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Nancy Drew Review – The Ballad of Lives Foregone (410)

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Tristan Glass’ parents really are the worst people in Horseshoe Bay. 

Nancy Drew Season 4 Episode 10 forced the Glasses to team up with the Hudson-Drew clan to help figure out a way to save their son. I know that these two families are sworn enemies, but it was nice to see them set aside their difference to work toward a common goal, even though there was never a point where I fully trusted them.

While Ryan Hudson extended a helping hand and genuinely wanted to help Shelby Glass translate the relic needed to help find a proper cure her son for her son, she was shady and withheld the information she found when they searched the home of the Sin Cam mystery watcher. 

Of course, the final few moments of the episode made it clear why she lied as the last sin was allegedly uttered by Nancy, and since she realized that she would need to sacrifice the body of the person who made the last sin, she knew Ryan would stop her. 

The questionable thing is that Nancy has no recollection of uttering any sins at the yacht club despite the photo evidence that she was, in fact, there. Since uttering the sin means that you erase it from your memory altogether, it makes sense that she wouldn’t have any recollection of it, however, and it also tracks that Nashua, the first even Sin Eater, said they’ve been “down this road before.”

It’s unclear what sin Nancy may have unloaded from her memory, but it’s gotten her into a bit of hot water with her new boyfriend’s parents. I know Nancy was hoping her relationship with Tristan would be easy and uncomplicated, but it’s so far from it, even after she’s accepted the whole Sin Eater curse aspect of it all. Their families aren’t just feuding—his parents have literally proven that they don’t care for her and will willingly execute her to save their own son. As parents, you’d think they’d understand why two wrongs don’t make a right, but they’ve become so desperate, they’ll do anything, even something as unforgiving as kidnapping and attempting to murder his girlfriend. It’s inexcusable and frankly, grounds for breaking up. 

These curses (can’t forget about the one placed on her and Ace by Temperance) are plaguing (and threatening) Nancy’s life—personal and romantic— and at this point, she’s just better off single because relationships with both men have nearly led to her death.

However, it was sweet that despite everything, Nancy felt a spark with Tristan and chose to be brave and vulnerable by putting herself out there and wanting to face the unknown with him. The visual of your boyfriend turning into a sin-sucking werewolf-like monster would be enough to scare anyone away, but then again, this is Nancy we’re talking about—this is up her alley, and as Nick pointed out, she’d get bored of the uncomplicated and drama free The fact that he’s a supernatural mystery is why she’s drawn to him even more.

And though I firmly believe that she and Ace are endgame, she’s allowing herself to move on and feel again, even if it’s terrifying. It might not be the right choice of partner, but hey, we don’t choose who we love. 

On that note, Ace is seemingly also moving on… with a ghostly spirit. You didn’t expect things to be normal in Horseshoe Bay, right? This probably isn’t the healthy alternative for Ace either, but it’s a step in the right direction, and this mystery ghost seems like a promising exchange of energies for the time being. Not to mention it gives Ace a sense of purpose. He’s really good at solving mysteries with the Drew Crew, but it comes with always being around Nancy, whereas this is his own thing that he can fully invest himself in, all while helping someone in need. It’s a fun storyline that still involves the supernatural while also giving him a break from Nancy’s business, which comes at a good time since it so heavily involves her new love interest. 

Bess was a worthy sidekick for Ace today as she knows her way around the supernatural realm, but at the end of the day, the ghostly spirit, whoever she may be, could only connect with Ace. It was almost like she imprinted on him. 

And through their determination to help her, they managed to find the missing camper, Mia, so hopefully, the town that so quickly turned on Bess will now acknowledge that she’s a local hero!

Nancy’s situation with Tristan was pretty much a group effort, with everyone playing a part to figure out the antidote to heal him before his time was up. Carson was pulled into the heart of the action as Ryan woke him up in the dead of the night casually throwing out phrases like Sin Eater without so much as flinching. He then watched George essentially assault and coerce a confession from a man they thought uttered the last sin—and well, it’s a lot to take in and process. It’s nice to see him more involved in the action, but it’s proof that this isn’t for the faint of heart. George’s speech to him about how supernatural events play a role on the real world was moving and inspiring, and she’s right, the worlds collide because of the consequences that are unavoidable and have an impact on humans. 

