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Review: Velma - 1x03 & 1x04

Jinkies! This raucous reimagining of the Scooby-Doo franchise unravels the mysterious origins of Mystery, Inc. – as seen through the eyes of the gang’s beloved bespectacled detective Velma.

Mindy Kaling, Sam Richardson, Constance Wu, and Glenn Howerton

With the release of episode 3 and 4, "Velma" continues to prove that its the worst thing to happen to the Scooby Doo franchise. The iconic characters become less and less recognizable as the season progresses with no end in site. A continuous lack of interesting plot and forced relationships make episodes 3 and 4 somehow worse than its predecessors.

The ending of episode 2 sets up a plot line that was ultimately bound to fail. Velma somehow becomes less relatable and continues to ruin herself by one seeing what she wants to see. She publicly humiliates characters, bashes mental health, lies constantly, and attempts to be the here that no one wanted or needed time and time again.

The actual overarching murder plot barely got any screen time. They uncover a few clues but at the end of the day, it keeps getting pushed aside for less interesting and important threads. For me so far, the worst part of this series is their version of Shaggy aka Norville. His character is pretty much an original at this point with his entire motivation is creepy and weird. He only helps people when it benefits himself and has no interest in just being a good friend.

While these 2 episodes culminated in around 45 minutes of total plot, it still feels like nothing happened. Even though it's still possible for the series to redeem itself, the show continues to shoot itself in its alreday injured legs. The characters continue to stay uninteresting and the plot has faded into the back of what the show sees as important. The fact that a season 2 is even being considered is mindblowing seeing as the only reason the show is getting the numbers it is, is from fans and critics hate watching to bash it.

"It is so bad I want to give you a zero but that's not possible, so I give you a .5"

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