A new mystery unfolds as Nancy Drew kicks off its second season.
Competing with the spine-tingling Lucy Sable mystery is a tall order, but it’s a challenge that the writers and the Drew Crew are up for! The Nancy Drew Season 2 premiere delivers an exceptional mystery with the same amount of scares we’ve come to expect.
Though the Drew Crew tackles a brand-new case when a mystery woman runs out from a forest and mutters Nancy’s name, it all ties back to the Aglaeca curse introduced in the latter half of the first season.
For those who don’t remember, here’s a quick refresher: Nancy and friends performed a ritual that upset a vengeful sea spirit. When they failed to pay the blood toll, it not only killed Nancy’s boyfriend, Owen Marvin, but it triggered a deadly curse that saw the rest of the group having visions of their untimely death: Bess was burned alive, Ace was hung on a meat hook, George and Ned drowned in his pick-up, and Nancy fell off the cliff just like her late mother, Lucy.
So it’s not surprising that their main priority is to stop the Aglaeca curse before it wipes them off of the face of Horsehoe Bay.
But how does one even begin to fend off an evil spirit? With Nancy, answers tend to fall into her lap. This time, however, they come at the hands of Bess, who utilizes social media to get some help. Bess really is the MVP of the crew even if the way she goes about it is a bit sloppy.
The answers are directly connected to the case of the missing Jane Doe, which leads Nancy and the team to the Gorham Woods during a full moon where legend has it, a wraithe is said to feed on fear.
The self-awareness of the series is one of the reasons it’s able to sell the urban legends and the idea of supernatural ghosts and spirits haunting the town. The team is all too clued into the dangers of their “missions” because past experiences have proven that urban legends are not legends in Horseshoe Bay. If they know it’s outrageous and accept it at face value, it’s easier for the audience to digest that there’s some creature lurking in the woods ready to attack them at any moment.
It also allows audiences to understand why they keep putting themselves in danger; they don’t have much of a choice as their very survival is on the line.
Wanting answers on how to defeat the Aglaeca, they locate the spot where Jane Doe, whose real name is Amanda, was attacked, and conveniently find a cellphone with footage of her conversation with her twin brother, Gil, which pretty much clues them into everything that the twin-duo had planned. (I’ll ignore how convenient all of their findings are because it’s necessary to help usher along the story and get some real answers about breaking the curse.)
Other items they find to help them solve the mystery include an insulin pump, which forces them to race against the clock because if they don’t find Gil in time, he won’t make it to give them they answers they’re looking for or the mirror her promised that can break the curse.
Ace, who clearly knows the grounds better than anyone thanks to his boy scout days, suggests that maybe Gil ran to the hunting lodge in the area.
And again, that conveniently connects to the Hudson family. Then again, what in this town doesn’t?
The Hudsons – which we now know is Nancy’s biological family – have their hand in everything. This is why you never trust a town’s founding families.
Including the Hudsons in this mystery is very clearly a ploy to include Ryan Hudson in Nancy’s life in a meaningful way. They have a lot of catching up to do, and if he’s not included in her mysteries, there wouldn’t really be a chance for them to get to know each other.
But he also comes to her aide twice in the premiere episode, so maybe having a Hudson on her side will prove to be beneficial or, at the very least, to get her out of trouble, which she always seems to find herself in.
The first time around, Ryan protects her and her friends after they trespass on Everrett’s property. The second time, when Nancy is arrested for “stealing” the mirror, a Hudson family heirloom, he bails her out.
For now, Nancy’s identity is a secret that only a handful of people know about in this town, but it’s a powerful weapon, especially for Ryan, who proves that while he’s trying to make good with his biological daughter, he isn’t above “threatening” her adoptive father, Carson Drew.
This makes is harder to root for Ryan since he teeters the line of being a good guy versus being just like his father. However, his hostility towards Carson is understandable as he was stripped of being a father and lied to his whole life by someone he trusted. Their beef isn’t just going to go away, but eventually, they’ll have to put their differences aside for Nancy and to take down Everrett.
