|Jinkies! Cosplayer Jadababy's take on Velma|
The other evening Rachel and I were out with Pete and Jeni and they were selling us on a show that their son really likes (and I rather got the impression they were fans of as well) - Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated.
The way they described it, while remaining true to the classic '60s/'70s version of Scooby-Doo, this was a modern take on the set-up in that it gave the members of Mystery Incorporated (Velma, Daphne, Fred, Shaggy and Scooby) backstories, families and relationships and the show now had a running plotline, as well as the usual unmasking of that episode's bad guy ("who would have got away with it, if it wasn't for...")
Eventually, I remembered this conversation and recorded some episodes - and what do you know? It's really rather good.
With each "chapter" (as the episodes are now labelled) coming in at under 30 minutes it will be an easy show to slip in between my other regulars, possibly as a pleasant accompaniment to my breakfast each morning.
I'm really sold on this idea of expanding the backstories of the main characters, giving Mystery Incorporated a history and raison d'etre.
Reading up about it today on Wikipedia, I see only two series were made, but that's still 52 episodes (roughly 26 hours of television).
And you know I'm thinking about using this as inspiration for a roleplaying game...
I'm looking forward to picking up on more references to established elements of horror genre like the works of HP Lovecraft, Twin Peaks and the Nightmare On Elm Street movies and getting drawn into the serial's main plot which, in the second season, apparently "evolves to heavily feature the use of Babylonian mythology, exploring the Anunnaki, the Babylonian and modern pseudo-scientific concepts of Nibiru, and the writings of Zecharia Sitchin".
Jinkies! Who said Scooby-Doo was for kids???