TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E17 – That’s Snow Ghost ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
January 17, 1970

Episode 17 – “That’s No Snow Ghost”

The gang wants to do some skiing and the only place, conveniently, open to go is some creepy, barely inhabited ski lodge. They talk to the owner who warns them to keep their windows locked or the Snow Ghost might get them. The snow ghost will turn them into ghosts

(Never thought about this when younger about why a Yeti would want to turn others into ghosts. As an adult, it just doesn’t sound right, but hey in 1970 maybe this was spooky)

Turns out there is a legend of a Yeti in the area, and the creature is responsible for haunting the lodge. The gang isn’t buying it, and decides to solve the mystery.

While following tracks, it leads to a chasm and they run into the Snow Ghost and, Fred exclaims, “he can fly!”

They find a cave and a monk Mr. Fu Lon Chi, from Tibet tells the gang about the ghost of the Yeti.

After all this weirdness, will the gang solve the mystery of the flying, ghostly Yeti? Why is the Yeti scaring people away from the lodge. What’s with the Tibet cave?

Summary

Yeah, this is an odd episode. Maybe the most odd story of the entire first season as it’s just a bunch of different myths mashed up. The Yeti creature would have been fine, I’m not sure why we needed the Yeti to fly or the whole idea of him turning others into ghosts, but hey.

Scooby antics are toned down as well. Although there is a fun exchange where Scooby takes Mr. Chi’s wolf’s bone.

Scooby works to save Velma from being chopped up in the sawmill

This episode is kind of weak to end the first season on. Like they threw in every remaining idea they had just in case this series wasn’t renewed for a second season. Still, it’s original Scooby Doo and the gang, so at it’s worst, it still is recommended watching. The saw mill Scooby scene alone is worth recommending.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Screenrant ranks 13 different versions of Scooby Doo series. #1 is obvious, but the rankings of some of the other series throughout the year is interesting. It seems hard to believe that they are still making different versions of the show. Recently, I caught an episode of the newest Scooby Doo series on the Boomerang streaming service.

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E16 – A Night of Fright is No Delight ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
January 10, 1970

Episode 16 – “A Night of Fright is No Delight”

The mystery gang is boating to a creepy mansion on an island because he’s an heir to a million dollar fortune. The catch, the gang find out, is that he must spend a night in the haunted house. If he doesn’t stay then he doesn’t share in the inheritance.

The names of the characters in this are more than a bit leading “Mr. Crawls” and “Mr. Creeps” lol, yeah, those are normal names. The nice thing about this episode is there are a lot of possible characters offered, so that solving the mystery of who is really haunting the house provide more possibilities than most episodes.

There are a few signature gags like when Scooby, Shaggy and Velma discover a cave filled with old confederate items and a suit flies up and at them. They run away at first until Scooby gathers courage and unmasks the source.

Haunted clothes? Scoob is scared and then turns brave … and unmasks the flying culprit!

Is it one of the other heirs responsible for haunting the group, wanting to keep more of the prized loot? Why do they have to stay the night? What’s with the secret passages under the house? These questions and more are answered on this ghostly episode.

Summary

Good cast of characters and possible villains, some humorous gags and Scooby and Shaggy’s antics front and center.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E15 – Go Away Ghost Ship ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max, Boomerang)
December 20, 1969

Episode 15 – “Go Away Ghost Ship”

The mystery gang is at the malt shop and reads a newspaper story about local shipping magnate, C.L. Magnus, being haunted by the ghost of pirate Redbeard. They decide to help solve the mystery. They visit C.L Magnus to learn more about the legend of Redbeard. Velma asserts to Magnus that “ghosts are our thing.” And off they are to expose Redbeard.

Why is the ghost pirate haunting the shipping magnate? What is dry ice doing on a ghose ship? Will the mystery gang make us laugh while they try to solve the mystery?

Scooby scared by Redbeard in the old it’s not a picture, it’s the real thing gag

Summary

Funny gag with “fog so thick you can cut it like a knife” and Scooby tests that out with a knife literally cutting through fog.

