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 Review – Tom Swift Comes to Horseshoe Bay (2×15)
- It’s always fun to see a new person in town deny the fact that ghosts are real. As Nancy put it, “you can’t out science ghosts.”
- George and Nick really attempted to have a cute date night while the world was falling apart around them.
- First George messed up a spell and made a ghost come out of Bess’s cheek and then she was possessed by a hex. Poor Bess!
- There’s something so pure about Ace telling Swift that he named his car Florence because it came to him in a dream.
- You would think a meteorite would be a lot heavier… just saying!
- I can’t wait to see Nancy rock couture!
What did you think of the episode? Do you agree that it was one of the best this season?
Let us know in the comments below1
Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)
Nancy Drew delivered an intense and powerful episode that tackled police brutality in a way that was authentic to the series.
The episode swapped the usual supernatural mystery for a who-dun-it set at the police precinct.
Everyone that was trapped in the station that evening played some kind of role in the 2013 disappearance of a Black woman named Dolores Barrett.
The “arbiter” called upon Nancy Drew to figure out what happened, and Nancy was up for the challenge mainly because she wanted to redeem herself after the whole town thought she was a fraud for rescinding her statement against Everett Hudson. Heck, they even called her the “liar of Horsehoe Bay.”
Since the episode gave off murder mystery dinner party vibes, I didn’t expect it to take such a heartbreaking turn.
Within a few hours, Nancy figured out that Dolores was deceived and harassed by Brandon, the married man she was seeing, humiliated by Mitzi, who couldn’t hide her racism, terrified and assaulted by Fraser, who hit her head while arresting her, and ignored by Hampton, who turned a blind eye as she died a slow and terrible death in her jail cell.
The series often addressed dark storylines, but none of them are ever as gut-punching as this one since they’re set in a supernatural world.
Sadly, there was nothing supernatural about this.
Dolores, a Black woman, was murdered at the hands of police while in police custody, and they didn’t even hesitate to cover it up.
Not even Horsehoe Bay is immune from police brutality.
It’s no secret that Nick is one of the only men of color on the show, so it was nice that he was able to nudge Tamura into doing the right thing.
Nick and Nancy are singlehandedly responsible for the police reform happening in their small town.
It’s striking how much pressure needed to be put on everyone in order to have them confess to such a terrible crime.
You’d think their conscience would eat at them, but instead, they needed to be threatened and put on the spot to come clean.
Nancy was able to get justice for Dolores, and she even figured out that the Reverand was behind the whole thing.
I know she wanted the truth but it seems a little extreme that a woman of God would think that threatening people with violence was the solution.
Tamura was even injured in the process, and though he made it out alive, it was still a little concerning at one point.
I also don’t know why the series is pushing a love story between Nancy and Gil when she and Tamura have obvious chemistry.
Maybe Gil is supposed to represent the idea that Nancy isn’t feeling like herself. She doesn’t know what she stands for or who she is anymore. The only way she’s going to get back on track is if she remedies what happened with the Everett Hudson case.
Tamura began asking questions about Nancy and Ryan Hudson’s relationship, and while Nick shut that down immediately by asking that they focus on the missing Black woman for once, it’s concerning that other people are beginning to notice how close they’ve gotten.
Realistically, why would someone like Nancy and someone like Ryan be that close unless there was more to the story?
People are going to talk and possibly figure it out. My money is on Tamura figuring it out first.
Carson Drew may not be Nancy’s biological father, but he sure knows her well.
When he came by the station, Nancy tried to get rid of him by telling him off. It seemed like a harsh approach, but she was actually sending him a secret message via a riddle from her childhood.
Carson immediately knew Nancy was in danger and being held hostage.
I wish that we saw more of his team-up with Bess and George because that’s a fun trio! No matter which of the show’s characters you put into a scene together, it just works!
Carson talking about scaling a building was downright hilarious.
While Nancy handled things at the station, Bess and George were a bit busy summoning Aunt Mei’s spirit into Ace’s body.
Is it just me or did he nail the mannerisms of an older Asian woman perfectly?
Aunt Mei helped them find Mary Clarke, Odette’s long-lost lover, but the news wasn’t what she wanted to hear.
Odette couldn’t be reunited with the love of her life because she had moved on after living a long, prosperous, and happy life.
Human or ghost — no one wants to hear that they were only a small part n someone’s story when they were a major part of yours.
And sadly, reuniting Odette with Mary was their one shot at getting George back into her body exclusively.
And now, the pressure is on because as Aunt Mei pointed out, her lifeline is merging with Odette’s and shortening greatly.
