The Nancy Drew midseason finale didn’t quite sit well with me.
Throughout the first several episodes, we’ve encountered spirits wreaking havoc on Horshoe Bay. Some of them were lost, some were scared, and others were out for revenge.
I guess it was about time we encountered an evil spirit, but it had nothing to do with the core mysteries we’ve been following all season, which was disappointing and I found myself tuning out.
The evil spirit that took adorable Ted Fan re-gained entry into the mortal world following the Drew Crew’s attempt at connecting with Lucy Sable.
While it managed to establish that there is a price to pay when dabbling with magic and the spirit world, it was also convenient as the person behind the kidnapping happens to be connected to a kidnapping Nancy thwarted when she was just 12.
While the storyline worked in favor of character development for Nancy, it all felt jumbled, silly, and out-of-place.
Hunting down Gomber’s partner in crime allowed Nancy to remember what happened that night when her detective spark was ignited. Nancy realized she’d repressed some memories and been forced to forget plenty because of Simon’s, the demonic entity’s, spell on children. Okay, sure.
Simon controlled Gomber back then and manipulated his latest human vessel, Moira Baker, who kidnapped Ted.
The narrative also allowed Nancy to grow closer to her father, the man she’s been grilling about Lucy Sable’s death. This is the first time Nancy and Carson have ever teamed up; it’s the first time he’s ever looked at her sleuthing as something more than just a weird obsession. It was nice, but again convenient for that final scene.
For us to feel any type of emotion following Carson’s arrest, it was necessary to have him re-connect with Nancy and prove that he’s been a loving and caring father in her life despite their recent disagreements.
Otherwise, it wouldn’t have made sense for Nancy to cry and beg Karen and McGinnis to see that this is all a misunderstanding.
But is it? Even Nancy believed that her father was capable of murder. That’s not a normal thing to suspect about the people you love.
Her father looked pissed, but not in the sense that Nancy was stupid enough to write all of this down in a diary and leave it wide-open on her bed pissed (although, seriously Nance, what?!).
He looked pissed that he got caught, which leads me to believe that the story Carson crafted to tell his daughter about Lucy Sable’s death isn’t entirely true.
It’ll be interesting to see this mystery continue, and it should have been the focal point of the midseason finale instead of the evil spirit from years prior. Simon, Gomber, and Baker would have made for an exciting new case once we wrapped up all the core mysteries. But I have no doubt we’ll see Gomber and spirit Simon wreaking more havoc soon enough, even if Nancy destroyed that tree-shrine.
We still have no idea what Gomber wanted from Simon and well, Simon still needs a child sacrifice, plus, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was somehow connected to the Hudsons. The Drew Crew has their work cut out for them.
Also, has Karen been pretending to love Carson this whole time? There’s no way a girlfriend would arrest her boyfriend based on some scribbles in a diary. Will that even hold up in court? All they have is DNA matching what they found on the knife.
Karen’s betrayal also undoes so much growth and progress that Nancy made. She’s not keen on trusting people or letting them in, but she was learning that maybe the key to helping others is to do it with others. And then bam, Karen goes and breaks that trust by snooping around her room and using her personal diary to arrest her father. How’s a girl to trust anyone now?
The Hudson’s may be the shadiest rich family in town, but the Marvin’s are coming in at a close second. Owen seems trustworthy mainly because he’s always eager to help out and he’s nice to look at, but he cannot be trusted. Why did he offer his help to locate Ted Fan?
Was it out of the kindness of his heart? Maybe it’s cause he wanted to get close to Nancy? Or quite possibly, he wanted to be close to see what they found out because he’d directly worked with Gomber before he became obsessed with the warehouse.
The Marvins tie into all of the deadly mysteries somehow, so we must be wary of Owen.
I’m also not convinced that he’s being honest with Bess who asked for a DNA test to see if she’s of any relation to the Marvins.
Owen was polite about it, but using his own DNA kit means he can manipulate the results, obviously.
Welcoming another family member into the Marvin fold would mean Bess would have a right to their money. It’s a no brainer that they’d want to prevent that from happening.
Do you think Bess is a Marvin? What’s the backstory with her mother claiming she got shunned by the family for running off with Bess’ father?
Other Horsehoe Bay Thoughts
- Ace is no longer in a coma! Yay!
- There was chemistry between George and Nick, right? I’m not imagining that.