Scooby takes a knife to fog.

Scoob and Shaggy being forced to eat Redbeard’s ghost pirate bubbly stew is also a smile-worthy moment. Shaggy puts on a paper pirate hat and imitates the voice of Redbeard and more.

This episode leans heavy on the Shaggy and Scooby gags, which adds to the fun, but the mystery isn’t as much fun. Again, there aren’t enough suspects to make the reveal the surprise it needs to be. Still, this episode proves again they can pack a ton of story into 21 minutes. Recommended.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

When will Harley Quinn Season 3 Arrive Plus More Poison Ivy Teased

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in the adult animated show Harley Quinn, season 3 is coming!

Harley Quinn Season 3 could — and probably should — have been greenlit back in April, but fortunately it was greenlit (see: Harley Quinn finally receives much deserved season three renewal and DCU will become comics only). There are several good shows that don’t get renewed.

Once renewed, the questions turn to: when will we be able to see it? Production on an animated series is a little easier than a live action movie, because you aren’t dealing with setting logistics and voice talent can be recorded remotely. It’s a little like a band making music in 2020 using Pro Tools. If you google it, you’ll find plenty of artists talking about how the way music is recorded has changed. It’s not in a studio.

Back to the “when” question. Harley Quinn showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Shoemacher are giving us some ideas in an interview of when possibly it could appear, and the answer is “optimistically” no early than a year or so from now: the end of 2021. Of course they won’t decide on release dates, that will be up to HBO Max. My guess is HBO Max will want that new content ASAP, so there aren’t a lot of reasons to speculate that it will be delayed that long into 2022, assuming the episodes are completed of course.

Now, let’s dig into what Season 3 will be about. The showrunners are teasing it will have (much) more to do with Poison Ivy.

“We spent two years digging into Harley, and Ivy was her own character, but her stories were told mostly in relation to Harley. So, I think in this third season, it’d be interesting to flip that, and dig deeper into Ivy and her life, and tell some stories through her point of view,” said Halpern. “So, we’re excited to be able to do that because it feels completely new—somewhere to go that we haven’t gone, that isn’t going to make the audience feel like, “We saw two seasons of that. What the f**k is this?””

Harley Quinn showrunners say we have quite a wait ahead for season 3

This seems like a creative direction to take the show. We want to learn more about what Harles and Ive will be up to. Are they going on a Gotham road trek? What will happen to the crew? So many questions to explore. Can we just fast forward to 2021 and 2022? Somebody get Marty McFly’s time traveling Delorean!

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E14 – Spooky Space Kook ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
December 13, 1969

Episode 14 – “Spooky Space Kook”

A strange shaped aircraft lands in a field. The gang runs out of gas near an old farm house. They run into a gun-toting farmer who thinks they are newspeople checking out “it”, a UFO.

The gang explains they simply want to buy some gas, he provides it to them, and they decide to solve the mystery.

The gang goes to a nearby abandoned air field. They find ghostly green footprints leading inside and follow the trail.

The spooky space kook is up to something on the airfield and tries to scare away the gang while they try to solve the mystery.

Is this ghost from outer space for real? What is it up to on the air field? These questions and more are answered on this episode.

Summary

Quite the combination of a ghost and an alien. It’s kind of funny how so many episodes center around the antagonist being some type of ghost. Wouldn’t the alien have been scary enough? Why did we need the ghost part added?

This is a fairly straightforward episode, with the first appearance of an allegedly other-worldly enemy. I’m starting to wonder how the mystery gang is always out driving around in places where they can conveniently run into mysteries, but these wouldn’t be any fun if they didn’t.

Not much Scooby and Shaggy goofing around, but a pretty good mystery. Recommended.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E13 – Which Witch is Which? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
December 6, 1969

Episode 13 – “Which Witch is Which?”