His very shaken reaction juxtaposed with Ace’s non-reaction was hilarious. Nick called Ace going on and on about the poison arrow that Nancy shot into Tristan, casually revealing that he is the Sin Eater, and the boy didn’t even flinch. Another day, another supernatural situation that needs tending to. 

Then again, he is the one seeing dead people while channeling his inner Eleven on Stranger Things and taking a nap in the morgue, so I’m not surprised that Ace is unfazed by it all. 

Other Musings

  • Ryan reached out to Red for help, which means that we’ll hopefully see more of her down the line. I love the two dad’s raising Nancy plot, but Ryan definitely needs a love interest. 
  • Who could be watching the Sin Cam? Who else knows about what’s going on? Is it Red?
  • It was so hard not to feel bad for Nancy when she was so consumed by guilt for hurting Tristan. 
  • Tristan regressing through past lives gave fans another glimpse at his talent. 

What did you think of the episode? Will Tristan’s parents complete the ritual and sacrifice Nancy? Will they listen to him? Will Ryan, Carson, and the Drew Crew find a way to stop them?

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8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve

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8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve

Do you fancy yourself a little crime sleuth? Well, throw on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass, and set out to solve the biggest murder mysteries to hit networks and streaming services!

The murder mystery genre, while always popular, has been skyrocketing in recent years, with plenty of new TV shows and movies to capture the thrills and chills. 

There’s nothing like a whodunnit to get you through the day and keep you on your toes. But while some classics date as far back as the 1985 Clue movie or all the Agatha Christie novels now getting new life as films (Murder on the Orient Express or A Haunting in Venice, for example), others, like Knives Out and Glass Onion have revitalized the genre and gave us some of the most captivating shows. 

There’s no shortage of content for mystery enthusiasts to enjoy—but here’s 8 of our favorites! 

 

High Seas – Netflix (3 seasons)

Netflix allows audiences to dive into the world of suspense on the high seas with its Spanish mystery series set on a luxury cruise ship in the 1940s. A web of love, deceit, and, of course, a string of murders will keep you on your toes as two sisters investigate all passengers onboard and try to piece the clues—and plot twists—together. 

 

Nancy Drew – The CW (4 seasons) 

Who killed Lucy Sable? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Nancy Drew kicks off its first season with Kennedy McMann taking on the iconic role of the teenage detective. As the seasons continue, she and her Drew Crew become the lifeline to solving crimes in the mystical small town of Horseshoe Bay (much to the dismay of local officials). The intrigue is elevated with supernatural elements and plot points that bring the beloved character into the 21st century.

 

Only Murders in the Building – Hulu (3 seasons… so far)

What happens when you mix murder with comedy? Thankfully, the series has tapped the right people to find out with Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin making up the brilliant (though not always the brightest) trio of true crime podcast enthusiasts-turned-amateur-sleuths who set out on a suspenseful journey to find the killer. The quirky series has become such a global phenomenon that it’s even been able to nail some rather impressive guest stars, like Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep. 

 

Death and Other Details – Hulu (Premieres Jan. 16, 2024)

The newest addition into the fold is Hulu’s mystery drama that takes place on a lavish Mediterranean ocean liner amongst the glamor of the “global elite” (we’re getting some Knives Out and Death of the Nile vibes, but we’re not complaining) and finds Imogene Scott (played by God Friended Me’s Violent Beane) at the wrong place and the wrong time, becoming the prime suspect in a murder mystery. To prove her innocence, she has to partner with the world’s greatest detective, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), whom she, by no coincidence at all, despises. 

 

The Traitors – Peacock (1 Season – Second Premiering Jan 12, 2024)

Murder mystery games are a party hit, so naturally, they’re a fit for reality TV. The competition, hosted by Alan Cumming, features 20 contestants, a mix of famous people and everyday Americans, as they work through missions in an ancient castle in Scotland. Amid those “Faithfuls” are “Traitors,” who try to eliminate the good guys for the top prize.

 

Pretty Little Liars – Freeform (7 Seasons)

If you by some chance missed the pop culture phenomenon that was teen drama Pretty Little Liars (where have you been?)and you consider yourself a very patient person–then it’s time to give it a whirl. The series follows four best friends whose deepest darkest secrets not only come to light but are used against them by someone calling themselves “A” when investigating the death of their good friend, Alison. 