- I love that the Drew Crew is so hands-on in all the cases.
Is Carson guilty? Is Simon going to come back?
Grade the finale in the comments section below. We’re giving it a C+.
Nancy Drew Midseason Premiere – Nancy Puts a Target on Her Back (1×10)
If it weren’t for the Drew Crew, Nancy would have crossed over and joined Lucy Sable in haunting the living.
Nancy Drew’s midseason premiere put our teenage sleuthing heroine in yet another questionable situation that was entirely of her own making.
In an attempt to solve the mystery of Tiffany Hudson’s death and clear her father’s name, Nancy provoked a serial killer to come after her.
Nancy needs to learn to stop putting herself into these life-threatening situations.
While Nancy is usually one-step ahead of most murderers in Horseshoe Bay, Claire pulled one over on her by pretending to be the victim before revealing herself to be the mastermind who enjoys watching her victims open up and be unapologetically honest before succumbing to the poison that’s filling the air.
I’ll give it to Nancy for figuring out Claire’s involvement midway through their “chat,” but it if wasn’t for Nick, George, and Ace, Nancy would not have made it out alive.
Also, how could Nancy know that Claire’s ring was the anecdote? She’s observant and good at what she does, but not that good, especially in a lucid state of mind.
The series makes an effort to underline the importance of having a good circle of friends who always have your back, but in the same vein, highlighted that Nancy has always been a good and helpful friend in return.
The realization that she’s surrounded by good people because she’s a good person eased her guilt for unintentionally incriminating her father in Lucy Sable’s murder and landing him in prison.
Karen should have never gone through her stuff, but what did Nancy think was going to happen when she dug up clues and evidence that stacked up against her father?
There are consequences to solving mysteries and it’s important Nancy learns that.
And now, it gives her even more reason to find out what really happened to Lucy and thus, Tiffany.
While Nancy and I were both hopeful that Claire’s murders would give us some lead into who was behind Tiffany’s death, they didn’t illuminate much of anything other than Tiffany’s killer was sloppy and fast.
Thanks to the autopsy, it also involved an almost undetectable poison that could be misinterpreted for cardiac arrest meaning that the party responsible must be someone with access and money.
The only people that come to mind are either the Hudson’s or the Marvin’s.
Tiffany and Lucy’s murder continues to be the overarching mystery, but the more time we spend on these cases of the week, the more it gets sidelines.
These mysteries, while intriguing, cannot stretch out for more than one season.
Even the scare-factor of seeing a rotting Lucy Sable has started to rub off and become less effective.
We also learned that Nick is still very much in love with Nancy when he risked his life to save hers, but Owen is moving in on Nancy and she’s not putting a stop to it either.
Owen has also integrated himself into her friend group by confirming that Bess is his first cousin and working side-by-side with her, Nick, and Ryan to take down the Hudson’s for murdering his uncle and covering it up.
It’s a little surprising that Ryan had no idea about the Bony Scott or the deal between the Marvin and the Hudson families, but then again, he’s been oblivious to how his parents have been manipulating everyone for years.
He even seemed a little shocked to stumble upon the realization that his parents are likely behind Laura Tandy’s “accident.”
He warned Owen and Bess not to get too close because it’s dangerous, but he’s plotting something with the artifacts he took from his safe. What is it?
If Ryan is trying to become a better man and prove he’s not his father, it’ll make for some exciting moves that could help Nancy and friends uncover the truth in town.
Ace is also back and it was nice to see him jump into the action and help his friends. His easygoing persona has been missed.
At this rate, everyone at The Claw should join the local police force and get paid to crack the cases that trained cops and detectives haven’t been able to.
What did you think of the midseason premiere?
The upcoming teaser for next week’s episode reveals that we’re in store for a wild ride!
Nancy Drew Review – Saving Ace (1×08)
The spirit world continues to have a major presence on Nancy Drew. In fact, it’s becoming so common that it’s now odd when we stumble upon someone who hasn’t dabbled in the occult.
Carson Drew is that someone, but he quickly learned that there are much greater forces at work in Horsehoe Bay and his own home.
The “Path of Shadows” illuminates another member that isn’t just aware of the supernatural but has experiences with it. Chief McGinnis hasn’t been the most welcoming of characters considering his crusade against Nancy Drew in the pilot episode and going forward, but he’s also realized that he won’t get anywhere without her help.