The gang is on a fishing trip, but not having much luck. Scooby is fishing in a pail in the back of the mystery machine. Fred takes a detour through a creepy swamp and they think they might be lost. They meet a zombie on the side of the road. They drive away to some nearby dwellings. A fisherman tells them that the zombie was created by a witch using voodoo magic.

The witch showed up about six months ago and the two fisherman were scared away from the swamp by the witch. Others in the town are scared as well, leaving the gang a mystery to solve.

Scooby, with his neverending appetite mistakenly eats some jumping beans. Shortly thereafter, Scoob and Shaggy go searching out clues at the second fisherman, Zeb’s place.

A furry swamp creature and Scooby have a cute encounter. The swamp thing doesn’t find Scoob’s licking his face very inviting.

Scoob can’t resist his appetite … but these jumping beans play havok on his stomach

They find a voodoo doll of Zeb.

Shaggy and Scoob share their finding with the rest of the gang, which head into the swamp. They find more voodoo dolls of all of them. The witch is trying to scare them from figuring out what she’s up to in the swamp.

Will the gang ignore the alleged voodoo curse and figure out what the witch is up to in the swamp? What’s the story behind the zombie? These questions and more are answered by the end of this busy episode.

Summary

Another episode where the creators think we needed two different monsters. Either the witch or the zombie would have been scary enough for a 20 minute episode, but instead we get both. And why would a witch create a zombie to do her bidding? There is an explanation, although thin. They could have parlayed these two monsters into two separate episodes.

The zombie is not drawn very scary looking. Probably intentional, but he doesn’t invoke the scares of other baddies in the series.

The actual mystery behind what’s going on in the swamp is pretty good. This show set the standard for how much can be packed in a 20 odd minute episode: the mystery gang, a mystery to solve, Scooby and Shaggy’s zany antics and spooky bad guys trying to scare the gang away. It’s easy to see why this show was warmly received by audiences upon release. Great writing, voice acting and stories. Another easy to recommend episode.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

FIRST LOOK: Creepshow (Animated TV Special) – Shudder

Creepshow Season 1 is available on Shudder, Creepshow Season 2 is now filming

Some exciting horror-related news dropped 9/24 concerning the anthology Creepshow series at Shudder. The announcement came originally via a Shudder tweet which was promptly picked up by various news sources, including Bloody-disgusting further below.

While we knew that Creepshow Season 2 filming was delayed due to the pandemic (it has since started filming in Atlanta), we didn’t know they were secretly working on a fully animated Creepshow TV special that will contain two stories from the Stephen King family in time for Halloween 2020!

Shudder details. “Though Greg Nicotero and his team are hard at work shooting season 2 (coming in 2021), they’ve crafted a fully animated Creepshow special for us just in time for Halloween, featuring two tales to die for: “Survivor Type,” based on the short story by Stephen King and adapted by Nicotero, stars Kiefer Sutherland (24, Designated Survivor) as a man determined to stay alive alone on a deserted island no matter what the cost. “Twittering from the Circus of the Dead,” based on the short story by Joe Hill and adapted by Melanie Dale, stars Joey King (The Kissing Booth, The Act) as a teen whose family road trip includes a visit to the gravest show on earth. (Also available on Shudder Canada, Shudder UK and Shudder ANZ).”

“Creepshow” Animated Special Coming to Shudder in October; Based on Stephen King and Joe Hill Tales! – Bloody Disgusting

Am not familiar with Joe Hill’s story, but am very familiar with “Survivor Type” from King’s collection, Skeleton Crew (an awesome name for a horror short story collection, btw).

Creeepshow showrunner Greg Nicotero has been trying to figure out how to adapt King’s “Survivor Type” on a budget for quite some time. This was the very first story King and Nicotero discussed being adapted. As it turns out King’s story “Gray Matter” was used instead for season one.

