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 Review – Haunted Corpse (2×06)
We’ve dealt with plenty of ghosts and unsettled spirits in Horsehoe Bay, but Nancy has opened up a whole new can of… demonic spirits.
I thought that there couldn’t be anything scarier than Lucy Sable’s spirit, but I was dead wrong. The Lamia (don’t hold me accountable for the spelling on this one) was ten times more terrifying, and I think that has to do with the simple fact that he reminded me of the boy from The Grudge.
It’s safe to say, I’ll be having plenty of nightmares of him popping out of Nancy’s kitchen cupboard. We knew they were building up to the moment, and yet, it still made me jump several feet in the air.
The Lamia was a direct-result of Nancy’s ambush on the Historical Society, in which she opened up all the vaults to find a way to save George and inadvertently released the most dangerous of spirits into town.
The Lamia was the first, but absolutely not the last of the terrors coming their way. And if this is the first, I shudder to think what else is in store for our Drew Crew.
Thankfully, it looks they’re up for the challenge.
When the episode picks up, it’s been two weeks since their battle with the Aglaeca where they declared victory and beat the curse. Everyone is kind of thriving in their post-survival reality, but looks can be deceiving.
The moments of bliss and joy are short-lived, and the moment an opportunity presents itself to get involved in yet another supernatural mystery, everyone is game. Well, everyone except for Nick — he’s clearly the only sensible one.
They were like “are we really ready to invite all this back into our lives?” and everyone was like “let’s do it!” No hesitation.
It’s a much different tone than the one they had prior to facing the Aglaeca where they blamed Nancy for all their problems and for dragging them into the mess in the first place.
The demonic spirits inhabiting town may be Nancy’s fault, but they all willingly decided to perform an autopsy on a haunted corpse as it gave them a “sense of purpose.”
Personally, I’d run the opposite way and let Nancy deal with the mess. I don’t have the stomach for cutting open aged corpses filled with occult symbols that randomly start to bleed fresh blood, but that’s precisely why I’m not part of the Drew Crew.
Nancy’s lucky to have a group that will get down and dirty with her… literally.
Nancy was the only one who seemingly didn’t catch a break during the two spiritless weeks as she was arraigned for breaking into the morgue and punished with serving community hours in said morgue. That’s the true meaning of “ironic,” Alanis Morisette.
And yet, there doesn’t seem to be a more fitting place for Nancy than the morgue.
In case anyone was wondering why they were ever terrified of morgues, the clanking from one of the steel body fridges was a clear reminder.
Again, a normal person would bolt upon hearing a knocking while alone with several dead bodies, but not Nancy. She opened up the body bag and pulled out the insects from the corpses’ mouth like it was no big deal!
The corpse ended up being an evil entity masquerading as a human (though, who really looked at that corpse and thought it was a human?!) that sought out children.
It was a nice addition to include to coroner’s son, Leo, as the child who was being protected by the spirit of the Lamia’s victim.
We haven’t seen children get sucked into the supernatural world, but realistically, children are more in-tune with these kinds of things and we usually just shrug them and their “imaginary friends” off the way Connor and Nancy did at first.
But in this case, Leo was actually talking to his action figure (not a doll!) and was trying to inform them about the dangers looming large.
With Leo protected, the Lamia set its sights on George’s sisters, but Nancy followed through, as always, to save them from the monster’s grasp.
Honestly, all of the occurrences leading up to the Lamia’s attack were far more interesting than the attack itself, but that probably because we knew it would never actually do any harm to Ted and Charlie.
It was fitting that they relied on the souls of the dead children for help while Horeshoe Bay was celebrating All Hallow Tide, a holiday that honored the dead.
By defeating the Lamia, they were able to honor and help 13 young souls finally find peace.
Maybe Nancy’s “accidental” act of releasing malevolent spirits from the Historical Society will pay off if they manage to vanquish them and help all trapped spirits move on.
The episode struck a good tone between comedic and creepy/gruesome. The series has managed to figure out how to not take itself so seriously while scaring the crap out of us simultaneously. It’s admirable.
Everyone’s comedic timing was on-point, but per usual, Bess and Ace were the stars.
Between Ace’s game night jokes and asking if the corpse followed Nany home, to Bess saying they should do the autopsy in the living room cause it’s more spacious than the kitchen and channeling Boxy to communicate with the kid — it was all so great.
Also, Nick has a terrible English accent.
