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12 Reasons Why Ace is the Best Character on ‘Nancy Drew’

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Nancy Drew is a brilliant teen detective. That’s how they’ve marketed her for years, so we have no choice but to love her. 

The CW’s version, portrayed by Kennedy McMann, is a modern-take on the character who is driven and determined, yet impressively aware of her flaws and imperfections. She owns them like a badge while going after what she wants wholeheartedly and using her particular set of skills to solve mysteries — both human and supernatural in nature — along the way. 

Since Nancy carries the series, it’s hard not to paint her as the best of the best. 

But we’re lucky that in The CW version of the series, the Drew Crew has no shortage of incredible characters in addition to Nancy.

However, there’s no denying that one character stands out amongst the others for being equally as developed… and that’s Ace (played by Alex Saxon). 

Puppy dog eyes aside (don’t you just want to give him a hug), Ace started off as a one-dimensional character that was around for quick laugh, but he quickly evolved into the heart of the series thanks to a plethora of great qualities, including serving as the backbone of the Scooby squad. 

We’re breaking down some of the other reasons that we love Ace below:

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Nancy Drew — “The Demon of Piper Beach” — Image Number: NCD304a_0251r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Alex Saxon as Ace and Leah Lewis as George — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

He’s Always There for His Friends

Ace’s theme song should be Toy Story’s “You Got a Friend In Me” because Ace is the teddy bear you can call up whenever you’re having a bad day and need a hug, a piece of advice, or a reality check. 

There has never been a time where Ace left a friend in need. Whenever anyone from the Drew Crew needs him, Ace is right there to offer assistance and support. He’s provided a shoulder to cry on for Nick, he assisted Nancy no matter how dangerous the situation, and he’s even been a “get out of a bad date” call for Bess. Ace is there when you need him most, whether you know it or not. 

 

He Never Turned His Back on Carson Drew

Speaking of friends and being there for them… Ace has an unmatched level of loyalty.  When the whole town painted Carson Drew as the villain, Ace made it a point to visit him and make sure he was okay. Throughout the seasons, he’s always had Carson’s back even when it would’e been easier to side with Nancy and let him be. It’s yet another point that re-affirms that Ace is “ride or die” friend. 

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He Does the Right Thing No Matter How Difficult It Is

Ace has really great judgment, especially in social situations. He tried to befriend Bertram Bobbsey simply because he believed that everybody deserves a second chance and because he wanted to do right by his girlfriend, Amanda Bobbsey. But the minute he realized something sketchy was going on, he took a step back. And when Carson informed him that they needed to find Bertram otherwise he would go down as an accomplice for a crime, he followed Amanda and ensured that her father was put away behind bars where he couldn’t hurt anyone else (including Amanda) again. While it was a difficult decision on his part, Amanda made it clear that her priority was her father, and Ace knew that he had to do the right thing no matter how much it hurt her or ended their relationship. 

 

His Advice

Part of what makes Ace such a great friend is that he’s able to foresee everyone’s needs often before they even know what they need themselves. This allows him to dish out incredible advice (see reason #1) that makes him appear wise beyond his years. 

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Nancy Drew — “The Legend of the Murder Hotel” — Image Number: NCD207a_0520r.jpg — Pictured: Aadila Dosani as Amanda Bobbsey and Alex Saxon as Ace — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

He’s a Hard Worker

When he’s not assisting Nancy and the crew with solving supernatural mysteries, he’s putting in the hours at the Claw. For a little, it seemed as though he was the only employee who actually worked any kind of shift at all. 

 

He Knows How To Be Vulnerable

Not only is he vulnerable, but he is empathetic and intuitive, which are all very desirable characteristics for a man that’s in-tune with himself and his feelings. He’s a genuinely good human, and that genuineness trickles down to everyone he comes in contact with. His most vulnerable was hunting down his step-brother and getting to know him while also protecting his father’s secret and his mother from being hurt by the truth. 