Nicotero says he realized very quickly that they couldn’t shoot the script in a way that would do it justice. “We couldn’t go to the beach to shoot, because we didn’t have the cash to do it,” he reveals. “So after a little bit of struggling back and forth, I went to my production team and just said, ‘Guys, we’re not going to be able to make this script right. I don’t want to shoot it on a lake and then digitally erase all of the trees, or shoot it in a parking lot with a blue screen behind it.’”

Creepshow Showrunner Reveals “Lost” Stephen King Episode Details

Apparently the animated route was the way to get this project completed. No idea what the quality of the animation will be like (the first season animation segments received mixed reviews), but I remember reading the original graphic novel of the first movie. Great stuff. You can still find that out there on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions (recommended!).

If you’re looking for great horror graphic novels to read, Creepshow is recommended

Speaking of books, there is a new young adult paperback just released this month called Creepshow: The Taker. It’s not aimed at adults, so keep that in mind. Not sure if it a graphic novel either, so adult buyers beware. You can search Amazon and other booksellers to find if interested.

Back to the animated special we’re spotlighting in this post.

Also announced, Kiefer Sutherland, who’s last role in anything by Stephen King was playing Ace in Stand By Me, is the voice actor for the shipwrecked doctor in “Survivor Type.” Jack Bauer meets Stephen King, oh yeah. Joey King (no relation to Stephen King), the actress will be the voice actor for Joe Hill’s story.

If this special episode goes over well, maybe we’ll get a full season order of a Creepshow animated series from Shudder? I’d be interested in a full series. They can make animated episodes on a lower budget than live action, so why not? I remember reading that each episode of Star Trek The Animated Series (1973) were created on a budget of $75,000 per episode — and that included the voice actor fees. They can’t do it that inexpensively in 2020, but it shows the budgetary requirements, not to mention pandemic restrictions, favor animated productions.

Creepshow: The Animated TV Special will stream exclusively on Shudder on October 26, 2020.

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E12 – Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
November 29, 1969

Episode 12 – “Scooby-Doo and a Mummy, Too”

The gang visits a museum to view the Mummy of Anka exhibit. Dr. Nagim tells them of the Mummy’s curse: that if Anka was ever removed from his tomb, he would turn them to stone.

Shaggy finds this enigmatic coin and the professor explains that he hasn’t figured out what the coin is for. Somehow (and this is a major head scratcher), Shaggy pockets the coin.

The professor has them go into town and pick up some sandwiches. While there Shaggy tries to pay for the sandwiches with a dollar bill and the coin. He explains he “somehow must have stuck it in his pocket” and then the gang just accepts that and returns.

After they are back at the museum, they discover the professor has been turned to stone. Upon further investigation, they find the mummy is missing from his coffin and there is a broken window. The mystery is on!

Scoob is playful as ever with a duplicate cat sidetrack. These odd sidetrack moments with Scooby Doo keep this series fun. What does this have to do with the story? Absolutely nothing. The real cat just appears alongside a statue and Scooby is confused. I guess this is the dog and cat curiosity explored, but it’s a fun sidetrack from the seriousness of the mummy out of his coffin, the professor turned to stone, and Shaggy accidentally pilfering an artifact coin from the museum.

From here, the mummy chases Scoob and Shaggy, murmuring over and over “Coin! Coin!”

Why does the mummy want the coin? Will anybody else be turned to stone? How will the gang solve this mystery? You’ll need to tune in for these answers and more.

Summary

One of my favorite titles of the first season. Good to see another classic monster, The Mummy making an appearance. When growing up The Mummy always frightened me with that slow gait, arms outstretched, just walking around with a low, guttural moan.

Upon rewatching, I was a little annoyed with Shaggy outright stealing from the museum. Maybe that was going to be a lesson to kids not to steal? Might have been better to have the rest of the mystery gang call Shaggy out on his lame explanation for just “somehow putting the coin in his pocket.” The coin turns out to be a very pivotal piece of the plot and there could have been several other ways for the gang to explore the origins of the coin.

