The newest Scooby series is a divisive interpretation as it attempts to do something new. This newest version of our old pal Scoob goes back to the old mystery solving formula with some new additions that some fans are pleased with and others are not. If you haven't seen it you can easily find it online for a preview or watch it on cartoon network/teletoon when it airs to see if you enjoy it.
I personally do enjoy the series. The artistic style may be a departure from what we're used to but the show is well animated. They have changed the character dynamic a bit by creating relationships between Fred and Daphne and Shaggy and Velma but I can't blame them for trying something new. I will also say how easily I adpated to Mathew Lillard as the new animated voice of Shaggy after Casey Kasem has retired.
The one thing for me is that I don't feel all the mysteries are quite up to par, though some are quite good so it balances a bit. Aside from all that I miss the Shaggy Scooby moments that are unarguably not as frequent in this series as they were in the past.
So all that said those who enjoy the show may want to purchase this volume 2 release, it contains the following episodes:
Episode 5: The Song of Mystery
The children of Crystal Cove are being turned into monsters by a creature named Que Horrifico, scaring all of the adults in town. As a result, they abandon their children and run for their lives.
Episode 6: The Legend of Alice May
Fred becomes the target of a high school crush when new girl Alice May falls for him. However, Alice May is actually a ghost with a reputation for taking guys with her and making them disappear forever.
Episode 7: In Fear of the Phantom
The Hex Girls come to Crystal Cove and plan to give the gang a concert. But things go awry when The Phantom, an evil specter, suddenly appears with the intention of permanently taking The Hex Girls out of the music business.
Episode 8: The Grasp of the Gnome
The gang attends the Royal Knights Faire in Crystal Cove, but so does an unexpected guest. A scary-looking gnome is paralyzing everyone wearing pirate costumes at the Faire.
A decent four episodes from the series, I particularly enjoy the first three on this release and it was nice to see the Hex Girls again. That said, I personally will not be buying this or the Volume 1,Scooby Doo Mystery Incorporated: Season 1 V.1, release as I feel it is a cheap marketing tactic. They get parents and some unaware fans to pay for only four episodes at a time and then later wind up releasing season sets after the volumes have already raked in preliminary cash. I wish they would stop these volume releases and focus on preparing a season set (they could at least release the first 13 episodes together at this point).
An additional note, I find Scooby releases are quite often only geared at children. Scooby has been around since 1969 and has many older fans who would enjoy more in depth special featues such as a behind the scenes look at the creation and direction of the new series as well as some possible commentaries. Hopefully an eventual season set will have these things for once. As for this release...
Recommended for those who just want the episodes now or perhaps for parents, but true fans (and money conscious ones) will want to wait for a season set. Thanks