Daphne really shines in the new show. The very first episode has Daphne communicating through hand puppets. She’s made a puppet for everyone on the team! Instead of being a throwaway joke, the puppets play a crucial part in bringing the team together in a clutch. Daphne saves the day!
This new Daphne is a character straight out of Animaniacs. She’s silly and funny and pretty all at once. She was still raised wealthy with privilege and the finer things. But no one aspect of her is more valued than another. Daphne gets to be a fully-fledged, well-rounded person. In a later episode, she is obsessed with aeronautics and knows phenomenal details about a gigantic airplane. Velma’s not the only one with brains in this show.
Speaking of Velma, she’s no longer relegated to the role of sad, lonely nerd. Velma is smart and unashamed. The first episode takes place at a prestigious college that Velma is considering attending.
In a later episode, Velma isn’t ashamed to admit she prefers technology to people. Technology doesn’t judge her. That sounds sad, but at the same time, Velma is satisfied with who she is. She doesn’t need your approval. She just enjoys the company.
Velma also has a tenuous relationship with water. I’m still not really sure where it comes from, but Velma and water do not get on well.