Scooby Doo: Spooky Space Kook
Scooby Doo, Where are You! episode “Spooky Space Kook”,
leaves the gang deserted near an abandoned airfield after the Mystery Machine runs out of gas. After a farmer’s tale of a UFO haunting piques their curiosity, Fred, Shaggy and the rest are off solving another mystery.
The villain, the mystery, and the technology
The Spooky Space Kook, frightens Earthlings with a hideous laugh. Flies across the air field in his opulent space craft. It’s diet includes a cuisine of ham, chicken, and olives.
Neighboring property values plummet before the news to reopen and expand the base is made public.
Along with glowing phosphorous, the Space Kook uses a film projector to fly its “spaceship” above the airfield. The speaker system gives lifelike stereo sound.
Henry Bascombe unmasked after he foolishly traps himself inside a wind tunnel.
Unanswered questions of curiosity
The animators didn’t bother with the background.
Whoa! A dining room table? Wooden cabinetry? Is that a refrigerator?
Mr. Farmer lives in dilapidated squalor. Note the very rare display of a firearm.
The episode makes uncommon use of dramatic angles to infer feelings of anxiety and suspense.
The most exhilarating moment in SDWAY!.
Final words and observations
“Spooky Space Kook” will always be a special favorite with one of the most enthusiastic and absurdly terrifying monster. It is a thematic episode considering the villain had zero personal back story and literally had not a single word to say. Unlike some episodes, this appears to have no hidden social message. Or does it? Sit back and enjoy!
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