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 – Temperance Hudson (2×18)
Being a Hudson comes with its fair share of problems.
Putting Everett Hudson behind bars for the crimes he committed was nothing compared to dealing with the Wraith.
In a surprising twist, the supernatural parasite had a connection to the Hudson family. What doesn’t in Horsehoe Bay?
After exhausting every single remedy to detach the Wraith from Nancy, the Drew Crew realized they had to go back to the beginning of its creation by none other than Temperance Hudson.
And then they had to try to reverse the ritual in order to save Nancy’s life.
Can I just say, the makeup department did a fantastic job making Nancy look like she was dying more and more with each passing scene. I appreciate the attention to detail.
The Wraith didn’t just latch onto Nancy because of her Hudson blood, however. It sensed that she was vulnerable and exploited that vulnerability every single day.
In order to rid herself of its presence, Nancy had to go into her subconscious and face all the repressed trauma it was feeding off of. This included coming face-to-face with past versions of herself that were too painful so she buried them deep within herself including the Nancy who solved her very first case (because the world wasn’t perfect and she was looking for the truth), the Nancy at her mother’s funeral, and finally, baby Nancy that was abandoned after Lucy killed herself.
It was interesting to see Nancy’s introspection pan out on screen because it’s the first time that Nancy has allowed herself to feel the emotions that she’s been bottling up inside. We knew that it has been weighing on her, but she’s never fully acknowledged it until now.
But the truth shall set you free.
As she cut off the Wraith, she realized that she couldn’t let go of the painful parts because they made her who she was. It was her first conscious step into accepting the good and the bad.
During her journey, Nancy also made quite the realization about her feelings for Ace. Everyone from the Drew Crew showed up to guide her through her subconscious, but Ace played the most important role.
The moment was so profound that Nancy decided to tell Ace how she felt, but unfortunately, it was too late as Ace already embarked on his trip with Amanda.
I wasn’t aware that I was such a #Nace shipper until I saw them almost kiss on screen and squealed like a schoolgirl. Why do the writers have to tease us like that!?
While Nancy’s feelings for Ace were very clear, he subconsciously felt it when he told Amanda that he felt like he was leaving something behind.
Uh, yeah, your girl! Sorry, Amanda.
Now that Nancy is totally aware of her feelings, how will it affect her dynamic and friendship with Ace moving forward?
Nancy also came to the realization that her relationship with Gil was based on lies. The Wraith was manipulating her since being with Gil, who put her down, made her weaker and an easier target.
I was never a Gil and Nancy fan, but we all have to go through our “bad boy” phase at some point. Hers just happened to be while she was going through something traumatic.
If she’s not going to be with Ace, she might as well get with Detective Tamura. It’s unfortunate the finale didn’t include him.
After getting rid of the Wraith, it seemed as though Nancy might finally, finally catch a break. I mean, it has to be exhausting dealing with the supernatural all the time.
But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. As she closed one case, she unintentionally opened up another.
Nancy is meeting all the Hudson relatives… including the supposedly dead and supernatural ones! Nancy’s blood helped Myrtle, her distant relative, reveal her true form as Temperance, who is back with a vengeance as she lifted the magical veil.
What a bombshell twist that no one saw coming! What do you think her plans are for the small town?
It’s been quite a wild season with plenty of hauntings and supernatural stalkers taking hold of the Drew Crew, but that hasn’t interfered with the show’s character development. They all have their own compelling storylines that are given just as much screen time as Nancy’s story is. And they’re all integral to the storyline.
The love story between Bess and Odette was so pure.
Odette selflessly promised to give George back whatever remaining time she had left, and it’s a sweet gesture considering the fraught nature of their relationship initially.
But before she retreated into the depths of George’s soul forever, she said her goodbye to Bess. I melted when George told Bess to “kiss her.”
It was a doomed relationship from the start and one of the most absurd things on television, but thanks to Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani, you found yourself rooting for the ghost and human couple!
