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 Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)
And that’s a wrap on an incredible first season of Nancy Drew.
Mystery by mystery, the series has slowly inched its way into becoming my favorite CW series.
“The Clue in the Captain’s Painting” was a full-on murder investigation as the Drew Crew, the Marvin’s, and the Horseshoe Bay police department were all determined to find out who killed Owen Marvin.
However, they were three very different investigations that blended into one led by the town’s sleuthing heroine, Nancy Drew.
If anyone were to figure out who killed Owen, it would be his grieving yet mystery-solving girlfriend.
In a surprising twist, Owen Marvin’s murderer was not the Aglaeca, so his death was not a payment of the blood toll brought on by summoning the sea ritual.
It was the obvious go-to, but it would have put way too much guilt on our Nancy, who was already dealing with quite a lot.
Owen’s killer was of the human form, and I couldn’t help but chuckle when Nancy quipped that things have gotten so crazy none of us considered that it may have been an actual human murderer. We were all so quick to blame the poor spirits!
From there, there were only a handful of people who had the motive and thus, it wasn’t nearly as delicious and shocking of a twist than the Lucy Sable reveal!
The only person that would ever gain anything from Owen’s death is Ryan Hudson, but considering he was just revealed as Nancy’s biological father, the series couldn’t tarnish his name or character like that. He may lead with ego, but he’s not a killer.
And really, that left us with Joshua, the brother of Lucy Sable, who escaped after a near-death encounter with Nancy.
He didn’t have a motive to kill Owen, but he did have a motive to get revenge on Nancy, and the quickest way to get to her was through Owen, who refused to send a text and draw Nancy out.
Owen died protecting her and that honestly makes his death ions more painful.
He was such a good guy — he cared about Nancy in a way no one else has, he accepted her for who she is, he supported her, and he died for her.
It was a premature death that had absolutely no merit. And yes, Nancy did everything to solve his death, but we never even got to see her mourn or grieve him.
Owen didn’t get the goodbye he deserved and it’s upsetting and unfortunate. What a terrible decision by The CW to kill him off when he would have been more useful alive.
And the way they killed him off was so pathetic as it didn’t contribute anything to the plot.
If it was a result of the Aglaeca, I could at least accept that it was a lesson for Nancy and the Drew Crew that there are life or death repercussions to their investigations, seances, rituals, etc, but having him be an innocent victim killed by Joshua was a disappointing turn of events.
My only hope is that the fact that this is a supernatural show somehow brings him back to life, but that seems like wishful thinking.
Making a protagonist suffer tends to be how a show encourages, but in this case, it hinders Nancy’s growth and upsets a dedicated fandom.
On her mission to solve the murder, Nancy managed to tell Lucy’s mother the truth and thus, established a relationship with her grandmother.
She also came face-to-face with Joshua and saved his life so that he could rot in jail.
And again, Owen died for nothing.
As Bess investigated Owen’s murder, she too got to know her family on a deeper level and realized that they’re all mean-spirited, narcissist, which honestly, is not someone I’d ever want to be around. Why is she still so desperate to become a Marvin?
Aunt Diana encouraged her to leverage her relationship with Lisbeth to find out what she knows about Owen’s death, and this is the second time that Bess has been put in a compromising position when it comes to her relationship.
Even Lisbeth informed her that she’s going to have to choose between the relationship and being a Marvin at some point. She can’t have both.
Still, Bess is choosing to embrace her family by accepting Aunt Diana’s invitation to live at the mansion.
Of course, one is to assume such an invite comes at a price… but what is it?
The only good thing that came from Bess embracing her Marvin side is that she got a brief history lesson into her great, great, great (a lot of great’s) grandfather Douglas Marvin who painted all the paintings in the hall of tragedies (apparently, rich people have these) and in one of them, she saw the Aglaeca.
What did good ‘ole Douglas know about the creature that’s trying to destroy them all? Was the Aglaeca a Marvin?
Hopefully, Bess finds out fast because the portents are only intensifying and the latest one showed them all visions of their own death.
Bess died by being burned alive, Ace was hooked and hung, George and Nick drowned inside their car, and Nancy Drew met a fate similar to Lucy Sable’s — she fell off a cliff.
Talk about things coming full circle. How can they get the Aglaeca off their backs?
Other Horsehoe Bay Musings
- George figured out why she’s so emotionally unavailable and it all boils down to how she was treated by Ryan Hudson. He preyed on a 17-year-old girl with a crush who didn’t know any better and made her think that being a “secret” was normal. It was incredibly sad to see George break down and finally realize the damage Ryan caused her, but it was necessary for her to confront him, make him realize that his actions have consequences, hold him accountable, and move on. I like her and Nick together.