Apparently, a group of teenage sleuths is better at being a detective/cop than actual police officers and cops.
When Nancy finds him in the hospital and tells him he “looks like he’s seen a ghost,” she’s being quite literal.
And McGinnis has just seen a ghost.
He believes it’s Ace’s lost soul looking for a way back into his body, but after that “ceremony,” it seems like McGinnis wasn’t entirely accurate about what he was seeing.
Ace was lost, that’s a fact, and though it took poor George some time (of course, it’s her) to find the 6-year-old version through all the noise stemming from Nancy and Carson’s conflict, she eventually succeeded.
It didn’t bring Ace back, but it did help his situation and offered them a lead int who caused the accident that was, as suspected, no accident.
The “killer boots” Ace saw right before going into a coma belonged to a dirty cop named Rawley on the Hudson’s payroll but more on that in a minute.
McGinnis accused everyone at The Claw for allowing dark spirits to hang around, and admittedly, they probably haven’t been following ghost protocol properly. But this latest gaffe is on him.
The dark figure he saw at the hospital wasn’t Ace, and we’re not entirely sure who it was or what they wanted.
If I had to guess, I’d say it’s Uncle Sebastian as he’s the only male ghost we’d be familiar with.
The evil figure followed George out of the “Stranger Things”-esque supernatural layer and kidnapped her little sister, Ted, since she’d been communicating with it.
But what does it want from the town and from Ted? She’s innocent in all of this!
McGinnis may have seemed like he was on Nancy’s team, but he picked up on a lot of tension at the Drew household including a deeper connection to Lucy Sable, which motivated him to write Carson Drew down as the suspect in her death.
Nancy’s going to regret poking around in this case and stirring up trouble for her father at first, but eventually, it’ll hopefully lead her to whoever murdered Lucy that night.
Because we can officially cross Drew off of our list.
Nancy confronted him head-on and though he admitted to stealing her DNA, he had absolutely no hand in Lucy’s death. In fact, there was a logical explanation for why he had her bloodied dress — he was keeping tabs on her for the Hudson’s and was at the scene of the crime the night she died.
Drew claims to have told Nancy everything he saw, but is that true?
The show keeps proving that the line between good and evil is very thin, so maybe there’s some validity to Nancy’s suspicious and untrusting personality.
I hate to be the bearer of bads news, but we still don’t have an explanation as to why the Lucy Sable nursery rhyme was scribbled over and over in their attic, so this mystery and Carson Drew’s involvement is far from over.
Okay, now back to the killer boots.
As George was getting the clue from baby Ace, Nick and Bess teamed up to force the truth out of Lisbeth, who was looking more and more like a suspect.
Much like Carson, Lisbeth had a logical explanation for why she was in town the night of Ace and Laura’s accident while the Hudson’s weren’t — she’s undercover.
As an undercover cop, she should have known better than to get into a relationship with Bess.
She also looks super young to be this advanced of a cop, doesn’t she?
Everyone promised to keep Lisbeth’s secret so that she could continue working the Hudson’s, but that meant she had to make it believable.
Punching Nancy for accusing her of breaking up with Bess was childish, but hopefully, it did the trick.
If the Hudson’s are as capable as Drew Carson says they are, then she needs to be especially careful.
The Hudson family seems to be ruthless killing anyone that gets in their way or threatens to expose them.
They attempted to get rid of Laura Tandy the same way they got rid of her sister Tiffany and Lucy Sable before that.
You’d think that at some point, someone would catch onto them and stop them.
If Laura perishes in the accident, all of Tiffany’s riches will be given to them. It almost seems silly for them to attempt to kill her when there’s so much riding on her survival.
Ace was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that’s almost a relief cause for a minute it seemed like either Laura killed him because he suspected her or it was a spirit.
Where do you think the mystery is going now? Who kidnapped Ted? Where is she? And how is this connected to the overall mystery?
The midseason finale of Nancy Drew is Wednesday, December 11.
Nancy Drew Review: Did [SPOILER] Kill Lucy Sable? (1×07)
Nancy Drew put more focus on the first and older murder at Horshoe Bay: dear Lucy Sable.
Reduced to nothing more than a children’s rhyme, Lucy Sable didn’t get the proper respect in town nor did anyone ever try hard enough to solve her murder.
