This isn’t the Nancy Drew you remember. And it’s definitely not the Nancy Drew your parents allowed you to read about.
That Nancy didn’t get down and dirty nearly as much as this one does.
But Nancy had to grow up at some point, just like her fans, and after this premiere, we’re glad she did.
This new iteration of the mystery-loving, young adult has staying power despite getting off to a slower-than-expected start.
If I were to sum it up for someone in one sentence, I’d say it has the eeriness of Riverdale while managing to accomplish what Ravenswood, Pretty Little Liars’ ghostly spin-off, never could. Maybe it’s the deteriorating ghost of late Lucy Sable that keeps popping up that’s giving me flashbacks and quite possibly, some PTSD.
If the goal was the scare the bejesus out of audiences while their guard was down, well, it worked.
Ravenswood was prematurely canceled, so the hope is that The CW doesn’t pull the plug on Nancy before she even gets to the meatier stuff.
As a pilot, it was just fine.
Nancy’s backstory was offered up immediately — she was a former sea queen, just like Lucy Sable, who loved solving mysteries until her mother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and passed away soon after. (Shoutout to Aunt Jenna from The Vampire Diaries. I didn’t think they could kill her off any quicker than TVD did but Nancy Drew went and proved me wrong.)
After her mother’s death, the life Nancy imagined for herself, which included college, withered away and just a year after her victorious pageant moment, Nancy was working at The Claw, a local diner serving up the town’s special clam chowder.
And really, that’s where the whole murder mystery that draws Nancy picks up.
Through Tiffany Hudson’s death (a socialite eating her tasteless meal outside while her husband Ryan Hudson hung out with the boys inside), we’re introduced to Nancy’s group of co-workers. She made sure to point out that they weren’t her friends.
Initially, the co-workers all seem dull and one-dimensional. There’s no riveting backstory, no true connection to Nancy that offers up insight as to how these 5 will somehow because that “found family” that drives a show’s success.
George is the manager of The Claw and Nancy’s former classmate who holds some kind of grudge over Nancy.
Bess is the Veronica Lodge of Hampton Bay and described as a rich city gal visiting her aunt for the summer.
Ned, or Nicky, is a dude Nancy is hooking up with to numb the pain of losing her mom.
And Ace, well, his character is oddly similar to Alex Saxon’s character Max on Finding Carter.
That’s the perception at first, anyway.
Nancy gets the investigating itch again, which is probably for the best because the cops, specifically the Sheriff, don’t seem like they’ll get this figured out anytime soon.
Small town cops don’t have a very solid track record and the Sheriff isn’t doing much to challenge that belief.
He’s biased against Nancy, so he’s leaning towards her being involved in the murder in some way.
Nancy’s gut tells her to look at the husband first since nine times out of 10, the husband is guilty.
She breaks into Ryan Hudson’s house to see if she could find anything telling and pulls some mariner’s locket that has the same emblem as the sea queen’s crown and an address to a medium.
The trip to the medium turns dark as they accidentally contact the spirit of Lucy Sable who relays the message: find the dress.
Eventually, Nancy does find the dress, in her attic, no less, and this is really where the whole episode comes together and hooks you like a fish in shallow water.
Turns out, this murder mystery isn’t random.
Lucy Sable probably wasn’t responsible, but there’s definitely a ghostly presence in Nancy’s life that will be explored as the season progresses.
As Nancy finds the bloodied dress Lucy Sable died in back in 2000, she finds the trunk she saw her parents burying when she was a child. The same one that sparked her interest in digging and figuring out the truth.
While she’s up there, she also peels back the wallpaper to reveal the terrifying nursery rhyme chanted by children etched into the walls of the attic.
Was Lucy Sable Nancy’s sister?
Did she have some connection to Nancy?
Nancy also finds out a little more about Nicky, the boy she decided to pursue after finding out her father swiftly moved on from her mother with what seems to be the Sheriff’s daughter (and quite possibly her mom’s old bestie) Karen.
His arrest just so happened to be a manslaughter charge. And he was deemed guilty after testimony from a key witness: Tiffany Hudson.
So, you see, this murder mystery is not random.
The dirty little secrets from all the other co-workers are revealed proving that they all had motive to kill.
Bess isn’t rich and instead, lives in a trailer where she stores all of her brand-name clothing that’s likely stolen just like Tiffany’s ring that somehow ended up in her possession.
George arrives at Ryan’s mansion and despite his objections that it’s “too soon,” goes in for the hook-up. At times point, she seems like the likeliest suspect because if you recall, when she went to serve Ryan she confirmed that his wife was outside.
And then there’s Ace, who isn’t as “slow” as he’s been letting on. He’s working as a snitch for the Sheriff meaning he’s likely a cop.
Who is responsible for Tiffany’s murder?
How does Lucy Sable play into all of this aside from being utilized for the scary factor?
Is Nicky dangerous?
I never thought we’d stumble upon a town filled with more darkness and secrets than Riverdale, but Horseshoe Bay is giving it a run for its money.
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‘Nancy Drew’ Season 2 Trailer Teases New Mystery, Same Thrills
In case it wasn’t made clear on Nancy Drew Season 1, Maine has a bit of a ghost problem.
That ghost problem continues into season 2 on as Nancy and her Scooby Gang (Drew Crew) embark on a brand new mystery.
The series returns Wednesday, January 20 — finally! — following a COVID-19 production hiatus.
In the first trailer promoting the return, Nancy finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the mystery because as the saying goes, “where there’s smoke…”
The Drew Crew’s latest case involves a woman who uttered Nancy Drew’s name before she was attacked and lost consciousness.
“How do you have the bandwidth for another mystery?” George (Leah Lewis) asks Nancy, but that’s clearly rhetorical… has she even met Nancy?!
But they obviously haven’t forgotten all about the Aglaeca curse (which claimed the life of Nancy’s bae, Owen) as Bess (Maddison Jaizani) exclaims: “Death can come to us at any moment.”
Their adventures bring the Drew Crew to a deserted school bus where Nancy warns them to “stay calm,” adding, “It cannot find us if we’re not afraid.” But surely, that’s easier said than done as “it” is right on their trail.
And don’t worry — the season continues to amp up the scares with terrifying ghosts and monsters appearances that’ll scare the bejeezus out of you.
Watch the trailer below:
Catch the return of Nancy and crew on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9/8c.
Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th
Happy Friday the 13th.
If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing.
While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares.
Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!
Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening.
Haunting of House Hill – Netflix
There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em.
We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.
Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix
The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.
The Exorcist – FOX
If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.
American Horror Story – FOX
The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.
Black Mirror – Netflix
When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.
Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access
These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”
The Purge – FX
Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?
Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network
When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.
Best ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 1 Twists
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
What other big twists would you add to the list?
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