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 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?
Nancy Drew Review – The Trail of the Missing Witness (2×12)
Nancy Drew tackled the story of half-brothers Ace and Grant.
And it was quite the adventure.
“The Trail of the Missing Witness” was another episode without any spooky ghost hauntings or supernatural, but the case was compelling because of the personal connection and had a great resolution.
Grant, who spent weeks trying to get close to Ace in order to tell him the truth about their blood relations, finally confided in his half-brother because he needed Nancy’s help with finding his kidnapped mother, Suzie.
A man named Daniel West took her after Grant left witness protection and was holding her hostage until they turned over a machine that featured the names of other witnesses who testified against the Holt Group, otherwise known as The Road Back, which Ace described as an “Illuminati type” agency. I wish they would’ve done more with this agency because, again, it’s a compelling addition that felt rushed and overlooked. Why even bring it into play if it wasn’t going to matter in the long run?
Sometimes, Nancy’s detective skills are a little hard to believe. This was one of those cases. She barely had to lift a finger to help them find the exact location where Grant’s mother hid the device and swiftly maneuvered any hiccups and roadblocks they encountered like the collapsing floor.
When Daniel took Ace as bait, she made a deal with the devil, Celia, which got them back the device, saved all the witnesses who were listed on the device, and saved Suzie’s life.
All in a day’s work for Nancy!
There was a really powerful moment between Nancy and Ace which made my little heart flutter. Seriously, how can you not ship these two?
Ace didn’t want Nancy to trade in the device for his life, but how could he be mad at her after the way she looked into his eyes and told him she couldn’t lose him?
There are some definite feelings there.
Tom, Ace’s father, also played a role in cracking the device’s code, which meant Ace had to show him the picture that he found of him and Suzie.
Grant doesn’t seem to be sticking around Horsehoe Bay for the long run as the family is going back into witness protection, which is a shame, but he did get a happy ending!
Grant not only got answers about his father, but he also got to meet him. Meanwhile, Tom learned that he had a son with a woman he once loved.
All’s well that ends well.
Except for Nancy. After she asked Celia for a favor, she had to repay the favor by agreeing to amend her statement against Everett Hudson.
Nancy was the key witness in the trial against Everett – she could’ve been the nail in his coffin, but without her testimony, he walks free.
It’s unclear if she knew that by doing so, she was also sparing her biological father, Ryan, who just found out that his father set up all his shady dealings under his name and identity.
If that isn’t evidence of the kind of man Everett is, I don’t know what is.
Celia believes the move will buy Nancy some kind of loyalty out of Everett if he were to ever learn that she’s his granddaughter, but if the man is capable of selling out his own son, I don’t think this will change anything.
Hopefully, they’ll find another way to bring down Everett that doesn’t involve Ryan getting dragged down for his father’s crimes.
The Drew Crew was pretty split up on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 12. As Nick looked for “the Saint” to get damning evidence against Everett (and I’m really digging their partnership), George and Bess worked to win the Chowder Bowl festival.
Spoiler alert: they won.
George also found out that Odette has formed plenty of relationships with those closest to her. Her three sisters have all met and love her, but it’s Bess who’s developing romantic feelings for the ghost.
George was pretty shocked to find that they’ve been exchanging love letters. I’d be mad to learn that my friend was smitten with the ghost residing in your body.
Though, it’s hard to blame Bess who even admitted she’s filling a void after losing Elizabeth and the Marvins.
As long as she never goes any further with Odette, a little innocent flirting can’t hurt!
What did you think of the episode? Do you miss the supernatural elements?
Any episode that focuses on Ace is a win for me, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get excited to see all the wicked things in store for next week!
Hit the comments to let us know your thoughts about the episode!
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