Also, you get a couple of gems like these:
(Velma is the queen of comebacks. End of story.)
From a more developed backstory that ties into the plot, I'd definitely have to say Fred. And if I say anymore than that, I'll end up spoiling the second half of the first season. So check it out for yourself. But without giving too much away, they turned him from a pretty bland character to a trap fanatic. Yeah, you know how he's the one who comes up with the crazy traps? That's one of his main quirks in the reboot, along with him being oblivious to Daphne's feelings for him. But his obsession with traps actually play a huge part in this reboot, and while the first half the 1st season pass it off (and admittedly, I did get a bit annoyed with it) a comedic gag like Shaggy and Scooby being hungry all the time, the second half is where all of the feels hit you where you live and you end up understanding his obsession as well as feeling sorry for the guy.
Speaking of relationships, I think this made him all the more endearing whenever he was with Daphne. The reason being is that now you want him and Daphne to actually start dating because the series is establishing the characters and their friendship with each other. Their ship is no longer something we ship based on looks. Also, the ship has officially sailed for Shaggy and Velma, who at the beginning of the series, are actually secretly dating. And get this: the reason why they kept it a secret was because Shaggy was afraid that Scooby would get jealous. (I honestly don't know why people have a problem with gang being paired off like that. This kind of showed that these guys were teenagers at heart, as well as humans.)
Daphne may be the least developed of the main cast (and I mean that by the reboot's standards) but it's not a huge drawback. I still like her and definitely relate to living under the shadow of a family member.
And as noted by many, not a whole lot is changed for Shaggy and Scooby. But the writers still manage to add something more to the famous duo. For example, even Shaggy and Scooby go through the ups and downs of their friendship. Just like real friendships do. You get Scooby's emotions and why he feels the way he does but you also see it from Shaggy's perspective on how he feels about whatever they don't agree on. I feel like their long friendship was way better handled in this reboot than it should have originally been.
And now let's talk about....Professor Pericles.
YOU KNOW THIS GODDAMN TALKING PARROT WAS BAD NEW FROM THE MOMENT HE WAS INTRODUCED.
But in all seriousness, this guy is one of the best villains in the SD franchise. Like literally, the first time you see him, he's in a fucking straitjacket guarded by maximum security. It's like you know that if he got free, they were all fucked.
NightFuryEchogreen mentioned earlier that he scared the shit out of her and rightfully so. He was supposed to give off that feeling of uneasiness and discomfort.
In addition to all of this, the gang actually have a place to call home. They have parents! They go to school (they're in HS in this reboot)! This is what I'm talking about! Character development that makes them grow.
One of the things this reboot does different is that there's an overarching plot/mystery that spans out over the entire series. We still have our monster of the week, but the plot is a really refreshing change of pace for the franchise. Basically, if you have at least seen the first episode, you know that at the end of it, there's a phone call from a mysterious person called Mr. E, (which, coincidentally, is a play on the word mystery) who tells them that they have unintentionally uncovered a dark secret beneath Crystal Cove and one that probably should have stayed hidden. You have to watch the entire series for yourself because the clues, twists and turns are that good. And seriously, this show has some of the best foreshadowing I have seen in a while.
With that said, the world that they live in is actually interesting. Another quality that sets this reboot apart from the others is that one, the place they live in is obviously not called Coolsville anymore, it's Crystal Cove. Two, the line standing between what's morally right and wrong gets rather blurred as the series progresses. You get the feeling that the adults are hiding something and by the season one finale, it comes to a point where the gang can't trust any of the adults in the town anymore, especially their own parents. We had to wade through CN's horrible scheduling for the series, and we also had to wait almost an entire year to see what happened next. It wasn't as grueling as the wait for the 4th season of Sherlock but nevertheless, it was frustrating.
The voice acting is phenomenal in this reboot, like oh my god. Like I knew these guys were going to give it their all but damn man, I was blown away. Frank Welker, who has voiced Fred since the beginning, brought a new ingenuity to the character that really made the emotional moments pay off. Grey DeLisle, Mindy Cohn, Mathew Lillard (who played Shaggy in the live action movies) are all amazing as well.
Here's a fun fact though: Around 1969, when the show was first pitched, it was originally supposed to be slightly darker and scarier than what we know of today. Scooby-Doo was originally supposed to be a supporting character, Fred, Shaggy, Velma and Daphne all had different names and they were a band similar to the Archie cartoon back then. However, TV executives deemed the idea "too frightening for children" (I so want to hate this reason but it's making me laugh at the absurdity of the parents' mindset back in the 60s and 70s) and creators Joe Ruby and Ken Spears later revised it to reflect the more comedic elements of the show with Scooby and Shaggy as the main focus, dropped the band element (thank god) and that's how the show that we know today is Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!.
Which is why it surprises me when fans don't want to give this reboot a chance for its more serious take on the series and the reinvention of the characters. I'm not going to judge the people who are just more used to the campy 1970's show and the overall comedic feel to the franchise on the whole because I get where they are coming from. But personally, I think the darker tone of the reboot was for the better. I know some people aren't going to like the characters in the reboot but this reboot asked the question of how they would be like if they were more than archetypes and took the risk of changing them.
Here's the thing: I'm not going to act like the reboot is completely flawless. I acknowledge that it does have a couple of flaws despite me praising this series throughout this rant. But in the grand scheme of Scooby-Doo TV incarnations, this one seems to be the most thought out and well put together. I definitely recommend that you check out this reboot.
Holy crap, this is a record breaker in terms of longest rants. AHAHAHAHAHAHA
Well, if you guys genuinely stuck through that till the end, thank you so much. Really though, Scooby-Doo is something that is very dear to me and perhaps that's why this rant is so long. This time though, next rant topic will definitely be Miraculous Ladybug. What are your thoughts on this reboot and the franchise on the whole? Which is your favorite incarnation to date? Comment below and let me know! :D
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