I can’t help but feel for Carson, who not only had his reputation ruined by being accused of a murder he didn’t commit, but is now on the outs with his daughter because he did what he thought best. Nancy may feel betrayed, but Carson thought he was protecting her and acting in her best interest. At some point, she has to acknowledge that. He’s always been a good dad to her.
Nancy also doesn’t want her true identity getting out simply out of the fear that people will think she’s just like her blood relatives. And there’s nothing worse than being compared to a Hudson.
When Ace suggests she’s just like her grandfather leading them into danger, it really takes a toll on Nancy.
Ace may be Nancy’s right-hand man, but his fears and frustrations are understandable, also. This isn’t the first time Ace and the team almost died because they decided to help Nancy. Once again, it’s refreshing when characters don’t sugarcoat that their lives constantly revolve around shady situations that could get them killed. It humanizes the characters and shows that the supernatural occurrences aren’t just something you can “get used to.”
We often wonder why the supporting cast always does everything to help the heroine, and while that proves that they are great friends, it doesn’t mean that she should always expect it from them.
Nancy attempts to payback the favor by facing the Wraithe alone and saving her friends, but it also comes off as simply a gesture to prove to herself and everyone around that she’s nothing like the Hudsons.
It also doesn’t seem like we’ve seen the last of Gil. He may have a rap sheet and seized the opportunity to extort money from Nancy, but he knows more about the Hudson family than he’s letting on. Plus, there definitely seemed to be some sparks with Nancy as he ran onto the bus to save her.
And he actually delivered on his promise since the mirror actually gave them the next step to beating the Aglaeca: a sea shanty.
Seeing as Nancy is able to solve any mystery quicker than the police and the newest detective Demora, who is already weary of her probably because of her sleuthing reputation, it likely won’t be a challenge for her. It’s just like solving a riddle only this time, it’s a sing-songy riddle.
But will they find the sea shanty before any of those death visions come true? Let’s hope so!
- What is Everett Hudson up to? Why does it feel like he also knows more than he’s letting on?
- Nancy would have to be blind not to realize that George and Ned are an item. There’s no use in hiding that relationship anymore! I may be mistaken, but I feel like she gave them her blessing back in season 1 and made it clear she’s moved on by dating Owen.
- Ace continues to provide tense moments with some comedic relief. Telling Everett that he has a “lovely home” and asking if there’s a “meat hook” in the house were two highlights the episode.
What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 2 premiere? Sound-off in the comments, Cravers!
Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul (3×13)
The Nancy Drew Season 3 finale was on a mission not just to destroy Temperance Hudson and save Horseshoe Bay, but to give fans all. the. damn. feels.
Every single one of them.
It was an interesting finale in that it embraced a different vibe than all the previous episodes.
The flow was choppy and rushed. Instead of setting the scene and witnessing the Drew Crew form a plan to save Ace’s life from the Copperhead, the episode jumped right into the action with Nancy presenting Temperance with a plan — her blood to open the veil in exchange for the soul splitter to help Ace.
Naturally, we know Nancy would never just risk the wellbeing of the town for her own selfish reasons, and if you questioned the legitimacy of this “truce,” you’re a true Nancy Drew fan!
The master plan was revealed in snippets that didn’t fully make sense, but considering the Temperance Hudson situation was wrapped up mere minutes into the episode, it’s clear the finale had a lot to pack into an hour and wasn’t interested in wasting precious moments of screentime.
In short, once Temperance agreed to Nancy’s plan, they initiated the process of splitting Ace’s soul while Nancy gave Temperance her blood… which was dosed with a sedative through the donut holes Nancy kept munching on.
And while it was a genius plan, it, once again, didn’t stand a chance against Temperance’s skills. I’ve said this in previous reviews, but that 200-year-old witch had a lot of time to think this through; her plan was going to go off without a hitch, no matter what.
Or, so she thought.
Once she got ahold of all four hearts, she enacted what she referred to as the New Genesis.