That is until she began haunting Nancy and our sleuthing detective needed to know why.
When she found out that Lucy’s murder may have been connected to Tiffany’s through Ryan and the Hudson family, she couldn’t help herself. She had to know the truth.
And how else to get the truth than by communicating with Lucy herself through a seance done on the night of a new moon.
The ghostly scares could have been just that on this series, but they’ve proven to be crucial to unraveling the story.
The pacing of this episode was a bit slower than previous ones, with the seance coming towards the end of the episode, but it provided crucial revelations to the maddening mystery of who killed the famous Sea Queen.
There were a few suspects on the table, including second-runner-up Candace, but Dead Lucy scratched her off the list immediately.
There was, however, one person with the means and the motive to get it done: Drew Carson.
Had Nancy mustered up the courage to ask Dead Lucy’s spirit if her father was the killer, we would have had our answer.
But that would have been too easy.
Instead, Lucy confronted her father during “family” dinner once she realized that he was the one who stole all of the remaining dead Lucy evidence from the Sanders house.
Any way you splice it, Drew seems like the culprit. He took care of the Hudson’s problems during that time, he received a $50k payout from their shell account just 2 days after Lucy’s death, he had (and destroyed) Lucy’s bloodied dress buried in his attic, and his house was being haunted by her spirit. I mean, facts are facts.
Then again, it would be too simple, wouldn’t it? We’re barely through half of the season, so finding out Lucy Sable’s killer was right under Nancy’s nose the whole time.
Drew Carson definitely had the “oh, shit. She caught me” look when Nancy confronted him, but what will he say to get out of it?
While Lucy’s murder mystery took precedence, no one forgot about Tiffany’s murder either, especially not with those haunted coins and Laura’s posters making their way around town.
Those posters are exactly what lead Ace to believe that his very own girlfriend, Laura, could have been the one to kill her sister.
It would have made sense if Laura was trying to prove her sister’s murder was done at the hands of the Hudson’s, but it didn’t seem like Laura cared about the “who” much at all.
When Ace realized she’d been in town the day of Tiffany’s death (just 10 miles away) and that she was suing Tiffany for her money, he began to formulate a theory that Laura needed to prove the murder so she could get her hands on the inheritance money.
Unfortunately, Ace might not live to tell anyone else his theory because he was involved in a terrible car accident that’ll either leave him dead (NO!) or with some form of memory loss.
Was it an accident? It’s possible. But if Laura even got a whiff of Ace being onto her, she could have invited him along for a ride in an attempt to eliminate him.
And honestly, that makes me furious because Ace is such a good-hearted person.
He wants the truth, he wants to do right by his friends, and he’s too smart for his own good sometimes, like when he got weaseled into working for the Sheriff because he got caught hacking into a government computer.
Oh, Ace. We’re rooting for you, buddy.
If all that action wasn’t enough for you, Nick broke up with Nancy because he feels like an afterthought to all of her mysteries, which is valid. She hasn’t been including him as much as she should, sometimes for his own good.
Freeing Nancy from her relationship commitments will undoubtedly bring her closer to Owen, who was noticeably absent from the episode as was Ryan.
Following the seance, another dark spirit infiltrated Ted’s toy and it made sure she knew it wasn’t Dead Lucy. There’s no shortage of spirits with ill intentions in this town, that’s for sure.
McGinnis offered to work alongside Nancy to crack the case because, at this point, he’s realizing she’s better at his job than she is. Which is true. Nancy now knows one crucial part of Tiffany’s murder that will allow them to better narrow down the murderer: Tiffany was poisoned.
Considering she ate food from The Claw just before she died, it had to be someone with access to the kitchen. Nancy delivered the food, but who made it? This once again paints everyone as a suspect.
Horseshoe Bay has lived in denial for quite some time, but Nancy is here to make them face the truth, no matter how ugly and heartbreaking it is.
- Why did it matter that Lucy was “sleeping with a lot of influential men?”
- Her half-brother lives in town now but is pretending to be someone else. Will this play a bigger role in solving the mystery?
- How creepy is it that Drew sees all of Nancy’s texts? What an invasion of privacy. It makes this guy even more of a creep, sorry Nancy.
What did you think of the episode?
Did Drew kill Lucy Sable on behalf of the Hudson’s? Did Laura kill her own sister to snag that inheritance money?
Will Nick and Nancy work things out?
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