While they still don’t know how to buy George more time, she decided to accept her fate and do the things that make her happy including proposing to Nick.
Um, George and Nick are getting married — bust out the wedding planners.
It may seem haste, but well, they don’t know how much time they have. However, they’ve been the most solid couple on the series; they’ve bettered each other, and they’re better together.
Ryan Hudson was cut off by his father, but he gained an even better father figure when Carson welcomed him into his home. Nancy will now be able to live with both of her dads under one roof, which will be great for her, but it will also be a good change of pace for Ryan who has never really had a normal family life.
The poor guy didn’t even know how to do dishes. It’s almost like Carson is going to be fathering two kids.
I’m excited to see this dynamic at play. Anytime Ryan and Carson share a scene, it’s pure gold. And now that they’ve been unofficially inducted into the Drew Crew and are aware of the supernatural forces at play, things are bound to get even more interesting!
Ryan and Carson started off as enemies fighting for Nancy’s love, but in putting aside their differences, they were able to be there for Nancy when she needed them most. Ryan also gave up his rights as Nancy’s father in case Everett decides to come after Carson with kidnapping charges.
Regardless of what’s on paper, Nancy will need them now more than ever as she gears up to publicly reveal that she is Everett’s granddaughter and discloses her plans to take over Hudson Enterprises as the rightful heir.
What did you think of the episode? What did you think of the season? Did you enjoy all the insane twists and turns that led us to Nancy’s continued Hudson problem?
Let us know in the comments below. And we’ll see you next season!
Nancy Drew Review – Confession of Everett Hudson (2×17)
Everett Hudson went down for murder on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 17, but it wasn’t for the murder of Celia Hudson.
Everett was the obvious suspect, and it was hard to believe that he was innocent after he showed absolutely no remorse or emotion upon finding out that his wife was brutally murdered, but he was telling the truth when he said he wasn’t responsible.
The more Nancy dug into the case to dig up evidence, the more she realized that she may have been wrong about Everett’s involvement.
And truthfully, we should’ve seen it too. The way Celia was killed and displayed was, as Nancy mentioned, almost ritualistic. It didn’t vibe with Everett’s usual way of handling business.
My favorite thing aboutˆ is that the writers encourage you to be a detective and part of the Drew Crew from the comfort of your home. They drop clues and breadcrumbs along the way that you can pick up on if you aren’t passively watching.
It’s almost like an interactive experience that allows you to solve the mystery on your own.
Prior to Celia’s death, she was acting weird and kept mentioning a list. Much like Nancy, I assumed it was the guestlist for the party that evening, but in reality, Celia was referring to the list of witnesses she helped Nancy recover from The Road Back, the Illuminati-like secret society.
We should’ve known that there would be repercussions for botching their plans.
Celia’s death was meant to send Nancy a message for crossing them, and my guess is that we haven’t seen the last of them just yet.
But for now, Nancy was consumed with guilt over the fact that she contributed to her grandmother’s death.
The moment allowed for a sweet heart-to-heart with Ryan, her biological dad. Carson may always be there for her, but this was a Hudson family matter.
Ryan reminded Nancy that she didn’t do anything wrong and wasn’t to blame. Her reason for taking on The Road Back was to save Ace’s life, and Celia only agreed to get involved because she wanted to help keep her husband out of prison.
Everett might not have pulled the trigger, but he was still inadvertently responsible for his wife’s death.
And he has plenty of blood on his hands, which Ryan reminded Nancy was the whole reason why she kidnapped him in the first place.
She got the right guy, she just didn’t figure out the right murder. Everett already confirmed that he committed a crime by putting a hit on Ryan after he sought out The Black Crown tapes, so they simply needed a way to find the evidence.
While it seemed like Gil betrayed Nancy’s trust by accepting Everett’s deal and setting him free, it was all part of a meticulously calculated plan… the kind only Nancy could pull off.
Nancy knew that Everett would feel the pressure and run home to destroy the tape, which is where they caught him red-handed. He should’ve realized this was the moment he was outmatched by his own son and granddaughter!