Nancy Drew — “The Mark of the Poisoner’s Pearl” — Image Number: NCD110a_0114b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Anthony Natale as Thom and Alex Saxon as Ace — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

His Relationship with His Dad Is One to Be Admired

Despite a few hiccups here and there, Ace has a pretty sweet relationship with his father. He’s a caring son that always prioritizes his father’s needs. Plus, it’s awesome to see ASL portrayed on television and naturally weaved into a storyline. 

 

He’s An Accomplished Hacker

Mr. Robot doesn’t have anything on Ace. He’s been able to assist in many supernatural mysteries simply by being the tech-guru that can crack any code and decipher any message. His skills have come in handy on many occasions! Unfortunately, most recently, they also got him caught up in a pretty uncanny situation — a parallel universe

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His Stroke of Comedic Genius

Ace has some of the best one-liners, and he delivers them without missing a beat, usually in the most serious and significant situations. The unexpected nature of his commentary typically catches everyone off-guard, which also allows for some really hilarious reactions that Ace is usually oblivious to. The only other person who rivals Ace with this witty quips and comedic-timing is Bess, but we have enough room in our hearts to stan them both. 

 

He Doesn’t Take Himself Too Seriously 

With everything that’s going on around him and almost dying on several accounts, Ace is incredibly chill. It’s impressive that he can manage to keep things so low-key and zen when the ghostly spirits have set their sights on Horseshoe Bay, and usually, him and his friends.  See the previous point about being trapped in a parallel universe, which would be cause for concern for anyone. 

 

He Has Pretty Eyes

This one is pretty self-explanatory… and it leads into… 

The Love Interest

Of course, there’s no denying that Ace is beloved by many because he’s a love interest for Nancy. While she’s had her fair share of romances throughout the seasons, Ace is a constant in her life. He loves her for her wins and her flaws, he’s her biggest supporter, and as time progresses, Nancy has come to realize just how much she values Ace’s presence in her life. While many argue that they have a great friendship dynamic that shouldn’t be messed with, their romance is a slow burn. Admittedly, that’s working wonders for the show as it is keeping audiences on their toes and will make the moment so much better when they do finally give into those feelings that have been bubbling up riiiiight under the surface. Both Nancy and Ace haven’t had luck in the romance department, so maybe they’ll both finally find someone that’s worthy of their love and affection. 

 

What’s your favorite thing about Ace on Nancy Drew?

Is he your favorite character? If not, who is? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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Elite Season 5 Episode 1 – 3 Review: The Party Don’t Stop… And Neither Do the Murders

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Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

Some Netflix shows have a break of several years between shows, but thankfully, that’s not the case for Elite

Note: This review will cover the first three episodes of the brand-new season as they were available to the media in advance. 

Elite Season 5 debuts less than a year after season 4, but there’s just as much angst, drama, sex, sexual fluidity, and, of course, murder, as ever. 

Honestly, have you met a group of teens that endured more death than the student body at Las Encinas?

Much like previous seasons, season 5 opens up with Samu arrested for murder, but we have no idea whose body is floating around in the water. 

The rotation of interviews with the students provides a snippet of insight, and one might narrow down the victim list to Benjamin, Omar, or Ivan. 

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Rebeka informs the cops that the killer is definitely not Samu as he’d like them to believe, but it’s unclear if she actually knows who the murderer is or if she knows it’s not him because it’s her. 

There’s enough anger directed at Benjamin from literally everyone in school to make his death plausible. Omar is also an outcast who has made an enemy of the few that still loved him and got himself caught up in a dangerous situation. And Ivan, though innocent at first, has a darkness about him; it’s clear he loves to play with fire. But more on that later.

Because aside from the new victim, there’s also the lingering mystery of what happened to Armando, Mencia’s abuser from last season.

Even all these months later, his existence still plagues the Blanco family because they have absolutely no idea he’s dead.