However, Ryan Hudson arrived in the knick of time with a hatchet to kill skin walkers, which he got from a very shady couple harboring a house full of relics and dangerous objects.
Nancy used it on Temperance… and it was all over.
If you thought, “this was too easy,” again, you’re a true Nancy Drew fan. Anytime there’s an overly happy moment right after the world is almost swallowed up whole, it’s natural to be skeptical.
But what happened next was next-level.
Ryan Hudson was hit with a piece of shrapnel from the hatchet which KILLED HIM.
I had to rewind the episode several times to see his obituary because I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The Nancy Drew writers are known for delivering big twists (I’m still not over the Lucy Sable twist), and they’re not afraid to kill off main characters that seem pivotal to the storyline (see also: Owen Mavin, RIP), so I thought this might be a similar situation, but then, the whole vibe felt off once again.
The transitions between scenes, the way everyone interacted with each other, and even the happy sendoff for Nick all felt misplaced as if part of some wicked dream… or nightmare.
But it flowed with the course of events, so it wasn’t much of a cause for concern either. Nick wanted to get away for a bit so he planned a trip to Florida. George finally decided to pursue law. After a near-apocalypse, Bess didn’t want to be involved with the Historical Society anymore. And following weeks of mourning, Nancy decided to finally act on her feelings with Ace… and it was so hot, it broke the barometer!
You’d think that’s a good thing, but nope, it was 100% an omen… and confirmation that none of this is real.
Of course, the actual confirmation came from Temperance at the site of a car wreck that took Ace’s life.
In Nancy’s mind, a whole month passed by, but in reality, she was still at the moment of the veil deciding whether or not to kill Temperance.
To be fair, it was kind of Temperance to take this moment to warn Nancy about the holy hell she was going to unleash if she went through with killing her. The fact that she can manipulate a split-second moment also shows just how powerful Temperance really is. The Drew Crew, despite being Horseshoe Bay’s leading supernatural investigators, never had a shot bringing her down or thwarting her plans.
Temperance’s dire warning gets worse: if Nancy does kill her, this is the fate that awaits Ace if they ever act on their feelings for each other.
Family sure knows how to push our buttons, don’t they?
When Temperance snapped her fingers and brought Nancy back to reality, she was faced with the toughest choice of her life. As everyone urges Nancy to quite literally bury the hatchet, Nancy makes the decision to let Temperance open the veil.
And the moment she does — chaos and destruction follow that looks like a scene ripped straight from Day After Tomorrow.
Whoever the director for this episode was, they really nailed the whole post-apocalyptic/doomsday scenario.
And that CGI was pretty incredible considering it’s a CW show.
As Nancy saw the beginning of the end — Bess warned that fire and cyclone storms were sure to follow — she made the ultimate sacrifice for her town and used Temperance’s “blind spots” for a surprise attack.
Horseshoe Bay recovered in a month’s time, and everyone seemed to be back on the right path.
Everyone except for Nancy and Ace. Considering the “prophecy” that he would die the moment they even went there, Nancy chose to avoid him.
However, the fact that she was able to save Ryan’s life by removing the shrapnel before it killed him leads me to believe that there is a way out of this if the Drew Crew put their minds to it.
They’ve been through worse and come out on top! You just have to undo the spell.
I truly wanted Nancy to be honest with Ace about what was going on, but the moment she got too close and the barometer broke again, she hit the brakes and said some awfully terrible things to him. We know that she’s coming from a place of love to protect him, but Ace doesn’t know that, so it was a heartbreaking scene to watch.
Of course, no one knows Nancy better than Ace, so he likely won’t take this at face value. He’s just as inquisitive as Nancy, so he’s going to want to figure out why she hesitated at the veil, why she didn’t kiss him back, and why she’s pushing away. He knows something is up, and he has to figure it out or save her.
