It took two episodes for me to wholly realize that "Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated" was NOT the real Scooby Doo.
Because every Scooby Doo episode must follow a certain set of rules, and this new series made sure to break every one.
Scooby Doo Episode Guidelines
1. There shall be no romance between Velma and Shaggy. He's a 60s hippie in the present day who eats dog food, and she's the genius. NO SPARKS.
2. Scooby Doo is not allowed to be fully literate. He's still a dog!
3. There must be a hallway chase thing with the doors a stuff. It's classic, and a Scooby Doo signature.
4. Daphne has to get kidnapped, and then Fred will say, "They got Daphne!" and they aren't too worried, more determined. Daphne is the chronic damsel in distress. They're never really worried because this has happened dozens of times.
5. Shaggy and Scooby have to go off somewhere to eat, encounter the monster, run, get back to the gang, whimper, and suggest leaving. No initial bravery allowed. They must be led by their stomachs, and controlled by their fear. In short, they must remain in character.
6. The first plan/trap must fail. Plan #1 must fail so that they can assess what went wrong and make a better plan. And you know what? That's how life works, and Scooby Doo, as we all know, is realistic.
7. Scooby and Shaggy must ruin the second plan, but still capture the culprit. It's just how it works. Also, life is never how you plan it, so why should the traps go according to plan. It's a life lesson.
That is just how REAL Scooby Doo episodes roll, and if they don't it's not Scooby Doo.
Your Groovy Scooby-Loving Blogger,