Only Samu, Rebeka, Guzman, and the audience know he’s at the bottom of the lake. There are a few moments where the secret is too much for Rebeka and Samu and they debate coming clean, especially as Ari tries to move on with her near-death experience and embraces a “you only live once” mentality that puts her in all sorts of questionable situations.

Her fervor for living her best life lends itself to a bit of a tug and pull in her relationship with Samu, who finds himself very loyal to Benjamin, a man he considers to be somewhat of a father figure.

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

ELITE (L to R) ITZAN ESCAMILLA as SAMUEL, OMAR AYUSO as OMAR in episode 03 of ÉLITE. Cr. MATÍAS URIS/NETFLIX © 2021

Benjamin puts his faith in Samu and wants him to rein Ari in, and thus, Samu finds himself torn and in what can only be described as a three-way relationship with a daughter and her father. And trying to please them both means that he’s disappointing everyone.

As detectives swarm in hopes of finding out what really happened to Armando, they begin to point fingers at family members, including Patrick, whose short temper occasionally gets the best of him. In an effort to erase all of the pain she’s caused her family, Mencia decides to come clean about the arrangement she had with Armando. It’s also why she has decided to live a quieter and tamer lifestyle, which doesn’t bode well for her relationship with Rebe. 

Rebe and Mencia skirt the lines of will-they-or-won’t-they, but as Mencia tries to put herself back in the closet, Rebe puts an end to their relationship. 

Many season 4 storylines spill over into the new season, including Phillipe’s confession of abuse. Elodie uses his apology to destroy the royal by announcing that he raped her, which taints his perfect image at the school.

He begs Cayetana to confess what happened in the limo so that Benjamin will stop protecting him and kick him out of the school as it would allow him to seek refuge in his home country. She considers helping him out, but after a little persuasion from the new student, she realizes that’s the easy way out.

Honestly, this might be the most important storyline on the series as it holds Phillipe accountable for his actions. He doesn’t just get to ruin lives, run off to his safe space, and do it again. He has to face the people he hurt and the people who know what he did every single day.  He needs to build himself back up. He needs to earn a second chance. And most importantly, he needs to want to change. Cayetana drags him to therapy and promises that she’ll be by his side, and it’s sweet, but it’s not helping because he’s not the one initiating it. He’s only going so that she takes him back, which is a terrible excuse to go to therapy.

He pretty much throws a tantrum every time because he’s forced to confront the ugly side of himself and dig into why he did what he did. And when it gets tough, he runs away to his “yes girl” who makes him feel safe by throwing on rose-colored glasses, excusing his behavior, and convincing him that he’s not as terrible of a human as they say he is. 

Every new season ushers in a slew of new faces to Las Encinas.

Elite Season 5 Episode 1 - 3 Review: The Party Don't Stop... And Neither Do the Murders

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Isadora (Valentina Zenere) joins as an Empress and heiress of a nightlife empire in Ibiza who takes a liking to Phillipe. She’s so adamant about helping him clear his name, in fact, that she suggests they enter into a fake relationship. The logic here is that two pretty and rich people together will make the public forget all about his abuse. And on some level, she likely wants the fake relationship to become real.

We don’t know much about her motivation with Phillipe, but based on a brief heart-t0-heart, it seems as though Isadora is a believer in second chances because she too has paid the price for a mistake in her past. 

The second newcomer is Ivan (André Lamoglia), the son of the greatest soccer player in the world who doesn’t know when to stop the party.

Ivan and Patrick immediately click, and while everyone at the school — and likely many fans at home — assumes Ivan is gay, he assures them that he’s very hetero. 

Patrick, however, thinks he can persuade Ivan into sleeping with him through his good looks and charm, so he concocts a “no rules” party where everyone is basically encouraged to come naked and hook up with anyone and everyone without judgment. 

Unfortunately, the night doesn’t go as planned for Patrick as he doesn’t get to hook up with Ivan.

