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Nancy Drew Fall Finale Review – Evil Spirits & [BLANK] Arrested for Lucy Sable’s Death (1×09)

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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+.


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Nancy Drew was an intriguing addition in 2019.

Many of us were familiar with the teen detective from the books, but The CW’s character took on a life of her own mainly due to Kennedy McMann’s fresh take on the character. 

She’s clever, witty, outspoken, independent, and ready to solve any mystery that arises. Plus, the Drew Crew is always ready to follow her wherever the spirt world may take her. 

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With plenty of calculated mysteries, jump-out-of-your-seat scares, and jaw-dropping twists, the series rapidly rose the ranks from newcomer to must-watch. It’s hands-down one of  The CW’s best shows! 

As we await the coronavirus-delayed second season, let’s take a look at some of the biggest twists of Nancy Drew Season 1. 

*Beware – spoilers ahead*

 

Owen Marvin is Dead

Just as Nancy Drew gave in to her feelings and found love, Owen Marvin was brutally murdered. Initially, fans assumed Owen’s death was the result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll. Yes, 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. The real killer was, surprisingly, of the human form — Lucy Sable’s brother Joshua. Owen died protecting his girlfriend. Their romance deserved a chance and this is a major loss to the series.

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The Truth About Lucy Sable’s Death 

The mystery of Lucy Sable’s death turned out to be something no one expected. Hoping to clear her father of murder charges, Nancy went to Lucy’s old house with Ryan Hudson and dug up her diary where she learned that Lucy wasn’t killed. In the entry, she confessed to stealing a knife from the Drew household and detailed her plan to end her own life because she was pregnant with a baby she couldn’t keep. She was also threatened by Everett Hudson. Nancy suspected her mother, Katherine, of killing Lucy and ordered a DNA test that revealed the mother of all secrets: Lucy was Nancy’s mother. This explains why she was haunting her the whole time! Right before jumping off the cliff, Lucy handed the baby (Nancy) to Katherine and Carson Drew who took her in and skipped town only to return when she was a teenager to avoid raising any suspicion.

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Nancy is Ryan Hudson’s Daughter

Now, if you were blown by the fact that Lucy was Nancy’s mother, it’s about to get even crazier. Since Katherine wasn’t Nancy’s biological mother, Carson wasn’t Nancy’s biological father either. That title went to none other than Ryan Hudson. Yes, the same Ryan who was having an affair with Nancy’s best friend George. Twisted! 

Lucy and Ryan had a torrid love affair that his parents were desperate to break up. Nancy was the first to realize it and spent the whole day with Ryan sleuthing. He eventually figured it out after finding her locket that contained her baby photo which looked eerily similar to Lucy’s baby picture. Let’s just say it led to a pretty awkward encounter with Carson. 

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Nancy’s Dad is Arrested

Carson Drew arrested for the murder of Lucy Sable. It was a theory Nancy was mulling over, but she never planned for it to see the light of day. Unfortunately, she left her diary wide open and Carson’s now-ex-girlfriend, Detective Karen, stumbled upon it and arrested him. Yep, the ultimate betrayal. For a while, it was unclear if Carson was actually a good guy or not, but all of that was cleared up in the finale. He may have lied to Nancy about her parentage, but he was doing it for a good reason. He definitely wasn’t a murder. Well, for now.

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Tiffany’s Murder Solved

Aside from Lucy Sable’s murder mystery, Tiffany’s death was one of the core mysteries on the series. And as with most great mysteries, the answer was staring us right in the face. Ryan Hudson was considered a suspect in Tiffany’s death since he was the common denominator in both Tiffany and Lucy’s demise, but the twist came when it was revealed that he was the intended target rather than Tiffany. 

After retracing the steps of the fateful night at The Claw, Nancy realized that Josh, Lucy’s vengeful brother, was hoping to get his revenge on Ryan for his sister’s untimely death. He snuck into the restaurant and poisoned a salad he knew Ryan would order. However, Ryan sent the salad back and instead of tossing it, Ace, Bess, and George accidentally served it to Tiffany. Tiffany’s death was a complete accident and if one of the events had gone differently — Ryan didn’t show up, Bess dropped the salad, etc. — she would’ve been alive!  

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Bess is a Marvin

In the fourth episode of the series, we learn that Bess isn’t who she said she is! Her name is Bess Turani, she has a British accent, and she believes she’s a descendant of the Marvin clan. This is the moment when fans truly start to question if anyone is actually telling the truth in this series. Later episodes prove that she is a Marvin, after all, but that might not be all that’s it’s cracked up to be. In the finale, she accepted Aunt Diana’s invite to live at the mansion, but with the Marvin’s, everything comes with a price. Is Bess ready to pay?

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Nancy Drew — “The Terror of Horseshoe Bay” — Image Number: NCD115a_0011b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Leah Lewis as George, Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Miles Gaston Villanueva as Owen and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 

Lisbeth is an Undercover Agent

There was something suspicious about Lisbeth from the get-go, but who would’ve thought she would be revealed as undercover state police who was pretending to be a driver for the Hudsons because she was investigating them! Lisbeth was worried that her cover would be blown, but the Drew Crew promised to help her keep her identity a secret. Bess and Lisbeth even broke up so that she can show the Hudsons her loyalty. By episode 11, Lisbeth helped Nancy trap Mr. Hudson in a confession that led to his arrest at a Marvin-Hudson dinner party. Don’t mess with Nancy!

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What other big twists would you add to the list?


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Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)

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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?


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If you’ve been watching The CW’s Nancy Drew, chances are, you like to solve mysteries.

But are you a sleuthing teen like Nancy herself? Or are you more of the sidekick best friend?

Find out by taking our quiz below! Share your answers in the comments below or on social media @CraveYouTV

 


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