 

The Outsider – HBO (1 Season)

Based on the chilling best-selling novel by Stephen King, the HBO series finds a detective investigating the gruesome murder of a young boy, with all clues pointing to a family man played by Jason Bateman, all before the case takes a supernatural twist, adding horror and paranormal to your typical murder mystery. 

 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC (3 Seasons)

The Australian drama series infuses the murder mystery genre with glamour and 1920s charm. With a flair for solving crimes and an impeccable sense of fashion, detective Phryne Fisher and her pearl-handled pistol take on murder cases that baffle the police, all while making sure Murdoch Foyle, who she thinks is behind her sister’s disappearance, stays behind bars. 

 

Whether you prefer classics, those with a modern twist, or a dose of comedy with your crime, these shows are sure to keep you guessing until the very end! 

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Is Ace a Hardy Boy on ‘Nancy Drew’?

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Nancy Drew concluded its run on August 23 with an action-packed yet heartfelt season finale that finally gave fans their long-awaited #Nace (Nancy and Ace) moment. 

But there was something else that caught fans’ attention in one of the very last moments of the episode—Ace’s initials. 

Alex Saxon brilliantly and tenderly brought Ace to life since the show’s inception in 2019, but while the rest of the cast all had last names, Ace was just Ace, leaving his identity largely a mystery (he had no backstory as he was not a character in the books, introduced solely as a CW character) and allowing for plenty of fan speculation that he was, in fact, a Hardy Boy. 

The Hardy Boys were brothers Frank and Joe, who served as amateur sleuths in several children’s and teen mystery books. Nancy Drew was created as a female counterpart to the successful Hardys. 

There were plenty of moments and plot points that seemed to allude to Ace being a Hardy Boy—his dad was a police detective just like the Hardys, he had a secret brother, and he was a skilled hacker, among his many, many talents. 

The confirmation finally seemed to come in the finale after the Drew Crew carved their initials into the underside of the diner table, right before they shut the light off for the last time on Nancy Drew Season 4 Episode 13. 

“A.H” appeared as the initials that Ace inscribed alongside his friends, which was seemingly a subtle yet satisfying nod to all the speculation that Ace was a Hardy Boy all along.

TV Line had a chance to speak to Larry Teng, an executive producer and pilot director, who didn’t directly confirm the theory but did say that he has known Ace’s last name from the very beginning. We’ll take it. 

As someone who continues to remain hopeful that this series will live on as a reincarnation (fine, okay, reboot) on a different network, I’m hoping this little Easter egg will lend itself to that very possibility. And while I know there was already a Hardy Boys series on Hulu, it should’ve never existed as a separate entity from The CW’s Nancy Drew

There seemed to be so many stories left to tell with this supernatural drama, and with so much organic support building for Nancy and Ace through the years, it would make sense to continue their story as a spinoff. 

At the very least, we can take comfort in knowing that Nancy and Ace were able to break the death curse and a that a Drew and Hardy ended up together at last.

You can read our Nancy Drew Series Finale review right here. 

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Nancy Drew Series Finale Review – Now Leaving Horseshoe Bay (413)

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Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew Season 4 Episode 13 was a bittersweet installment because, on one hand, it was a celebration of four incredible years with an amazing cast and group of sleuths that has taken us to places we never thought possible, but on the other hand, it was an official goodbye…. and those are always so hard and painful. The series went out on a high note, finding the light, laughter, and heart amidst the darkness and doing right by all these beloved characters. 

But before we got to all the mushy gushy stuff that yes, made me sob like an infant, the episode kicked off with plenty of action as the town was experiencing what Bess referred to as a “sinapalooza” after Callie doused residents with Sin Fog, possessing the town’s people into some pretty unhinged behavior. Some seemed to be possessed by former sins while others just had their anxieties manifest in concerning ways—either way, it was quite enjoyable to see Carson erratically steal baby furniture as Red swiped nine neck pillows. And naturally, Callie fled in a fog mask like the coward we knew she always was. 

