very few cartoons actually need a “Previously, on…” pre-roll!
So, the second 5 episodes of season two will air this week (Cartoon Network, 2pm East and West, 1pm Central). I’ve included story summaries, from an inside source, below to whet your appetites. What I think you should all do is watch this week, and get hooked. Then go back and find the first season if you can. Some episodes are available on the Cartoon Network iPad app, and the full seasons are on iTunes and Amazon for streaming (though both a bit pricey). The three volumes of season one DVDs are available on Amazon, and probably at your local big box store (a little bit cheaper for the season than buying them digitally).
Here’s what’s happening next week:
Monday 8/6, The Art of Darkness – Randy Warsaw, an eccentric, celebrity pop artist, is eager to prove that he will do anything for his work, including die for it. The Gang infiltrates his “collective” of oddballs to solve the mystery of the junk golem. Yes, in case you were wondering, Scooby-Doo joins this universe’s version of The Velvet Underground.
Tuesday 8/7, The Gathering Gloom – Not wanting to commit “villain profiling” the Gang ignores the obvious suspect to a ridiculous extreme. Meatballs, beautiful Swedish girls, and severe chocolate addiction ensue.
Wednesday 8/8, Night On Haunted Mountain – To solve a mystery, the Gang travels to a creepy desert, freak town which is set at the foot of a mountain where a winged succubus has made her nest in the wreck of an ancient Spanish ship. Things get weird quick.
Thursday 8/9, Grim Judgement – The ghost of a psychotic, hammer wielding, Puritan terrorizes Crystal Cove by judging its decadent, immoral youth.
Friday 8/10, Night Terrors – The Gang gets diverted by an avalanche and forced to spend the night in a creepy old library filled with nightmarish apparitions and the answers to questions they wished they never asked. It’s Scooby-Doo in “The Shining.” Y’know, for kids!