The other part that doesn’t make sense is why would a mummy curse involve turning people to stone? Medusa is a monster they could have used in a Scooby Doo episode to have the whole turn to stone curse explored, but a mummy? Maybe the writers were stoned when they came up with this mashup? Mummys are frightening enough on their own just lumbering around, they don’t need to turn people to stone, but OK, it’s there.

At the end of the day, great monster, good mystery, but some very bizarre and unnecessary story devices that take away from my enjoyment and pulled me out of the story. Shaggy isn’t a thief, but that fact here seems completely overlooked by the gang. They can solve mysteries but can’t see one of their own has acted completely out of character? Still, a pretty good overall episode.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E11 – A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
November 22, 1969

Episode 11 – “A Gaggle of Galloping Ghosts”

On their way to check out Franken Castle, the gang stop and see a gypsy. She looks into a crystal ball and predicts evil and danger for them, warning them not to visit the castle. They won’t let the superstition stop them.

Dracula meets them at the gate and tries to warn them away from entering. He turns into a vampire bat the drawbridge starts to close. Frankenstein’s monster chases the gang back onto the land away from the castle, but Daphne is trapped on the other side of the drawbridge.

Shaggy and Scooby use a lasso to swing Indiana Jones mode over an alligator and land on the other side to lower the drawbridge. Suddenly, the werewolf appears and chases after them. Daphne is pursued by Frankenstein’s monster. With the drawbridge lowered, Fred and Velma go across in search of the others, only to run into Dracula who threatens that all their souls will be trapped in the castle forever for daring to enter the structure.

Will Velma find her glasses? Will the gang reunite and figure out what’s going on with the trio of monsters? Will the mystery be solved?

Summary

Talk about throwing all the Universal monsters at the Mystery, Inc. gang! Not just one monster, but three of them: the werewolf, Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula! This is an amazing episode for not only children — because the monsters portrayal aren’t overly scary, but spooky, thus encouraging young audiences to check out horror.

The mad scientist gag scene with Shaggy and Scooby is among the best of their antics in any episode to date.

The mystery of the castle and why the monsters are there trying to scare away the gang is secondary to the horror.

I love this episode, it’s by far my favorite of season 1 to date and highly recommended. It’s one of those classic cartoons you can watch over and over, maybe for an entire lifetime. As a child, adult, plenty here to enjoy. Great writing, voice work, animation, the whole package.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TV SERIES Review: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? S1E10 – Bedlam in the Big Top ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
CBS (HBO Max)
November 15, 1969

Episode 10 – “Bedlam in the Big Top”

Max and Sampson, two circus acts have their bike snap. They believe it’s the work of the ghost clown. The mystery gang is driving along and run into Max and Sampson. They visit the circus and talk to the barker who explains that the ghost clown is haunting the circus and running off the carnies.

The ghost clown hypnotizes Scooby and has him walk the trapeze wire. Shaggy and Velma move a trampoline under Scooby. Velma throws Scoob an umbrella to help him balance. Scoob bounces up and down on the trampoline playfully, followed by Velma and Shaggy. Scooby lands in some balloons that rise him back into the air. The ghost clown throws darts at the balloons and pops them and Scoob falls.

Shaggy and Velma catch him with the help of moving the trampoline.

The ghost clown hypnotizes Daphne next, forcing her to ride a unicycle all over the place.

The gang try to wake her from her trance before she hurts herself. Once rescuing Daphne from the trance, the gang decide to hatch a plan to trap the ghost clown in a cage so he can be unmasked.

Will the gang capture and unmask the ghost clown? Who is the ghost clown and why are they haunting the circus?

Summary

This episode takes place in another entertaining backdrop: the circus. The idea of a clown that’s haunting the other carnival workers and then the mystery gang that work to unmask the villain is well done. The hypnotism is nice added touch including how Scooby and Shaggy use that to their advantage.

This is a fun episode that sees the gang forced into trances and doing dangerous, comedic acts. One of my favorite parts is Shaggy in lion tamer mode and Scoob saving him.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️