Nancy was crushed by the curse that basically stripped her of controlling her fate, but a heart-to-heart with Carson Drew seemed to put things into perspective. I don’t think Carson is the right person to go to for advice on this situation considering he doesn’t know what’s at stake or even understands that the situation is life or death, but it’s the thought that counts.
Eventually, Nancy, who is the proud owner of Icarus Hall, which she turned into an official office for “Nancy Drew Investigates,” finds a deck of cards that alludes to the prophecies introduced at the beginning of season 3.
Cue the song: “I can see clearly now.”
“One of u will be the other’s demise” alludes to Nancy essentially being Ace’s kryptonite. It’s a clever way to keep them together and leave fans craving more, but it’s also beyond cruel and frustrating.
“One of you will forsake what’s dearest to you” alludes to Nick selling the valuable ring he bought for George, the woman he saw a future with.
“One of you will betray your true love” alludes to George’s decision to split with Nick and pursue a law degree.
“One of you will lose your heart” alludes to the fact that Ace cannot be with Nancy.
“One of you will wreak havoc on this town” alludes to Bess’s decision to take on the Historical Society.
“Only one of you will fulfill your destiny and that one will cause the rest to fall,” seems to allude to Ryan paying his debts to that shady artifact couple who want to meet the keeper of the Historical Society. That does not sound like good news.
It seems as though the Drew Crew fulfilled their prophecies, but where do they go from here?
And does this mean that no one has actually been in control of their own destiny this whole time?
As I said, it was a whirlwind episode full of ups and downs that changed the direction of the show’s future trajectory.
And what’s Nancy Drew without a little mystery?
The world stops for no one — not even the town’s detective — so, amidst this whole personal crisis, Nancy gets her first client: a man who asks her to meet him at the cemetery alone.
When Nancy arrives at the cemetery, however, she sees a bunch of dug-up graves and the bodies missing.
Um… what happened to them? And why do I feel like Addy is somehow involved?
This might be the first “normal” and non-supernatural case in a while, and it feels kind of refreshing. The third season leaned heavily into magic, but that’s not actually necessary. At her core, Nancy Drew is just a girl solving mysteries in her small town. Why not get back to that?
Let’s hope that Nancy Drew is renewed for a fourth season so we can get some answers.
As of now, The CW hasn’t made an official ruling, so when they killed off Ryan and Ace, and said goodbye to Nick, I thought that this episode was surely meant to serve as closure for a series finale. I’m so glad that isn’t the case because while Nancy is at the helm of the show and Ace is the best character, it wouldn’t be complete without Ryan. Also – can we talk about how Nancy finally called Ryan “dad” for the first time?! Be still my heart.
Plus, Friday nights wouldn’t be the same without a little thrill.
What did you think about the finale? Did you like the pacing and rhythm of the episode?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – [SPOILER] Is Temperance’s Next Target (3×12)
Temperance Hudson messed with the wrong the wrong town, the wrong relative, the man the relative’s heart yearns for, and the relative’s supernatural-crime fighting squad.
The penultimate episode of Nancy Drew was a whirlwind as the Drew Crew worked round-the-clock to figure out Temperance’s master plan involving Charity’s soul, while also trying to save the kids at the youth center from a deadly hex.
And in a surprising twist, the life of one of Nancy’s closest companions hangs in the balance.
⛔️WARNING – spoilers ahead – stop reading if you haven’t watch the latest episode ⛔️
It was personal when Temperance threatened Horseshoe Bay, but the threat kicked into high gear when Temperance allowed the Copperhead to rip out Lev’s heart from his frozen chest cavity triggering the dreams of the final victim housing a piece of Charity’s soul.
And, as bad luck would have it, the chosen one who began to have dreams about Gettysburg was none other than Ace.
Our dear, lovable, big-hearted Ace.
He’s likely the only person who actually understood what was happening to him because he immediately sat up and exclaimed: “I’m next.”
The good thing is that Nancy and co. have the advantage over Temperance temporarily because they know the identity of the fourth person. The bad news is that their track record for keeping these souls safe has been bleak.