Samu, however, gets to lock lips with him before Ivan informs Ari that he’s completely smitten with her. She’s kind of into it, but also totally against it. It seems as though she’ll likely give in to temptation by the end of the season given her “live life” attitude.

And as I mentioned before, Ivan’s desire to walk a dangerous path will likely infuriate more than one person, including Samu and Patrick. 

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Benjamin sets his sights on the students in hopes of forcing them to finally focus on school and less on partying, drugs, and hooking up, but the harder he pushes, the more they rebel. 

Patrick’s party, during which he encourages everyone to go on airplane mode so that they can’t be tracked by the adults including his father, who is referred to as the “dictator” by some students, is just one example of it. 

Social distancing definitely takes on a whole new meaning on the series as it has nothing to do with COVID. 

At one point, in a fit of revenge, Benjamin forces the class to vote on which student they would like to expel as punishment for the drug-fueled party.

Omar is the deciding vote, and he votes for Samu knowing that the “teacher’s pet” won’t actually get expelled. 

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Benjamin announces that Samu will be expelled for three days, and the moment is the last straw for Samu and Omar’s already fractured friendship. 

Ever since Ander left and hasn’t been responding to Omar’s messages, Samu has felt suffocated in the friendship. Omar’s parent-like vibe is overbearing. It’s likely something they could’ve come back from, but when, Omar takes pity on a man named Bilal who comes to the restaurant looking for food, gets a job, and then is caught stealing at the end of the shift, it throws their friendship in a new direction.

Samu thinks Omar is too trusting, yet Omar opens up the home he shares with Samu as shelter for Bilal, who reveals that she’s trying to avoid some gangsters that are coming after him.

Bilal once again bites the hand that feeds him when he steals Samu’s laptop, and yet, Omar shrugs it off by defending him and saying that he needs it more than Samu.

There’s definitely too much animosity between these two, which leads me to believe that it might just be Omar who will be the season’s victim, especially as he’s gotten involved in a dangerous situation if Bilal is telling the truth.

He has gotten pretty entwined with the storyline, and while he said that helping people might have illuminated the path to social work for him, maybe he gets in too deep?

Then again, maybe Bilal made it all up to take advantage of Omar? 

Maybe Patrick kills Ivan in one of his uncontrollable fits of rage? 

As the rest of the season unfolds, we’ll get all the pieces to do the puzzle, but until then, what did you think of the first three episodes of Elite season 5?

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Season Finale Dates spring 2022

Spring showers bring TV season finales to your screen. 

The major networks — NBC, FOX, ABC, and CBS — have announced all their season and series finale dates for the spring of 2022.

Check out the list below to find out when your favorite shows are coming to an end this season! 

 

ABC

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
9 pm  Abbott Elementary Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, APRIL 19
9 pm black-ish series finale

SUNDAY, MAY 15
10 pm The Rookie Season 4 finale

MONDAY, MAY 16
10 pm The Good Doctor Season 5 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8 pm The Goldbergs Season 9 finale
8:30 pm The Wonder Years Season 1 finale
9 pm The Conners Season 4 finale
9:30 pm Home Economics Season 2 finale
10 pm A Million Little Things Season 4 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 pm Station 19 Season 5 finale
10 pm Big Sky Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 26
8 pm Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 finale (two hours)

 

CBS

FRIDAY, APRIL 8
8 pm Undercover Boss Season 11 finale

THURSDAY, APRIL 21
9 pm Ghosts Season 1 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4
10 pm Good Sam Season 1 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 6
9 pm Magnum P.I. Season 4 finale
10 pm Blue Bloods Season 12 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 15
8 pm The Equalizer Season 2 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
9 pm Beyond the Edge Season 1 finale (two hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 m Young Sheldon Season 5 finale
8:30 pm United States of Al Season 2 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 22
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13 finale
10 pm S.W.A.T. Season 5 finale