George is running out of time to untangle Odette’s soul from hers.
If only Aunt Mei had a solution!
Other Bayside Claw Musings
- Aunt Mei saying she took Ace’s body because she wanted to see what it’s like to be a tall white man was hilarious and so very valid.
- I also couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that she blamed George’s ghost problem on the fact that she didn’t go to college.
- Oh, and happy-n0t-real-birthday, Nancy. It surely was eventful.
What did you think about the episode? Did you enjoy the real-world influence on the case-of-the-week?
Nancy Drew Review – Fire Souls (2×13)
Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 13 felt like it was packed with two mysteries in one.
Nancy, Ace, and Amanda teamed up to help Drew solve a mystery on the uninhabited Moonstone Island.
But much to their surprise, the island was inhabited by a young girl named Birdie, real name Elizabeth, who was deemed deceased after a shipwreck killed her parents.
The case had the perfect mix of true crime and supernatural. Birdie’s uncle, Andrew, was arrested for murdering his brother and his wife after they threatened to turn his business over for money laundering.
As for Birdie, she was spared thanks to the fire souls, several pirates who commanded a U.S. ship back in the 1800s.
Initially, Nancy and the Drew Crew assumed that the pirates were responsible for Birdie’s family’s shipwreck, but it turns out that they saved her and wanted to keep her safe.
It was a surprising twist when it comes to spirits as we’ve come to know most of them for being vengeful.
Nancy also took it as a sign that even bad people can change and possibly be redeemed, which she applied to her newfound relationship with Celia Hudson.
Of course, everyone else thought she was losing it, and I’d have to agree.
The only “good” we’ve seen from Celia is that she helped Nancy save Ace’s life, and even that came with a price. She only agreed to help if Nancy recanted her testimony against Everett.
Everyone knows you cannot trust a Hudson. Even Ryan Hudson would tell you that.
Nancy is being naive and hopeful but it’s strange because it’s so unlike her to be fooled by something as simple as a beanie… even if it is cashmere.
I’d like to think this is part of Nancy’s bigger plan to take down the Hudson’s once and for all.
After all, the fact that she had to recount her testimony did plenty of damage to her and her friends.
Nancy’s credibility was ruined as we saw people question whether she’s lied and fibbed about the other cases she’s solved. It tainted the Drew name as the publications dragged Carson and his practice.
And it made the evidence that Nick and Ryan built up from Tiffany’s hard drives totally unusable, which I think hurt the most.
Everyone around Nancy can see that she’s being manipulated, so why is she so eager to believe that Celia would change for her?
There was so much tension between Ace and Nancy. Even Amanda pointed out that there was a “vibe,” so I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been sensing it.
Nancy was uncomfortable seeing Ace with Amanda — and George and Bess seemed to pick up on her shade towards his new squeeze — and Ace was equally uncomfortable seeing Nancy with Gil.
In fact, he let Nancy know that he didn’t think Gil was a good romantic partner for her, but it’s evident Nancy is on some kind of destructive path.
Though, I think Ace simply has a bone to pick with Gil because he’s harboring these internalized feelings for Nancy and also sees how toxic he is towards Amanda. Obviously, Gil’s behavior towards Amanda is going to be completely different than it is towards Nancy, but it’s not promising if he’s an asshole to his sister.
At this point, Nancy seems to be avoiding all red flags in her life and gravitating towards anything that’s bad for her. Is it her rebellious phase?
After everything she’s been through, she kind of deserves it.
However, I do think that Nancy and Ace need to realize what everyone else is seeing sooner rather than later otherwise this resentment is simply going to fester.
And it’s definitely more complicated now that they’re seeing other people. Maybe that will help them realize what they should’ve known all along? Amanda is going on a solo trip to Europe, I’m just saying!
And then there’s Bess and Odette and their forbidden love. Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani sell the dynamic so well that it’s kind of impossible not to root for them even though you know it would be completely messed up for George and Nick.
Since Odette is clearly going to be a permanent staple in George’s life, she decided to make peace with it and come to terms with her existence.
At the kickstart of the episode, the two kept bickering and sabotaging each other but eventually, George saw Odette’s side of things.
She realized how much of her life has been taken from her already and that she was simply enjoying this second chance.
Instead of fighting it, George and Odette set some boundaries that worked for both of them. It looks like this arrangement could actually work out well for them!
A good solution does seem to be to locate Mary’s ghost and reunite Odette with the love of her life, but I admit I’d be sad to see Lewis’s French accent go!
What did you think of the episode?
Are you on team Ace and Nancy?
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