Even when they’re one step ahead, Temperance always finds a way to outmaneuver them to get what she wants.
She’s had hundreds of years to plan and prep for this moment, so it’s not surprising.
The only time Nancy was able to beat her at her own game was saving the youth center kids from the hex by taking it upon herself. In one-fell swoop, she proved the theory that Temperance needs Nancy to complete her ritual that is said to unleash what’s known as the New Genesis. Or, in other words, holy hell on the small town.
Temperance immediately took the hex away from Nancy so that she wouldn’t die, and seemingly wasn’t expecting this turn of events.
While Nancy would go bat for just about anyone, at the present moment, Ace is the person she’s feeling all the feels for.
After he told her how he felt about her, Nancy was avoiding him because she knew she would eventually have to do the hard thing and friend-zone Park.
She could’ve had a good thing going with him, but not after finding out that Ace has the hots for her.
Park was pretty understanding as he noted that all good relationships are built on a foundation of friendship.
If things were different, I’d imagine that Nancy and Ace would take their time taking things to the next level, but with this threat looming over his pretty blonde locks, they unfortunately don’t have the luxury of time.
Will their love for each other protect Ace?
Will Bess be able to use her powers to shield him from Temperance’s grand plan?
And when will Ace finally catch a break? He’s been through so much this season yet he somehow always manages to stay optimistic enough to lighten the mood. Who else could crack jokes about the chances of Genesis being “something delightful.”
George was separated from all the Temperance action as she was tasked with keeping Carson Drew and Ryan Hudson out of Nancy’s hair. Honestly, I don’t think those two would’ve even stopped her if they found out what she was doing, but it was nice to see them bond and nosh out on some free pies.
George’s mind was too preoccupied with how to explain her breakup with Nick to her sisters. She explained to Ryan that they’ve never seen a normal relationship in action, and she didn’t want this to hurt them more than it should.
Ryan has been delivering some nuggets of wisdom lately, so he told her that she should trust that her sister’s are mature enough to handle the truth.
And though they were definitely upset, I think it was more so the shock and anger of the initial hit than the fact that Nick and George broke up. They need time to process just as George processed.
Nick was pretty defeated after realizing that he built the youth center to protect the kids only to put them in more danger.
He’s being a bit hard on himself by saying he didn’t do anything right to save them because that’s absolutely not true. If it wasn’t for Nick and his friends, those kids would’ve probably died from a hex. He might not have been able to guess which one of the four was the correct one, but he did everything in his power to protect them.
I hope this doesn’t ruin the greatness that we’ve seen from Nick this season because it would be a disadvantage to him, George, and the whole group.
What did you think about the episode?
Are you surprised about the identity of the fourth person connected to Charity? What are your predictions for the season finale next week?
Nancy Drew Review – The Spellbound Juror (3×11)
Isn’t it such a relief that Nancy Drew is onto Temperance Hudson?
It was a bit concerning that Nancy couldn’t see through Temperance’s shady act, but it was only a matter of time before she caught figured it all out. Nothing gets past Nancy.
It was a coincidence that Ryan Hudson just so happened to be auctioning off pieces from the Hudson estate, which included a briefcase belonging to Charity Hudson. In that briefcase was a letter to Beckett’s mother detailing the very plan to prevent her mother from unleashing holy hell on Earth to reunite the pieces of her soul.
From there, it was simply a game of who could figure out who the Copperhead’s next victim was first.
Admittedly, the Drew Crew did much of the heavy lifting with Nick figuring out that the victim was part of the trial he was serving jury duty for.
In order to protect the Copperhead’s victim, Bess leaked the news that Carson Drew and DA Dawson were dating, which apparently is big news on Horsehoe Bae’s Twitter. Why is that name so genius?
The romantic news forced the judge to sequester the jury, but that was only a temporary fix.
The Drew Crew figured out that the victim was Lev just before he began displaying symptoms of the Copperhead’s trance.
When he was dismissed, it was up to them to find him and protect him from the Copperhead’s wrath.
