“Scooby-Doo, where are you!” was a constant presence in my childhood.
There weren’t many TV shows to choose from. There was a cat that chased mice. We had a wise rabbit. There were the anachronistic “Flintstones” and the forward-thinking “Jetsons” with a humorous take on home life. If you want a thrilling animated sitcom, we’ve got “Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!”
A dog named Scooby-Doo and four human members of Mystery Inc. have had wild adventures. They were a group of teenagers driving across the country, finding towns hidden in the fog, and solving supernatural crimes that others wouldn’t.
In a way, I hated Scooby-Doo. where were their parents? How much were they paid to solve the crime? Did they sleep in the van? Was Shaggy smoking in the van? How did he get high and everyone else didn’t? The van wasn’t that big.
Besides my many questions, the story lacked variety. Every week the plot was the same. Each episode, the gag was the same. Please open the wrong door. Run around like an idiot. The eyes in the picture follow you. There was no character growth. They were meddling children who kept meddling with their children. Even Tom and Jerry eventually became friends. I was hoping this gang would evolve, but it didn’t. In many ways, that was the beauty of “Scooby-Doo.”
Those were the days of using ghost costumes to avoid being caught for your crimes. Want to steal stuff from the mall? Dress up like a goblin. do you like speed? Wear a swamp creature costume while driving. Should you receive Aunt Matilda’s legacy? The options are endless. Think ghouls and vampires. I miss the good old days of crime.
Think about someone breaking into a car on your street. Wouldn’t it be smarter to wear dirty sheets with eye holes cut out? “Oh no, a ghost stole his MacBook Pro from you! Let’s go back to the station.” I will not. Instead, she hands the case over to her four teenagers traveling in a van. So happy.
The Mystery Inc. gang was the predecessor to shows such as “The X-Files.” Instead of embarrassing the kids, there are two smart FBI agents in him. Crime may or may not have a human element. Aliens and ghosts may appear, but are not guaranteed. Did aliens kidnap your brother? Or maybe it’s just a government conspiracy.
‘Supernatural’ takes it to a whole new level because, as the title suggests, the mystery is 100% about other worldly creatures. I see monsters, demons and angels. I do not have any questions. Ghosts do exist in this world.
“Lucifer” takes it further. He is a supernatural being who solves crimes on Earth. It would be very nice if in one episode the criminal said to Lucifer, “If you hadn’t interfered with the devil, I would have been spared!”
Stranger Things is reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, with its teenage protagonist and otherworldly enemies. He has only one mystery to solve and we love it. Eleven starts out like Scooby-Doo. Her voice is quiet at first, after which she becomes stunted. Her stopped words are meant to add horror, not humor, and when she finally speaks, she turns out to be just as central to the story as the puppy of her predecessor. increase.
All “Scooby-Doo” are human. Ghosts are fake. There are many humans in The X-Files, and there may be ghosts and aliens. “Supernatural” becomes a reality. Ghosts and goblins are everywhere. Some are good, some are bad. “Lucifer” has a demon who saves everyone. “Stranger Things” is reminiscent of the Mystery Inc. gang. I have to appreciate the simplicity of “Scooby-Doo”. Those simple stories raised questions that other writers dared to answer.
In the original series, the word gang is associated with positive things. friendship. “The Little Rascals” went in and out of adventures aimlessly, but the Mystery Inc. gang did. They were friends with jobs and on a crime-fighting mission.
The family and friendships we find draw us into the story. Think of the TV shows that people love. “The Facts of Life” and “The Golden Girls” give us an appreciation for our friends. We all know someone who reminds us of Spock from ‘Star Trek’ or Sawyer from ‘Lost’. I always wanted to be Scully, but I know I am Mulder. We see ourselves in different characters. Speaking of Scooby-Doo, which character are you? If you had the chance to write a new story, how would you write it?
Yes, we saw the 2023 reboot of the Scooby Gang on HBO Max. When I sat down to write about the show and its characters, this was the result.
“Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!” (1969). good friend. stupid crime. talking dog. A gentle entry into the 1970s. Grade B+
Nicky Salcedo is a Decatur resident and originally from Atlanta. She is a writer, story consultant, and working her mom.
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