After watching the tape, it was revealed that Everett ruthlessly killed his own brother.
You’ve got to admit that Nancy, Ryan, and Tamura’s teamwork was very impressive here. They were able to catch the guy who has evaded paying for his crimes for years.
Tamura even managed to do what no other detective has done before!
But I don’t think it’s over just yet. As Nancy and Ryan rejoiced, I couldn’t shake Everett’s warning to Ryan in which he threatened to take him down with him.
Is there more to the tapes that we don’t know? How is Ryan involved? And what leverage does Everett have?
You would think that after nabbing Everett and solving the mystery of Celia’s murder, Nancy would go home and get some much-needed rest but that’s wishful thinking.
Carson and the Scooby Gang — because tell me that whole library scene didn’t give you Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes — spent much of the episode trying to figure out why Nancy’s picture featured dark markings all over her face and body.
If you guessed possession, you were kind of on the mark.
Turns out, George isn’t the only one in town that has a supernatural entity hitching a ride in her body.
In Nancy’s case, however, the parasite has unknowingly been with her since Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 1 when the Drew Crew took on the Wraithe.
Everyone noticed that Nancy hasn’t been acting like herself, and even Nancy pointed out that she doesn’t know who she is anymore… at least now we know why.
Figuring out what’s inhabiting Nancy’s body was one thing, but finding out how to get rid of it is another as parasites typically kill their host.
This isn’t Nancy’s first near-death experience with a supernatural entity, but that doesn’t make it any less dangerous, especially since she’s running out of time.
The Drew Crew always finds a way, but will they manage to save Nancy this time around?
The episode was packed with incredible moments, but I don’t think there was anything better than Nick sticking it to Jake.
Nick sat out from the Everett/Waithe drama, for the most part, to deal with Jake, a cafe owner in his building who was against the creation of his youth center.
When it became clear that Jake couldn’t be reasoned with because he was a racist who wanted to keep the town “good and traditional,” Nick took matters into his own hands and sought out Tamura for help.
In what can only be referred to as a “boss move,” Nick bought the building across from the cafe for his youth center, reminded Jake that he’s really rich, informed him that the zoning commission gave him permission, told him that he has the backing of the Horshoe Police Department to build a safe space for kids in their own neighborhood, and then informed him that he’d be opening up a rival cafe across the street.
Nick is my hero.
This season of Nancy Drew has been exceptional, and I’m so sad it’s coming to an end.
The writers have delivered compelling supernatural and criminal mysteries in both long-form and case-of-the-week formats. And through it all, they’ve managed to deliver incredible character development for every member of the Drew Crew while also giving them compelling storylines and genuine relationships.
Even Ryan and Carson have been roped into the supernatural world and now consider it to be the “new normal.”
I have no doubt that the Nancy Drew Season 2 finale will blow us away!
How do you think the season will end? Will they find a way to save Nancy? Sound off in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – Stay Alive (2×16)
The takedown of Everett Hudson has begun, and it’s a dangerous game that requires plenty of skill.
Nancy Drew has that skill, which she put to use on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 16.
Usually, when an episode’s purpose is to set the scene for the upcoming final episodes, it tends to be a bit boring and predictable, but Nancy Drew managed to deliver an episode with plenty of unexpected twists and alliances.
And not everyone came out of it alive.
Everett hired Nancy to find out information about his former accountant, Howard, who was leaking damning information.
More importantly, Everett wanted to know who Howard was leaking the information to.
Nancy took on the case in order to prove her loyalty to Everett and get close to him, but she also wanted to keep her friends safe as she knew Ryan, Nick, and Valentina were involved.
As the trio aimed to find the location of The Black Crown Tape, which allegedly showed Everett committing murder, Nancy took a different angle by hoping to find out why Everett wanted to know in the first place.
She figured out that he essentially set a trap for the person who was looking for incriminating evidence against him, and before she could warn them, Ryan and Valentina were caught in the crosshairs.