It was a very fast-paced first half of the episode as the Drew Crew was running out of time to curb the damage and destruction. Where’s a Sin Eater when you need one? Thankfully, Tristan was still essentially a Sin Eater—you just couldn’t call out to him—so they attempted to harness his soul supernova and use it as a beacon to blanket the town and cure them all. As with any Nancy Drew solution, it’s easier said than done, and by now, Bess should probably know to read the footnotes because not only did the attempt fail, but it also sent Nancy into an unconscious seizure of sorts. Upon waking up, she explained that she’d seen visions of her “former” self, and while there was a brief concern that maybe she’d taken on the Sin Eater curse in the process, the explanation was actually a lot more complex—her soul was intertwined with Tristan from decades ago…. and essentially, they were reincarnated soulmates. 

Way to keep sticking it to Ace, right? The look on his face had to mimic the one on my face—and likely yours—because when we’re down to the final hour of a series, the last thing you want to hear is that Nancy is cosmically tied to another man. Ace was like, really, after everything we’ve been through, this is what I have to deal with? And man, I feel you. The exasperation is real.

Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew — “The Light Between Lives” — Image Number: NCD413b_0858r — Pictured (L-R) : Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew — Photo Credit: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Not only did Ace have to stand by and listen to all this soulmate chatter about the girl he’s crazy for, but he also had to be the one actively assisting them in trying to break the soul entanglement. He was like the chaperone—and the death curse, which has been a tragic thing up until now, proved to be helpful because it allowed him to always find Nancy through their cursed connection. 

The weave was slightly dangerous in that it had to happen when Nancy and Tristan were on the brink of death—truly living life on the edge here at every single moment—because that’s when the subconscious and the conscious can mix. And you never want to go that deep into something without a tether, hence, Ace’s involvement while everyone else was running amok trying to keep the town from imploding: Nick was digging up graves for the ritual, George had her law school interview because why not, and Jade and Ryan were trying to wrangle Carson and Red.

In an unexpected twist, it was revealed that Tristan and Nancy’s connection came from a much darker place—her soul wasn’t shared with Lucia Knipp, Nashua’s beloved, as previously believed but with August, the creator of the Sin Eater. When Nashua killed August, it tethered them, thus now connecting Tristan and Nancy. Nancy spiraled when she found out about her dark past, and all the injustices her former soul committed, but thankfully, Ace was there to help her out of it, reminding her that while much of her existence has been consumed by darkness, she’s always fighting for the good and light. Of course, it then gave fans the first major #Nace moment that we’ve been craving—Ace forgave her for the “unforgivable” act of calling on the Sin Eater to erase his memory of Alice’s death as he now understood that it came from a place of love. It’s what brought Nancy back from the edge of the cliff because really, he’s the one that knows her and her heart best. 

The process of detangling Nancy and Tristan was very intense, placing Nancy at the top of this love triangle that really never needed to exist and truly only happened to complicate things between her and Ace until the final episode. But eventually, the link was broken and Nancy soul’s was there, taking a beating. Tristan was gone, but Ace stayed through it all, never wavering in his support, even when she urged him to save himself; he threw caution to the wind and held her, his soul also getting pummeled in the process. The visuals here were top-notch, really honing in on the connection between the duo in a “where you go, I go” moment, in addition to what I correctly assumed to be the destruction of the death curse—not yet, we’ll get there. 

While all of this was happening inside the weave, Horseshoe Bay was literally going up in flames. The angry mob on a witchhunt made its way to the Historical Society (they were possessed by the sins of the people who burned a witch alive), and despite Nick’s protests, set it on fire. Bess was trapped inside with Nancy and Ace both unconscious, though they managed to wake up just in time to escape the smoke and flames. 

Unfortunately, that’s when the real pain of what was happening set it—all that they worked for was being turned to ash and there was nothing that they could do to stop it. It was heartbreaking seeing Nick try to run back in to save some of the artifacts and historical resources, but as Bess informed him, he’s done too much for the town already and he needed to let this go. This was the moment of pure realization for Nick that he needed to put some distance between himself and Horseshoe Bay as it was no longer serving him as it did when he needed it. 

The one good thing was that they were successful in disconnecting Nancy and Tristan and thus providing much-needed relief to the whole town. 

It was one bad day, but it was the push everyone needed to leave Horseshoe Bay behind and start fresh… for now. 

Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew — “The Light Between Lives” — Image Number: NCD413a_0361r — Pictured (L-R) : Alex Saxon as Ace, Henrique Saga as Tristan, Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew, Leah Lewis as George, Tunji Kasim as Nick, and Maddison Jaizani as Bess — Photo Credit: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There were definitely moments in those final episodes where I swear, they were leaving the door wide open for a reboot—and hopefully, on a network that actually gives the show the love that it deserves—like when Nancy said that another mystery would lead her back here while Bess suggested she could always conjure up a ritual to bring them back together in the future. 

Once the storm passed, the healing began as they all paid a proper burial and goodbye to the Sin Eaters that came before, the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for the town. It was the first step in Nancy’s promise to undo the sins of her former souls. 

Tristan very much started the season in love with Nancy and thinking that they were destined to be together, but the more that he found out, the more he realized that couldn’t be further from the truth. He saw how much Ace loved Nancy, and he understood that he was standing in the way, as he even said that there would always be someone she loved more than him. Plus, Nancy gave him something far more precious than her love—she gave him freedom and a second chance at a real life. There was eternal gratitude there and a friendship that would clearly withstand the test of time, but he wasn’t her person and they were both okay with it. 

I will say that the explanation of the entangled souls allowed the series to dig itself out of the Tristan and Nancy hole without making anyone look bad considering she was just harboring feelings for the guy merely a day ago, allowing the series to move into #Nace territory freely. 

Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew — “The Light Between Lives” — Image Number: NCD413a_0062r — Pictured (L-R) : Erica Cerra as D.A. Jean Rosario and Riley Smith as Ryan Hudson — Photo Credit: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

We then got the lowdown on everyone’s future plans…. and I don’t blame them for wanting to catch a break. Their love and appreciation for the supernatural changed them all for the better, fueling their futures no matter where they take them, and they’ll always carry this piece with them wherever they go, but these near-death situations were getting to be a lot. 

George got into college, leveraging her management of The Claw and solving the town’s problems, in her interview. It occurred during such a high-stress situation and yet, she remained cool, calm, and collected, so there was really no way they couldn’t accept her! Nick was off to an engineering gig at Tom Swift’s incubator in Atlanta (which just felt right) with Jade, who was hired on in the PR department. I’m definitely bummed by the fact that Nick and George never found their way back to each other, but if they had, they likely wouldn’t have embraced these parts of themselves and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, so in a way, it was for the best. Plus, a brief yet crucial moment in the episode where Jade was down to help out in any way they could was proof that this relationship was meant to go the distance. 

Bess had a huge task to live up to as the keeper of the Historical Society she was heading out on an exhibition to replace everything that was lost in the fire, with a brief update on Addy running for town council. Bess came as a bit of an outsider, but she quickly found her footing and place. Meanwhile, Ace revealed that he was going to go back to college to become a medical examiner, which couldn’t be a more perfect career path. 

As for Nancy, she was leaving behind her hometown, but Nancy Drew Investigates would continue on with her next case taking her across the coast into towns that August infected with its own version of the Sin Eater. It’s the least she can do since she unintentionally played a role in its creation and the people who have been hurt and harmed in the process deserve justice that only she can provide. 

We also got closure for Carson and Ryan as well, both of whom are embarking on new adventures and are excited about their futures, just like the Drew Crew. Carson chaotically told Ryan (at truly the worst possible time) that he and Jean agreed to have a baby together, and we saw him preparing for that next step in his life as Nancy cleared out her bedroom so that they could turn it into a nursery. We also got one last moment between Nancy and Carson that was simply terrific and you could tell it involved real emotions as she thanked him for being her “one constant” in life. 

As for Ryan, the one who had the biggest character development throughout the series, well, he’s finally putting himself first. It was huge of Ryan to want to put down roots in Horseshoe Bay, but there’s also nothing wrong with stoking the adventure and seeing what else is out there. After all, he has nothing tying him down as his daughter is grown and venturing off into her own. Ryan finally found his soulmate, the woman who shared his outlook on life and similar interests, and this was their moment to live it up. 

