Unlike most students, I came back to campus a week early due to prior obligations. Responsibility cut my Texas trip short, but that's okay. Although, being at my dorm while everyone else remained away on break left me with little to do. Of course, there was the Big Monday basketball game (where we tragically lost), and I went to that. Past that, the activity list for this week seemed minimal.
One of my closest friends, Abby, only lives an hour from campus, and she definitely came to my rescue. Abby was my very first, new friend at Oklahoma State University, and we continue our friendship! She invited me to her house where we quickly gathered up some necessary sleepover snacks - Cheez-Itz, beef taquitos, Blue Bell ice cream, and of course, chocolate chip cookie dough! We scanned Netflix to find a must-see that night, but with her mum in the room, the options were limited. Jokingly, What's New, Scooby-Doo? played until her mum went to bed.
However, I asked Abby, "Do you remember that show Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated or was that just a fever dream I had?" I have not seen a single trace of this show since the last time I watched it back in the early 2010's so naturally I feared that it was simply a fever dream; something my mind entirely made up. The intellectual discussion about Scooby-Doo and its many versions began. After a hefty discussion plus a tube of raw cookie dough, we decided to switch shows when lo and behold, Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated appeared. The marathon launched.
This version of Scooby-Doo aired in 2012, but I vividly remembered it. A whole new style of animation. Fred only cares about traps. Velma's personality altered immensely. Scooby has a love interest. But, the best part? There was an online game where you got to walk around the city as Shaggy and Scooby, solving all the mysteries on the show. Did I find the game? Yes, I did.
There were other positives besides just the online game. For example, in this series there is an overarching storyline, and most of the episodes have some correlation to one another. Don't get me wrong, What's New, Scooby-Doo? will always be a banger, but this version probably seemed better as it launched during my major TV-watching days.
If you're wondering, I have almost solved the entire mystery of Crystal Cove, but I couldn't have done it without my crime-solving partner, Abby. We've decided that we collectively make up the classic gang as she has Velma's brains, I have Daphne's pop-culture knowledge, and together we make up for the weird combination of Fred, Shaggy, and Scooby. Pardon me, but I have a mystery to solve!