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Nancy Drew Review – Did the Drew Crew Defeat the Aglaeca? (2×05)

Nancy Drew -- "The Drowned Woman" -- Image Number: NCD205b_0084r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Alex Saxon as Ace, Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Leah Lewis as George, Tunji Kasim as Nick and Maddison Jaizani as Bess -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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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. 

Nancy Drew The Drowned Woman Review Season 2 Episode 5

Nancy Drew — “The Drowned Woman” — Image Number: NCD205a_0265r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Tunji Kasim as Nick, Leah Lewis as George and Alex Saxon as Ace — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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. 

Nancy Drew The Drowned Woman Review Season 2 Episode 5

Nancy Drew — “The Drowned Woman” — Image Number: NCD205d_0616r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Scott Wolf as Carson and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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. 

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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!


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The CW Strikes Again as it Cancels Fan-Favorite ‘Nancy Drew’

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Nancy Drew Review The Journey of the Dangerous Mind Season 3 Episode 2

We’ve got some bad news for you, Nancy Drew fans—the sleuthing days of Nancy (Kennedy McMann) and friends in Horseshoe Bay are coming to an end. 

The CW has canceled the detective series, announcing that the upcoming fourth season will be the last. 

In a joint statement released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, showrunners Noga Landau and Melinda Hsu Taylor wrote: “We are so honored and proud to have brought Nancy Drew’s iconic determination, individuality and resilience to life in a years-long collaboration with incredible creative talents in front of the camera, behind the scenes and among our studio and network partners. Our hearts are full of gratitude, knowing that we are able to bring this chapter to a close with intentionality, inclusivity and kindness — and of course with plenty of sleuthing twists, supernatural scares and star-crossed romance along the way. We are especially indebted to our wonderful fan community, whose connection with our themes and stories has meant the world to us. Season 4 will be a worthy and resonant payoff for their continued love and support.”

McMann also shared her thoughts, noting: “It has been the greatest pleasure to begin my career as one small part of Nancy Drew’s endless legacy. What a privilege to walk in her shoes for as long as I have, to be inspired by her and to grow with her. I wish our incredible fans could feel the heart and passion of our crew that has been ever-present on and off screen, day in and day out since the very beginning. You are every bit a part of this incredible show as we are. Thank you, thank you, thank you for every ounce of passion and kindness you have shared with me and with each other.”

The series has been beloved by fans since its inception in 2019. It also stars Scott Wolf, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon, and Riley Smith.

While there is no premiere date set for the fourth and final season yet, it is expected to arrive next year in the midseason. 

The cancellation of Nancy Drew is heartbreaking but not entirely surprising as The CW axed a handful of its shows earlier this year ahead of Nexstar’s acquisition of the network, including the Nancy Drew spinoff, Tom Swift, which barely lasted a full season.


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Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul (3×13)

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Nancy Drew Season Finale Review The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul Season 3 Episode 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. 

Nancy Drew Season Finale Review The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul Season 3 Episode 13

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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!


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Nancy Drew Review – [SPOILER] Is Temperance’s Next Target (3×12)

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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. 

Nancy Drew Review The Witch Tree Symbol Season 3 Episode 12

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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?


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