Scooby Doo: Decoy for a Dognapper

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Scooby Doo, Where are You! episode “Decoy for a Dognapper”,
begins with Scooby Doo witnessing a violent crime as a woman is wrestled out of her prize poodle.  A busted plot to catch the dognappers lead Fred and the gang on a high tech search for Scooby Doo in the desert where they trespass into ancient Pueblo ruins.

The villain, the mystery, and the technology

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The Ghost of Geronimo, a master of the English language and factory-made arrows, guards Native American ruins from scavengers while collecting show dogs for fun.

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The mystery was dognapping of prized show dogs.

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Though unseen, the first episode featuring a movie projector capable of projecting an image without need for a screen.

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Buck Masters unmasked. He gripes the gang should have “mind your own business!”

 

Unanswered questions of curiosity

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More snooping equipment found inside the Mystery Machine than your local NSA headquarters. Too bad we never see them use it after this episode.

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No matter where Scooby is the radar always blinks in the same place.

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The first episode with Daphne tied and kidnapped?

Final words and observations

A weak episode with an unimpressive plot and villain.  A contrived premise leads the gang into the scariness of Native American ruins to confront a dognapper in a mask armed with arrows purchased from Big 5 Sporting Goods.

What is interesting is a rare look inside the Mystery Machine and the high tech equipment used.  It’s also the first episode to feature ghostly projections pushing the boundaries of optics and physics, in general.

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2 Comments

  1. Dylan March 29, 2014 8:13 pm  Reply

    yeah definitely one of my least favorite Scooby-Doo episode….it seemed very uncharacteristic of them to use high-tech gadgets, when they are usually only left to use what’s in there surroundings , such as a candlesDO or rope, barell..etc. for their traps.. do we ever really see them use this kind of technology again??

    • Danny May 9, 2018 1:45 am  Reply

      Some of the later New Scrappy and Scooby Doo show episodes, the ones where they return to the mystery format, have similar.

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