While it initially seemed like they put all of the Aglaeca drama behind them that wasn’t entirely the case.
The Lamia was connected to a group of women who first called upon the Aglaeca, while George also had an encounter with her body-snatcher.
Throughout the episode, George was also experiencing head rushes and lapses in memory, which audiences knew had to be related to the shroud that brought her back to life.
I was right when I said the ghost staring back at her in the mirror after she was revived looked just like Odette.
George came face-to-face with her in the bathroom, and it’s clear that she’s sharing a body with the ghostly spirit. But why?
Does Odette want to take over permanently? Does she want another chance at life? Why didn’t she just disappear peacefully into the night?
Will George remember this encounter?
At this point, supernatural cases seek Nancy out. She doesn’t even need to leave her house for a corpse to land at her feet!
And that’s going to be even more true when she starts her part-time gig with Carson Drew.
Finally, someone outside of the Drew Crew is acknowledging Nancy’s detective talents rather than shrugging them off as an annoyance. Carson is right to think that Nancy could be his secret weapon to winning cases as she’s the most clued-in person in town.
Just imagine how much Det. Tamora could have benefitted from working with Nancy instead of forming a hostile relationship.
Connor experienced the supernatural occurrence first-hand, which strengthened his relationship with Nancy (and you know it’ll be helpful to have a friend at the morgue that she can ask for favors). I imagine if Tamora also witnessed something unexplainable, he’d be forced to believe Nancy’s involvement is more crucial than he’d like to admit.
Are you ready to see the Drew dream team in action? Do you think Carson is ready to be exposed to the supernatural world?
What do you think their next threat is? And what’s going on with George?
Sound off in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – Did the Drew Crew Defeat the Aglaeca? (2×05)
Death day is upon the Drew Crew on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 5.
With time running out, the group has one day left to come up with a promising plan to defeat the Aglaeca, but instead, they find themselves turning on each other.
It was bound to happen. When death is knocking on your door, you start looking for people to blame. In this case, all the blame fell on Nancy as everyone felt that she used them as tools in her missions.
Of course, that was partially true. Nancy was the reason they were involved, but she didn’t force anyone; they all knew the risks of meddling with the spirit world and willingly participated.
Nancy decided that since she was responsible for bringing the curse upon them, she was going to find a way to break it.
Finding the sand from the portent wasn’t easy, but thankfully, Ryan Hudson conveniently kept a vacuum in his trunk that had some leftover sand stashed away.
What a relief, right? Wrong.
The series is incredible at building up the anticipation and anxiety, which made those “death” scenes so thrilling.
As everyone waited to see who the Aglaeca would come for first, they spent their final moments on a five-way call sharing some last-minute confessions.
Ace explained that he hacked into the federal system to retrieve a number for someone in witness protection, but he wasn’t brave enough to call it.
Bess finally admitted what everyone already knew — she’s a klepto!
Nick explained that he never finished Tiffany’s mission of exposing the Hudson’s with a USB drive filled with evidence simply because he wanted to move on and rebuild his life.
George had no regrets, and really, we should all follow her example and live life that way.
And Nancy, well, she simply regretted dragging all of them into this mess.
In those moments, you could truly see just how much everyone meant to each other and how they were forever bonded by their shared experiences. They were in this together for better or for worse.
Then, Odette’s creepy and mesmerizing French singing began as their curses triggered: Nancy fell off the cliff, Ace got locked in the freezer with a sharp hook hoping to land a blow somewhere on his body, a fire erupted at Bess’ house, and water began filling George and Ned’s truck.
Did anyone else think that Ryan and Carson would come to Nancy’s aide as she was dangling from the cliff? They spent the whole day stalking her, so it would have been fitting to have both of her dad’s come to her rescue, especially since it mimicked Lucy Sable’s death Neither of them were able to save her, but this could have been like their second chance.
Then again, Nancy isn’t the type of girl that needs to be rescued and she did just fine pulling herself to safety. Her dads didn’t even know the full extent of the danger she was in.
George and Ned faced the Aglaeca head-on and were able to successfully throw the sand at her and escape the car as she “drowned” instead.
But it couldn’t be that easy, right? A post-death survival celebration at the Claw revealed that the Aglaeca wasn’t’ done with them at all. And those visions of their group’s death at the restaurant a few hours later were enough to terrify and discourage anyone.