Here’s the thing though — either the Copperhead gets to the victim and destroys their soul or Temperance does and gets what she wants.
There’s no good solution here.
Nancy and the crew thought they found it, but once again, Temperance outsmarted them. Why do they all keep forgetting she’s a powerful witch that has years of experience? Not to mention she’s been planning this for a very long time. She’s had time to think through every potential flub.
Lev was taken into police custody, but when dealing with the supernatural, that doesn’t mean much. Temperance was able to use her powers to knock them both unconscious.
And she sent Nancy a note to celebrate her win — the card of the hanged which stands for sacrifice.
Nancy understood what it meant immediately, and thus, the battle for the soul of Horseshoe Bay (and Charity) wages on.
After Temperance put the hex on the children at Nick’s youth center, you would think that would’ve been a focal point of the episode, but instead, he invested all his time to stop the Copperhead.
It was nice to see Nick right in the center of the action without being tied to George or Nancy. He jumped into the case all on his own and proved that he has what it takes to handle things.
It’s only a matter of time before his friends find out about the whole ordeal with Temperance.
Seeing Drew and DA Rosario square off was also a welcome change of pace. We know Carson is a lawyer, but we rarely see him at work. It’s nice to see his cases connect to the current events of the episode.
And I’m really digging the idea of George becoming Carson’s assistance and pursuing a career in law.
She’s always been bound by her home life and upbringing, but she has what it takes to carve a new path for herself.
Not to mention that having her work with Carson directly connects him to the supernatural storyline. There’s plenty to explore here for the writers.
George and Nick might be hurting from the break-up, but they are embarking on exciting new paths that may one day lead them back to each other as fully realized partners.
Elsewhere, Bess took the role of Ace’s wing-woman to heart. Their friendship is so pure, and I’m convinced she’s one of the only people who fully understands the real Ace.
When she realized that he didn’t tell Nancy about his feelings, she kept pushing him to come clean and take a leap of faith.
Ace explained that he didn’t think he was good enough for Ace, which was heartbreaking. He is so much more than a dishwasher, and Nancy has never cared about Ivy League educations and any of the other stuff he was bringing up.
Plus, it’s not like Nancy has it all together herself either.
She didn’t go to college, she also works at the Claw as a waitress, and she’s working without pay as a neighborhood liaison.
While there’s nothing wrong with any of those things, it’s not fair for Ace to put himself down in the way that he was.
If anything, they are connected by their shared passion for solving crimes, keeping the town safe, and all things supernatural.
Eventually, Bess convinced him that he needed to shoot his shot regardless of Nancy’s new relationship with Park. It’s not like Ace to be afraid of a little competition.
And then he did it — he finally told her.
I was like a school girl squealing on my couch when he just laid it all out there. “I have feelings for you.” Ace — a man that does not mince words.
Nancy looked like her soul left her body for a second. I mean, she was frozen in place without any idea how to react.
And who knows what would’ve happened if Ryan Hudson didn’t interrupt them. Seriously, dude, read the room.
I was truly expecting Nancy to just leap into Ace’s arms, but understandably, that likely won’t happen for at least a few more episodes as she’ll likely be conflicted by his confession.
She seems to really have a thing for Park, but I doubt he’ll be around for much longer. Once they crack the case of the Frozen Heart’s Killer aka the Copperhead, his time in Horseshoe Bay is over.
I think Nancy just has to come to terms with the realization that Ace feels exactly the same way she feels. She’s also equally as scared to pursue something with him not only because it puts their friendship on the line but also because she doesn’t think she’s good enough for Ace.
They both have to figure out if these feelings are worth acting on and risking a friendship over.
But if George and Nick can remain cordial, I think love is always worth a shot.
And, at the very least, it’s all out there in the open now. What a relief.
What did you think of the episode? Are you happy Ace told Nancy the truth?
Were you surprised Temperance pulled a fast one on Nancy?
Are you digging Carson’s new relationship? Let us know in the comment section below!
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