Their desire to catch Everett red-handed prevented them from taking a step back and thinking rationally.
You’d think Everett’s own son would be able to figure out his little twisted game, but Ryan doesn’t have that devious Hudson gene.
Nancy, on the other hand, has it coursing through her blood.
I honestly don’t know why the three of them chose to cut Nancy out of their little investigation. Sure, it was dangerous and she wanted to protect everyone, but she was already in the thick of things. There was no stopping her, and They were essentially seeking out the same information.
Plus, they should’ve known that she’d crack the case on her own faster than the three of them combined.
After all, she is Horseshoe Bay’s greatest detective.
Nancy was able to pull Nick out of the way so that he wasn’t caught on camera, but Ryan and Valentina are now on Everett’s hitlist.
And Everett has no qualms about eliminating the people who pose a threat to him. He’s a monster, and no one has been able to stop him or put him behind bars!
Valentina thought she could just stick around town and hope for the best, but she sorely underestimated his capabilities.
Everett has no qualms about eliminating the people who pose a threat to him… just ask his wife!
Nancy Drew pulled off one of the greatest twists back in season 1 with the reveal that Ryan was Nancy’s father, and somehow, they’ve managed to do it again.
It didn’t even occur to me that Nancy was chatting up Celia’s ghost. While she definitely seemed scatterbrained and confused, I chalked it up to her normal pre-party behavior since that’s what everyone said it was.
But when Nancy found Celia’s body hanging, my jaw dropped all the way down to the floor. I mean really, who saw that coming?
And if Everett has it in him to kill his own wife, he wouldn’t think twice about a reporter who was sniffing around his business and trying to expose him.
Even Ryan understood the danger they were in, which is why he told Val to book it immediately.
Personally, I think he should’ve gone with her because the fact that he’s Everett’s son isn’t going to help him out of this mess.
Kennedy McMann was born to be Nancy Drew. And not just any Nancy Drew — The CW’s version of Nancy Drew.
This version of teen detective has always been a bit more mature and dark, but she’s stripped away the last remaining bit of innocence by taking on Everett. She’s turned into a savage, no-nonsense badass.
She put on her red lipstick and did the damn thing. She told him she was his granddaughter, tasered him, put a bag over his head, and told Gil to drive off!
Gil as the getaway driver is somehow the cherry on top. There’s something to be said for a man who will help you kidnap your murderous grandfather… but don’t think that means I’m no longer shipping Ace and Nancy. I’m still waiting for that moment!
Kidnapping Everett puts Nancy in even more danger, but it also gives them all a shot at surviving and bringing him down once and for all for the crimes he’s committed.
It’s a go big or go home kind of operation — one that, hopefully, he won’t be able to weasel out of this time.
Other Memorable Moments
- The series continues finding fun ways to incorporate the Bobbsey twins including introducing audiences to Bertram Bobbsey, Gil and Amanda’s father.
- I just can’t get over how brilliant the writers are!
- Bess creating a dating profile was the ounce of comedic relief we needed. Her line about being a former con-woman who dabbles in the supernatural and is trying to rebound from a dead lover was perfection.
- What was up with the picture Carson took of Nancy? Was it because she’d come in contact with Celia’s ghost? What were the marks on her arms? And why did she look dead? Did it mean “dead girl walking?” Was it a warning that she’s in danger? I have so many questions!
- It must be difficult for Carson to see Nancy walk the same path with the Hudsons as he once did. He knows, more than anyone, what they’re capable of. He managed to free himself, but Nancy is way more connected and involved than he ever was.
What did you think of the episode?
I for one am stoked about the upcoming episodes as they look deliciously chaotic in the promos.
Nancy Drew Season 2 tackled so many mysteries, and it continues to surprise us with exceptional storylines and twists.
I’d go as far as to say this is The CW’s best series, though, I’ve heard some mixed reviews. Let us know how you feel in the comments below!
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