AND FINALLY… because they saved the best for last, which means so did I. Nancy and Ace deserved this moment after everything they’ve been through—and all the puppy dog sad faces Ace was forced to deliver—but I wish that we got more of it, more of their happiness together versus the constant whiplash of give-and-take. Even with all the proper storylines concluded and the perfect moment presenting itself, it was a rushed endgame when it didn’t need to be considering we’ve been building to this moment since season one. At the very least, we could’ve gotten a full season of their happy moments, but I’m putting this out into the ether that I would be fully invested in a Nace spinoff, tracking their adventures across the world because we know that cases simply fall into Nancy’s lap and there’s no one better to assist in them than Ace. Again, I had doubts about how they would bring Nancy and Ace back into the fold after she was just kissing Tristan, but it didn’t feel as choppy or forced as I thought it would, which proves this was always the right move. I would’ve done without all the animosity between them this season, but I guess if you can forgive what you once saw as an unforgivable betrayal, it’s a huge sign of love, and in a way, after being driven apart, they were brought closer together because they realized just how valuable their connection is. 

Anyway, let me get back on track because Ace informed Nancy that by sticking by her side in the weave (he said “I’m not leaving you!”), his soul was also damaged—meaning that not only was this their last life and they needed to make the most of it, but in the process, the death curse was also likely broken. That man knew exactly what he was doing!!!

And now, they both owed it to themselves to see what would happen and finally solve this major mystery, one of the most important and life-changing ones to date. At first, I was a little bummed that there wasn’t a bigger focus on the death curse breaking or the duo finding a way to do it—it was just placed on the back burner for the rest of the season as the Sin Eater took priority—but I love the fact that Ace risked everything, including his life and all the reincarnated lives after—to guarantee he had this one chance with Nancy. They will be together here and in the afterlife, and there’s nothing more beautiful or soul-comforting than that. True love always prevails. 

The nervous, shaky hand hold—like, is this finally finally happening—was peak cuteness and also one of the most intimate moments proving that their love extends far beyond the physical attraction and desire. Also, I hope that Ace’s little prank moment where he pretended to lose his breath only to say “I’m just fine” was improvised because it was so fricking cute, and only made cuter by Nancy’s genuine laugh. These two deserve the world… and my only qualm is that we got jipped of seeing them function as a fully-fleshed couple for more than a few minutes. Were we unclear this whole time when we said we wanted #Nace?! 

The final scene took us back right where it began, to The Claw, where this Drew Crew formed and took on its structure and life. As the series progressed, it wasn’t as much of a focus, but it was always the place that they came back to; their safe space. They made their mark on it in more ways than one—and somehow, everything remains in-tact despite the many supernatural forces attempting to destroy it—and now, they are passing it on to a new generation, leaving behind all their mementos and wisdom to help guide them in whatever adventures may come. 

Also, did the initials just confirm that Ace is Hardy Boy?! 

Kennedy McMann took an established character and made her better, brighter, funnier, and filled with so much warmth and love, despite all the obstacles thrown her way. She is THE Nancy Drew. But it was the group of soulmates that lifted her up when she was down and helped dig her out from way too many messy situations. And it was the writers that were responsible for giving us one of the best crews on television. 

I’m truly saddened to see this show take its final bow because it feels like there was so much story left to tell (even one of the show’s writers agrees with this), but I’m eternally grateful that we got four seasons along with a proper conclusion and closure to these characters amid such an uncertain TV landscape. 

Finally, one of the things that stuck out this season was that not only was this a show about friendship, but it was an ode to a small town and the idea of togetherness and responsibility. Since the show’s inception, I’ve wondered about Horseshoe Bay’s origins and why it was plagued by the supernatural, and this season, while staying true to itself and its characters, managed to delve deeper into that, giving fans a full picture along with a storyline of redemption and hope, holding everyone accountable for the damage and their actions moving forward. We can all strive to do and be better, and we are not defined by our past—and that was a nice and necessary reminder at the end. 

As Ryan once said, spending time with Nancy (and the Drew Crew) rubs off on you, and it makes you want to be a better person. 

Also, how can you not shed a tear when you realize that while Nancy, Bess, and George weren’t wearing their uniforms, they were wearing their signature uniform colors? These small little touches are so meaningful and it just goes to show you how much thought was put into this series that often goes unnoticed … so, with that, hats off to everyone who made Nancy Drew such a special, witty, spooky, and memorable piece of television. 

Thank you all for sticking with me since 2019—you can catch all of our Nancy Drew reviews here. It’s been a pleasure solving mysteries with you. 

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