At this point, it truly seemed like they were out of options. The look on Nancy’s face and the fact that she went to Carson’s to make amends and eat pizza like the “good old days” made it clear that she was defeated.
They seemingly exhausted all their options, Nancy thought. That is until Carson said that his love for her would live inside him forever.
That’s when she realized that the portents were reminders of the Aglaeca’s pain, suffering, and trauma. Instead of defeating her, they were antagonizing her and making her mad.
The solution to simply read Odette’s love letters was a bit silly in the grand scheme of things, but then again, love is universal and does conquer all.
And in this case, love did conquer the Aglaeca. As they appealed to the woman inside the monster, Odette resurfaced and they broke the curse.
At this point, it’s safe to assume that they finally allowed her to find peace, which is the most respect she’s been shown since her brutal death and the hands of greedy men.
Also, can someone explain how Ted and George have money for all these repairs at The Claw? There isn’t an episode where the restaurant doesn’t incur some form of damage at the hands of the supernatural.
Half the time, the place is closed for business, so where are they even making all this money? Moot points, I know, but a girl does wonder.
It wouldn’t be believable for the Drew Crew to come out completely unscathed from this incident, however, and defeating the Aglaeca was short-lived because in the tizzy of it all, George was stabbed and bled to death. I guess the blood bucket curse was real after all.
The cast really delivered on the emotional beats in this scene. You could feel the heaviness and sadness despite not being at The Claw.
Ned’s reaction was the most heartbreaking because he had finally found the soulmate that made his life better only to have her ripped away from him. And right before her death, George finally told him that she loved him.
Nancy was so overwhelmed with guilt that she couldn’t allow George to die because of her, but this caused her to act recklessly and once again inadvertently dragged all of her friends into yet another supernatural mystery.
The shroud to revive the dead may have worked and brought George back to life, but it’s unclear what the side-effects and repercussions of using it will be.
Nancy meant well, but it was pretty careless to unlock all the locks in the historical society that were safeguarding dangerous objects. Her actions single-handedly released all those spirits into Horseshoe Bay.
Nancy may be the town’s most promising detective, but she’s also the town’s biggest problem.
After all that happened, why didn’t any of them question what might happen after they cheated death yet again?
In this case, they didn’t just cheat death once as beating the Aglaeca still counts.
We’ve all seen Final Destination — we know what happens when you try to outrun your destiny.
George may be content with getting a second shot at life and might feel fine for now, but that woman (who looked an awful lot like Oddette… or maybe some other white, blond-haired woman?) staring back at her in the mirror says otherwise.
My guess is that the woman’s spirit will inhabit George’s body in a case of body snatchers. What do you think will happen?
Bad things (worse than the Aglaeca) are coming to Horsehoe Bay, so let’s hope the Drew Crew is ready for their next battle.
Other Ghostly Musings
- Ace eventually called the number of the man in witness protection and left a voicemail informing him that he thought he was his brother. We don’t know too much about Ace’s past, so this is promising! Did I mention he’s my favorite? Because he is.
- Ned gave Ryan a copy of Tiffany’s USB to fill in the gaps and use it against his father. There’s no telling if he will, but it’s in his best interest if he wants to bring his father to justice and earn some brownie points with Nancy.
- Bess is great. For some reason, she thought throwing out the portents was a good idea because it would cleanse their chi. You can’t blame her for trying!
- Carson offering Ryan parenting books because he believes he can reinvent himself was so pure and genuine.
What did you think of the episode? Do you think fending off the Aglaeca and helping her find peace was too easy?
Did Nancy do the right thing by reviving George without considering the consequences of her actions?
Let us know in the comments below!
Nancy Drew Review – The Ghost of Agnes Marvin (2×04)
There’s a lot of ghosts with unfinished business on Nancy Drew.
With just 46 hours left on the clock, the race to destroy the Aglaeca continues on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 4.
The Drew Crew attempts to utilize the dybbuk box that they scooped up from AJ Crane’s apartment, but there are a few caveats.
First off, the dybbuk box needs to be made of a certain type of wood and blessed by a rabbi who died in 1971. Ace immediately finds a solution by explaining that there’s a dybbuk box on loan from a private collection in Boston that they could potentially get their hands on.
Okay, it’s half of a solution because the museum won’t just rent the box to anyone. And that’s where Ryan Hudson comes into play.
Ace embarks on a little adventure with Ryan and Drew Carson, which gives us one of the show’s greatest team-ups.