- I initially thought George was keeping her relationship with Nick under wraps out of respect for Nancy.
- There’s definitely something happening between Ace and Nancy, and while it’s too soon right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series went there. I love the way he cares about her. I think he’s been harboring feelings for her but realizes that the timing simply isn’t right.
- I wondered how Nancy Drew would keep up the scare factor, but guess what, they managed to make the Aglaeca even scarier than Dead Lucy. I didn’t think that was possible, but here we are.
What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 1 finale?
Are you happy Owen’s murder was solved? How will the Drew Crew fend off the Aglaeca?
QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?
Is Owen Marvin Really Dead on ‘Nancy Drew’?
In the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has thrown some wild twists at the Drew Crew, and it has left the audience in a state of constant shock.
*SPOILER ALERT — the post contains spoilers. We advise you to stop reading if you’re not caught up with episodes*
One of the show’s biggest twists was the reveal that Nancy Drew is not Carson and Kate Drew’s biological daughter.
Nancy has been haunted by the ghost of Lucy Sable, and initially, it seemed like she wanted Nancy to solve the mystery of her death before an unlikely connection revealed that Lucy was Nancy’s biological mother.
And that means that Ryan Hudson is her father! It’s been a few weeks since the reveal and it still has my mind spiraling in all different directions.
The series didn’t even give us (or poor Nancy) any time to recover from the twist because the following episode resulted in the tragic death of Owen Marvin, Nancy’s love interest.
Owen’s death was a result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll.
The Aglaeca latched onto Owen during the spell, but Nancy and the Drew Crew were able to pull him back without losing too much blood.
Nancy hoped it was enough, but it wasn’t as the portents began shortly after they conducted the spell.
Nancy and the Drew Crew then opted to perform a ritual to mask Nancy so that the “spirit” couldn’t find her and she could cheat fate and continue on without paying the toll, but the portents only intensified.
That’s when it dawned on Nancy that the Aglaeca must have been a human entity and thus, the ritual only infuriated it.
As a result, they found poor Owen dead in the bathtub with a bloody, gaping hole in his stomach likely from the fisherman hooks.
Of course, upon seeing such a gruesome sight, everyone’s first reaction is that “Owen Marvin is dead.” And I’m not arguing with it, but I’m also not 100% convinced.
Many shows rooted in the supernatural have a penchant for bringing people back from the dead, and that goes double for any CW series.
Nancy and the Drew Crew dabble in all kinds of seances, spells, and rituals, so there’s a huge likelihood that they can find a way to bring Owen back.
Maybe the can make a deal with the Aglaeca? We’ve only scratched the surface of fully knowing what it wants and how it operates.
There’s also a chance we see Owen Marvin in the spirit world since Nancy has a way of reconnecting with the dead and/or being haunted by them.
What I’m saying is that dead doesn’t really mean dead on television.
However, Miles Gaston Villaneuva’s Instagram suggests that his character, Owen Marvin, is dead dead.
In a post from three days ago he wrote, “RIP Owen. so sad & disappointing. definitely not my choice. definitely blindsided. no one told me why.”
Miles seems very triggered and upset by the death (as he should be) as he alludes to the fact that it was a decision he was not forewarned or consulted about.
After thanking friends for their support on this “short run,” he goes on to encourage people to be better and to stand up against those in your “inner-circle” badmouthing others.
Is he alluding to some tension on the set as the reason he was written off? Was there some drama between the cast behind closed doors?
While he seems to be coming from a real place of hurt and anger, there’s a slight chance Gaston Villanueva is trying to make us believe his death is permanent.
Is he throwing us off?
On one hand, it would be foolish of The CW and Nancy Drew to kill off a promising character. Nancy just found out her father and her boyfriend are rivals, which would undoubtedly make for compelling television.
There were so many story avenues to explore with Owen’s ties to the Marvin’s and his relationships with Nancy and Ryan.
His death seems premature and foolish.
However, on the other hand, as an audience, we’ve grown so accustomed to death on shows never being final. It’s the very reason why this article exists.
While I’m an Owen Marvin fan and hope his death is reversible, there’s something to be said about a series upping the stakes in a permanent fashion that’s refreshing and keeps audiences on their toes.
Horseshoe Bay is a town filled with uneasy spirits. Nancy’s decision and actions to wake the dead and follow mysteries must have repercussions not only for herself but for her friends as well.
Killing off someone that had the potential of becoming a main character pushes the boundaries, it changes the narrative, and it forces characters into uncomfortable and painful situations that inspire character growth.
It’s a stark realization that what they do matters and has permanent consequences.
And for the audience, it means that we’ll never see what’s coming next.
Update: Gaston Villanueva tweeted us after we published this article and yep, he’s a ghost.
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