MONDAY, MAY 23
8 pm The Neighborhood Season 4 finale
8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola Season 3 finale
9 pm NCIS Season 19 finale
10 pm NCIS: Hawai’i Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8 pm FBI Season 4 finale
9 pm FBI: International Season 1 finale
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted Season 3 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
8 pm Survivor Season 42 finale (three hours)

THURSDAY, MAY 26
10 pm Bull series finale

 

FOX

THURSDAY, MAY 5
9 pm Call Me Kat Season 2 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 11
9 pm Domino Masters Season 1 finale

MONDAY, MAY 16
8 pm 9-1-1 Season 5 finale
9 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star Season 3 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 17
8 pm The Resident Season 5 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
8 pm The Masked Singer Season 7 finale

SUNDAY, MAY 22
8 pm The Simpsons 33 Season finale
8:30 pm The Great North Season 2 finale
9 pm Bob’s Burgers Season 12 finale
9:30 pm Family Guy Season 20 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
9 pm Name That Tune Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 26
8:30 pm Welcome to Flatch Season 1 finale

THURSDAY, JUNE 23
8 pm MasterChef Junior Season 8 finale

 

NBC

TUESDAY, APRIL 12
10 pm The Thing About Pam limited series finale

MONDAY, MAY 2
10 pm The Endgame Season 1 finale

MONDAY, MAY 9
8 pm American Song Contest Season 1 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 17
8:30 pm Mr. Mayor Season 2 finale

THURSDAY, MAY 19
8 pm Law & Order Season 21 finale
9 pm Law & Order: SVU Season 23 finale
10 pm Law & Order: Organized Crime Season 2 finale

TUESDAY, MAY 24
8 pm Young Rock (new episode)
8:30 pm Young Rock Season 2 finale
9 pm This Is Us series finale
10 pm New Amsterdam Season 4 finale

WEDNESDAY, MAY 25
8 pm Chicago Med Season 7 finale
9 pm Chicago Fire Season 10 finale
10 pm Chicago P.D. Season 9 finale

FRIDAY, MAY 27
8 pm The Blacklist Season 9 finale

SUNDAY, JUNE 19
10 pm Transplant Season 2 finale


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Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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Best Shay Mitchell Movies and TV Shows to Watch

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Shay Mitchell has amassed quite a following on social media with her hilarious and relatable TikTok videos, but on-screen is where she delivers the real gold and pours herself into the most challenging roles.

Here are the best movies and TV shows starring Shay Mitchell to add to your must-watch list:

 

Pretty Little Liars – Freeform

Shay became a household name after bringing Emily Fields to life in the ABC Family/Freeform mystery drama. Emily and her best friends attempted to solve the mystery surrounding their best friend’s disappearance while fielding text messages from a digital stalker at every turn. Shay’s portrayal was also pivotal as it brought to life one of the best LGBTQ characters for the network! 

 

Dollface – Hulu

After being dumped, Jules (Kat Dennings) rekindles her female friendship with Madison (Brenda Song) and the eccentric Stella (Shay) and re-enters the world where your girlfriends trump romantic relationships. Each character brings a certain personality to the series, but Stella is definitely the most vibrant and worldly. 

 

You – Netflix

In its first season of the psychological thriller, Shay tackled the role of Peach Salinger, the best friend of Joe’s (Penn Badgley) first obsession Beck (Elizabeth Lail). And you know that any friend of Beck’s is an enemy of Joe’s. 

 

 

The Possession of Hannah Grace – Sony Pictures

Shay flexed her horror muscle as cop-turned-morgue worker Megan Reed, who accepts a delivery of a disfigured cadaver during the graveyard shift and is plagued with horrifying visions as she’s possessed by a demonic spirit. 

 

Mother’s Day

The film revolves around several different mother’s day events, including one with Sandy (Jennifer Aniston), a single mom that finds out her ex-husband is marrying a younger woman, Tina, played by Shay.

 

 

 


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