Ace is a mediator between two grown men who don’t seem eye-to-eye at first, but the trip bonds them and by the end of the hour, they’re working together to figure out what is going on with Nancy.
To be fair, she was talking about ghosts and stuff, which is bound to concern any parent even one that just found out he’s your dad not too long ago.
It was nice to see them talk it out like adults should instead of slinging cheap shots at each other. Neither of them meant to hurt the other. Carson was simply doing the best for Nancy and honoring Lucy’s wishes.
It was big of Carson to apologize for robbing Ryan of the chance to be a father.
Both of them were trying to right their wrongs; Carson gave Ryan advice on how to connect with Nancy, while Ryan did his best to be there for her starting with purchasing the dybbuk box.
You also have to give Ace credit for keeping the truth under wraps and remaining cordial with both of them. His bond with Carson is also really sweet.
Meanwhile, Nancy and Bess set out on another important mission: finding the necessary belongings to put into the dybbuk box. In order to trap the spirit, they needed meaningful objects from the ghost’s life and death.
Sounds easy enough, right?
Nancy suggests Owen’s sand could serve as a totem, which also marks the first mention of Owen roughly four episodes into the season. It’s strange how the series is just trying to erase his existence by having Nancy act as though his death didn’t impact her at all.
Finding a totem from OdetteLamar’s life allows us to explore more of her backstory, and it’s heartbreaking.
Nancy and Bess attempt to find the necklace she wore in her portrait, which was later worn in a photo by Agnes, Captain Douglas Marvin’s second wife.
During the search, Bess and Nancy have their scariest ghost encounter to date as Agnes locks them in the cellar and terrorizes them. The jump-out-of-your-seat scares are Nancy Drew’s specialty.
It’s unclear why Agnes did that because Nancy’s search — aided by Ryan Hudson, who proudly boasts that he solved a riddle before Nancy Drew — reveals that Agnes was not mental at all as the history books led people to believe.
It was a cover-up because she found out the truth about her husband drowning Odette aboard the ship and stealing all her wealth to build the town of Horeshoe Bay. When she tried to expose his misdeeds to Reverand Hudson, she was deemed mentally insane and locked away until her untimely death.
No wonder Horseshoe Bay attracts so many evil spirits; it’s literally built on the blood of two women.
And for the most part, the Marvin and the Hudson families continue to be the town’s thorn.
Agnes was a crafty woman, however, who left Odette’s necklace and a letter containing the truth in a confessional at the church. She hoped someday, someone would solve the cipher she left behind in the hymnal and expose the truth.
With the necklace in her possession, Nancy and the Drew Crew attempt to lure the Aglaeca’s spirit and trap it into the dybbuk box.
Sadly, it doesn’t work and only angers the vengeful spirit.
But it does lead them to a new and promising conclusion — they can hurt the Aglaeca, which means that there’s a possibility they can kill her. All they have to do is figure out the “how.”
I wish the Aglaeca would just accept Nancy’s offer of righting history and telling her story.
Odette was used by greedy men, and the town deserves to know the truth about what happened to her. With Agnes’ letter in hand, she can now has the proof to back up what she said during the historical tour!
It’s likely that the Drew Crew will eventually find a way to defeat the Aglaeca before time runs out, but not everyone’s survival is guaranteed, so it’s reasonable that the group was preparing for death, writing their obits, and struggling to say goodbye.
If you knew you were going to die, you’d want to leave your loved ones with a lasting memory, make sure they’re protected, and know how much you love and appreciate them.
George wanted to make sure her sister took over her responsibilities and took care of the family in her absence, but instead, she pushed her too hard. When she apologized and told her she loved her, it was a genuine moment that allowed her to say how she really felt before it’s too late.
Nick told George that he loved her while he still had the time and the opportunity.
Ace didn’t have it in him to say goodbye to his father in person, and he knew that if he told him the truth, his dad would die trying to find a way to save him. He didn’t want to put him at risk, so he wrote a letter.
And poor Bess couldn’t find the words to say to Lisbeth because the truth and the lie would both break her heart. It’s reassuring that Bess and Lisbeth are still going strong because it’s been a bit since we’ve seen them together and hopefully, Bess has the opportunity to make it up to her for missing dinner.
As for Nancy, this is the first time a TV show lead doesn’t have a love interest, but I’m still rooting for Nancy and Ace! Will almost dying make them realize they have feelings for each other?
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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